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Handgun stolen from restaurant

April 15, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A handgun belonging to a Battle Creek man was stolen over the weekend from a Branch County restaurant.

State police in Coldwater said the man left a .380-caliber pistol in a bathroom stall around 7 p.m. Saturday at Bill’s Steak House in Bronson. Within the hour, he realized the oversight and called the restaurant to report the situation. Employees did not find the weapon and the man also failed to locate it when he returned to the business.

The incident was reported to state police around 8 p.m.

Sheriff investigating barn fire

April 15, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Deputies from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department are investigating an arson last week in Colon Township.

Authorities said a barn in the 33200 Block of East Palmer Lake Road was intentionally set on fire. The structure sustained significant damage, investigators said.

Marine Corps to be involved in Memorial events

April 15, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The St. Joseph County Marine Corps League Detachment 1401 has announced it will be involved in two Memorial Day events next month and is looking for anyone who wishes to be a part of either or both.

Lineup for the Three Rivers parade will be at 8 a.m., as the event is starting at 9 a.m., one hour earlier than usual. Guest speakers will be Becky Shank and Rick Schafer at the Riverside Cemetery.

Later in the day, participants in the Mendon parade will line up at 11 a.m., ahead of the noon start at the Mendon Library. Its guest speaker will be Pastor Bob Barton, who will make his comments before the parade begins.

For more information or to participate, Detachment 1401 chaplain Bill Stevens may be reached at 496-3695.

Man found guilty

April 14, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

An Ottawa County man was found guilty of 16 counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct following a jury trial that concluded last week.

Officials from St. Joseph County Circuit Court said James Zacharko  II, 46, of Zeeland, was accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old St. Joseph County girl over a four-month period in 2012.

Over the course of the three-day trial that ended Thursday, Zacharko’s attorney said his client pleaded not guilty and that there was no DNA evidence, photographs or eyewitnesses to verify he and the teen had a sexual relationship.

Zacharko met the teen through a relationship he previously had with an adult related to her. Prosecutor John McDonough, however, indicated Zacharko and the victim were involved in a physical relationship from May to September 2012.

A jury found Zacharko guilty on 16 of 23 counts.

Zacharko faces up to 15 years in prison.

Successful 45th Michigan Magic Day

April 14, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Organizers of the 45th Michigan Magic Day, staged over the weekend in Colon, hailed the event as a success.

The annual gathering marked the first time Colon has hosted the event, which drew more than 100 magicians to activities Friday and Saturday. Ron Carnell, a member of the Colon-based International Brotherhood of Magicians 386, said a Saturday morning magic competition and a Saturday night public performance drew hundreds of people to Colon High School.

Kevin James was the featured talent at Saturday night’s five-act program.

Between shows Saturday, the magicians had private workshops and events related to their industry.

Carnell said a social gathering Friday at the Colon American Legion provided a casual opportunity for the group to socialize and catch up.

Sheriff investigating B&E

April 14, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a breaking-and-entering incident in Sherman Township.

Department officials said the suspects forced entry into a residence in the 24000 Block of Mintdale Road between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. last Thursday.

Several items were stolen, including jewelry, a safe, and a 32-inch LCD television.

Meanwhile, officials with the state police said a Fabius Township residence was burglarized between 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The incident occurred in the 12000 block of M-60, where guns and jewelry were reported stolen.

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