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COA plans open houses

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging is staging two open houses for the public to meet its new executive director, Tim Stoll. The occasion also will provide an opportunity for the public to find out more about what the agency has to offer. The first event will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Three Rivers …

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Man charged with DUI after crash

A Three Rivers man was charged with driving under the influence following a two-vehicle accident last week in Fabius Township. State police said the 38-year-old suspect was driving on M-60 around 8:30 p.m. Aug. 8, when he missed his turn at Roberts Road. He stopped his pickup and attempted to back it up, but was struck in the rear by …

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Yoder presents courts building plan update

An update regarding St. Joseph County’s plan to add a new courts building to the existing site was provided last week by county administrator Pat Yoder. During Wednesday’s executive committee meeting, Yoder said a review of the county’s finances is being conducted to determine a number of matters related to its plan to finance the project via the sale of …

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Mower stolen in Branch County

A riding lawnmower was stolen last week from a residence in Branch County’s Matteson Township. State police said the John Deere mower had a 48-inch cutting deck and appears to have been pushed onto a trailer in the 200 block of North Matteson Lake Road. The theft occurred between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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US safety agency issues report in bike crash that killed 5

A federal safety agency investigating a Michigan road crash that killed five bicyclists says it’s still determining the likely cause and other aspects of the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board recently released a preliminary report on the June 7 crash in Kalamazoo County’s Cooper Township, in which a man struck nine cyclists on the road’s shoulder. Fifty-year-old Charles Pickett …

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Commissioners review expenses/budget

St. Joseph County commissioners plan to review all non-operational expenses and potentially make some adjustments in the county’s 2017 budget. The plan was discussed during a commissioners’ work session Wednesday. Commissioner John Dobberteen broached the subject by asking county administrator Pat Yoder for a list of the non-mandated services, adding it is time to re-prioritize. He said the scrutiny is …

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