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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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Items stolen in Florence Township

Several items and collectables of significant value were taken from a residence during a daytime break-in Thursday last week 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 …

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Man injured in crash

A Colon man was seriously injured Friday evening in a 1-car crash on Blossom Road in Leonidas Township. 40-year-old Steven McClish lost control of the vehicle he was driving, and it overturned, ejecting him. McClish was airlifted to Borgess Medical Center for treatment.

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Burglary at a residence

A burglary to a residence is being investigated by the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department. Around 11:45 a.m. Monday, a complaint was made regarding an incident at a home in the 300 Block of West Fisher Street in Centreville. The incident occurred either Aug. 25 or 26 and entry was made through a door on the north side of the …

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Matthew ok after accident

A 27-year-old Three Rivers man was treated and released following a one-car accident around 11:30 p.m. Monday. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, Michael Matthew was driving east on M-60, near Marlene Drive, when he lost control of the vehicle. Matthew was transported to Three Rivers Health. A department media release does not indicate the reason Matthew’s vehicle …

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Police looking for Hicks

The Sturgis Police Department has issued a media release, indicating it is looking for 37-year-old Chutis  Hicks Jr. Hicks was reported missing last Friday from his residence in the 100 block of North Nottawa Street. Officers advise that caution should be exercised if Hicks is spotted, as his mental state could be volatile. He may be in the Kalamazoo area …

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