|Burgoyne Accepts Plea Agreement|
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 10:00:03 AM
(UNDATED) – A White
Pigeon police officer had entered into a plea agreement following a drunk
driving crash that happened in April.
According to WWMT.com, Sergeant Bill Burgoyne plead guilty to a reduced charge of operating while impaired. As part of that deal, charges of operating
while intoxicated and transporting open intoxicants in a motor vehicle were
Burgoyne and White Pigeon Police Chief Lynn Baker were involved
in the crash that happened near Sherwood in Branch County. Michigan State Police say that both men had
blood alcohol levels over the legal limit, and that an open container of
alcohol was found in their vehicle.
Baker was not criminally charged in the case.
The White Pigeon Village Council voted to suspend both men five
days without pay for actions unbecoming an officer.
Burgoyne will be sentenced in Branch County on August 26.
|Man Injured In Farm Accident|
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 9:58:12 AM
(DECATUR) – An elderly
man was injured in a Cass County farming accident.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Department says 83 year old Jay
Hemenway of Decatur was driving his tractor and lost control of the vehicle,
causing it to overturn.
Hemenway was trapped underneath the tractor and was removed by
Sheriff’s Deputies and members of the Wayne Township Fire Department. He was flown to Bronson Methodist Hospital
in Kalamazoo for treatment of his injuries.
His condition is unknown.
|Lakeland School Board Approves Projects|
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 6:36:01 PM
(LAGRANGE) - Lakeland School Board members
approved renovation and construction projects Monday night expected to total
six million dollars.
That’s the size of the bond issue expected to
finance the combined projects.
James Elizondo of City Securities outlined the structure of the
bond issue. The term of the bond would be fifteen years. But with previous bonds coming off the
district’s debt service fund, the projects will not increase the rates for
The largest single part of the projects, improvements to
Lakeland Middle School’s heating and cooling system, totals $1.8 million.
Architect Kari Vilamaa said it will also be the most challenging.
Improvements at Lakeland High School total $1.6 million,
including $900,000 for a new corporation office.
Lima Brighton Elementary is in line for an $838,000 project;
Parkside Elementary $748,000; and Wolcott Mills Elementary $341,000.
School Board member
Sue Keenan cast the only no vote. She
wanted to a see a full basement beneath the new administration building rather
than a partial basement.
|Young Finalist For Ag Award|
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 6:30:54 PM
(WEST LAFAYETTE) - A LaGrange County student
is one of four finalists F-F-A’s Star in Agriculture Award.
AgriNews reports Lakeland High School graduate Zachary Young is
the Section 1 Star in Agriculture Placement.
The 2012 graduate is the son of Ryan and Stephanie Young. He helped with planting and harvesting at
Young Family Farms and helped tend more than 6,000 cattle.
The state F-F-A convention is underway at Purdue University.
During the convention’s fourth general session members and guests will watch
videos of the four finalists’ operations before the winner is announced.
|School Board Fills Vacant Seat|
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 10:29:11 AM
(STURGIS) – A vacancy on
the Sturgis Board of Education didn’t last long.
During Monday’s regular meeting, the Board appointed David
Hamlin to fill the unexpired term of LeeAnn McConnell, who announced her
resignation on June 3. Her term runs
Hamlin was one of five people who expressed their interest in
being appointed to finish out McConnell’s term. A search committee, made up of current board members and
Superintendent Tom Langdon, recommended that Hamlin be appointed to the board.
Hamlin has two children in the Sturgis School system, a junior
and a freshman. Hamlin shared with the
Board that he works at Abbott Nutrition and felt like it was time for him to
|Two Men Arrested After Traffic Stop|
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 10:27:16 AM
(STURGIS) – Two men are
behind bars after a traffic stop.
Sturgis Police conducted a traffic stop at 11:40 Monday night on
North Street when the driver ran away, because he was wanted on a charge of
driving while license suspended and for an outstanding arrest warrant.
He was taken into custody a short time later.
The passenger in the vehicle was also arrested on an outstanding
Both men are being held in the St. Joseph County Jail.
|Drowning At Bixler Lake|
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 10:25:32 AM
(KENDALLVILLE) – That
five year old boy found in the water at Bixler Lake Park on Saturday had died.
On Monday, Conservation Officers reported the boy died at 4:30
Sunday afternoon at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne reports the Allen County
Coroner’s Office identified the boy as Dominic Sloan Lahmen of Cromwell. He was initially taken to Parkview Noble
Hospital and later flow to Fort Wayne for treatment.
Lifeguards at the park beach came up one person short on their
head count. At about the same time, the
victim’s father reported him missing.
Officers say the boy was spotted almost immediately floating in
about five feet of water.
|County To Reimburse Garmong|
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 10:23:22 AM
By Tim Murray
(LAGRANGE) - Instead of a shell building with
the prospect of higher paying jobs at the Fawn River Industrial Park, LaGrange
County is left holding a bill.
The LaGrange County Council and Commissioners approved a letter
of intent to partner with Garmong Construction Services of Terre Haute last
November to build the high tech shell building.
But last month negative votes by three council members killed
That’s put the county on the hook for a $10,000 reimbursement to
Garmong according to County Attorney Kurt Bachman.
