Former Coldwater man dies from accident injuries Thursday, February 22
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:58:41 GMT

A man from Fremont, Indiana has died from his injuries following a tree cutting accident February 6 near Clearwater and Cranson Roads in Branch County's Bethel Township. 56-year-old Brian Thompson pased away Tuesday, two weeks after he was flown from the scene by West Michigan Air Care to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne after he was hit in the head by a falling tree.

Man injured in tree work mishap dies
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:58:40 GMT

A Fremont man has died as a result of injuries he suffered in a Feb. 6 tree-trimming accident in Bethel Township in Branch County, Michigan, on Tuesday.

Overcrowding at jail causes more female transfers Monday, February 19
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:35:34 GMT

Branch County Undersheriff Keith Eichler says seven female prisoners had to be transferred to the Lenawee County Jail Monday morning in order to relieve the overcrowding of females at the Branch County Jail.

Annual ag education and exhibition returns Monday Friday, February 16
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:20:54 GMT

There will be six educational sessions between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. with four more sessions in the afternoon between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Click here for the complete schedule. The luncheon in the mall area at 11:30 a.m. will feature guest speakers Bruce and Jennifer Lewis from the Pleasant View Dairy Farm in Hillsdale County.

Metal debris goes through windshield, deputy unhurt
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:30:55 GMT

The windshield of Branch County Sheriff's Department Deputy Roy Shutts patrol car after being hit by metal debris February 12, 2018 The windshield of Branch County Sheriff's Department Deputy Roy Shutts patrol car after being hit by metal debris February 12, 2018 The patrol car of Branch County Sheriff's Department Deputy Roy Shutts after being hit by metal debris February 12, 2018 JACKSON, MI - A Branch County Sheriff's Department deputy escaped serious injury Monday morning near Jackson when a piece of debris came off a truck and struck his vehicle before it went through the windshield. The Sheriff's Department says the incident happened at about 8:15 a.m. on I-94 near Airport Road.

Group wants to help find solutions for county jail Wednesday, February 14
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:12:43 GMT

Coldwater City Councilman Cisco Ortiz spoke during the Branch County Board of Commissioners meeting February 13, 2018 COLDWATER, MI 9WTVB0 - A group of citizens who are concerned about the Branch County Jail have formed a committee and they want to help county commissioners find a solution to the ongoing problems at the facility. Coldwater City Councilman Cisco Ortiz served as a spokesperson for the group during Tuesday's Branch County Board of Commissioners meeting, and he said the committee is made up of business owners and leaders, civic minded individuals, criminal justice administrators, and citizens who want to be involved.

Multi-county chase leads to prison time Tuesday, February 13
Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:35:05 GMT

A man who led police on a 100 mile per hour pursuit through three counties last August was ordered to serve between 80 months and 10 years in the Michigan Department of Corrections Tuesday in Hillsdale County Circuit Court. He was wanted on several warrants including one for absconding from parole in Kalamazoo County at the time of the pursuit which started in Marshall when he tried to flee from medical personnel who had been called for an unresponsive man.

Organizers get approval on recall petition for prosecutor Tuesday, February 13
Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:05:04 GMT

Language in a second recall petition against Branch County Prosecutor Ralph Kimble that was filed by Alexia and Stephen Rish of Coldwater was approved Tuesday morning on a 3-0 vote by the Michigan State Board of Canvassers. The petition had to be rewritten after the first one was voted down 4-0 January 30, 2018 because it did not state factually and clearly each reason for Kimble's recall.

Miller enters guilty plea for fleeing, eluding police Monday, February 12
Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:48:36 GMT

One year to the day after he was accused of leading police on a high speed chase which according to court documents reached speeds as high as 135 miles an hour, a Battle Creek man admitted his guilt in Branch County Circuit Court on Monday. 32-year-old Joshua Allan Miller entered a guilty plea to a charge of third degree fleeing and eluding.

