A Minnesota man was cited for failure to yield as the result of a three-vehicle accident Saturday night in Three Rivers.
State Police investigators said the 54-year-old driver of a mini van attempted to turn left from southbound U.S. 131 into the Super 8 hotel parking lot. He turned in front of a northbound car driven by a 38-year-old Three Rivers man, whose vehicle struck the side of the van.
The collision forced the minivan to spin out of control and struck a third vehicle, driven by a 34-year-old Three Rivers woman. She was treated for minor injuries at Three Rivers Health.
The incident occurred at 10:30 p.m. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident.
The first session of the Adopt-A-Highway cleanup of 2013 begins Saturday.
Overseen by the Michigan Department of Transportation, Adopt-A-Highway involves volunteers picking up litter along state highways from April 13 to 21, the first of three scheduled pickups this year.
In 2012, Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups collected about 65,000 bags of trash, a cost benefit to the state of $5.6 million.
Volunteers, who must be at least 12 years old, wear safety vests when working within a highway’s right of way. MDOT provides the vests and trash bags for free, and arranges to haul away the trash. Agency officials ask motorists to use caution when entering an Adopt-A-Highway zone.
Sections of highway are still available for adoption. Additional information may be found at Michigan.gov/adoptahighway.
Statewide, there will be a summer pickup from July 13 to 21, and a fall pickup from Sept. 21 to 29.
A vehicle driven by a 47-year-old Union woman was broadsided in a two-car crash at 9 p.m. Sunday in Park Township.
State Police investigators said the incident occurred at Michigan Avenue and Parkville Road, where Scotts resident Daniel Shankleton, 17, failed to stop on Parkville Road at the Michigan Avenue intersection. His vehicle struck a car driven by Kristine Nichols.
A department media release did not indicate the direction of travel for either party.
A female passenger in Shankleton’s car was treated for injuries at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.
Investigators said alcohol was not a factor and seatbelts were worn in both vehicles.
Two teenagers were taken into police custody after a Three Rivers Police Department canine unit found drugs in their vehicle.
According to a department media release, a 19-year-old Kalamazoo man and his 16-year-old passenger were stopped Thursday at North Main and Moore streets following a traffic violation.
An officer had reason to believe narcotics were in the vehicle and was granted permission to conduct a search of the SUV.
K9 Hondo was brought to the scene and reacted to the presence of narcotics. Officers eventually found more than half an ounce of narcotics inside a hidden compartment.
The two suspects were taken into custody and charged with possession of narcotics, police said.
An eight-foot, flatbed trailer was taken from outside a residence in Nottawa Township.
Investigators from the Michigan State Police said a report of the incident was filed last week by the owner, who told police the trailer was likely stolen in March from outside a pole barn on Findley Road.
The trailer, which is four feet wide and has three-foot-high plywood sides, was towed from the location where it was being stored.
Three Rivers Police Chief Tom Bringman will instruct officers to beef up enforcement of parking violations around Hoppin Elementary School when classes resume next week.
Concern about the issue was raised Tuesday by Three Rivers City Commissioner Daryl Griffith, who said illegally parked cars pose a risk to children who walk home from school or to waiting cars parked legally on streets around the perimeter of the school.
Griffith said he was dismayed by the number of parking violations he saw while recently observing the end-of-day dismissal procedure.
Commissioner Jared Hoffmaster, who has children attending Hoppin, echoed Griffith’s concerns.