The commissioners on Monday sent the bill on to the county council
with a recommendation to pay the reimbursement.
|Budget Presented To School Board|
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 10:20:16 AM
(STURGIS) – The Sturgis
Board of Education got a chance to see the proposed budget for the upcoming
During their regular meeting on Monday, Business Manager Vicki
Watson shared the proposed 2013-2014 budget to the Board.
Watson says the District will start out with their fund equity
at approximately $5.3 million. She went
on to share where the revenues for the District will come from, and
specifically focused on the foundation allowance, which will give Sturgis
school more money per pupil in the coming year………(LISTEN).
However, Watson did share that the blended enrollment membership
would be 3268 students for 2013-2014, which is a decrease of 19 students from
the current school year.
Watson shared with the Board the proposed expenditures for the
Watson says forecasting into the future continues to be
important as Sturgis Public Schools once again is anticipating deficit
spending. The District has reduced 7
full time equivalent teaching positions through attrition and continues to
delay capital outlay expenditures.
The Board will hold a public hearing on the 2013-2014 budget
during a special meeting at 11:45 AM on June 24 in the Central Commons Board
|Water Line To Be Discussed At Meeting|
By Tim Murray
(LAGRANGE) - A proposed extension of water
lines along State Road 9 between LaGrange and the Toll Road is the subject of a
joint meeting of county commissioners and county council next Monday.
The commissioners heard the request Monday morning from LaGrange
County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Keith Gillenwater on
behalf of Fillmore Equipment. The
Michigan company plans to replace its store at Howe with a new building on the
southeast corner of State Road 9 and County Road 300 North.
Fillmore’s Ken Timmerman says the company faces a time
constraint in doing the project.
Extending water north from LaGrange would cost in the
neighborhood of $400,000. But Council
President Peter Cook says it makes sense to also explore extending water south
from Fawn River Industrial Park at the same time. A company is looking at acquiring the former Multiplex building
north of Howe.
It would likely require the county to tap into its Major Moves
Fund to pay for the project, so a joint meeting of the boards is planned for
July 8th to present the idea. It takes
8 of the ten votes to tap the Major Moves account.
|Strawser Awarded Scholarship|
By Tim Murray
(LAGRANGE) – Colton
Strawser recently received a “Make A Difference Scholarship” from the Indiana
University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
Strawser, a Lakeland High School graduate will be attending
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis this fall to major in
Strawser has served as the Executive Director for PC’s For Youth
since September 2009.
PC’s For Youth gives free computers to students in LaGrange,
Noble, Steuben, DeKalb, Eklhart, Kosciusko and Whitley Counties to use for
The organization gives computers to students in middle/high
school, college and adults trying to obtain their GED.
|Man Arrested For Stealing Car|
(STURGIS) – A stolen car
was returned to its owner and the person who took it is behind bars.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department was called to the
Sturgis Eagles on U.S. 12 Friday night for a report of a stolen vehicle. Deputies say that a 1998 Buick Century had
been taken while the owner was inside the club.
The vehicle was later spotted driving through town by Sturgis
Police, who stopped it on East Main Street near Lakeview Avenue. The 18 year old Sturgis man who was driving
the car was arrested for stealing the vehicle and for an outstanding warrant by
the Sheriff’s Department.
A 19 year old Sturgis woman, who was a passenger in the car, was
released by officers after they found out she had no knowledge that the vehicle
had been stolen.
|Meal Prices Going Up At Sturgis Schools|
Monday, June 17, 2013 10:23:30 AM
(STURGIS) – It looks
like meal prices will be going up for Sturgis Public School students in the new
During the Board of Education’s Study Session, Food Services
Manager Patty Miller shared that after filling out the Federal Requirements For
Paid Lunch Equity forms, the Sturgis School District will be increasing their prices $.10 per meal. That means meals at K-2 buildings will be $2 and at the 5-12 grade buildings, it will be $2.25 per meal.
Miller says they have increased the meal prices, put only at the minimum of $.05 per meal. She emphasized to the Board and the audience that increasing
prices was nothing the District could control, because the federal government has a long range plan in place to get all schools around the country to charge the same for meals.
The Board will officially vote on this proposed increase during
tonight’s meeting, which will begin at 5:30 PM in the Board Room of the Sturgis
Central Commons building.
|Near Drowning At Bixler Lake|
Monday, June 17, 2013 10:21:37 AM
By Tim Murray
(KENDALLVILLE) - A five year old boy nearly
drowned at Bixler Lake Park in Kendallville on Saturday.
Lifeguards at the park beach came up one person short on their
head count. At about the same time the
victim’s father reported him missing.
Indiana Conservation Officer’s say the boy was spotted almost
immediately floating in about 5 feet of water.
Lifeguards performed CPR until medics arrived and took over.
The boy, whose name was not released, was taken to Parkview
Noble Hospital and later flown to Parkview Regional Medical Center for
|Brinegar Shares With Chamber|
Monday, June 17, 2013 10:19:24 AM
By Tim Murray
(LAKE OF THE WOODS) - LaGrange County Chamber
of Commerce members got a briefing on this year’s legislative session from the
head of the state Chamber of Commerce.
Kevin Brinegar (BRIN-eh-gurr) devoted much of his talk to
education and workforce development issues. He said the Indiana Chamber of
Commerce supports the state’s adoption of the Common Core
Asked if recent legislative school reforms are weakening public
education, Brinegar disagreed.
