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Cancer Center Gets Big Boost

From the Associated Press — The University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor has been gifted $150 million to boost research. University regents are expected Thursday to approve renaming the facility the Rogel Cancer Center after Richard and Susan Rogel. The school says the gift is one of the largest to the university. It is expected to help attract and support researchers from around the world and provide grants to teams developing new approaches and technologies to advance early cancer detection, monitoring and treatment. Endowed professorships and scholarships also will be created. Richard Rogel is president of investment firm Tomay Inc. He graduated in 1970 from the university’s business school. His wife, Susan, is on the steering committee of the Victors for Michigan National Campaign Leadership Board.. ...Read Full Story

A Changing Story At BHAS

Information given to WSJM News and other media outlets this week by the acting superintendent of Benton Harbor Area Schools about a resolution approved by the school board to not renew the contracts of five administrators was wrong. Patricia Robinson told the “Herald Palladium” yesterday that what the board actually approved was a resolution to consider not renewing the contracts, and a final vote will happen on April 17. Robinson told us Wednesday that financial issues were prompting the district to eliminate the job of assistant principal at the Arts and Communications Academy, which remains factual, and also post the other jobs. That is not actually the case, and WSJM News has reached out to Robinson for further clarification. At this point, we have not received a response.. ...Read Full Story

Woman, Boyfriend Convicted In Daughter’s Death

From the Associated Press — A woman and her boyfriend have been convicted in the death of her 4-year-old daughter, who was found wrapped in blankets and duct tape at their Kalamazoo home. A jury convicted Matthew Longenecker Wednesday of first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse in the asphyxiation death of Desaray Thompson. A separate jury found Kelly Ballinger guilty of involuntary manslaughter and first-degree child abuse in her daughter’s July death. They both were convicted of possession of meth. Authorities say the couple restrained Desaray with blankets and duct tape the night she died, including a blanket placed over her face. A medical examiner says there was evidence of past abuse, such as bruising, cuts and likely a skull fracture. Ballinger’s sentencing is scheduled for April 30 and Longenecker’s for May 7.. ...Read Full Story

AAA Warns About Distracted Driving

Almost 90% of drivers are worried about distracted driving. A new survey by AAA finding that it’s the top concern among drivers. That’s even more so than drunk driving and aggressive driving. Susan Hiltz is a spokesperson for AAA Michigan. She spoke with Michigan News Network about the issue.. ...Read Full Story

One Arrest In Meth Bust

One man is facing charges following a meth bust in Cass County this week. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department tells us its drug enforcement team searched a home in the 70,000 block of Kenmoore Drive in Ontwa Township Wednesday. It was aided by the Ontwa Township Edwardsburg Police Department. During the search, officers found methamphetamine, marijuana, and meth paraphernalia. A 41-year-old man from Goshen, Indiana was arrested. His name is being held pending arraignment in the Cass County District Court. Police say they were aided in their search by Cass County Sheriff’s Department K9 Faust, along with Cass County Animal Control. Anyone with information on drug activity in the area is asked to report it to Crimestoppers.. ...Read Full Story

Community Celebrates Tiger Champions

The streets were lined with well-wishers as the triumphant Benton Harbor Tigers basketball team rode atop a fire engine through the city Thursday in a parade to celebrate their state championship. It ended at the high school where a packed house greeted the team. Sophomore star Carlos Johnson tried to speak with WSJM News over the marching band when we asked how he felt.. ...Read Full Story

Drive Collects 10,000 Books

A recent book drive undertaken by the United Way of Southwestern Michigan collected more than 10,800 books for kids from kindergarten all the way through the 12th grade in Berrien and Cass counties. The United Way’s Julee Laurent tells WSJM News they set up collection boxes at businesses and other organizations throughout the region so folks could drop reading materials for kids in need. The United Way will now get them into the hands of kids who need them.. ...Read Full Story

State Awards Hepatitis Vaccine Grants

The Allegan County Health Department has received a $20,000 grant from the state to increase hepatitis A vaccinations. It tells us the money comes from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which set aside a total of $500,000 to help fight the state’s hepatitis A outbreak. 25 counties are receiving grants. The Allegan County Health Department tells us high-risk populations for acquiring hepatitis A, which is a liver disease, are individuals with histories of injection and non-injection drug use, the homeless, inmates, and men who have sex with men. The Allegan County Health Department tells us it will work with the Allegan County Jail, as well as other community agencies, to distribute the hep A vaccine. Anyone interested in getting the shot should call the Allegan County Health Department.. ...Read Full Story

