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Sheriff investigating runaway

April 18, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the case of a 14-year-old Colon-area girl who has been reported as a runaway.

The agency said Jessika Mathis fled from the 59000 block of Pine Grove Road in Colon Township Monday. She has blonde hair, hazel eyes, is 5-foot-3 and weighs 105 pounds.

Mathis is believed to be in the Sturgis area with a sibling and may be planning to leave the state for Tennessee.

Possible locations for Mathis include the 200 block of North Fourth Street, the 100 block of Vinewood Street, and the 600 block of East Jerolene Street.

Three arrested for meth

April 18, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Three people were arrested Wednesday in Flowerfield Township on methamphetamine-related charges.

Investigators from the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit executed two search warrants on Floating Bridge Road, which culminated a several-week investigation.

The search warrant was for the arrest of a wanted fugitive. The fugitive, a 19-year-old Indiana resident, was wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Sturgis and larceny of firearms in Three Rivers.

Officers also had received tips about the distribution of methamphetamine from that location.

The search warrants were executed using the sheriff department’s Special Response Team, St. Joseph County Sheriff’s deputies, and SCAN members. The fugitive was located, along with a 30-year-old male, and a 32-year-old female, who were taken into custody without incident and lodged at the St. Joseph County Jail.

Once inside, officers located several grams of methamphetamine along with components used in the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine. Charges include operating and maintaining a methamphetamine lab, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house.

Woodburners in the village limits

April 18, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Potential action on an ordinance regarding wood-burning furnaces in the village limits could be taken by White Pigeon municipal officials next month.

The issue was discussed at length during Wednesday’s village council meeting, where President Dan Czajkowski said he is eager to see the matter put to rest, no matter what direction the seven-member panel takes.

He said the council will have one of three choices when it votes next month: keep the current ordinance, approve a revised ordinance or ban the outdoor furnaces altogether.

The issue was raised earlier this year, when council member Shireen Cline cited concerns about health risks associated with the wood-fueled burners.

The village’s current ordinance requires the furnaces be 50 feet from any home or business not being heated by the unit. In addition, the smokestack height requirement is 75 percent of the eaves-trough height of the highest building plus two feet.

An ordinance proposed by the village’s attorney allows furnaces to be on property no less than five acres and 300 feet from any other dwelling.

White Pigeon’s next village council meeting is at 7 p.m. May 21.

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.

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.

Sturgis to get new businesses

April 17, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Two noteworthy plans were reviewed and approved Tuesday by the Sturgis Planning Commission.

Plans for a potential Meijer store, at 1170 S. Centerville Road, and a Culver’s restaurant on South Centerville Road between Magnolia Avenue and Elm Street, were approved by the panel.

Meijer representatives presented their plan for a 195,000-square-foot store, outlining several entry points to the parking lot and traffic flow expectations for patrons and delivery trucks.

The potential store also has plans for a drive-up pharmacy and a 12-pump gas station and convenience store.

A special-land-use request for the potential Meijer gas station was recommended by the commission. The store would likely open in 2016.

Meanwhile, a site plan presented by officials from Culver’s restaurant. It is expected to open by the end of the year.

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