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Local sports complex – Court reverses local ruling

Three Rivers’ plan to develop a multi-field sports complex hit a snag Tuesday, when the Michigan Third District Court of Appeals reversed a local ruling on whether the parcel is vacant. The setback marks a win for Lockport Township. Its officials filed the appeal in February 2016 after St. Joseph County District Court Judge Jeff Middleton ruled the 77-acre parcel …

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Four arrested on multiple charges

Four people were arrested by Three Rivers Police last week in an operation that involved the Michigan Department of Corrections’ Absconding Recovery Unit. Three Rivers Chief Tom Bringman said a fugitive under surveillance was seen leaving a residence shortly before 6:30 p.m. Friday in the 400 block of 9th Avenue. The vehicle in which he was a passenger was stopped …

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Man dies after motorcycle crash

A 42-year-old Centreville man died over the weekend from injuries following a motorcycle accident. State police said Larry D. Smith died several hours after the motorcycle he was driving struck a deer at 10:20 p.m. Saturday on M-86 near M-66 in Colon Township. His passenger, 43-year-old Aubrey Smith, also of Centreville, was hospitalized with unspecified injuries. Neither person was wearing …

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No injuries in Sturgis fire

A single-family residence in Sturgis sustained water and smoke damage due to a fire over the weekend. The Sturgis Fire Department was called at 7:30 p.m. Sunday to the 500 block of Market Street, where crews found all residents outside and smoke coming from the eaves of a one-story residential home. Once inside, personnel found fire coming out of the …

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Police arrest man on drug charges

A Three Rivers man was arrested after he was spotted by officers who knew he was wanted on an outstanding warrant. According to a Three Rivers Police Department media release, an officer on the evening of April 28 noticed the suspect walking on South Main Street. They eventually took the man into custody after he was stopped on West Michigan …

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Driver charged in fatal crash

The driver of a car who killed a 46-year-old Sturgis man last week faces open murder and other charges. Police arrested Paul Middling, 36, of Three Rivers, after the car he was driving caused a crash at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of South Centerville Road and South Street in Sturgis. Middling is charged with open murder, driving under the …

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