Vicksburg man killed in Fabius Twp. crash

Robert TomlinsonJul 17, 20231 min read

FABIUS TWP. — A 24-year-old man from Vicksburg was killed in a single-vehicle crash that occurred in Fabius Township Saturday, July 8. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, the incident occurred at 11:58 p.m. on Corey Lake Road…

Recall language approved for two White Pigeon Twp. officials

Recall language approved for two White Pigeon Twp. officials

Robert TomlinsonJul 14, 20235 min read

The St. Joseph County Election Commission discusses the two recall petitions against White Pigeon Township Supervisor Don Gloy and White Pigeon Township Treasurer Trudy Gloy during a clarity/factuality hearing Thursday. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON) By Robert TomlinsonNews Director CENTREVILLE —…

Traveling Smithsonian exhibit opens at TR Public Library

Traveling Smithsonian exhibit opens at TR Public Library

Robert TomlinsonJul 14, 20236 min read

Members of the Three Rivers Public Library leadership and board of trustees cut the ribbon Friday on the “Spark! Places of Innovation” exhibit being hosted at the library until Aug. 19. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON) By Robert TomlinsonNews Director THREE…

Second attempt to be made at White Pigeon Twp. board recalls

Robert TomlinsonJul 12, 20233 min read

By Robert TomlinsonNews Director WHITE PIGEON TWP. — The entire White Pigeon Township board could soon be facing possible recall efforts. The St. Joseph County Election Commission will hold a hearing on Thursday, July 13 at 9 a.m. at the…

Communication error by Wastewater Treatment Plant led to delay in no-contact advisory after force main break

Communication error by Wastewater Treatment Plant led to delay in no-contact advisory after force main break

Robert TomlinsonJul 11, 20236 min read

A look at the section of the St. Joseph River just south of the Broadway Street bridge in Three Rivers. A force main break in Three Rivers Friday evening spilled 500,000 gallons of untreated wastewater into the river, causing a…

No-contact advisory issued for St. Joseph River

Robert TomlinsonJul 10, 20232 min read

By Robert TomlinsonNews Director THREE RIVERS — The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency (BHSJ) is warning residents to stay out of the St. Joseph River for the time being. A no-contact advisory was issued Monday by the health department for…

Two killed in White Pigeon Twp. crash

Robert TomlinsonJul 1, 20231 min read

WHITE PIGEON TWP. — Two people were killed in a two-vehicle crash that occurred late Friday night in White Pigeon Township. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, the crash occurred on Indian Prairie Road near Kalamazoo Road at…

Deputies investigating shooting incident in Sturgis Twp. parking lot

Robert TomlinsonJun 11, 20231 min read

STURGIS TWP. — St. Joseph County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a shooting incident that occurred in a Sturgis Township parking lot Saturday afternoon. According to police, the incident occurred at 1:50 p.m. in the 69000 block of M-66. Police claim…

Late rally falls short in TR softball’s first-ever regional final

Late rally falls short in TR softball’s first-ever regional final

Robert TomlinsonJun 11, 20236 min read

Three Rivers 3B/SS London Hoffmaster (14) hits a single in the seventh inning of the Wildcats’ 3-2 loss to Parma Western in Saturday’s regional finals in Mason. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON) Lanie Glass (9) gets a hug from Jennaya Decker…

Central Dispatch welcomes emotional support dog to staff

Central Dispatch welcomes emotional support dog to staff

Robert TomlinsonJun 2, 20234 min read

COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSONSt. Joseph County Central Dispatch Deputy Director Regan Lucas (left) and Supervisor Rachel Gould (right) stand next to Central Dispatch’s new emotional support dog, Bolo (center), a 2-year-old standard poodle. By Robert TomlinsonNews Director CENTREVILLE — St.…

Sheriff’s Dept. looking for missing woman with Alzheimer’s, dementia

Sheriff’s Dept. looking for missing woman with Alzheimer’s, dementia

Robert TomlinsonMay 29, 20231 min read

Photo courtesy of St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department By Robert TomlinsonNews Director THREE RIVERS — The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a missing elderly woman that has Alzheimer’s and dementia. According to police, 73-year-old Marilee Furlong left…

Constantine schools investigating employee’s ‘inappropriate contact’ with students

Robert TomlinsonMay 26, 20231 min read

By Robert TomlinsonNews Director CONSTANTINE — A Constantine Public Schools employee is on non-disciplinary paid administrative leave amid an investigation into alleged “inappropriate contact” they had with two students. According to a statement from the school district Friday, Superintendent Joe…

No tax increases, 4 percent water/sewer increase proposed in city’s annual budget

No tax increases, 4 percent water/sewer increase proposed in city’s annual budget

Robert TomlinsonMay 26, 202310 min read

COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSONThree Rivers city commissioners discuss the city’s Fiscal Year 2024 budget during a budget hearing Tuesday. By Robert TomlinsonNews Director THREE RIVERS — Three Rivers residents will see no tax increases and a slight increase in water…

Man suffers life-threatening injuries after crashing into tree

Robert TomlinsonMay 22, 20231 min read

CONSTANTINE TWP. — A 57-year-old Constantine man was airlifted to a Kalamazoo hospital with what police say are life-threatening injuries after crashing his vehicle into a tree Sunday night. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were dispatched…

Crowdfunding campaign launched for Three Rivers downtown dog park

Crowdfunding campaign launched for Three Rivers downtown dog park

Robert TomlinsonMay 19, 20234 min read

Photo providedThe Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority launched a crowdfunding campaign Wednesday for a downtown dog park, located at Memory Isle Park between the skate park and the railroad tracks. LANSING — Downtown Three Rivers will transform an unused portion…

Suspect in Swartz murder found dead in South Carolina jail

Suspect in Swartz murder found dead in South Carolina jail

Robert TomlinsonMay 6, 20232 min read

Photo via Beaufort County (S.C.) Detention Center53-year-old Robert Waters, a resident of Beaufort, S.C., was arrested Sunday by police in the 1988 death of Cathy Swartz in Three Rivers. By Robert TomlinsonNews Director BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. — The man arrested…

May elections: Centreville bond passes, Constantine bond defeated again

Robert TomlinsonMay 2, 20235 min read

By Robert TomlinsonNews Director ST. JOSEPH COUNTY — School bond proposals in St. Joseph County went 1-for-2 in Tuesday’s special elections, with Centreville Public Schools’ school bond being approved by voters, while Constantine Public Schools’ voters struck down its third…

Arrest made in 1988 Swartz murder case

Arrest made in 1988 Swartz murder case

Robert TomlinsonMay 1, 20233 min read

Photo via Three Rivers Police Department19-year-old Cathy Swartz, pictured here, was murdered in her Three Rivers apartment in December 1988. After 35 years, an arrest was made in her death. By Robert TomlinsonNews Director THREE RIVERS — After 35 years,…

Lillywhite pleads guilty to drunk driving

Lillywhite pleads guilty to drunk driving

Robert TomlinsonApr 24, 20236 min read

COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSONSt. Joseph County Sheriff Mark Lillywhite pleaded guilty in Kalamazoo County District Court Monday to two misdemeanor charges connected to a drunk driving incident on February 26 in Schoolcraft Township. By Robert TomlinsonNews Director KALAMAZOO — St.…

Man arrested, charged with making ‘terrorist threats’ against TR Middle School

Robert TomlinsonApr 17, 20232 min read

By Robert TomlinsonNews Director UPDATED 11:18 a.m. Friday, April 18 THREE RIVERS — A Three Rivers man was arrested Monday for allegedly making a threat against Three Rivers Middle School. James Roberts, 54, was charged with making a false report…