Coldwater man pleads on child sex crime charges Tuesday, June 19
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:43:54 GMT

COLDWATER, MI - A Coldwater man entered no contest pleas to three child sex abuse counts Monday in Branch County Circuit Court. 23-year-old Brandon Michael Biggs is scheduled to be sentenced August 6, 2018 on charges of distributing and promoting child abusive material, having child sexually abusive material and assault with intent to commit sexual penetration.

Man accused with sex crimes takes a plea
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:43:53 GMT

A Coldwater man who was initially charged with committing sex acts with an eight year old girl and posting the pictures on-line has cut a deal with prosecutors for reduced charges. 23-year-old Brandon Michael Biggs entered no contest pleas to three child sex abuse counts on Monday in Branch County Circuit Court.

Commissioners pledge to use jail savings for deputies Wednesday, June 13
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 21:53:57 GMT

COLDWATER, MI - Branch County Board of Commissioners formally approved the concept of using the savings from an approved jail millage question for additional road patrol deputies during their regular meeting Tuesday. It was pointed out during last Thursday's work session that according to a study, it has cost Branch County $934,000 to maintain the current County Jail over the last five years compared with only $286,000 that was spend between 2008 and 2012.

Fund drive set up for family who lost children in blaze
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 17:19:43 GMT

Screenshot of a Go Fund Me page for the family of Faith and Ethan Gump, who dies in a Bronson Township fire June 11, 2018 BRONSON, MI - A Go Fund Me page has been set up for the family of two young children who died Monday morning in Bronson Township when a fifth wheel camper caught on fire. A family friend set up the page and was hoping to raise $5,000 to help with funeral and burial expenses.

Authorities: No foul play in camper fire that killed 2 kids
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:37:50 GMT

Authorities say there's no indication of foul play in a camper fire in southern Michigan that killed two young siblings and a dog and injured a third child. The Branch County sheriff's office says the fire started around 10:30 a.m. Monday near Bronson, about 115 miles southwest of Detroit.

2 children die, 3rd hurt in southern Michigan camper fire
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:22:51 GMT

Authorities say two children, ages 2 and 5, have died after the camper they were in caught fire in southern Michigan. The Branch County Sheriff's Office says the fire started around 10:30 a.m. Monday at a rural campground near Bronson, about 115 miles southwest of Detroit.

Blaze heavily damages Noble Township home Monday, June 11
Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:19:43 GMT

A home in the 700 block of George Road in Branch County's Noble Township was heavily damaged by fire June 9, 2018 A home in the 700 block of George Road in Branch County's Noble Township was heavily damaged by fire June 9, 2018 This home in the 700 block of George Road in Branch County's Noble Township was heavily damaged by fire June 9, 2018 BRONSON, MI - A nearby lightning strike which led to an electrical short is being blamed for a nearly quarter million dollar Saturday night house fire in the 700 block of George Road in Branch County's Noble Township. The Bronson Fire Department says Firefighter Jerry Rhinehart noticed a glow from a nearby home at around 9:30 p.m..

Cass County flash flooding strands some a on top of their vehiclesa
Sun, 10 Jun 2018 00:56:14 GMT

The Cass County Sheriff's Office says it's been fielding numerous reports of flash flooding around the county. A number of roads have been closed.

Thunderstorms causing flooding in parts of Southwest Michigan
Sat, 09 Jun 2018 22:38:49 GMT

A National Weather Service spotter reported flooding in an industrial park southwest of Dowagiac late Saturday afternoon, with the roads impassable. A line of thunderstorms was sweeping through portions of Southwest Michigan.

Former Quincy teacher sentenced in student sex case
Sat, 09 Jun 2018 01:01:28 GMT

Former Quincy teacher sentenced for second time in student sex case Jason Ferrell will serve 7 years and 11 months to 15 years. Check out this story on battlecreekenquirer.com: https://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/news/2018/06/08/former-quincy-teacher-sentenced-student-sex-case-jason-ferrell/684325002/ Before sentencing former Quincy teacher Jason Ferrell on charges stemming from a sexual relationship with a former student, Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge Sarah Lincoln mused that exceeding sentencing guidelines might be acceptable in his case.

Coldwater man found dead after alleged assault
Wed, 06 Jun 2018 17:15:05 GMT

Michigan State Police say they were called to a home in the 400 block of Morning Glory Lane, in Ovid Township of Branch County on Sunday on reports of an assault.

Man charged in Coldwater road rage stabbing Friday, June 1
Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:06:05 GMT

22-year-old Javonta Lamont Tyson has been charged with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. Defense attorney Benjamin Jewell said at the start of Thursday's preliminary exam that his client declined an offer to plea to lesser charges.

Woman accused of crashing into Walmart booked
Thu, 31 May 2018 12:42:50 GMT

A vehicle sits inside the Coldwater Walmart store after crashing through the general merchandise entrance, Saturday, May 19, 2018. COLDWATER, MI -A 37-year-old woman was booked at the Branch County Jail Tuesday following a bizarre series of events Saturday, May 19. Sarah D. Siler was booked on a charge of burglary forced entry that was filed by the Branch County Sheriff's Department after she was released from ProMedica Coldwater Regional Hospital.

'Super drunk' man left kids on the side of the road after crashing minivan, Michigan police say
Tue, 29 May 2018 22:00:13 GMT

A Branch County, Michigan man faces charges after police say he crashed his car into a tree and then left his two kids alone on the side of the road. Police said he was intoxicated at twice the legal limit.

Father and son injured in Coldwater Lake accident Tuesday, May 29
Tue, 29 May 2018 12:43:02 GMT

COLDWATER LAKE, MI - A Fort Wayne man and his teenage son were injured Monday afternoon in a jet ski accident on Coldwater Lake, south of Coldwater. The Branch County Sheriff's Department says their Marine Patrol was dispatched when the 47-year-old father was jumping waves from other watercraft.

Man could face child endangerment in accident Monday, May 28
Mon, 28 May 2018 16:41:49 GMT

The vehicle that went off the road, down a 20 foot ditch, and crashed into a tree off County Line Road near Hadlock Road in Branch County's Girard Township GIRARD TOWNSHIP, MI - Charges including child endangerment are expected for a 32-year-old Novi man who allegedly crashed his vehicle into a 20 foot ditch and then left the scene. The Branch County Sheriff's Department was called to the crash scene around 1:15 p.m. Saturday on County Line Road near Hadlock Road in Girard Township.

Two Branch County men killed in Van Buren Co crash
Fri, 25 May 2018 13:04:01 GMT

PAW PAW, MI - Two Branch County men are dead and a female driver may face charges after allegedly running a stop sign late Wednesday morning in Van Buren County. The collision happened north of Paw Paw at the intersection of M-40 and 46th Street when deputies said the woman slammed into a pick-up truck.


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