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More candidates for House of Rep.

April 17, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A Three Rivers resident has announced his candidacy for the 59th District House of Representatives.

Bob Sills, a former Michigan Senate employee, made the announcement this week.

Sills is a past chairman of the St. Joseph County Republican Party and serves on its executive committee. He is the recipient of the 2011 Republican Mackinac Conference leadership award for his work in St. Joseph County. Citing his background of working with city and county officials, Sills said he favors the legislature’s effort to restore state revenue sharing to local government.

He has a bachelor of business degree from Western Michigan University.

Sills is the fourth candidate to seek the position currently held by State Rep. Matt Lori. The other candidates are Republicans John Bippus of Three Rivers, Aaron Miller of Sturgis, Roger Rathburn of Three Rivers, and Democrat Mike Moroz of Dowagiac.

Four arrested for drug-related charges

April 17, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Four people were taken into custody on drug-related charges Tuesday after a warrant was executed at a residence in the village of Burr Oak.

Investigators from the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit executed a search warrant in the 700 block of West Front Street. Once inside the residence, officers located a marijuana-grow operation, methamphetamine, and 13 firearms.

Officers will be requesting charges against the occupants of the residence: two men ages 53 and 31, and two women ages 52 and 41.

Potential charges include operating and maintaining a meth lab, possession of meth, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana, felony firearms and maintaining a drug house.

Freeze alert lifted

April 17, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Lockport Township officials have announced the freeze alert previously set by the Lockport Township Water Board has been lifted.

Its members also wish to note they will review the next quarterly billing for usage increases and apply credit as necessary in cases where residents followed the suggestion to leave a trickle of water running to prevent pipes from freezing.

Improvements for Farmers Market

April 17, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The city of Three Rivers has issued a media release indicating a number of improvements are underway at the Three Rivers Farmers Market.

City Clerk Melissa Bliss said a vendor meeting next week will yield more information about the revamped farmers market.

The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Three Rivers City Hall.

Questions about the meeting or the 2014 farmers market may be directed to Bliss at 273-1075, extension 105.

Man arrested for incident

April 16, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A Three Rivers man was arrested last weekend following a breaking-and-entering incident in Cass County.

Cass County Sheriff Joe Underwood Jr. said the incident occurred at 9:15 p.m. Saturday at a residence on Pioneer Road in Marcellus Township.

Underwood said the victims reported a suspicious vehicle outside their residence. When they went outside to check on the situation, 36-year-old Jami Land and an accomplice exited the house as well. Following a confrontation, Land and his accomplice drove from the scene after one of the victims was forcibly moved from the front of the vehicle in which Land and his accomplice were riding.

A license plate number provided to police helped investigators find and arrest Land. His accomplice, however, remains at large.

Land was charged with breaking and entering, and assault with a deadly weapon. He was arraigned in District Court in Cassopolis, where he remains jailed with bond set at $10,000.

Replacing the village clerk

April 16, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A week after firing its village clerk, the Centreville Village Council has discussed options for a replacement, including holding off on filling the position.

Village president Jeff Johnson suggested at last week’s village council meeting that the board takes its time in replacing Terrie Tully.

Tully was fired April 2 from office duties, in part, for a faulty financial budget, village officials said. Since then, Johnson and deputy clerk Rhea Schrader have been performing office duties.

Johnson said he and Schrader had been reviewing financial records and he recommends seeking advice from the Michigan Municipal League on the fund balance.

Trustee Gary McClain advised revamping the entire computer system, making billing and revenue reporting easier.

In the meantime, Mendon Village Manager John Hyden has offered to lend the village a hand until it gets its clerk situation in order.

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