Latest St. Joseph News

4 Michigan counties to be sprayed to fight mosquito virus

Sep. 30, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — After a weather-related delay, aerial spraying is planned in four Michigan counties to combat a rare mosquito-borne virus. The state health department says areas in Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties are first on the list Monday night. Spraying in 10 other counties...

Former church worker sent to prison in assault case

Sep. 27, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A former church worker has been sentenced to at least four years in prison for sexually assaulting a teen altar boy at a suburban Detroit church. Hurmiz Ishak will be eligible for parole after four years. He appeared Friday in Oakland County court. Police say the boy's parents...

Man gets at least 65 years in Michigan soldier's slaying

Sep. 24, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the slaying of a U.S. Army sergeant from Michigan has been sentenced to at least 65 years in prison. Jeremy Cuellar was sentenced Monday after earlier admitting to being a co-conspirator with Kemia Hassel in the New Year's Eve...

Authorities: 1 dead in Detroit assisted living facility fire

Sep. 23, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say a man has died following a fire at an assisted living facility in Detroit that prompted the evacuation of dozens of elderly residents. The fire was reported about 3:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Manor on the city's east side and was quickly extinguished. Detroit police Sgt....

Michigan man 'deeply sorry' for raping, killing girl

Sep. 15, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A judge in southwestern Michigan is expected to decide in November whether a man convicted of murder over 30 years ago should get a chance at parole because he was 17 at the time of the killing. Tommy Richards, 49, raped and killed 10-year-old Shimika Hicks in Berrien County in...

Man arraigned on murder charges in crash that killed 4

Sep. 14, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

BUCHANAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 54-year-old man has been arraigned on murder, drunken driving and other charges following a crash that killed four people in southwestern Michigan. The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reports that Dub Collins appeared Friday in a Berrien County courtroom on four counts of...

Former church worker convicted in sexual assault case

Aug. 30, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A former church worker has been convicted in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a teenage altar boy at a suburban Detroit church. Oakland County Circuit Court says 66-year-old Hurmiz Ishak was found guilty Thursday of one count of criminal sexual conduct and acquitted of...

Woman gets life in ambush slaying of soldier husband

Aug. 29, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — The wife of a U.S. Army sergeant from Michigan who was convicted of plotting to kill her husband has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Twenty-two-year-old Kemia Hassel learned her punishment Thursday. A Berrien County jury found her guilty of murder last month in the...