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17 Sentenced In Bank Fraud Case

18 people have been sentenced in a bank fraud case out of west Michigan. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Grand Rapids tells us the fraud ring targeted Bank of America, and allowed the defendants to obtain more than $780,000, resulting in losses of more than $455,000. They were accused of opening or using of Bank of America accounts to accept fraudulent check deposits and then make fraudulent withdrawals at banks and casinos. Among the defendants sentenced this week were three out of South Haven. Jerome Perry was sentenced to 15 months in prison, James Langford was sentenced to 12 months and one day, and Elnora Snipes was sentenced to 3 months in prison. The rest of the defendants were from places that include Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. The U.S. Attorney tells us the ring’s leader was a Kalamazoo man who has now been sentenced to 8.5 years in prison.. ...Read Full Story

Attorney General Coming To Hartford

Coming to Hartford High School on Wednesday will be Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. He’s going to chat with students enrolled in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program. Youth Solutions Director Kristin Harrington tells WSJM News the organization is glad to have him.. ...Read Full Story

Recycling Event This Weekend

A household chemical recycling event is slated for this weekend in Berrien County. The Berrien County Parks Department tells us it will collect chemicals, home medical waste, electronics, and personal documents on Saturday at the Southeast Berrien County Landfill Recycling Center in Buchanan. The personal documents will be shredded. The county tells us you can drop off paint, old gasoline, used motor oil, pesticides, cleaners, unwanted pills, medical sharps, batteries, computers, televisions, printers, and small and large appliances mostly for free. There is a fee of $10 per computer monitor and $20 per television. The collection event will run this Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. You can find out more right here.. ...Read Full Story

Unsolved Murder Vigil Planned

A candlelight vigil will be held this week in St. Joseph to remember the victims of unsolved murders in Benton Harbor. Lisa Gorman with Freedom Life Church in Benton Harbor tells WSJM News she’s worked with many people who have been personally affected by the crimes. The idea for a vigil came after hearing so many stories she says she’s heard.. ...Read Full Story

SJ Pursues Green Initiative

St. Joseph City Commissioners are making their commitment to sustainability official. At this week’s meeting, the commission approved a resolution to pursue bronze certification from Michigan Green Communities. Commissioner Peggy Getty tells WSJM News she and Commissioner Laura Goos looked into it and realized the city was already doing many of the things to get bronze status.. ...Read Full Story

Snyder Talks Job Training

Governor Rick Snyder’s strategy to fill more than 800,000 job openings was discussed Monday  in Jackson. Local business leaders and educators came together to give input on the proposed “Marshall Plan for Talent,” as Snyder has called it.. ...Read Full Story

Schuette Appeals Private School Ruling

From the Associated Press — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is appealing a court ruling that blocked state reimbursements to private schools for the cost of inspections and other state requirements. The appeal was filed Monday on behalf of the state and top officials. A Court of Claims judge last month struck down as unconstitutional two budget laws, saying $5 million in spending violates a ban on aid to non-public schools. Schuette, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, says the cost of inspections and fees can “financially cripple” private schools. Public school groups challenged the state spending. Separately, Schuette’s office is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit
challenging Michigan’s constitutional ban on using public money to directly or indirectly aid parochial schools. The state says the issue was settled legally 47 years ago.. ...Read Full Story

Water Level To Be Lowered At Berrien Springs Hydroelectric Dam

The water level at the Berrien Springs Hydroelectric Dam will be coming down later this month for maintenance. Indiana Michigan Power plans to draw down the level of the water by three-and-a-half feet at a rate of six-inches a day. That will start on May 29 and will affect a three-and-a-half mile section of the St. Joseph River upstream of the dam, better known as Lake Chapin. The utility is warning homeowners and people who use the river for boating in the area that submerged objects will be closer to the surface of the water, and there will be areas of shallow depth. Additionally, if you own or operate boats in the area, you’re advised to dry dock them if you don’t remove them from the harbor during the drawdown. The work is expected to be done on or before June 18, with the restoration of the water level back to normal by Monday, June 25.. ...Read Full Story

Craft Beer Week Underway

American Craft Beer Week is underway, celebrating small businesses make beer. Craftbeer.com Editor-In-Chief Jess Baker tells us people are fans of craft beers because they have flavor and are always different. She says it’s also about community.. ...Read Full Story