Cops & Courts

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...
PARK TWP. — Police are investigating a hit and run incident in Park Township Monday afternoon that also involved the suspect assaulting a store clerk. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, the incident occurred when the suspect vehicle struck the building of a gas station in the...
LOCKPORT TWP. — A Sturgis woman was arrested on multiple charges Monday morning in an incident involving a crash and an escape with a stolen police vehicle. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 3:12 a.m., deputies were dispatched to Lutz Road near Hoshel Road in...
CENTREVILLE — 34-year-old Randall Miller of Three Rivers was sentenced in St. Joseph County Circuit Court last week for the March 2019 death of 32-year-old Lori Norman in her home on Fifth Street in Three Rivers. Miller, who pled guilty in November to second degree murder, was sentenced on Friday,...
Photo provided by Michigan State Police - Officers executed a search warrant at a home in the 300 block of Middle Street in Three Rivers Thursday night, arresting a Three Rivers man with outstanding warrants and finding a handgun, meth, heroin and 100-plus rounds of ammunition.
THREE RIVERS — A Three Rivers man was arrested following the execution of a search warrant involving drug sales Thursday night in Three Rivers. According to Michigan State Police, the Southwest Enforcement Team, along with officers from MSP, the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, the Three...
CENTREVILLE — The man who caused the hit-and-run death of 62-year-old Laura Jacobs in the Three Rivers Meijer parking lot in June was sentenced to prison Friday in St. Joseph County Circuit Court. Thomas Stambaugh, 27, received 19 to 40 years in prison on the charge of driving on a suspended...
CENTREVILLE — There will be no more jury trials in St. Joseph County courts for the remainder of 2020. St. Joseph County Court Administrator Kathy Griffin announced in a press release Thursday the suspension of jury trials for the remainder of the calendar year due to the increase of COVID-19 cases...
CENTREVILLE — In St. Joseph County Circuit Court Wednesday, 34-year-old Randall Miller pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the 2019 death of Lori Norman in Three Rivers. Miller originally faced open murder charges, but pleaded guilty to second-degree murder as part of a plea deal. Any other...
CENTREVILLE — Courts in St. Joseph County have once again been closed to the public. On Thursday, the St. Joseph County Administrator’s Office announced that due to “an upward trajectory of COVID-19 cases,” the St. Joseph County Courts Building has returned to Phase 2 of the Michigan Supreme Court’...

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