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Woman cited for crash

July 23, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Two Centreville-area residents were involved in a one-vehicle accident over the weekend in Nottawa Township.

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said 24-year-old Sheery Hilyard was driving in an unknown direction on Truckenmiller Road at 11:26 p.m. Friday when she took her eyes off the roadway and wound up driving down an embankment and her vehicle struck a tree near the intersection of Corner Road.

Hilyard and a passenger, Michael P. Miller, 33, were taken to Three Rivers Health for treatment of minor injuries.

Hilyard was cited for failing to exercise due care.

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.

Constantine Schools release documents

July 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A 59-year-old Three Rivers man who previously taught in Constantine and Three Rivers was reprimanded at least a half dozen times for inappropriate behavior, according to personnel records detailing the employment of David Wing.

The documents, released by Constantine Public Schools in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, show the 59-year-old Wing agreed to surrender his teacher’s license in January 2013. In exchange, he received a $10,000 buyout, payment for unused sick and vacation time, and two additional years of retirement credit.

Wing, who was arrested at his residence July 12, faces three counts of criminal sexual conduct and a single charge of child sexually abusive activity.

The second-degree CSC incidents allegedly occurred in 2008 and 2009 in the first case, June 2014 in the second case and July 4 this year in the third case.

He is slated for a preliminary examination Thursday. Wing is free after posting $100,000 cash-surety bail.

Wing is represented by Three Rivers attorney Ron Grubbs.

Hostage incident in Branch County

July 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A hostage situation at an adult novelty store near Coldwater ended Tuesday without incident. A gunman barricaded himself inside the Lion’s Den Adult Superstore in Branch County after a holdup early Tuesday morning. The Sheriff’s Department says one hostage was released without incident and the gunman is in custody. Officials say the situation began as a police chase across the border in Angola, Indiana. There were no reports of injury. The suspect’s name has not been released.  (MRN)

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.

Wanted man arrested

July 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A man wanted in Sturgis on attempted murder and malicious destruction of property charges has been arrested.

Sturgis Police said Jorel Gefferard was arrested Saturday night at Gateway Village.

Police believe Gefferard attacked another man with a hatchet at the Cato Lane apartments shortly before midnight Thursday.

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