Prosecutors have filed a murder charge against a man accused of beating another man with a baseball bat, then leaving him critically injured in a trash bin. Thirty-year-old Francico Veloz-Padilla died last week after being hospitalized November 5th, when he was found severely injured in a trash bin in Kalamazoo. MLive reports that Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting says 25-year-old Drew Thorngate was charged Wednesday with an open count of murder. He was arrested November 7th on an attempted murder charge. Detectives say Thorngate told them he met Veloz-Padilla on November 5th after Veloz-Padilla contacted him to request services for a massage, and they argued. The county jail had no information Wednesday night on whether Thorngate has a lawyer. (AP)
At least 19 wolves have been killed during Michigan’s wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula. The state Department of Natural Resources updated the results Wednesday morning. It says five wolves were killed in the far western U.P., 11 in central counties and three in the eastern U.P. The wolf season started on November 15th and runs through December, unless 43 are killed before the end of the year. It’s the first hunt in Michigan since the wolf was placed on the endangered species list nearly 40 years ago. A total of 1,200 people are licensed to participate with firearm, crossbow or bow and arrow. Before the hunt, the DNR estimated the state’s wolf population at 658. (AP)
A riding lawnmower and several other items were reported stolen Tuesday from a container storage in Sturgis Township.
State police said the lock on a container located in the 68000 block of White School Road was cut sometime between Oct. 28 and Nov. 29. In addition to the XMARK brand mower, four tires and a vehicle engine were stolen from the site.
The national Toys for Tots campaign is underway in St. Joseph County and is sponsored locally by the U.S. Marine Corps and St. Joseph County Marine Corps League Detachment 1401.
With assistance from the Salvation Army, the Sturgis Armory and the Three Rivers Lions Club, the 2013 local drive has resulted in the placement of Toys for Tots boxes at two dozen locations in the county, including businesses, schools and libraries.
Prospective donors are encouraged to contribute new, unwrapped gifts for tots through teens before Dec. 16. Drop-off boxes are at locations in Sturgis, Mendon, Three Rivers, Constantine and Centreville.
A man faces trial on involuntary manslaughter and child abuse charges in a February apartment fire in Kalamazoo that killed three young children who were left home alone. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports jury selection for 19-year-old Fred Glespie is expected to begin Tuesday and last several days. The Benton Harbor man is charged in the Feb. 18 fire at Interfaith Homes that killed Jonetta Woods’s 3-year-old twins and the children’s 1-year-old sister. Authorities say the children were left to be cared for by another young child. Court documents say Glespie’s attorney seeks to show that Woods, and not his client, had a history of leaving the children alone. Glespie is Woods’ ex-boyfriend. A family court jury earlier found Woods and Glespie were neglectful on the day of the fire. (AP)
A utility trailer was reported stolen within the past week from a Mottville Township residence.
State police investigators said the 6-by-10-foot trailer was stolen between Nov. 21 and Tuesday from the 10000 block of Cecilia Avenue, state police said.
The trailer is black, with a wood deck and aluminum fenders.