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Two arrested for meth production

A tip regarding the potential manufacturing of methamphetamine led to two arrests early Sunday. The St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit executed a search warrant around 1 a.m. at a residence in the 60000 block of U.S. 131 in Fabius Township. Two men, whose ages and addresses were not immediately available from police, were taken into custody. In addition, equipment …

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Head-on collision sends two to hospital

A head-on collision Thursday morning in Sturgis Township sent two area men to Sturgis Hospital for treatment. State police officials said 38-year-old Edwin Washington, of Three Rivers, was driving west on U.S. 12 about 7:30 a.m. when he attempted to pass a vehicle. While passing near the Shimmel Road intersection, Washington crashed his vehicle head-on into an eastbound car driven …

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Man arrested following gas theft

A 30-year-old Three Rivers resident was charged with a pair of offenses after he attempted to leave a local gas station without paying for fuel. The Three Rivers Police Department said the man pumped an unstated quantity of gasoline around 8:30 a.m. Friday, August 30th, and fled the Admiral gas station without paying. The store clerk was able to secure license …

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Florence Township break-in

Several items and collectables of significant value were taken from a residence during a daytime break-in Thursday, August 30th, in Florence Township. State police investigators said the incident took place in the 17000 block of Featherstone Road. In addition to Playstation and Xbox games and consoles, other items taken include a Remington rifle, chainsaw, Dell laptop computer, and jewelry and coins. Investigators …

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Still investigating hit-and-run incident

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is continuing its investigation into a hit-and-run incident involving a bicyclist earlier this week in Sturgis Township. Department officials said White Pigeon-area resident Delmer Gayheart, 42, was riding his bike east on Fawn River Road Tuesday, when he was hit by an eastbound vehicle around 2:30 p.m. The driver of a blue-gray Chevy or …

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Commission agrees to program

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has agreed to support the formation of a program that will add personnel to the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit. The decision was made Tuesday at the request of Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite, who said the initiative will involve training and bringing on to the SCAN unit one officer from the Three Rivers …

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Commissioners approve contract

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners approved a three-year contract with three units from the sheriff’s department Tuesday. The five-person command unit, the road unit and its 15 members, and a roster of 17 employees in the corrections unit are under contract through the end of 2015. Terms of the contract include 2 percent pay increases in 2013 and …

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Man injured in crash

A 42-year-old White Pigeon resident was airlifted to Bronson Methodist Hospital after sustaining injuries in a car-bicycle crash last week. State police investigators said John Hassinger was taken to the Kalamazoo medical facility after he was struck while riding his bike on U.S. 12 at Huff Road in White Pigeon Township. The incident occurred at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, when 30-year-old …

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Church robbed

Vandalism and the theft of copper wire at a church in the 56000 block of Wilbur Road in Park Township was reported Sunday. Officials with Agape Family Church indicated the violations occurred to the exterior of the church, according to Michigan State Police investigators. A value of the stolen wire and cost to repair the vandalism were not stated in …

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Man arrested, didn’t pay for fuel

A 30-year-old Three Rivers resident was charged with a pair of offenses after he attempted to leave a local gas station without paying for fuel. The Three Rivers Police Department said the man pumped an unstated quantity of gasoline around 8:30 a.m. Friday and fled the Admiral gas station without paying. The store clerk was able to secure license plate …

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