Cops & Courts

UPDATED 10:01 a.m. May 6, 2021 CONSTANTINE — One person was injured in a shooting that occurred Wednesday night at a Little League field in Constantine. According to the Constantine Police Deparment, the shooting occurred at the Constantine Little League complex on Meadow Lane at 8:04 p.m. at one...
FLORENCE TWP. — A Sturgis man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Florence Township. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, at just after 5 a.m., deputies responded to the area of Featherstone and Sevison Roads for a single-vehicle crash. When they arrived on...
CENTREVILLE — A lawsuit over whether or not a referendum vote on a marijuana ordinance will proceed in Constantine has been assigned to a new judge. On Monday, an assignment was filed that would assign the lawsuit filed by Constantine Products LLC against St. Joseph County Clerk Lindsay Oswald and...
LANSING — The Michigan Court of Appeals last week denied a request for a new trial for Zachary Patton in the 2017 murder of Shane Richardson. The court ruled that Patton hadn’t “identified any errors that warrant a new trial,” and reaffirmed his 2019 conviction on first-degree murder in the death...
LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Wednesday charges against a Marcellus woman who allegedly committed insurance fraud. Christine Michelle Presock, 42, of Marcellus was arraigned in St. Joseph County 3B District Court Wednesday on six counts of insurance fraud. She was...
CENTREVILLE — A Centreville public official was arraigned on embezzlement charges in St. Joseph County 3B District Court Thursday. Carol Kotschevar, Centreville’s village treasurer, entered a plea of not guilty to two counts of embezzlement over $20,000 but less than $50,000 in two separate but...
THREE RIVERS — Three Rivers police arrested a Sturgis man after a breaking and entering incident Friday. According to the Three Rivers Police Department, at 8:15 a.m. Friday, officers were called to a breaking and entering in progress. The homeowner reportedly told police a subject broke into their...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - A semi-truck carrying manure tipped over on Schweitzer Road just off M-60 late Wednesday morning. No one was injured in the incident.
LOCKPORT TWP. — The area of M-60 and Schweitzer Road in Lockport Township got a bit stinky late Wednesday morning after a manure truck turned over, causing some of its contents to spill out. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called around 11:22 a.m. to the...
CENTREVILLE — A Centreville public official was arrested by the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department Friday, March 5 on charges of embezzlement. The official, whose name the Commercial-News will release upon arraignment later this month, was arrested at 1:15 p.m. Friday on two charges of...
Photo Provided - St. Joseph County Sheriff's deputies are searching for 17-year-old Natalie Nicole Welch, pictured here. She was last seen in Sturgis on Feb. 20.
UPDATE (4:10 P.M. Feb. 22, 2020) - The St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department has reported that Natalie Nicole Welch has returned home safely as of 2 p.m. Monday. In a statement, the department said they were contacted by Welch's parents stating she had returned home "safe and sound." Sheriff Mark...

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