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One arrested for burglary

April 18, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

One person was arrested and another remains at large following a burglary Thursday morning in Cass County.

Sheriff Joseph Underwood Jr. said deputies were called at 10:20 a.m. to a burglary in progress in the 60000 block of Born Street in Newberg Township.

Upon arrival, deputies apprehended one of the suspects after he attempted to flee the scene on foot.

The other suspect, a black male, is still at large.

The suspects’ vehicle, a small, black pickup, was found still running in the homeowners’ driveway with stolen property in the bed of the truck.

The suspect’s name is being withheld pending his arraignment.

Shooting victim identified

April 18, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Police in Kalamazoo say a 23-year-old man suspected in the shooting death of another man is an employee at the sports bar where the shooting occurred. The suspect is expected to be charged with open murder. His name was not released Thursday afternoon. Officers responded about 1:30 a.m. Thursday to Wayside West after reports of shots fired inside. Damian Tejada was pronounced dead. The suspect was arrested shortly afterward. Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley declined to say if the man was working when the 23-year-old Tejada was shot. John Bolenbaugh was standing near Tejada and tells WWMT-TV that the shooter was “unloading the entire weapon” in the bar. Ali Alsakha tells the TV station there were dozens of people who ran from the bar following the shooting.  (AP)

Fatal crash – Kalamazoo County

April 18, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A western Michigan volunteer firefighter responding to a head-on crash in Kalamazoo County struck another vehicle, fatally injuring the driver. The accident occurred Thursday morning as the driver of the vehicle was making a U-turn to avoid a northbound traffic backup created by the initial wreck on Sprinkle Road in Comstock Township. County Sheriff Richard Fuller said the firefighter was traveling north with lights and sirens on at the time the driver was turning to head south on Sprinkle Road. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The firefighter refused medical attention. Two motorists involved in the initial head-crash suffered minor injuries.  (AP)

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.

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