Have to find alternate source

November 20, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A Florence Township official will have to look for an alternative source of financial help to address a crumbling roadway in his jurisdiction, as he was turned down for assistance by county officials Tuesday.

For the second time in two months, Florence Township Supervisor Gordon Evilsizor asked the commission for consideration to help replace Constantine Road from Dickinson north to Fairchild roads. A cost estimate he shared was $718,000 for rebuilding the roadway through Florence Township.

Evilsizor said the condition of the roadway is dangerous and motorists are forced to drive in the middle to avoid potholes and blemishes along the edges of the road.

Commission Chairman John Dobberten acknowledged the deteriorating condition of county roads in general. For local units to come in and expect the county to pick up the cost of repairs, however, is “unimaginable,” he said, as the county has hundreds of miles of roadways under its jurisdiction.

Dobberteen said he would encourage the county road commission to increase its annual assessment when it is up for renewal next year, or urge local units of government to follow the lead of the city of Sturgis and offer a millage specifically for road repairs.

Police investigating trailer thefts

November 18, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Troopers from the White Pigeon state police detachment are investigating separate theft incidents reported earlier this month in Fabius and Mottville townships.

In the first case, an 18-foot car-hauler trailer was stolen from a Fabius Township residence in the 14000 block of Gleason Road. The trailer was likely stolen between Oct. 30 and Nov. 1.

Troopers were called last week to the 11000 block of Riverside Drive in Mottville Township, where a utility trailer was reported stolen between Nov. 8 and 15.

The trailer is 5-by-10 feet and has a wood deck.

Four injured in crash

November 18, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Four Three Rivers residents were treated for injuries they suffered in a two-vehicle accident Saturday in Fabius Township.

According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, a vehicle driven by 19-year-old Samantha Jo Combs attempted to turn left off U.S. 131 and onto North Main Street into the path of a vehicle driven northbound on U.S. 131 by 52-year-old Karen Heerlyn, of Richland.

Combs told investigators she did not see the oncoming vehicle. She and three passengers, Taylor Combs, 15; Pauline Mondol, 17; and Yvonne Heffner, 15, were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

A 17-year-old passenger in Heerlyn’s vehicle was treated at the scene.

Crash caused by alcohol

November 12, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A 25-year-old Marcellus man was treated at Three Rivers Health for injuries he sustained in a one-car accident over the weekend in Fabius Township.

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Christopher Laughlin lost control of his vehicle Saturday in the vicinity of Hoffman and Day roads. His vehicle crossed the center line, went off the roadway and struck a tree.

Laughlin was charged with driving under the influence, deputies said.

Girl pleads guilty

November 11, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Cass County prosecutor Victor Fitz said a 15-year-old Eau Claire girl has pled guilty to driving without a valid license causing death following a June incident during which a Jones man was killed.

Fitz said Sonia Sahavedra  made the plea in juvenile court last week. She was charged with the offense after she drove a car June 26 and caused an accident at the intersection of Pokagon Highway and Dailey Road in LaGrange Township.

The accident resulted in the death of Adam Koppy, 40. Fitz said one count of moving violation causing death was dismissed as a result of the plea.

A disposition hearing in front of Cass County Family/Juvenile Court Judge Susan L. Dobrich will be set in the near future, Fitz said.

Student taken into custody

November 8, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Three Rivers police took a 14-year-old student into custody Monday after it was reported he had taken a gun to school.

According to police, the student showed the gun to classmates on the bus while riding home and allegedly made reference to robbing a bank or people in a park.

Police recovered the weapon after making contact with the student and his family. The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun that resembled a handgun.

Pending juvenile court review on felonious assault charges, the student was released to his parents. He may face expulsion.

No reports were made that the student showed the gun at school, only on the bus, according to police.

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