Local News Archives

South Haven Boil Water Action Lifted

On Thursday, residents in South Haven were notified of the need to boil all tap water used for drinking and cooking. The City of South Haven, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, has determined it is no longer necessary to use bottled water or boil water before drinking or cooking.  Appropriate corrective measures have been taken and follow-up sampling has confirmed no coli form bacteria is present in the water supply.. ...Read Full Story

Van-Pedestrian Accident in Hartford Township

Van Buren County Deputies are blaming distracted driving for a van/pedestrian collision that left a Bangor woman with life threatening injuries. Deputies say a 16-year-old from Hartford was driving along in the 62000 block of Red Arrow Highway in Hartford Township at about 3:00 Friday afternoon when the van strayed over the fog line on the edge of the road, clipped a mailbox and then hit the 46-year-old victim as she was walking along the road. The victim was initially unresponsive and began CPR. By the time deputies arrived she was breathing but unconscious. She was taken to Bronson Methodist in Kalamazoo with multiple injuries, and is listed in critical condition. The crash report will be submitted to the prosecutor’s office and the driver may face criminal charges.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Harbor City Manager Answers Trash Collection Questions

Benton Harbor City Manager Darwin Watson is hoping residents will hear his message about garbage collection now that a new company has been picked to provide the service. The contract isn’t signed yet, but We-Cycle Industrial Sanitation starting making pick-ups this past week after being selected for the job last month. The problem is that it hasn’t provided folks with bins yet. City Manager Watson tells us, for the next two months, residents have two options.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien County First Responders To Train For Mass Fatality Situations

Law enforcement agencies and other first reponders in Berrien County will be training for a mass fatality situation next month. Michigan State Police are helping to organize the course called Mass Fatalities for Rural Communities. The MSP tells us it serves as a training tool to provide rural communities with information to manage an actual mass-fatality response. The process of recovery, identification, and disposal of human remains following a major catastrophe is discussed. MSP says this sort of work differs from the normal daily operations local authorities are used to. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department has been planning the training day for a long time, according to The Herald Palladium. Law enforcement, firefighters, and others will spend the whole day of November 6 at the Berrien County Conference Room to learn about those catastrophic situations. The place to register for the disaster training can be found right here.. ...Read Full Story

Dowagiac To Dedicate New Mural

The city of Dowagiac is planning a special event for next Saturday as it dedicates a new mural remembering the local Orphan Train. City Manager Secretary Bobbie Jo Hartline tells WSJM News the Orphan Train started in New York City in the mid-1800s as a way to find homes for orphans in that city throughout the United States.. ...Read Full Story

Coast Guard Asks Everyone To Stay Off The Piers This Weekend

The U.S. Coast Guard is asking everyone to stay out of Lake Michigan, and away from the piers this weekend. A gale watch is in effect through Sunday morning. The National Weather Service warns there’s a chance of gale force winds around 35 knots all of this weekend. Stay off the piers because waves generated by the winds can knock you into the lake. Again, it is dangerous to go out on to the piers this weekend.. ...Read Full Story

Covert Man Arrested In Shooting Of South Haven Woman

A South Haven woman is hospitalized with a wound to the abdomen after being shot just after 4 a.m. Friday during a domestic situation at South Haven Trailer Park. Police Chief Natalie Thompson tells WSJM News children at the home were secured by officers and turned over to family members later in the morning. None of them were injured. The victim was conscious and able to identify the suspect who was later located at a home in Covert and taken into custody. He’s a 50-year-old Covert man who is now at the Van Buren County Jail pending arraignment on Monday. The suspect’s name has not been released. The victim is expected to recover.. ...Read Full Story

Bissell Pet Foundation Planning Adoption Event Next Week

If you’d like to get a cat or dog, consider adoption. That’s just as the Bissell Pet Foundation is sponsoring an Empty The Shelters event next Saturday, October 14. 75 shelters are taking part in Michigan. Bissell Pet Foundation founder Cathy Bissell told Michigan News Network Michigan has received many animals displaced by hurricanes in the south.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Justice Gets Senate Committee Approval For US Court

