The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of furnishing alcohol to minors.
According to a department media release, as deputies were looking into the matter Wednesday, they also discovered the suspect had been forging payroll checks.
The suspect was arrested for forgery and using a computer to commit a crime. Deputies also learned the suspect was on probation for uttering and publishing, and he was charged with a probation violation stemming from the investigation.
The suspect, whose name is being withheld pending arraignment, was taken to the county jail. Details regarding the location of the incident were not included in the release.
Investigators from the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics executed a search warrant Wednesday at a residence in the 1100 block of 3rd Street in Three Rivers.
The investigation began with patrol officers attempting to serve an arrest warrant. In the process of executing the warrant, officers noticed marijuana growing on the property.
Officers located and seized several marijuana plants, grow lights and ballasts. Also located and seized was a firearm and prescription drugs.
No arrests were made, though a charging request will be submitted to the prosecutor’s office.
Investigators were assisted by the police from Three Rivers and Constantine.
Sturgis Public Schools officials this week decided to keep its transportation services in-house rather than contract bus-driving services.
During Monday’s board of education meeting, members acted on a recommendation of a committee to retain its own staff and employees. The measure was a relief to several bus drivers who attended the meeting, according to Superintendent Tom Langdon.
Committee members studied a bid from MV Transportation, whose figures were comparable to the $350,000 annual cost the district spends for its own bus-driving staff.
Board members agreed the district is well served by the current roster of drivers. The bid for services was sought at the request of the state.
A breaking-and-entering incident in Fabius Township is being investigated by state police.
According to a department media release, the break-in occurred between 9:30 and 9:50 a.m. Tuesday at a residence in the 10000 block of Harder Road.
Details regarding the method of entry and whether anything was stolen were not indicated in the release.
A 53-year-old Three Rivers man was not injured after a one-vehicle accident Monday morning in Three Rivers.
Three Rivers Police said Kenneth Haines was driving west on Broadway Street when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a power pole on the north side of the roadway, just before South Hooker Avenue.
Haines told police he apparently fell asleep.
The Community Action Agency of St. Joseph County has issued a media release providing advance notice about its 29th Walk for Warmth event.
Nancy Percival, CAA board member, said the fundraiser will take place Feb. 22. It will take place simultaneously in six communities in St. Joseph, Barry, Branch and Calhoun counties.
A fundraising goal of $50,000 has been set.
Percival said the agency is requesting local businesses to consider donating prizes for potential participants. She said the lure of prizes tends to draw more participants, whose efforts will help provide emergency money for people whose electrical services are in danger of being cut.
Community Action is a 501 (c) 3, non-profit organization. Donations to the agency are tax-deductible.
More information may be obtained by calling Elizabeth Carr at 441-1399.