Brinegar said there are more study committees this summer on
various legislative issues than he has ever seen in his decades of lobbying at
|Groundbreaking For Safety Town|
Friday, June 14, 2013 7:09:15 PM
Sergeant Ryan Banaszak breaks ground for Safety Town at Wall School under the watchful eye of Sturgis City and School personnel (photo courtesy of Mike Stiles/WBET)
Another step was taken Friday morning to create a training aid for young
Ground was broken at Wall School for Safety
Town, a miniature version of Sturgis that will be used to teach pre-school age
children safety tips such as where to cross the street, fire safety and school
The project is a collaboration between the
Sturgis Public Schools and the Sturgis Police and Fire Departments. Sturgis Schools Superintendent Tom Langdon
says Safety Town has been the vision of Sergeant Ryan Banaszak…………………(LISTEN).
Banaszak says this is a good start, but
there is more to go to see Safety Town become a true teaching
Several businesses and organizations have
already contributed to the Safety Town project. A total of $30,000 was given by the Youth Advisory Council, the
Newell and Grace Franks Fund and the Sturgis Area Community Foundation.
In addition, the St. Joseph County United Way agreed to give $10,000
towards Safety Town.
The Brick Campaign is also underway to help fund the project. Bricks can be purchased for $50 each and they
will be used to line the crosswalks of Safety Town.
Businesses can also lease the buildings in the miniature town. If your business is interested in doing
this, you can contact Banaszak by calling the Sturgis Police Department.
excavation work on Safety Town will start on Monday.
Sturgis City Manger Mike Hughes (left) and City Commissioner Mike Gay show one of the bricks that are for sale to help out Safety Town (photo courtesy of Mike Stiles/WBET News)
|Water Festival Continues On|
Friday, June 14, 2013 7:00:46 PM
(THREE RIVERS) – If
you’re looking for some Friday night entertainment, the Three Rivers Water Fest
is just the ticket.
Going on this evening will be the Backyard Barbeque Cook-Off
Contest until 9 PM in the community tent in Scidmore (SID-MORE) Park.
Also tonight at 7 PM will be the young champions cheer team
exhibition on the stage at Memory Isle Park.
There will be live music in the park with Denise Brown and Break Even on
On Saturday, there will be a benefit pancake breakfast put on by
the Three Rivers Fire Department. The
classic car, truck and motorcycle show runs from 8 AM to 2 PM in the downtown
There will also be the Lions Turtle Derby, the Silliman House
Museum Open House, the carnival midway and KidZone along with a performance by
the Kalamazoo Concert Band and a Kiss The Pig Contest.
At 8:30 PM there will be a Tim McGraw tribute concert on the
main stage at Memory Isle Park and then at 10:30 PM will be the fireworks show.
|Motorcycle Accident Being Investigated|
Friday, June 14, 2013 6:55:52 PM
(WHITE PIGEON TOWNSHIP)
– A motorcycle accident has the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department looking
for the driver.
were called to the intersection of South Kalamazoo Street and Indian Prairie
Road just after 1 PM Thursday.
appears the motorcycle was heading south on Kalamazoo Street and
overturned. The driver then fled the
were assisted at the scene by the White Pigeon Police Department. The only information they have on the
motorcycle is that it’s a gray Honda.
with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 468-9045,
|Three Youths Injured In Crash|
Friday, June 14, 2013 6:54:33 PM
(STURGIS TOWNSHIP) -
Three young people were injured in a one vehicle accident Friday morning.
Michigan State Police from the White Pigeon Detachment say that
17 year old Trent Harker was driving west on U.S. 12 near Balk Road at 11 AM
Friday when he attempted to pass another vehicle. While in the passing lane, Harker was met with an eastbound automobile.
Harker swerved to the shoulder of U.S. 12 to avoid a head on
collision and lost control of his vehicle.
He continued to skid across the highway, striking a tree.
A 12 year old from Sturgis along with 18 year old Bradley Stears
were passengers in the vehicle and were able to get out on their own.
Harker was trapped in the vehicle and had to be removed by the
Tri Township Fire Department. All three
were taken to Sturgis Hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries.
Troopers say all three were wearing their seatbelts.
Assisting at the scene were the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s
Department and Life Care Ambulance.
|Troopers Investigate Hit And Run Accident|
Friday, June 14, 2013 6:51:20 PM
(LOCKPORT TOWNSHIP) –
Michigan State Police are investigating a Friday morning hit and run accident.
Troopers were called to Covered Bridge Road at South River Road
at 10 AM on Friday where a Dodge Neon had been driving northbound when it
collided with another vehicle. The
collision forced the Neon into a spin and into the opposite shoulder of Covered
The suspect vehicle left the scene, heading west on South River
It is described as a beige or gray Pontiac, possibly a Grand Am
or Grand Prix. It should have front end
damage from the accident.
The driver of the Neon and their two passengers were not injured
in the crash, which remains under investigation.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the
MSP Post in White Pigeon at 483-7611 or the Coldwater Post at 517-278-2373.
|Stutzman Wants To Split Food Stamps From Bill|
Friday, June 14, 2013 6:47:29 PM
By Jim Measel
(WASHINGTON, DC) –
Indiana Republican Congressman Marlin Stutzman says he wants to split food
stamps away from a proposed farm bill.
