Two men from Nappanee, Ind., were identified Thursday as the suspects in an alleged armed robbery attempt at Village Pharmacy in Colon. St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough said David Brandys, 22, and Benjamin Dodson, 24, have been charged with two counts of assault with intent to commit armed robbery, one count of fleeing and eluding, and felony firearm. They were arraigned Thursday afternoon. Brandys and Dodson were arrested shortly after they allegedly attempted to rob the Colon business shortly before 6 o’clock Wednesday evening. They were taken into custody following a pursuit that ended on M-66 near Tyler Road on the Nottawa Township/Colon Township line.
A judge has sentenced a northern Indiana teenager to 65 years in prison for the fatal drive-by shooting of another teen. Seventeen-year-old Jesus Macedo-Perez of Elkhart read during Thursday’s court hearing from a handwritten letter apologizing to the family of 16-year-old Braxton Barhams for the June 22 shooting. Macedo-Perez pleaded guilty to murder charges in exchange for Elkhart County prosecutors not pursuing a criminal gang sentence enhancement. The Elkhart Truth and the Goshen News report authorities say Barhams was walking in a neighborhood near downtown Elkhart when a car with Macedo-Perez inside drove past and the two exchanged gang signs. The car then made a U-turn and shots were fired at Barhams. Authorities said Macedo-Perez first joined a gang when he was 14. (AP)
As lawmakers have ended their work in Lansing for the year, Governor Rick Snyder admits he didn’t get everything he wanted in 2013, but he still appears satisfied. He had asked that the Legislature fund repairs to Michigan’s ailing roads this year, and while that never happened, the governor says he feels they had a very positive, constructive year. He says they accomplished a lot and if you look over the past three years, he thinks this has been one of the most productive Legislature’s in history. One of the big items on the governor’s agenda that the legislature did accomplish in 2013 was the expansion of Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act, which will extend Medicaid to an estimated 470,000 residents. However, the bill did not get immediate effect, meaning the law cannot be implemented until 90 days after the Legislature adjourns sine die. Now that lawmakers have wrapped things up for the year… that clock has begun ticking. (MRN)