Cops & Courts

CENTREVILLE — After 595 days in custody, the man accused of a Colon man’s death is free. 20-year-old Ethan Dingman, accused in the death of 55-year-old Todd Schwartz in November 2019 behind Illusions Hair Care in Colon, is now free after no probable cause was found to send the case to trial....
CENTREVILLE — Following two days of hearings this week, the case of a Colon man’s death could come down to whether there is enough evidence to send the case to Circuit Court for trial. Preliminary examination hearings were held Tuesday and Wednesday in St. Joseph County 3B District Court in the...
CENTREVILLE — Just a few days after a local judge opted to end his widely-viewed YouTube live streams, it appears they will be coming back after all. St. Joseph County 3B District Court Judge Jeffrey Middleton announced in a video on his courtroom’s YouTube channel Thursday that live streams of his...
CENTREVILLE — Days after a recent court hearing went viral with a person logging in with an unfortunate username, and the comments and critiques that followed, St. Joseph County 3B District Court Judge Jeffrey Middleton has ended YouTube livestreams of his court’s hearings effective Monday....
CENTREVILLE — Former Sturgis Police Chief Geoffrey Smith pled guilty in his drunk driving case Wednesday. In his Zoom hearing before Calhoun County District Court Judge Paul Beardslee Zoom, Smith, 46, pleaded guilty to driving while impaired. He will serve 12 months probation, with in-home alcohol...
PARK TWP. — A Three Rivers man was seriously injured and airlifted following a crash in Park Township Friday. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to the area of Johnson Road near Pulver Road for a single-vehicle accident around 11 a.m. Police say a Volkswagen...
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...

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