Arrest Made In School Threat Case

An arrest has been in made in the case of a threat made this month to the Countryside Academy in Benton Township. The police department tells us officers were called to the charter high school on March 14 when a handwritten threat laced with racial language was found in a men’s room. That caused the school to be put on lockdown and then closed the following day. On Thursday of this week, the Benton Township Police Department arrested a 15-year-old boy for making the threat. He was placed at the Berrien County Juvenile Center on a charge of terrorism. Police have not said how they identified their suspect, and the investigation continues.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Talks School Safety

With hundreds of thousands of young people having held demonstrations around the country this past weekend, Congressman Fred Upton is hoping there can be some kind of gun legislation approved in Washington soon. He tells WSJM News he was out there talking with the kids protesting in St. Joseph on Saturday.. ...Read Full Story

LMC Raises Tuition

The Lake Michigan College Board of Trustees has approved a tuition hike. At a Tuesday meeting, the board voted to raise tuition for in-district students by 2% and out-of-district students by 5%. LMC leaders say increased operating expenses and expanding programs were the cause. Tuition for in-district will go up to $104 per contact hour. For out-of-district students, it will be $165 per contact hour, and for international students, it will be $242 per contact hour. LMC officials note it is still much cheaper to attend Lake Michigan College than most other higher education institutions in the state.. ...Read Full Story

Police Investigate Family Dollar Robbery

Police are looking for a suspect in the robbery of the Family Dollar store in Benton Township Wednesday night. The Benton Township Police Department tells us it happened at the store in the 1,200 block of M-139 around 8:50 p.m. Employees say a man walked into the store, pointed a handgun at an employee, and demanded money. He made off with an undisclosed amount. Police say the suspect did fire a shot while in the store, but it didn’t hit anyone. There were no injuries in the robbery. A search of the area by the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department with a K9 didn’t turn up anything. The suspect is described as a thin black male, about five foot seven. Anyone with information on the robbery should call the Benton Township Police Department.. ...Read Full Story

Gun Class Sparks Backlash

From the Associated Press — A Michigan class that teaches residents how to build their own semi-automatic AR-15 rifles drew protests from gun control advocates following recent mass shootings involving the weapon. Organizers say the class held Tuesday in Marshall was planned months before the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. The shooter used an AR-15. It’s the third year the Michigan program has been held at a veterans post, but the event received negative attention this year from protesters who said the timing and the idea of creating more guns is unwelcome. Resident Pam Daume says it’s “a slap in the face to the kids who have died.”
Chris Walden teaches the class. He says participants must undergo a background check and that the guns are registered and sold only to people who can legally own them.. ...Read Full Story

Engler Talks Student Safety

Michigan State University interim president John Engler speaking following charges against Dean William Strampel. Engler told Michigan News Network their focus is to create one of the safest, if not the safest campus environment when it comes to sexual misconduct.. ...Read Full Story

Chicago Joins Michigan To Fight Asian Carp

Chicago is supporting a federal plan to shield the Great Lakes from invasive Asian carp by strengthening defenses at a crucial Illinois choke point. The city has joined the Great Lakes Basin Partnership to Block Asian Carp, an initiative established this year. Other members include the states of Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin and the Canadian province of Ontario. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering a $275 million plan for new measures at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois. Among them are electric fish barriers, water jets, noisemakers and other devices to prevent the carp from using Chicago-area waterways to reach Lake Michigan. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago endorses the draft plan and will do its part to protect the lakes from invasive species.. ...Read Full Story

Stabenow Targets Drug Prices

Prescription drug prices must come down. That’s the message from Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow is is introducing a three bill package to lower the cost of medicine. She told Michigan News Network there are more lobbyists in Washington for drug makers than any other industry.. ...Read Full Story

Whitmer Falls Behind

A surprising turn of events in the race for governor. Polling numbers from a MRG Michigan Survey show Democratic candidate Shri Thanedar is now leading Gretchen Whitmer by three points — 21 to 18%. Michigan News Network Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick told us more about the poll.. ...Read Full Story