Speaking Thursday during a conference call, Stutzman says he is
not happy that nearly 80 percent of a Farm Bill that passed the U.S. Senate is
for federal spending on food stamps.
He told reporters he is trying to convince leadership a vote is
needed and that there are a lot of people who support the ideas of separating
food stamps from the House version of the Farm Bill.
Stutzman feels having food stamps in the farm bill is an “unholy
alliance” that has developed. He
insists splitting the two would not take food away from needy people because
food can be distributed by food banks and charities at less cost than in the
|Arrest Made For Weapons Offense|
Friday, June 14, 2013 6:35:43 PM
(WHITE PIGEON) – No one
was injured when alcohol and a firearm where mixed together Thursday night.
Michigan State Police from the White Pigeon Detachment were
called to the River Forest Trailer Park on Fawn River Road around 8:45 PM to
investigate a report of shots fired in a trailer.
Troopers arrived and found that nobody was injured. A 60 year old White Pigeon man allegedly
fired a single shot into the living room floor with a .45 caliber rifle in an
attempt to get two other adults to stop arguing.
A fourth person came into the trailer and attempted to disarm
the suspect and unload the weapon when a second shot was discharged into the
The suspect was arrested on a felony count of discharging a
firearm inside an occupied dwelling and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a
firearm while under the influence. He
is being held in the St. Joseph County Jail.
Assisting at the scene were the White Pigeon and Constantine
Police Departments along with the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department.
|Business Moving To White Pigeon|
Friday, June 14, 2013 6:34:09 PM
(UNDATED) – A new
business is moving to White Pigeon with the promise of hiring over 40 people.
State Representative Matt Lori and State Senator Bruce Caswell
have announced that Indiana based Merhow Industries will be moving from its
current location in Bristol to a vacant facility in White Pigeon.
Merhow will be investing $1.1 million and the Michigan Economic
Development Corporation has approved a $200,000 performance based grant for the
company, which manufactures luxury horse trailers equipped with living
In addition, the Village is offering a 12 year property tax
abatement to Merhow.
The move will also allow Merhow to create an estimated 46 new
Lori says the site in White Pigeon was chosen over a competing
location in Indiana.
While the employment picture has improved in recent years for
White Pigeon, both Lori and Caswell say these are much needed and much appreciated
|Jones Man Critical After Collision|
Friday, June 14, 2013 6:32:02 PM
(NEWBERG TOWNSHIP) – A
Jones man is in critical condition after his motorcycle struck a trailer.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Department says 58 year old Justin
Hetmansperger of Three Rivers was pulling a utility trailer on M-60 near Bair
Lake Street at 6 PM Thursday.
Hetmansperger was turning into a private driveway when his trailer was
struck by a motorcycle, driven by 59 year old Thomas Lee Clark.
Clark was ejected from his cycle and was not wearing a helmet.
Clark was flown to South Bend Memorial Hospital where he is
listed in critical condition.
Hetmansperger was not injured.
Deputies were assisted by the Newberg Fire and Ambulance and by
Life Care Ambulance. The accident
remains under investigation.
|Sturgis Looking At No Smoking Ordinance|
Friday, June 14, 2013 6:28:27 PM
(STURGIS) – The City of
Sturgis is looking at possibly putting a no smoking ordinance on the books.
During Wednesday’s meeting, City Manager Mike Hughes shared with
the City Commission that some discussion had occurred about having a no smoking
ordinance that would cover City property along with city owned permanent and
temporary recreation areas.
Hughes introduced a very basic no smoking ordinance that he said
was meant to generate some discussion from the Commission. Hughes says that in addition to defining the "areas" smoking would not be allowed in, he said there would also be fines handed out to those who violate the ordinance if it's approved.
Commissioner Mike Wilson suggested that the ordinance might want
to mirror some of the no smoking rules around state and federal locations, specifically
saying that smoking could only be done a set distance away from the building.
Some Commissioners questioned if this kind of ordinance would be
properly enforced, while others thought citizens would constantly be calling
the police and taking them away from other matters.
Mayor Ken Malone says he doesn’t think that would happen.
The Commissioners agreed to have Hughes and city staff move
forward with the ordinance and bring back a more polished copy during a future
|Shipshewana Drug Bust|
Friday, June 14, 2013 6:27:00 PM
By Tim Murray
(SHIPSHEWANA) - Police arrested four people
Wednesday after finding methamphetamine at a rural Shishpewana home.
Police went to 10650 West County Road 555 North on a shoplifting
investigation. As they approached the
home they observed a one pot meth lab outside the house.
County deputies also responded and the occupants were removed from the home
pending the execution of a search warrant. They found a second one pot meth lab
along with meth and items used to make and consume it.
year old Jeremy Moon lives at the residence.
He was charged with manufacturing meth and maintaining a common
nuisance, as was 25 year old Joshua Sanders of Elkhart.
year old Emily Owsley of Elkhart was charged with maintaining a common
nuisance, and 20 year old Amanda Soultz of Goshen charged with visiting a
State Police and Shipshewana
firefighters assisted at the scene.
|Local Contractors Called To Meeting|
Friday, June 14, 2013 6:25:48 PM
(STURGIS) – Local
contractors, circle Tuesday, June 18 on your calendars.
