Cops & Courts

Photo via Zoom Teleconference - Michael Hills, right, attorney for St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough, left, speaks during McDonough’s arraignment hearing Thursday on charges of violating his bond conditions related to a drunk driving arrest in May.
CENTREVILLE — St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough was arraigned Thursday in St. Joseph County 3B District Court and pleaded not guilty to charges of violating his bond conditions related to a drunk driving arrest in May. The hearing, held virtually via Zoom teleconference before visiting...
THREE RIVERS — New information on the bench warrant arrest of St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough for violating bond conditions has come to light. According to police investigation records obtained by the Commercial-News via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request Tuesday, McDonough was...
UPDATED 2:37 P.M. MONDAY, SEPT. 14 CENTREVILLE — A bench warrant was issued Monday for the arrest of St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough. Officials at the St. Joseph County 3B District Court confirmed the bench warrant was issued by visiting judge Vincent Westra, the Kalamazoo County...
CENTREVILLE — St. Joseph County Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman ruled Tuesday in favor of Three Rivers City Clerk Melissa Bliss in a lawsuit pertaining to a ballot petition to allow recreational marijuana shops in Three Rivers. Stutesman’s ruling denied a motion for a writ of mandamus to compel...
CENTREVILLE — An initial hearing was held Tuesday in St. Joseph County Circuit Court on a lawsuit against Three Rivers City Clerk Melissa Bliss by a petitioning group looking to put a marijuana ordinance on the November ballot in the city. Jobs For Michigan Communities (JFMC), the group in question...
CENTREVILLE — The property owner of a Park Township house where more than 140 cats were seized by township officials and Animal Control appeared in St. Joseph County Circuit Court Tuesday, Aug. 18. Anthony Pitone, who is now living in Berrien County with relatives, appeared via Zoom for a hearing...
Photo Provided by Michigan State Police - Officers from the Southwest Enforcement Team, Michigan State Police, and other local departments were involved in a drug bust in the 200 block of Middle Street in Three Rivers Thursday.
THREE RIVERS — A man was arrested following the execution of a drug search warrant in Three Rivers by Michigan State Police Thursday evening. According to MSP, detectives from the Southwest Enforcement Team conducted undercover work over the last few weeks and then conducted a search warrant at a...
CENTREVILLE — In a hearing in St. Joseph County Circuit Court Friday, 21-year-old Mohammad Abuhaltam pled guilty to second degree murder in the death of 59-year-old James May, Sr. in Three Rivers. Abuhaltam could potentially face life in prison for the murder, and will not face a trial. In addition...
SHERMAN TWP. — A 19-year-old was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Sherman Township Wednesday. According to Michigan State Police, the crash occurred just before 9 p.m. near the intersection of North Centreville Road and Featherstone Road. The driver of a Ford Mustang, identified as 19-year-old...
THREE RIVERS — Officers from the Three Rivers Police Department were involved in the recovery of over 40 feral cats from a home in Three Rivers. According to a release from TRPD, at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday police executed a search warrant for a residence in the 100 block of North Lincoln Avenue....

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