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen is a step closer to a new job on a federal appeals court. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved her nomination Thursday and sent it to the full Senate. All nine Democrats on the committee voted no. The 48-year-old Larsen was nominated to the Cincinnati-based appeals court by President Donald Trump. The court hears cases from federal courts in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.. ...Read Full Story

Woman Shot In South Haven

A South Haven woman is hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the abdomen after being shot just after 4 a.m. during a domestic situation at South Haven Trailer Park. Police say the suspect is a man who was arrested at a family member’s home a short time later. South Haven police say the victim is expected to make a full recovery. No names or other details have yet been released.. ...Read Full Story

Krasl Aims To Add A Welcoming Outdoor Space

WSJM News told you this week about a crowdfunding effort launched by the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph to help pay for an improvement project. Krasl is seeking $50,000 in online donations for a new outdoor space near the sculpture commonly known as Lotus the Hippo. Krasl’s Julia Gourley tells us the overall goal is actually to raise $1.7 million to attract more visitors.. ...Read Full Story

Home Sales Up, Prices Down In August

Home sales in southwest Michigan remain strong, although selling prices did go down in the month of August. The Southwest Michigan Association of Realtors tells WSJM News the average selling price for a home in the region dropped 12% from July to August. The median price also slipped 3%. That’s after selling prices held steady for about four months. The number of houses sold increased 8% over the number of houses sold in August 2016. Year to date, home sales in southwest Michigan are up 6%. The realtors association also tells us mortgage rates have continued to go down, while the housing inventory is also tight.. ...Read Full Story

LaSata: Buy Local This Weekend

The Michigan House has approved a resolution from state Representative Kim LaSata calling on all Michiganders to buy local this weekend. LaSata tells us she wants to declare October 7 and 8 as Buy Nearby Weekend. LaSata says if everyone would buy local, shoppers would create an additional $9 billion in economic activity and nearly 74,000 new jobs. She notes retailers alone represent more than 850,000 jobs in Michigan.. ...Read Full Story

South Haven Issues Boil Water Notice

The city of South Haven is advising residents there has been a water main break. It happened about 5 p.m. near 9235 Blue Star Highway. The break affects Casco Township, a large part of the city of South Haven, and part of South Haven Township. The city says anyone in the affected area should boil water prior to drinking it. Crews are working to fix the break, and they’re expected to be finished by about midnight. You can find out more right here.. ...Read Full Story

Upton In Favor Of Ban On Bump Stocks

Congressman Fred Upton has added his voice to the chorus of lawmakers who want to see a ban on bump stocks. Those are the devices that can be used to turn a semi automatic rifle into an automatic. The Las Vegas shooter was using a bump stock. Congressman Upton issued a statement Thursday, saying “we cannot with a straight face justify the legality of these tools that can so easily be manipulated to do unimaginable harm and are specifically designed to get around the automatic weapon ban.” He adds he’s working with other lawmakers on a letter to the ATF asking for bump stocks to be banned. Even the National Rifle Association called for “additional regulations” on bump stocks.. ...Read Full Story

State House Speaker Running For MI Attorney General

From the Associated Press — A Republican legislative leader is running to be Michigan’s next attorney general. House Speaker Tom Leonard announced his candidacy Thursday, saying he will “make Michigan stronger and safer.” He’s the second Republican to enter the
race, joining state Senator Tonya Schuitmaker. Republicans and Democrats will choose their attorney general candidates at conventions next summer. The 36-year-old Leonard has led the House since January and is in his final House term due to term limits. He previously worked as an assistant prosecutor in Genesee County. He says Michigan must be tough on violent crime, protect gun rights and stop
“sanctuary” cities from shielding immigrants in the country illegally. Democratic candidates include former federal prosecutor Pat Miles and former Wayne County assistant prosecutor Dana Nessel. Attorney General Bill Schuette is term-limited.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Harbor School Facing Teacher Recruitment Problem

One problem facing Benton Harbor Area Schools this year is a large number of teaching positions that are going unfilled. Superintendent Shelly Walker told the board of education this week “a vast number of positions” are currently available. The problem isn’t just money-related. She told WSJM News teachers consider several other factors when deciding where to go. She knows where they’re most attracted.. ...Read Full Story