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MagiCelebration concludes

July 25, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The second annual MagiCelebration event concludes Saturday with a busking competition highlighting the list of morning events.

Ten buskers will be stationed throughout the downtown district and vying for cash prizes of $250 through $100.

Also Saturday, a free magic show is offered at 1 o’clock at FAB Magic Co., while the event-ending showcase performance takes place at 8 p.m. at Colon High School.

Great start for MagiCelebration

July 24, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The second annual MagiCelebration got off to a good start Wednesday, as out-of-town visitors and area residents descended on the village of Colon for some magic and fun during the four-day event.

The afternoon highlight centered on FAB Magic Co., where owner Rick Fisher drew a standing-room-only crowd for a free magic show.

Fisher said registration for magicians is up 15 percent from last year and ticket sales for the showcase performances at 8 o’clock nightly are up from 2013.

Today’s activities include an all-star close-up show at 3:30 at Colon High School and the evening performance at 8 o’clock.

Friday’s lineup includes MagicIdol youth competition at 10 a.m.

A full schedule of events and times can be found at www.fabmagic.com.

Suspect arraigned in Branch County

July 24, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The gunman who barricaded himself inside an adult novelty store in southern Michigan after leading police on a high-speed chase across state lines is facing multiple charges. 39-year-old Joseph Leiffer of Carleton was arraigned on one count of felony fleeing and eluding, two counts of kidnapping and felony firearm possession in Branch County District Court Wednesday. Leiffer robbed a pharmacy in Angola, Indiana then led police on a high-speed pursuit north, at times exceeding 100 mph, on I-69 over the Michigan state line. The chase ended at the Lion’s Den Adult Superstore off I-96 near Coldwater where Leiffer held a female employee hostage for nearly three hours before he voluntarily surrendered to police. Leiffer was wanted on a felony warrant out of Carleton for embezzlement before he is believed to have gone on a crime spree Tuesday. He’s being held on $250,0 bond.  (MRN)

Lumber stolen from construction site

July 23, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

An undisclosed amount of lumber was stolen from a construction site within the past week in Mottville Township.

The incident occurred between 4 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Monday in the 69000 block of Vistula Road.

Troopers indicated the incident may be related to the theft of a utility trailer from the same location a few days earlier.

Cleaning up the river

July 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A five-person team spent Saturday morning clearing debris from the Nottawa Creek as part of the ongoing river cleanup effort by the St. Joseph County Conservation District.

Ross and Alisha Truckey, Matt Davidson, John Nelson and Matt Dinnon cleared garbage out of Nottawa Creek from Rawson’s King Mill Park to the Olney Road bridge in Leonidas Township.

Trash collected from the river included bottles and cans, several tires and rims, conveyor links from an old manure spreader, a half barrel and an electric-fence regulator.

The next scheduled river clean-up, which will be the fourth of five events scheduled this summer, starts at 9 a.m. Aug. 9 on the Pigeon River from Blue School Road to Vistula Road in Mottville Township.

Prospective participants are asked to call in advance in order to reserve an appropriate number of kayaks or canoes. The conservation district’s phone number is 467-6336, ext. 5.

Concealed weapons permits

July 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

In the year following President Barack Obama’s re-election and the Sandy Hook School shooting massacre, applications and approvals for concealed weapons permits increased by more than 50 percent in Michigan. The annual report by the Michigan State Police shows that from July 2012 to June 30, 2013, there were nearly 130,000 applications for concealed weapons permits and more than 118,000 were approved. Of those applicants, 3,040 had criminal violations. In 2011-12, there were over 82,300 applications for concealed weapons permits and more than 78,700 permits approved. The more than 57 percent increase was far smaller than the 118 percent increase in applications from the 2007-08 year to 2008-09. Obama was first elected in November 2008 and gun rights advocates began warning that his administration would take steps to control weapons. Since Obama was elected, the state has averaged 92,197 permit applications a year.  (MRN)

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