The City of Sturgis will be hosting an
informational meeting that day for local contractors, regarding a sewer and
wastewater improvement project to be bid.
The meeting will be at 10:30 AM in the Wiesloch Room at Sturgis City
The project is being funded with money from the State Revolving Loan
During this meeting a summary of the
project will be presented along with information about the Michigan Department
of Environmental Quality SRF program requirements.
The Wastewater system/plant improvements
will involve upgrade and expansion work including converting the Diesel Plant
lift station; construction of new headworks for the wastewater facilities;
upgrading and improving lift station electronics; constructing a duplex grinder
pump stations and force main as well as adjusting wet well structures.
The construction project will be bid
through a construction management firm and will include the following trade
contracts: Evacuation and underground work; Concrete; Masonry; General Trades;
Painting; Mechanical; along with Electrical, control and instrumentation.
The project will be publicly advertised for
bids on Friday June 14. A
pre-construction meeting will be held on June 26 which will provide an
opportunity to learn additional project details, tour the areas of work and
network with other prospective trade contractors.
|Watned Felon Arrested In Ohio|
Friday, June 14, 2013 6:24:30 PM
By Jim Measel
(LAGRANGE) – The
LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department says a man wanted on warrants out of
LaGrange and Noble Counties has been captured.
The department announced on its Facebook page Thursday afternoon
that 47 year old Lawrence Bixby was caught in Lima, Ohio just a couple of hours
after authorities got a tip from a citizen.
Bixby is being held in the Allen County, Ohio jail and is
awaiting extradition back to LaGrange County where he was wanted on a Class C
felony for forgery.
The Sheriff’s Department asked for the public’s help in trying
to find Bixby on their Facebook page two weeks ago.
|Gillenwater Gets Certified|
Friday, June 14, 2013 6:20:16 PM
By Tim Murray
LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation’s Keith Gillenwater is now a
Certified Economic Developer.
The certification comes through the International Economic
The written and verbal exam covers business retention and
expansion, strategic planning, marketing, technology-led economic development,
and real estate development.
It also covers areas like workforce development, neighborhood
development, management, and small business development strategies.
Gillenwater joined the LaGrange County ED Corporation in 2009
and is its president and CEO.
|Smith Will Not Seek Re-election To City Commission|
Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:44:55 AM
(STURGIS) – A sitting
Sturgis City Commissioner will not seek re-election this fall.
During Wednesday’s meeting, First Precinct Commissioner David
Smith announced that he will not seek another term.
said that he had hoped to serve three turns if re-elected by the voters in
Precinct 1. However, Smith says his
personal circumstance changed over the past winter and it appears that he will
have to miss more meetings than he felt he should to represent the best
interests of the citizens of Sturgis.
Since the deadline for filing nominating petitions is August 13,
Smith thought it appropriate to make this announcement at this time.
If you live in Sturgis’ First Precinct and would like to run for
a seat on the Commission, contact City Clerk Ken Rhodes for a petition and
guidelines for getting it filled out and returned.
|Hughes Talks About Streets|
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:50:09 PM
(STURGIS) – Streets have
been a topic of conversation in Sturgis for several years.
On Tuesday, those in attendance at the Lunch and Learn got to
hear what will be happening for this summer and leading into 2014.
Sturgis City Manager Mike Hughes shared with the audience that
prior to the street millage being approved, the City Commission had already
budgeted for work to be done on some of the streets around town. One of them was a portion of South Nottawa,
which Hughes says may have to wait until 2014………..(LISTEN).
Hughes says that in 2013, the street work will not be a full
fledged reconstruction like what will happen next year…..(LISTEN).
Hughes says it will take time for the City to work with their
engineers to come up with the ten year plan for how the streets will be done
and in what order.
|Yoder Shares About County Projects|
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:47:26 PM
(STURGIS) – Those in
attendance at Tuesday’s Lunch and Learn got to hear about what’s going on
around St. Joseph County.
County Administrator Pat Yoder along with Sturgis City Manager
Mike Hughes were the guest speakers for the event, sponsored by the Sturgis
Area Chamber Of Commerce.
Yoder shared with the audience that the County is looking at
working with a marketing firm to show people what St. Joseph County has to
offer in terms of business opportunities and residential
Yoder says the County Commission is also exploring the idea of
creating a county revolving loan fund that could have multiple uses……(LISTEN).
Before these or any other ideas are put into motion, Yoder says
they will be explored extensively. He
also says he wants to make sure that the citizens of St. Joseph County know
what is going on and are given the chance to voice their opinions.
|Water Festival Starts On Thursday|
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:45:51 PM
(THREE RIVERS) – One of
the first summer festivals in our area begins its three day run on Thursday.
The 57th annual Three Rivers Water Festival, called TR’s Wild
West, gets underway with a host of activities.
There will be several local organizations doing food for the visitors
including the Lions Club Ox Roast; the Woman’s Club Pie & Coffee Booth; the
St. John’s Lutheran Strawberry Fest and the Ambassador’s for Christ barbeque.
