Cops & Courts

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...
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...

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