Celebration Planned For Championship Team

A big celebration is in the works for the Benton Harbor High School boys basketball team. At 6 p.m. on Thursday, a parade will start at Benton Harbor City Hall, go down Pipestone Street, Union Avenue, and Empire Avenue to conclude at the high school parking lot. Benton Harbor Area Schools Interim Superintendent Patricia Robinson tells WSJM News everyone is proud of the Tigers for their state championship win on Saturday.. ...Read Full Story

Classes Canceled Again In Dowagiac

It’s another day off for students at Dowagiac Union Schools. The district will be shut down on Thursday due to threats received at the high school and the middle school on Tuesday. They remain under investigation. The Dowagiac Police Department tells us the culprit behind the middle school threat was identified and sent home with parents while the case if turned over to the prosecutor. There has been no word on whether the source of the threat at the high school has been identified. Classes at Dowagiac Union Schools remain closed for Thursday. The district is also closed for Friday, but that had been previously scheduled. Spring break is next week for the district.. ...Read Full Story

More Changes At BH Schools

Some big staff and building changes have been approved by the Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education. At a Wednesday meeting, the board voted to notify five administrators, including the high school principal, their contracts aren’t being renewed. Acting Superintendent Patricia Robinson spoke with WSJM News.. ...Read Full Story

BH Teen Honored As Youth Of The Year

A 17-year-old who has been picked as the Michigan Youth of the Year by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America says he thinks all kids with an interest should stop by the Benton Harbor club. Quincy Sulton is a junior at Benton Harbor High School who first went to the club when he was about 12 to play basketball. Ever since, he’s grown his involvement, now even working to teach drama and dance to younger kids who go. He tells WSJM News the club has enriched his life.. ...Read Full Story

SMC Talks Long Term Plans

Leaders at Southwestern Michigan College are thinking about the long term. The board of trustees held a nine hour meeting this week to take at look at SMC’s strengths, weaknesses, and threats. President David Mathews tells WSJM News one program on the horizon is a new bachelor’s program for students who want to be teachers.. ...Read Full Story

St. Joe Seeking Water Grant

The city of St. Joseph could get a state grant to help residents replace lead water lines near their homes. At Monday’s city commission meeting, St. Joe Public Works Director Tom MacDonald said there’s a new state program offering grants of up to $1 million to improve water quality. St. Joe could reach out to residents if it gets a grant.. ...Read Full Story

Transplant Symposium Underway

Encouraging minorities to sign up for organ donations. That’s one of the main topics at a transplant symposium happening at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit this week. It’s attracting transplant experts from around the country. Transplant Dr. Jason Denny says kidney transplants are needed because renal failure from hypertension and diabetes is a concern.. ...Read Full Story

Watervliet Citgo Station Robbed

Michigan State Police are looking for three men who robbed the Citgo station on M-140 in Watervliet just before midnight Tuesday night. One of the three had a gun and got money from the register, while the other two stole lottery tickets along with a customer’s cell phone. They took off in a dark colored sedan, which the victims say might have been a Pontiac. All three wore dark clothes, hoodies and masks. No other information on the suspects has been released. Anyone with information is urged to call Michigan State Police or 9-1-1.. ...Read Full Story

Charges Against Former Nassar Boss

From the Associated Press — A prosecutor says a Michigan State University official failed to supervise Larry Nassar at a critical time when the sports doctor was facing allegations of sexual misconduct in 2014. Bill Forsyth announced charges Tuesday against William Strampel, who was dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine until December. He’s accused of willful neglect of duty in his dealings with Nassar. He’s also charged with groping female medical students. Forsyth says the neglect-of-duty charges are “somewhat nebulous” or not as
well-defined as other crimes. He says there was a “lack of supervision” over Nassar when the doctor was ordered to have another person in the room during certain exams. Nassar is serving decades in prison for sexual abuse and possessing child pornography.. ...Read Full Story

Dowagiac Schools Closed Due To Threat

Dowagiac Union Schools is closed for Wednesday due to threats found in two of the district’s buildings on Tuesday. One was found in a high school restroom, and the other in a middle school restroom. The district is closed for the day while the threats are investigated. In the case of the middle school, police found the student responsible, and turned the student over to parents. Police do not believe the threat was credible, and the case has been given to the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office for a review and juvenile petition into probate court.. ...Read Full Story