In addition there will be tours of the petting zoo in Scidmore Park, the Carnival Midway opens at 4 PM and the Parade will step off at
To round out the day, Deadwood will perform bluegrass music on
the stage at Memory Isle Park.
For more information, you can call the Three Rivers Area Chamber
of Commerce office at 269-273-8193 or visit their website at trchamber dot com.
|Sheriff's Department Searches For Stolen Truck|
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:44:29 PM
(BURR OAK TOWNSHIP) – A
stolen vehicle has the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department asking for the
Deputies were called to the 67 thousand block of County Farm
Road in Burr Oak Township at 1:25 Wednesday morning. The home owner said that his pickup was stolen and was last seen
heading south on County Farm Road towards U.S. 12.
The vehicle is a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500, red and silver in color
with an extended cab and lift kit. It
has a red and chrome Snap On tool box in the bed.
pick up has a Michigan registration plate of CPE0735.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the
Sheriff’s Department at 467-9045, extension 327.
|Lakeland Named New Tech Destination Site|
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:42:55 PM
By Tim Murray
(LAGRANGE) - Expect to see many
new faces in the halls of Lakeland High School starting with the new school
The New Tech Network named
Lakeland a Demonstration Site, opening the doors to visitors from around the
country to learn about Lakeland’s Leading Edge program. Lakeland joins an elite group of schools
that are examples of excellence in the New Tech Network.
Lakeland’s application the committee commended the school for the large number
of college credit opportunities for students.
It also credited Lakeland’s efforts to expand its professional culture
with teacher development.
|LaGrange Man Busted On Drug Charges|
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:40:19 PM
By Tim Murray
(LAGRANGE) - A rural LaGrange man faces
numerous drug related charges following a traffic stop in Noble County Monday
An Indiana State Police trooper pulled over 37 year old Kelly
Patrick along State Road 3 near Angling Road on the north side of Kendallville
for an alleged speeding violation.
During the stop Trooper John Silver spotted a hypodermic needle
on the center console of Patrick’s vehicle.
The investigation shifted to Patrick’s home on LaGrange County
Road 950 East where a search warrant resulted in the discovery of
methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
Patrick faces preliminary charges of possession of meth with a
firearm, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, and maintaining a common
He was lodged in the LaGrange County Jail with bail set at
|Bronson Man Flown Out After Crash|
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 10:40:33 AM
By Jim Measel
TOWNSHIP) - We have an update on a story we brought to you Tuesday afternoon.
A Bronson man was flown from the scene of a two vehicle crash near
Coldwater Tuesday morning.
Branch County Sheriff’s Department says the accident took place at around 10 AM at the intersection of Block and Central Roads.
say a vehicle driven by 60 year old John Wannemacher of Fremont did not yield
for a stop sign and collided with a pickup truck driven by 66 year old
John Russell Cary.
pickup wound up on its side and Cary was freed from the vehicle by the Lakeland
suffered minor injuries.
Depuuties were assisted
by the Michigan State Police, Life Care Ambulance and the Branch County Road
|Property Maintenance Discussed During Lunch|
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 8:05:50 PM
Sturgis City Manager Mike Hughes (left) and St. Joseph County Administrator Pat Yoder (right) were the special guests for Tuesday's Lunch and Learn, put on by the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce (photo courtesy of Mike Stiles/WBET Radio)
(STURGIS) – Tuesday’s
Lunch and Learn was an opportunity to hear what was going on at the city and
The event, sponsored by the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce,
had Sturgis City Manager Mike Hughes and newly appointed County Administrator
Pat Yoder as their guests.
Hughes shared with the audience that the City has taken over the
property maintenance rental inspections under a pilot program. He says it’s part of the Sturgis 2022
initiative and explains why the City made this move……(LISTEN).
Hughes goes on to share how their inspection process is
different than the previous one……(LISTEN).
Hughes says the City will look at the program after this year
and see if there needs to be any changes made and if they want to continue with
The ultimate goal through this program and others according to
Hughes is to offer quality housing for the residents of Sturgis.
|Yoder Working On Economic Development|
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 8:03:23 PM
(STURGIS) – It’s been a
busy 60 days for new St. Joseph County Administrator Pat Yoder.
Yoder, along with Sturgis City Manager Mike Hughes, were the
guest speakers during Tuesday’s Lunch and Learn program, hosted by the Sturgis
Area Chamber of Commerce.
Yoder says during his first two months in office, he has been
working with Southwest Michigan First, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation
and Michigan Works. His focus has been
to help existing businesses and to also attract new businesses to St. Joseph
Yoder says their hard work has paid off……………(LISTEN).
Yoder didn’t have a time line for when the announcements would
be made, but he did say they would be soon.
Yoder also shared with the audience some preliminary discussions
about creating a county revolving loan fund.
Yoder was quick to say that he likes the idea, but it is far away from
actually being put into practice.
|Lumbard Scheduled For Pre-Exam Conference|
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 8:01:50 PM
(CENTREVILLE) – A
LaGrange County man who has not been in Michigan in almost four years may soon
be in a St. Joseph County courtroom.
Nathan Lumbard was returned to St. Joseph County on Monday and
is currently being held in the county jail.
He is facing nine charges in Michigan, including the arson of the former
Welch’s Steak and Ribs on Fawn River Road in Sturgis.
