Crash near Allen injures 3, including 2 year old Wednesday, November 22
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:47:15 GMT

The Hillsdale County Sheriff's Department is investigating a two vehicle head on crash which injured three persons including a two-year-old child Tuesday evening on U.S. 12 in Allen Township. Deputies report it happened at 5:38 p.m. west of Thompson Road.

Prosecutor faces allegations by two more employees Wednesday, November 22
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:04:38 GMT

Former Branch County court employee Evon Staley filed a sexual harassment complaint in late October against Prosecutor Ralph Kimble, and now two more women who work at the Branch County Courthouse have come forward, telling WWMT-TV that they were also subjected to unwanted sexual advances and harassment. They preferred to remain anonymous.

School district reaches settlement with Globke Tuesday, November 21
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:51:18 GMT

Interim Superintendent Martin Chard says the agreement calls for Globke to be on paid administrative leave until August 31, 2018, at which time her employment with the school district will end. Chard said Bill Childs will serve as the Interim Business Manager for the rest of this school year and the district will advertise for a new Business Manager in February or March.

Plea hearings for Ferrell set for Nov. 27 Monday, November 20
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:50:49 GMT

A hearing for the entry of pleas has been scheduled for next Monday afternoon in Branch County Circuit Court in two cases that have been filed against a former Quincy school teacher who was charged earlier this year with six counts of criminal sexual conduct. A three day jury trial was scheduled to start on December 5th in the case of 44-year-old Jason Ferrell.

CHC employee again asks commissioners to delay sale Wednesday, November 15
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:35:34 GMT

A Community Health Center of Branch County employee once again Tuesday asked the Branch County Board of Commissioners to delay the take over of the hospital by Promedica Health System of Toledo, because 32 hospital employees will not be able to draw early retirement benefits. Hospital President and CEO Randy DeGroot said during last Thursday's work session that the original asset purchase agreement allowed for access of early retirement benefits but it has been replaced by a joinder agreement, and according to the Municipal Employees Retirement System, that access is no longer available.

Man tazed during struggle with Coldwater Police Tuesday, November 14
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:34:16 GMT

The incident occurred Saturday night outside a home on Munson Street. 20-year old Devon Barnett of Hillsdale was arraigned yesterday in Branch County District Court on 3 counts of resisting and obstructing a police officer as well as a charge of possession of methamphetamine.

Staley files harassment suit against Prosecutor Thursday, November 9
Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:01:53 GMT

A former longtime employee of the Branch County Prosecutors Office has filed a sexually harassment suit against her former employer. Evon Staley filed the complaint October 27, 2017 against Branch County Prosecutor Ralph Kimble.

Coldwater man pleads on computer and sex charges Monday, November 6
Tue, 07 Nov 2017 05:01:08 GMT

A 19-year-old Coldwater resident was sentenced Monday in Branch County Circuit Court after entering guilty pleas to charges of using a computer to commit a crime and fourth degree criminal sexual conduct. Stempien was given concurrent nine month jail sentences on the two counts with credit for 95 days already served.

Six public building projects honored for $2.1 million in annual...
Thu, 02 Nov 2017 05:53:17 GMT

LANSING, Mich. Six Michigan public building projects were recognized today for leadership in reducing building energy waste through performance contracts.

State recognizes 6 projects that cut building energy waste
Thu, 02 Nov 2017 01:36:16 GMT

A project by a school district in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is one of six public projects recognized for leadership in reducing building energy waste through performance contracts. The state on Wednesday announced the winners of the 2017 Leaders in Energy Efficiency Awards sponsored by Michigan's chapter of the Energy Services Coalition.

Suspect in Cary Lake death headed to trial Wednesday, November 1
Wed, 01 Nov 2017 20:57:53 GMT

A suspect charged in connection with the August 2016 death of a Bronson man will go on trial in Branch County Circuit Court. The case of 33-year-old Ricky Ledale Johnson of Jonesville was bound over Wednesday following a nearly three hour District Court preliminary examination.

Dozens of Michigan governments have legalized golf carts on roads
Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:12:11 GMT

Nearly three years after the legislature authorized Michigan towns to allow golf carts on streets, dozens have embraced the use of golf carts on their local roads. Richfield Township in Roscommon County is an up-north community of 3,625, according to the latest census estimates.

Court date for driver in Bronson man's death Tuesday, October 31
Tue, 31 Oct 2017 19:12:38 GMT

A preliminary exam is scheduled to take place Wednesday morning in Branch County District Court for a suspect who has been charged in connection with the death of a Bronson man. 33-year-old Ricky Ledale Johnson of Jonesville is facing a 15 year felony for Failure to Stop at the Scene of an Accident-When at Fault-Resulting in Death.

Former Prosecutors Office employee facing charges Monday, October 30
Mon, 30 Oct 2017 15:29:44 GMT

A former longtime employee of the Branch County Prosecutors Office is scheduled to be among four persons who will be formally arraigned Monday in Branch County District Court on charges related to an alleged marijuana grow operation. Arraignments have been scheduled for 58-year-old Evon Staley, along with her 37-year-old son Blake, her 35-year-old daughter Stephanie, and 35-year-old Patricia Moses.

Embezzlement suspect turns herself in Monday, October 30
Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:47:59 GMT

Michigan State Police say alleged embezzlement by an employee of a Quincy car dealership that was reported a year ago has resulted in a suspect turning herself in at the Branch County Jail. The owner of Bluezers Cruzers contacted the State Police about the case and filed the complaint in October 2016.

68-year old woman sexually assaulted in her home Friday, October 27
Fri, 27 Oct 2017 11:28:58 GMT

Michigan State Police say a 68-year old Branch County woman was sexually assaulted in her home last night and a 34-year old suspect has been taken into custody. State Police say the victim called 911 at 10:20 pm, telling the dispatcher she had been attacked by an acquaintance of several years who had been visiting her Thursday evening and reported that the man then fled the residence following the assault.