Winner Of Asian Carp Contest Announced

From the Associated Press — The state of Michigan has declared a winner in its contest to find new ideas for preventing Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. The top award of $200,000 in the “Carp Tank” competition goes to Edem Tsikata, a software consultant at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He proposed using specially designed propellers to generate a wall of bubbles that the fish would find noisy and painful, causing them to turn away. Tsikata suggested installing the mechanism on a carp-infested Illinois river that could provide a pathway to Lake Michigan. Three other proposals also received cash awards. Scientists say if Asian carp become established in the Great Lakes, they could out-compete native species. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering stepped-up defenses at an Illinois navigation lock.. ...Read Full Story

Championship To Showcase Local Beer, Wine

When the Senior PGA Championship takes place this summer at Harbor Shores, lovers of fine wines and other beverages will have a chance to check of what’s made right here in southwest Michigan. The Southwest Michigan Tourism Council’s Makers Trail has set up what will be known as the Makers Trail 19th Hole between the 16th green and 17th tee at the golf course. That’s where you can sample locally-made products, including wine from Domaine Berrien Cellars. The winery’s Wally Maurer spoke with WSJM News about the opportunity.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Hoping For Parlak Decision

Congressman Fred Upton is waiting for the latest word on the fate of Ibrahim Parlak. The Kurdish immigrant has been fighting deportation to Turkey for years with Upton on his side. Upton tells WSJM News he went to a reception at Parlak’s restaurant in Harbert this past weekend, just days after an immigration judge in Detroit considered Parlak’s appeal to stay in the United States.. ...Read Full Story

City Holds Back On Parks Grant

The city of St. Joseph will hold off until next year to pursue a state grant for improvements at Whirlpool Centennial Park. At Monday’s meeting, the commission was asked to allow the public works department to seek a $111,000 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant for the work. The problem is that if the grant were to be approved this year, the city would have to come up with its roughly $260,000 match, and Mayor Michael Garey didn’t want to commit until the budget is done. He spoke with WSJM News about the issue.. ...Read Full Story

Soft Lockdown At Covert Schools

Everyone’s fine after Covert Public Schools went into a state of soft lockdown for most of Tuesday. The Covert Township Police Department tells us the decision to go into lockdown was made by the police chief and the Covert superintendent when a non-credible threat came in. Police say they investigated and found no one was in any real danger. Covert Township Police Chief Jay Allen tells us the students are safe. The lockdown went into effect around 9 a.m. Wednesday and ended when school let out. The Covert lockdown happened the same day Decatur Schools were closed due to a threat found in a restroom.. ...Read Full Story

Man Recovering After Being Shot By Arrow

Michigan State Police are looking for the archer who shot a man in the neck with an arrow in a wooded area in Almena Township, just before 1 pm Sunday. Investigators say 61-year-old Michael Downey was walking along a trail close to the eastern edge of Van Buren County near 28th Street when the arrow went through his neck. He was able to walk back to his car and drive to a nearby home where medical assistance was summoned and the police notified. Downey was rushed into surgery at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo and may need another surgery, but will recover. Authorities say had the arrow been just a couple of inches off, it could have killed him. Downey was wearing a hunting vest. MSP investigators are asking for anyone who may have information about who was in the woods on Sunday to give them a call.. ...Read Full Story

Lawmakers Talk Marijuana Licensing

State officials held an education session Monday in East Lansing for medical marijuana license applicants. The topics included construction code standards for facilities, along with information on the paying the excise tax due to the state. Director of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation Andrew Brisbo told Michigan News Network applying will also be costly.. ...Read Full Story

Seniors Could Get Help With Home Repairs

Climbing a staircase or stepping into a bathtub are among the everyday tasks that can become a challenge to folks as they age, and also sometimes a danger. A bill now before the Michigan House could help aging Michiganders address these concerns in their homes. If Senate Bill 184 is passed, adults with disabilities could receive a tax credit of up to $5,000 to make an existing home accessible, or to help purchase of a newly-built accessible home. Lisa Dedden Cooper with AARP Michigan tells us the credit could go toward modifications like grab bars, non-slip flooring, and low-rise showers.. ...Read Full Story