Canvassers to rule on 2nd recall petition next week Thursday, February 8
Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:38:43 GMT

A second recall petition against Branch County Prosecutor Ralph Kimble has been filed by Alexia and Stephen Rish of Coldwater after an earlier petition was turned down by the Michigan State Board of Canvassers. The board voted 4-0 January 30, 2018 that parts of the petition did not state factually and clearly each reason for Kimble's recall.

Quincy tradition continues Saturday on Tip-Up Island Wednesday, February 7
Wed, 07 Feb 2018 09:24:08 GMT

It's a Branch County tradition during the second weekend in February which goes back to the early 1960's, and Mother Nature is providing just the right weather for this weekend's events. Fishing contests, kid's games, and wood cutting contests will be held throughout the day Saturday.

Suspect arrested while at courthouse on another case Tuesday, February 6
Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:49:08 GMT

A Sherwood Township man is being held in the Branch County Jail on a $100,000 bond following his arrest on a three count criminal sexual conduct warrant. A District Court spokesperson says he was taken into custody Monday at the Branch County Courthouse where he was scheduled to be sentenced in a domestic violence case.

Lost tire causes Sherwood Township crash Tuesday, February 6
Tue, 06 Feb 2018 12:23:55 GMT

Michigan State Police investigated a one car injury accident last night in Branch County's Sherwood Township. The crash was reported around 9:45 p.m. on M-60 near Blossom Road west of Union City.

Police investigate three-vehicle fatal crash in Branch County
Sat, 03 Feb 2018 03:36:23 GMT

The Branch County Sheriff's Office is investigating a three-vehicle accident that left a 64-year-old Coldwater man dead. It happened around 3:23 p.m. Friday in Batavia Township.

Arrest made in alleged terrorism threat at CHS
Fri, 02 Feb 2018 13:22:21 GMT

There was an alleged terrorism threat this week at Coldwater High School and an 18-year old suspect was taken into custody at the high school by Coldwater City Police. Hunter Bromley was arrested by City Police early Wednesday afternoon.

Board of Canvassers turn down Kimble petition Tuesday, January 30
Wed, 31 Jan 2018 01:45:18 GMT

On a 4-0 vote, the Michigan State Board of Canvassers turned down a recall petition on Tuesday which was filed against Branch County Prosecutor Ralph Kimble by Alexia and Stephen Rish of Coldwater. But the four member board made up of two Republicans and two Democrats felt the language in the petition failed to do that.

Mayor speaks out on jail incident involving officer Tuesday, January 30
Tue, 30 Jan 2018 20:45:15 GMT

Coldwater Mayor Tom Kramer has issued a statement concerning last July's incident at the Branch County Jail involving former Coldwater Police Officer Lewis Eastmead, which has cast the city in a negative light. A federal lawsuit was filed against the police department and the City of Coldwater in December 2017 by former Coldwater resident Tiffany McNeil over the incident, which was videotaped by Sheriff's Department cameras and picked up by news organizations all over the world.

Ferrell gets 7 to 15 years in prison for CSC conviction Monday, January 29
Mon, 29 Jan 2018 18:50:39 GMT

Former Quincy school teacher and Information Technology Director Jason Ferrell was ordered to serve between seven years, 11 months and 15 years in the Michigan Department of Corrections on Monday in Branch County Circuit Court after he entered no contest pleas November 27, 2017 to two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct. Ferrell's sentence was handed down after he was publicly embarrassed by the former student he sexually abused in 2016.

Fire causes evacuation of Union City apartments Monday, January 29
Mon, 29 Jan 2018 13:59:41 GMT

A fire early Sunday caused the evacuation of Riverbend Apartments in Union City. The blaze was reported at 2:20 a.m. yesterday.

Long recovery expected for shot MSP sergeant
Fri, 26 Jan 2018 16:50:28 GMT

Michigan State Police Detective/Sergeant Aaron Steensma is looking at a long recovery back to health after he was shot Wednesday morning at a residence in Branch County's Union Township as a warrant was being served in connection with the Duane Finney cold case murder investigation. Steensma's family has released a statement, thanking everyone for their support and particular the medical personnel from the EMS crews to the doctors and nurses at ProMedica Coldwater Regional Hospital and at Borgess Medical Center.


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