Lumbard has been running from authorities since 2009. He faked his own suicide in Missouri and
then eventually went overseas where he
was living in Myanmar, which is where federal authorities found him and took
him into custody.
Lumbard had been serving a four year term in a federal prison
until last week, when he was brought back to LaGrange County to face charges
there. He was sentenced to six years on
two felony counts in Superior Court.
St. Joseph County District Court officials say that Lumbard will
have a pre-trial exam on June 18. After
that, attorneys will decide if Lumbard will have a preliminary exam in District
Court or if he will be bound over to Circuit Court.
|Search Continues For Missing Woman|
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 7:45:19 PM
By Jim Measel
(LAGRANGE) – The
LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in finding
a woman that has not been seen in almost a year.
Authorities are looking for 42 year old Tiffany Huffman who is
wanted on a Class D felony for maintaining a common nuisance. She is also wanted for questioning in
connection with an incident at the Reed Cemetery near Stroh which led to the
arrest of 21 year old Matthew W. Coney for dealing methamphetamine.
Huffman is a white female, five feet one inches tall and
weighing 110 pounds. She has brown hair
and blue eyes and was last seen wearing a red and pink colored top over a white
t-shirt and blue jeans.
Huffman was last seen July 20, 2012 in the Stroh area. She is also know to frequent the Topeka,
Michigan City and Kinderhook, Michigan areas.
Anybody with information regarding Tiffany Huffman is asked to
contact the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department at 260-463-7491, or you can
leave a private message on the department’s Facebook page.
|One Person Injured In Branch Co. Crash|
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 7:34:47 PM
By Jim Measel
(BETHEL TOWNSHIP) – One
person received serious injuries Tuesday morning in a two vehicle crash near
The accident happened around 10 AM in Branch County’s Bethel
Township at the intersection of Block and Central Roads.
A pick up truck ended up on its side. The driver had to be freed by rescue crews and later flown from
The Branch County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the
incident. They were assisted at the
scene by the Michigan State Police and the Lakeland Fire Department.
|Knepp Clean Up Going Well|
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 7:31:19 PM
By Tim Murray
(LAGRANGE) – A clean up
project in LaGrange County is going well.
LaGrange County Commissioners fined a rural Shipshewana couple
nearly 26 hundred dollars last December and gave them six months to finish
cleaning up their property.
It’s taken most of that time, but now Commissioner Larry Miller
reports real progress has been made.
Knepp used his farm along old U.S. 20 near Shore Church as the
site of a scrap metal business, without proper zoning.
|Beardslee Presents Analysis Of Keim Resignation|
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 7:26:42 PM
- An independent counsel presented his analysis surrounding the resignation of
Bill Keim as Sturgis football coach.
Paul Beardslee shared with the Sturgis Board of Education during
their Monday study session his findings after going through paperwork and
interviewing all the individuals involved in the matter from the fall of
2012. Beardslee says he would not erase all doubts
surrounding the matter, but would try to shed some light on practices and
Beardslee say that he found an issue with both Keim and
Superintendent Tom Langdon on a request by parents to meet with Keim last
Beardslee also shared a concern with the word "should"
as it appears in the Sturgis Athletic handbook...………(LISTEN).
While Beardslee says there were concerns on both sides in this
issue, he did applaud both Keim and Langdon for agreeing to let Keim come back
and finish the 2012 football season as an assistant coach.
|Keim Responds To Report|
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 7:21:29 PM
(STURGIS) – Bill Keim
had the opportunity Monday to respond to a report on his resignation as Sturgis
varsity football coach.
During the Sturgis Board of Education’s Study Session, Keim
presented his comments on independent counsel Paul Beardslee’s report of the
circumstances that led to Keim’s resignation last September.
Keim spoke during the public comments portion of the
meeting. He wanted to share his
thoughts at that time because he would not be available for next week’s
Keim started his response by asking for a copy of a release that
Superintendent Tom Langdon gave to Beardslee in April……..(LISTEN).
In his report, Beardslee shared that he thought part of Keim’s
reason for resigning was that there was a lack of commitment on bringing him
back for the 2013 season. Keim
questioned how that conclusion was drawn……(LISTEN).
Keim shared that his evaluations were always highly effective
and that Athletic Director Mark Adams had attended practices to see what was
going on with the program.
Keim questioned why the athletic policies for athletes and parents were not followed in this instance,
especially when they are spelled out.
|Mallow Family Member Injured In Accident|
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 7:18:21 PM
(BRONSON) – For
the second time in a week, a Bronson area family has been involved in an
Michigan State Police from the Coldwater
Post say at 6:30 Saturday night, Les and Lloyd Mallow were standing next to
their flat bed truck along Round Lake Road.
They were pulling a 500 gallon liquid nitrogen fertilizer tank and had
pulled off to the side of the road when the trailer was struck from behind by a
west bound car.
Les Mallow was injured when he was hit by
the tank trailer, which was pushed his way by the force of the collision. The tank itself was split in half.
Mallow was initially taken to Sturgis
Hospital and then flown to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo where he is listed in
Lloyd Mallow received only minor injuries
while the woman driving the car was not injured in the accident.
The Bronson Fire Department was called to
the scene as a precaution, although authorities say there was no hazmat issues.