Legislation Clarifies Teacher Pension Rules

Legislation now introduced in the Michigan House and Senate would exempt students working part-time at a community college from contributing to the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System. Co-sponsor state Senator John Proos tells WSJM News, right now, community colleges are told their part-time students do have to pay into the MPSERS. That doesn’t make sense to him.. ...Read Full Story

BH Teen Saluted By Boys And Girls Club

A Benton Harbor youth has been picked by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America as the Michigan Youth of the Year. 17-year-old Quincy Sulton is a junior at Benton Harbor High School. The Boys and Girls Club tells us he’s a member of the Joel E. Smilow Teen Center and is employed by the club as a junior instructor for the dance and drama program at the Fettig Youth Campus. Sulton tells us the club “laid the foundation that taught me compassion for others,” adding the Boys and Girls Club has given him a place to be empowered and be himself. As the Michigan Youth of the Year, Quincy will serve as an ambassador for clubs across the state, received a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys and Girls Clubs of America, along with an additional $3,000 scholarship from the Michigan Boys and Girls Club Area Council. He’ll also go on to vie for the Midwest Regional Youth of the Year this summer.. ...Read Full Story

Proposal For Life Rings Moving Forward

St. Joseph City Commissioners have indicated their support for installing life rings along the north pier. At Monday’s meeting, the city commission instructed the city manager to work out a maintenance agreement with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department for life rings to be installed at the pier. The sheriff’s department has said it could use its manpower to check the rings daily if the city installs them. St. Joe Mayor Michael Garey spoke with WSJM News about the proposal.. ...Read Full Story

BH Tigers Welcomed With Pep Rally

It’s been a triumphant return home for the Benton Harbor Tigers boys basketball team. A pep rally was held Monday for the Tigers as they returned home from winning the state championship on Saturday. The team won partly thanks to a last minute three-pointer from sophomore Carlos Johnson. As the seconds ticked off after that, Coach Corey Sterling told WSJM News he held his breath.. ...Read Full Story

Oberon Day Celebrated

Beer enthusiasts celebrated Oberon Day Monday as Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo released its iconic beer for the season. The brewery describes the beer as “a wheat ale fermented with Bell’s signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas.” CEO Laura Bell is the daughter of Bell’s owner Larry Bell, and she spoke with Michigan News Network about Oberon Day.. ...Read Full Story

Policy Group Questions Pure Michigan Value

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has taken another shot at the Pure Michigan tourism advertising campaign. Mackinac Center Policy Analyst Michael LaFaive tells WSJM News a Michigan Auditor General review found more than $13 million in state tax dollars were excluded from the return-on-investment calculations made by the state’s tourism consultant for Pure Michigan in 2016. The Mackinac Center views the Pure Michigan program as not worth it.. ...Read Full Story

40 Under 40 List Unveiled

The first ever 40 Under 40 list has been released, and it includes a cross section of southwest Michigan’s best and brightest go-getters under the age of 40. Announced on Monday’s Moody in the Morning show, the 40 Under 40 represent the future of the region in a new program just started by Moody on the Market and Mid-West Family Broadcasting. The United Way’s Charlotte Becker told WSJM News the 40 Under 40 come from the world of big business, small business, non-profits, and community groups.. ...Read Full Story

Police Investigate Fatal Friday Crash

A 6-year-old girl is dead following a crash in Van Buren County Friday. Michigan State Police tell us it happened on 66th Street near 26th Avenue in Bangor Township shortly before 6 p.m. The driver of a southbound vehicle was distracted and swerved off the road. The vehicle then went down an embankment and hit a tree. There were four people in the vehicle at the time, the adult driver and three children, all from Bangor. A 6-year-old girl in the backseat was killed. The driver and the other two passengers were taken to Bronson Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.. ...Read Full Story

State Park Cleanups This Month

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is planning some clean-up events at west Michigan state parks this month, and it could use some volunteers. Specifically, it tells us those who show up will be removing invasive plant species from dune areas. The work will be taking place on Saturday, March 31 at Saugatuck Dunes State Park and Warren Dunes State Park. Volunteers are invited to stop by at 10 a.m. to work through 1 p.m. at both parks. They will be removing honeysuckle, Japanese barberry and other invasive shrubs that threaten the dunes. In each case, volunteers are reminded to dress for outdoor work. Volunteers can show up to either state park at 10 a.m. on the 31st and go to the parking area.. ...Read Full Story

