McCann to stand trial

July 10, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Raymond McCann, who was charged with perjury in connection with the Jodi Parrack murder case, has been ordered to stand trial.

The development took place following a preliminary examination Wednesday in St. Joseph County District Court before Judge Robert Pattison.

Pattison ruled that enough evidence exists for the 46-year-old McCann to stand trial.

Assistant prosecutor Erin Harrington said a single charge of felony perjury was amended to five counts of perjury against McCann. The charges stem from testimony he gave in 2012 regarding the case.

Four witnesses, including Parrack’s mother, took the stand Wednesday. Jo Gilson said a number of inconsistencies were noted in statements McCann made about his actions the night her 11-year-old daughter was found murdered in November 2007.

McCann remains a person of interest in Parrack’s murder.

Closing statements for trial

July 10, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Closing statements and jury deliberations are expected to begin today, as the Andy Brown murder trial enters its final phase.

Testimony from witnesses for both prosecutor John McDonough and defense attorney Michael Hills concluded Wednesday, when seven witnesses took the stand on what was the sixth day of the trial.

Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman said juror instructions would be given this morning after closing statements from McDonough and Hills.

Brown, a 37-year-old Portage resident, is being tried on charges of first-degree premeditated murder and felony firearm in the Oct. 2 death of Sturgis-area CPA David Locey.

Det. Sgt. Lonnie Palmer, from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, was the primary witness to give testimony during Wednesday’s proceedings. He was on the stand for two hours and described in detail meeting Brown at the crime scene within an hour after Locey’s body was found, riding with him to the sheriff’s department that morning and subsequently interviewing him for more than an hour.

Palmer said at the conclusion of the interview, he placed Brown under arrest for embezzlement. The embezzlement charges stem from claims that Brown failed to present Locey payments in excess of $1,000 from various clients for which Brown worked as an employee under Locey.

Brown has declined the opportunity to appear in the stand, according to his attorney, Michael Hills.

Arrests made for meth

July 10, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A search warrant was executed this week at a residence in the village of Centreville for methamphetamine.

According to a sheriff’s department media release, members of the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit were given a tip about a marijuana grow in the 300 block of West Main Street.

Officers made contact Tuesday with residents at the address and executed a search warrant for marijuana. Once inside the residence, investigators located a methamphetamine lab along with methamphetamine, and items used to consume and manufacture methamphetamine.

A Centreville resident and a Galeburg resident were arrested at the scene. Charges include operating and maintaining a methamphetamine lab, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a drug house.

Gunshot residue found

July 9, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Pennsylvania laboratory that specializes in materials analysis found gunshot residue on articles of clothing taken from Andy Brown’s vehicle the day David Locey was murdered last year.

The finding was detailed Tuesday by Allison Murtha, the manager of a forensic-science department at RJ Lee Group in Monroeville, Pa. Murtha was on the stand for more than two hours during the fifth day of the Locey murder trial at the St. Joseph County Courthouse.

Brown, 37, faces charges of first-degree premeditated murder and felony firearm. He is suspected of murdering his boss after questions arose about Brown regarding alleged embezzlement of client payments.

Tuesday marked the fifth day of the trial and Murtha, the fourth of five people called to the witness stand for the day, said the presence of gunshot residue was found on a jacket, vest, pair of pants and shoe taken from Brown’s vehicle.

Tuesday’s proceedings concluded at 3:30 p.m., as two witnesses called by McDonough were unable to attend. One was eventually excused and the other is expected to lead off testimony today in Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman’s courtroom.

Brush cleanup from storm

July 9, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

In response to last week’s storm, crews from the Three Rivers Department of Public Services will begin a brush pickup next week.

DPS officials ask that residents place brush on the terrace, not in the street, by 7 a.m. Monday morning. Crews will be making only one pass to collect brush. The pick-up is for storm damage only.

The DPS offers a compost drop-off area at 1015 S. Lincoln Ave. Brush, leaves, grass clippings and garden waste are accepted at the compost area.

Public works crews in Sturgis are in the midst of a special pickup as well. The task started Monday and is expected to be completed today or Thursday.

Fire damages home

July 9, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A fire heavily damaged a home in Nottawa Township last weekend.

Firefighters were called to a residence in the at 61000 block of Klinger Lake Road aroound 8:45 p.m. Sunday.

First-arriving firefighters from Centreville observed heavy smoke coming from the roof.

Officials said the fire began in the attic, where the homeowner was repairing a leak in the roof when a light stand fell over starting the fire.

The residence sustained extensive heat, smoke and water damage. Firefighters remained on scene for nearly three hours.

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