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Fire caused by lightning

Recapping last week’s fire at the Bentwater Apartments, Three Rivers Fire Chief Dan Tomlinson has issued a press release detailing the damage. The fire, caused by a lightning strike Wednesday afternoon, damaged a total of five of the building’s 16 apartment units. Tomlinson said the most severely compromised apartment sustained about 70 percent damage. Two of the other four were ... Read More »

Village president could face charges

Centreville’s village president could face charges after his son and son’s girlfriend were arrested earlier this month. Evidence from a six-week investigation indicates village president Jeff Johnson knew about warrants and drug involvement specific to his son, Jeffrey Charles Johnson, and his son’s girlfriend, Karissa Baltz. The couple was living in the village president’s home. Centreville Police Chief Luke Delcourt ... Read More »

Two injured after crash

Two men were treated for injuries after they were involved in a two-vehicle accident last week in White Pigeon Township. State police said William Sherratt, 73, of Colon, was stopped at the railroad crossing on U.S. 131 near Indian Prairie Road, when his vehicle was rear-ended by a car driven by Robert Patterson, 29, of Three Rivers. The incident occurred ... Read More »

Arson at Three Rivers Walmart

The Three Rivers Walmart was temporarily closed, following a fire that started early Monday. According to Three Rivers fire officials and Walmart representatives, the incident started at a clearance rack in the hardware department, where a woman appears to have started the fire intentionally. Surveillance video shows the woman, who had straight, blond hair, deliberately set fire to notebook paper ... Read More »

Man sentenced

A 38-year-old man will spend up to 22½ years in prison for the stabbing death of another man during a fight at a western Michigan motel. William Stephens was sentenced Monday. He was found guilty of manslaughter in April. His minimum sentence is 11 years and 10 months in last October’s slaying of 20-year-old Trey Yarbrough. Yarbrough was stabbed at ... Read More »

Jury selection to begin

Jury selection for the trial of Andy Brown is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning. Brown, 37, is accused of fatally shooting accountant David Locey at Locey’s office north of Sturgis last October. The trial will begin after Brown‘s attorney, Michael Hills of Kalamazoo, unsuccessfully fought against the bind-over-to-trial process. According to court documents, Hills argued there is not enough evidence ... Read More »