It’s Getting Expensive To Fill Up Again

A big 14¢ jump at the gas pump is threatening to put a dent in the budget of drivers around southwest Michigan. According to the latest survey from Triple-A Michigan, prices in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph rose as much as the rest of the state with a 14¢ jump to an average of $2.70. The statewide average is a penny higher, and that’s up 42¢ from this time a year ago. GasBuddy spotters say South Haven’s prices, which are typically lower, aren’t that much cheaper right now and range from $2.65 to $2.68 a gallon. The auto club says the highest prices are in Jackson at $2.77, while drivers in Marquette have the lowest prices at $2.64. Triple-A isn’t offering much of an explanation for the increase other than seasonal volatility in prices.. ...Read Full Story

Pep Rally, Parade For State Champion BH Tigers

Benton Harbor High School will hold a pep rally today for students, staff, parents and relatives of the Class B state champion boys basketball team. The Tigers defeated Grand Rapids Catholic Central in overtime on Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, 65-64, for their first state title since 1965. Sophomore Carlos Johnson hit the game-winning three pointer with under five seconds to go, and the defense held to preserve the one-point win. Today’s celebration is set for 10 a.m., and a parade is also being planned for Thursday evening starting at 6. The parade will start in the Empire parking lot of Benton Harbor High School.. ...Read Full Story

Local Grower Picked For State Panel

A local fruit grower has been picked by Governor Rick Snyder to sit on the Michigan Tree Fruit Commission. Herb Teichman, owner of the Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in Eau Claire, will be on that body created in 2014. Teichman’s appointment to the commission was announced by the governor Thursday. Also announced Thursday for Michigan Tree Fruit Commission will be James Nugent of Suttons Bay and Christopher Kropf of Lowell. Members will serve three-year terms expiring March 1, 2021. The appointments must be approved by the Michigan Senate. The governor says, “I thank these individuals for their commitment to enhance Michigan’s tree fruit industry.”. ...Read Full Story

LaSata Talks Shoreline Protection

Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation from state Representative Kim LaSata intended to strengthen a program for the clean-up of waterways in the state. LaSata tells WSJM News confusion was created several years ago when the Michigan Departments of Natural Resources and Environmental Quality were combined. After they separated, it was not clear which one was to run the Adopt-a-River and Adopt-a-Shoreline programs.. ...Read Full Story

Governor Approves Road Renaming

Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation from state Representative Kim LaSata to rename a stretch of Red Arrow Highway in Berrien County in honor of a fallen state police trooper. She tells WSJM News Red Arrow Highway between Glenlord and Hilltop Roads will now be called the Trooper Robert J. Mihalik Memorial Highway.. ...Read Full Story

Missing Teen Back Home

A 15-year-old girl reported missing last week is back home with her family in Benton Harbor. The city’s public safety department tells WSJM News Anna Mae Taylor was located and returned to her family as of Friday. Someone purporting to be her posted on Taylor’s Facebook page within hours of police putting out word she was missing last week that she was okay. Benton Harbor Public Safety is continuing to investigate her disappearance.. ...Read Full Story

Double Murder Suspect On Run

Benton Harbor Public Safety officers are looking for a double murder suspect who may be headed to Indianapolis. Officers tell WSJM News 40-year-old Antwan “Tank” Mims is accused of shooting and killing 22-year-old Cortez Miller and 29-year-old Michael Johnson early Sunday morning. The victims died after being taken to Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph. They were found shot at a home in the 900 block of LaVette in Benton Harbor. Anyone who knows where Mims may be is urged to call Crime Stoppers, Benton Harbor Public Safety, or 9-1-1.. ...Read Full Story

School Spirit Tournament Update

State Senator John Proos is congratulating the schools left in his annual Southwest Michigan Spirit Tournament. He announced the Elite 8 this week, telling WSJM News we’re now down to Michigan Lutheran versus Lake Michigan Catholic, River Valley versus Grace Christian, Berrien Springs versus Coloma, and Edwardsburg versus Marcellus. They’re competing in a bracket-style tournament to prove their school spirit by sending Proos photo evidence they’re the best.. ...Read Full Story