Cops & Courts

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...
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY — A driver led police departments in Elkhart County and St. Joseph County on a high-speed chase through both counties on Friday night. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, on Friday, Feb. 12, at approximately 7:58 p.m., a pursuit originating in Elkhart County,...
Screenshot via YouTube/Zoom - Former St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough (standing) speaks to Kalamazoo County District Court Judge Vincent Westra (not pictured) during a plea hearing in his drunk driving case Thursday. McDonough pled guilty to operating while visibly impaired in his case, stemming from a drunk driving incident in Lockport Township in May 2020.
KALAMAZOO — Former St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough pled guilty Thursday in Kalamazoo County Eighth District Court to a charge of operating while visibly impaired related to a May 2020 drunk driving incident in Lockport Township. In exchange for McDonough’s plea, the two original counts...
LANSING — Former Sturgis Police Chief Geoffrey Smith was charged Tuesday by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office with three misdemeanors stemming from an August drunk driving incident. Smith, 49, was charged with one count of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, one count of...

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