Cops & Courts

COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Michael Lafler, who is facing a murder charge in the death of 33-year-old Chelsea Wallen of Colon, walks into St. Joseph County Circuit Court for his hearing Thursday. The case was sent back to St. Joseph County District Court for a preliminary examination, which St. Joseph County Prosecutor David Marvin said could be in a couple weeks.
CENTREVILLE — The case of the man accused of murdering Chelsea Wallen in Colon in October will be going back to St. Joseph County 3B District Court in the near future. St. Joseph County Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman remanded the case of Michael Lafler Thursday to the lower court for a...
THREE RIVERS — A North Carolina man kayaking near a dam in Three Rivers died after falling into the St. Joseph River Saturday. According to the Three Rivers Police Department, at 5:46 a.m. Saturday morning, multiple public safety agencies responded to the area of Wood Street and River Drive in...
CENTREVILLE — The new owners of the Tasty Nut Shop building in White Pigeon now have 90 days to get their building into a “non-dangerous” condition. An order to that effect was made by St. Joseph County 3B District Court Judge Jeff Middleton at a hearing Wednesday regarding the building and its...
CONSTANTINE TWP. — Two young children died as the result of a fatal house fire in Constantine Township early Monday morning. According to Michigan State Police, the fire occurred in the 14000 block of Timm road at around 12:24 a.m. Police say by the time they arrived on scene, the structure was...
CENTREVILLE — A Marcellus woman charged in connection to filing fraudulent accident claims must pay back the benefits she received, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Thursday.  In 2021, following an investigation by the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS)...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Three Rivers police are investigating a dead body found Monday in a wooded area in the 300 block of Second Avenue.
THREE RIVERS — Three Rivers police are investigating a dead body found Monday afternoon in a wooded area. According to Police Chief Scott Boling, officers were called to the scene in the 300 block of Second Avenue in Three Rivers at 1:17 p.m. on a report of human remains found in the area. Boling...
CENTREVILLE — A teenager could face charges after an early Tuesday break-in, all in an effort to get a hold of some beer. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, just before 1 a.m. Tuesday, deputies responded to an alarm activation at the Dollar General in Centreville. Upon...
Screenshot via YouTube - A hearing was held in St. Joseph County 3B District Court Wednesday regarding the Tasty Nut Shop building in White Pigeon and the code violations against it. Pictured clockwise from top left are District Court Judge Jeffrey Middleton, White Pigeon Village Attorney Roxanne Seeber, White Pigeon Building Inspector Joe Wickey, defense attorney Robert Soltis, building owners Marjorie Hamminga and Linda Hochstetler, and White Pigeon Zoning Administrator Doug Kuhlman.
CENTREVILLE — The latest chapter in the Tasty Nut Shop building saga, and potentially the building’s fate, is now playing out in St. Joseph County 3B District Court. A hearing was held Wednesday on code violation citations given to the owners of the buildings at 100 and 102 E. Chicago Rd. in White...
CENTREVILLE — The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents to not fall for a phone scam that has been going around recently involving fake calls from the department and to not give out personal information. The Sheriff’s Department said they have received complaints in recent...
WHITE PIGEON TWP. — Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers are searching for a suspect in a hit-and-run crash that occurred in White Pigeon Township early Tuesday morning. According to MSP, the hit-and-run occurred around 2 a.m. Tuesday on Lake Road near East Lake Drive. Police say a 40-year-old...

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