Troopers continue to investigate the
Last week, a barn at the Mallow property on
Dutch Settlement Road burned, destroying over 200 hay bales and other
Authorities say the fire started when the hay
|Safety Town Project Moving Forward|
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 7:15:40 PM
(STURGIS) – The
Safety Town project is moving full steam head.
Safety Town is a joint effort between the
Sturgis Police and Fire Departments and Sturgis Public Schools. It is a miniature version of a city that
will be used to teach preschool children about bicycle, school bus, weather and
other safety measures.
The small city will be constructed at Wall
School and a ground breaking ceremony is scheduled for Friday at 10 AM.
As part of the project, Sturgis Police
Youth Services Officer Ryan Banaszak says that the Brick Campaign is now
Paver bricks will be used to pave the crosswalks of Safety Town. They are for sale for $50 each and the
bricks can be engraved with the donors name and an inscription.
Deputy Police Chief David Ives says the project is being endorsed by
the community as well. Several
businesses have already lined up to purchase a customized and painted building
to reflect their business in town.
Final completion of the Safety Town Project is not expected until
Spring of 2014.
Applications for the Brick Campaign can be picked up at the Sturgis Police Department or downloaded from
the City website at sturgismi.gov, under the public safety link. Checks should be make out in the amount of
$50 to Sturgis Police Department.
|Bank Robbery Suspect Sentenced To Four Years|
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 7:12:29 PM
By Jim Measel
(ANGOLA) – A plea
agreement has been accepted for a Coldwater man charged in connection with a
Fifty-four year old Karl Edward McNulty was ordered on Monday to
serve four years of a six year sentence after admitting his guilt to a Class C
felony of aiding in robbery. He was
also placed on probation for two years during his time in Steuben Superior
McNulty was originally scheduled to be sentenced on April 1 but
he claimed he was misled by his court appointed attorney. McNulty said he was
under the impression he could serve his time in community corrections.
Judge William Fee denied McNulty’s request to withdraw his plea
agreement at the time because he had not filed anything in writing.
Indiana does not place Michigan residents into a community
corrections program. But since he has
found a Steuben County residence, McNulty will be allowed to serve his time in
|County Council Approves Abetment For Company|
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 7:10:09 PM
By Tim Murray
County Council approved a ten year tax abatement for a rural Shipshewana
company Monday morning.
Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Keith Gillenwater requested
the abatement on behalf of MuddOx, a manufacturer of specialty all terrain
MuddOx owner Matt
Oxender explained to council that they were purchasing another company, which basically will double their business.
The 10 year
abatements would cover $411,000 in real property improvements, $615,000 in new
personal property and equipment, and about $31,000 in software and information
employs nine people and plans to add another seven employees.
|Police Agencies Arrest Car Thieves|
Monday, June 10, 2013 10:22:40 AM
(STURGIS) – Area police
agencies recovered two stolen automobiles along with stolen property.
Friday afternoon the Sturgis Police and the St. Joseph County
Sheriff’s Department found a car that had been crashed and abandoned in the 200
block of North Nottawa Street. The
investigation revealed that the automobile had been stolen by three Hispanic
youths near Cromwell, Indiana.
Officers also learned that the suspects took a second vehicle
from near North and West Streets, which was spotted at the Wal Mart Store on
South Centreville Road. The suspects
had entered the store and were trying to steal some clothes.
Once they were confronted the subjects fled on foot. Two of them were arrested. One will be tried as an adult and one as a
Charges in Michigan against the two are auto theft, retail fraud
and possession of stolen property. They
also face charges in Indiana.
Anyone with information on the location of the third suspect is
asked to call the Sturgis Police Department on the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department.
|Sturgis Man Arrested After Crash|
Monday, June 10, 2013 10:20:19 AM
(STURGIS) – A Sturgis
man is behind bars after crashing his vehicle into another automobile.
Sturgis Police were called to the 200 block of Jacob Street just
after 12 AM Sunday to investigate a motor vehicle accident.
Officers arrived at the scene and made contact with a 27 year
old Sturgis man who was operating one of the vehicles involved in the incident.
During their investigation, officers learned that the man had
collided with an unoccupied vehicle parked on Jacob Street. The force of the collision forced the
unoccupied vehicle into the front lawn of a residence, causing severe damage to
The man was arrested on the suspicion of operating while
intoxicated. No injuries were reported.
|One Person Injured In Motorcycle Crash|
Monday, June 10, 2013 10:18:46 AM
(LAGRANGE TOWNSHIP) – A
Cassopolis man was injured over the weekend after crashing his motorcycle.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Department was called to Okefe Road
just north of Shurte Road at 7:35 Sunday night for a personal injury accident.
Deputies say that 52 year old Anthony Karasch was traveling
north when he lost control of his motorcycle and ran off the roadway, hitting a
ditch. Karasch was taken to Borgess Lee
Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Deputies say that Karasch was not wearing a helmet at the time
of the crash.
Assisting at the scene were the Cass Fire Department and Life
Care Ambulance. The incident remains under investigation.
|Man Arrested After Two State Chase|
A man was arrested Wednesday afternoon following a two state chase. Michigan State Police from the White Pigeon Post say the Middlebury Police pursued a vehicle into Mottville Township around 11:30 Wednesday morning.