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Embezzlement charges issued

July 24, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A warrant was issued Wednesday for the former executive assistant of the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce.

The action comes a day after the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office authorized a charge of embezzlement against Deb Herring, 57, of Schoolcraft.

Investigators said Herring allegedly stole between $20,000 and $50,000 over a seven-year period starting in 2007. She was dismissed earlier this year after the alleged improprieties were discovered.

It was not clear Wednesday if the warrant will be hand delivered to Herring or if she will be sent via certified mail a notice to appear in order to satisfy the warrant.

Chamber director Christy Trammell declined to comment on the matter.

Chamber members, however, were emailed a two-paragraph letter Tuesday. It was signed, “from the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and President & CEO.”

In part, the letter stated the chamber had been compromised and trust was violated by a former employee.

Great start for MagiCelebration

July 24, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The second annual MagiCelebration got off to a good start Wednesday, as out-of-town visitors and area residents descended on the village of Colon for some magic and fun during the four-day event.

The afternoon highlight centered on FAB Magic Co., where owner Rick Fisher drew a standing-room-only crowd for a free magic show.

Fisher said registration for magicians is up 15 percent from last year and ticket sales for the showcase performances at 8 o’clock nightly are up from 2013.

Today’s activities include an all-star close-up show at 3:30 at Colon High School and the evening performance at 8 o’clock.

Friday’s lineup includes MagicIdol youth competition at 10 a.m.

A full schedule of events and times can be found at www.fabmagic.com.

Man assaulted and robbed

July 21, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Michigan Southern Railroad is offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the parties responsible for an assault and robbery of one of its employees.

Around 8 p.m. Thursday, White Pigeon police were called to the railroad office at 501 Sol Morris Drive. A railroad employee told police he was confronted by someone and an altercation took place. A second person struck the employee in the head with a shovel, knocking him unconscious.

When the victim regained consciousness, he realized a large amount of cash had been taken from his wallet. Also taken was an electrical meter and about $400 worth of tools, police said.

August 1st deadline

July 17, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Michigan’s attorney general is reminding people who bought DRAM or computers or computerized devices that contain D-RAM between 1998 and 2002, that they may be entitled to a cash payment of at least ten dollars and possibly as high as 50-dollars or more. Attorney General Bill Schuette says at issue are devices like laptops, desktops, servers, graphic cards, video game consoles, DVD players or other devices. The reason is that twelve manufacturers conspired to raise the prices of their products. That resulted in a 310-(m) million dollar legal settlement announced earlier this year. Buyers of DRAM or DRAM products however, are running out of time to get their cash payments. The deadline is August 1st, less than three weeks from now. Purchasers of large amounts of DRAM or products that contain DRAM, such as computers or other electronic devices, could recoup thousands of dollars depending on the amount of product purchased, according to the A-G. The minimum payment for smaller purchases of DRAM or DRAM-containing products is expected to be $10. But the actual payment amount depends on the total number of claims filed and payments could be $25, $50 or more. The claims process is simple and can be completed online at www.DRAMclaims.com. (Also by phone: 1-800-589-1425 (toll-free); or email: info@DRAMclaims.com) The settling defendants that manufactured DRAM are: Elpida, Hitachi, Hynix, Infineon, Micron, Mitsubishi, Mosel, Nanya, NEC, Samsung, Toshiba, and Winbond.  (MRN)

Follow-up on South Bend power outage

July 17, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A utility official says an unlikely set of factors led to an underground fire and a downtown South Bend power outage in May. Indiana Michigan Power CEO Paul Chodak III says a company investigation found a low-voltage cable overheated at one of the spots where most of the downtown grid’s largest cables feed into a transformer. Chodak says the utility has never seen a similar problem with its system. The May 15 failure left many businesses and residents without electricity for more than three days. The outage forced many businesses to close during the busy University of Notre Dame commencement weekend. Some resorted to gas-powered generators to stay open. Downtown South Bend Inc. estimated the outage had an economic impact of at least $3 million.  (AP)

Deer Forest controversy

July 17, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The former owner of Deer Forest in Coloma is the target of a complaint filed against the animal park by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Spokeswoman Tanya Espinosa tells WSJM Radio the complaint was filed within the past several weeks in the federal court system and is based on several complaints that were filed by the public over the course of several years. Espinosa says it’s a civil case, not a criminal one, and current park managers Jon Stolarz and his wife Amy Gadberry are not included. John Modica of Chicago owns the land and is the former park operator, and could be hit with fines. Another investigation is also underway by the USDA into Deer Forest, and pressure has been put on Coloma Township officials to make moves to shut it down. A group of people is calling on the township to revoke the grandfathered status for Deer Forest that allows it to be run as an animal park, which could force its closure.  (MRN)

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