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Suspect arraigned in Branch County

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 ... Read More »

Woman cited for crash

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 ... Read More »

Lumber stolen from construction site

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. Read More »

Constantine Schools release documents

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 ... Read More »

Cleaning up the river

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 ... Read More »

Wanted man arrested

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. Read More »