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Emergency sirens to be tested

St. Joseph County’s Central Dispatch wishes to advise that a test of the county’s emergency sirens will be conducted next week. Agency director Dennis Brandenburg said the test is scheduled to take place at noon Sept. 17 and it may consist of more than one activation. Brandenburg is urging residents to not contact 9-1-1 to inquire about the sirens. He …

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Car stolen in Sturgis

Sturgis Police last week were called to an automobile theft in progress. Officers responded at 11:57 p.m. Saturday to the 500 block of West Congress Street. The stolen car left the scene at a high rate of speed and it crashed into a vehicle at West Congress and South Jefferson streets. The driver ran from the scene and an attempt …

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Man arrested in Florence Township

A 33-year-old Muskegon man possibly armed with a handgun was taken into custody by state police Wednesday in Florence Township. According to a department media release, police were summoned around 2:40 p.m. to an area near the intersection of Centreville-Constantine and Constantine Roads regarding a personal-injury crash. While enroute to the location, troopers were advised that the driver was fleeing the …

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Jurors begin deliberation in murder trial

The murder trial of suspect Westly George concluded after closing arguments Wednesday. Jurors started the deliberation process at 1:30 p.m. to determine the fate of George, who is on trial for the August 2015 fatal shooting of Eugune Jackson in Three Rivers. The final prosecution witness was Three Rivers Police Det./Sgt. Michael Mohney, who served as lead investigator in the …

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Stolen car found in flames

St. Joseph County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the apparent arson of a stolen vehicle. The incident occurred around 4 p.m. Tuesday in Constantine Township. Deputies said a passerby noticed smoke coming from the state game area on Williams Road, just south of Harder Road. The motorist, who was on Harder Road at the time, followed the smoke to Williams Road, where …

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Centreville policing returns to Sheriff’s Department

The duty of police protection in the village of Centreville will return to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department. Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to accept a contract making the responsibility official. The service will begin Oct. 1. A team of two deputies will be assigned for police coverage at a cost of more …

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