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St. Joseph Schools Superintendent Receives Positive Performance Evaluation

The St. Joseph Public Schools Board of Education has released the results of Superintendent Ann Cardon’s annual evaluation. The board this week congratulated Cardon on what it called an outstanding performance with highly effective outcomes for the 2016-17 school year. The board writes, “Ann is a leader who cultivates an inclusive, caring and supportive school community that promotes academic success for each student in our district.” The board also applauded Cardon for presenting what it called sound methodologies in regards to staff development, school improvement, and instructional practices. Trustees say they forward to a continued partnership with Cardon.. ...Read Full Story

Water Company Employee Accused Of Stealing Drugs From Customer Homes

An employee of a water supply company is facing charges in Van Buren County after police say he used his position to break into the homes of customers to steal prescription drugs. Sheriff’s deputies were called out to the 27,000 block of Second Avenue in Pine Grove Township on Monday to investigate a breaking and entering complaint. That led them to the 35-year-old suspect. They say he’d been breaking into customers’ homes during his shift, and they’re looking for other possible victims. The name of the suspect has not yet been released. Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department.. ...Read Full Story

Dowagiac Man Facing Charges Over Theft From Utility Drop Box

One man is facing felony charges following a break-in to a utility payment drop box in Dowagiac this month. The police department tells us 53-year-old Garry Means was picked up on a warrant August 13 while charges were pursued in the theft case. Means is accused of stealing money from a drop box located along Pennsylvania Ave and New York Ave south of Commercial Street. He’s in the Cass County Jail with bond set at $200,000. Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Dowagiac Police Department.. ...Read Full Story

Two Benton Harbor Schools Damaged By Vandals

Benton Harbor Areas Schools has suffered a blow just ahead of the start of a new academic year. Superintendent Dr. Shelly Walker tells WSJM News two of the district’s buildings were vandalized over the weekend, with “significant” damage done to them. Walker says it happened either late Saturday or early Sunday at the STEAM Academy at MLK on East Britain and the Discovery Enrichment Center on South McCord. She couldn’t tell us exactly what the vandals did, but says they damaged about 15 classrooms at STEAM and also damaged some modular classrooms at Discovery. The district is taking donations for anyone who wants to help it recover. They can be given to the Berrien Community Foundation. Also, anyone who knows anything about the crime is asked to contact the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety. ...Read Full Story

Motorcyclist Killed In Coloma Township Crash

A motorcyclist is dead after a crash with a car on eastbound I-94 in Coloma Township Monday night. The Coloma Township Police Department tells WSJM News the crash happened around 9 p.m. The motorcyclist has been identified as 66-year-old Michael Feller of Wellston, Michigan. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the passenger vehicle, 23-year-old Hannah Joseph of Grand Blanc, suffered minor injuries. The cause of the crash is still being investigated by the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department.. ...Read Full Story

Paw Paw Getting A Biggby Coffee

Paw Paw is the latest southwest Michigan community to get a Biggby Coffee. The new establishment opens for business Tuesday at the corner of Kalamazoo Street and Berrien Street just off of I-94. Owner Linda Marcon says she thought a Biggby would be the perfect fit for her as an business owner, as well as for her hometown. Macron is active with several community organizations, and adds she looks forward to tying them in with her new venture. Biggby Coffee opened in 1995 in East Lansing, and has since expanded to 254 locations in nine states.. ...Read Full Story

BH Commissioners Honor Retired State Police Trooper

Benton Harbor City Commissioners have honored a local Michigan State Police trooper with a key to the city. Trooper Maurice Burton retired this year after serving the state police since 1986. He’d been the city’s community service trooper since the Granholm administration and told WSJM News he’s seen the community’s police presence change a lot since then.. ...Read Full Story

Crowds Gather To View Solar Eclipse

Crowds around southwest Michigan have had their chance to check out this week’s solar eclipse. Viewing parties were held around the region on Monday as the sun was totally obscured by the moon for a few minutes. The Lincoln Township Library held one party, with organizer Vicki Rausch telling WSJM News she was pleased with the turnout.. ...Read Full Story

Parking To Be Temporarily Limited At Berrien County Building

If you have business to do at the Berrien County Administration Center in St. Joseph, then be advised that parking will be temporarily limited starting later this week. The county tells us they’re replacing the parking lot, meaning fewer spaces until the project is done on Monday, September 4. Handicapped parking spaces are being marked off along Pearl Street while the project is underway. The county also reminds everyone many of its services area vailable online. They include ordering a copy of a birth certificate, paying taxes, veterans forms, soil and erosion permits, and job applications. The website is BerrienCounty.org.. ...Read Full Story

Arrest Made In Triple Stabbing Near Paw Paw

A Missouri man is likely to be facing attempted murder charges for a triple stabbing near Paw Paw late Sunday night. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department says the man is accused of stabbing three people in a car on M-43 near Hidden Pines Drive in Almena Township. Investigators haven’t been able to determine what led up to the attack, and have not given information on the conditions of the victims. The suspect is in the Van Buren County Jail awaiting arraignment, and the incident is still being investigated.. ...Read Full Story

Clouds Might Obscure Eclipse In Michigan

Chances aren’t great that we’ll get a really good look at today’s eclipse. Cloud cover in the Lower Peninsula is forecast to be around 70 to 80% according to the National Weather Service, while in the U.P., it’s only going to be around 40-to-50% obscured by clouds. If the clouds break, we’re expected to get about 80% of the eclipse, as totality will be much further south. The next solar eclipse that will be visible throughout all of North America will be in 2024, and this is the first for us since 1979.. ...Read Full Story

Three Stabbed In Vehicle Near Paw Paw

Three people are hospitalized with stab wounds following what police call a domestic violence incident near Paw Paw. Police were called to a vehicle on M-43 at 30th Street just before 11 last night. The three victims are expected to recover. The circumstances leading up to the stabbings have not been disclosed yet by police. The incident closed M-43 for several hours, and it reopened shortly before 3:30 this morning.. ...Read Full Story

State Aims To Increase Vaccination Rates

A new campaign is aiming to convince Michigan parents to get their kids vaccinated ahead of the new school year. A coalition which includes the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is hoping everyone goes to the “I Vaccinate” website. Andrea Poole, a spokesperson with the campaign, tells us too many parents aren’t getting their kids fully vaccinated.. ...Read Full Story

Drowning in Selkirk Lake

An accidental drowning is being investigated in Wayland Township. Just before midnight Saturday night, Allegan Central Dispatch received a call of a missing swimmer at Selkirk Lake. The caller reported that two older females were swimming in the lake when one of them did not come back to shore.  Road Patrol and Marine Patrol deputies were dispatched to the scene as well as the Sheriff’s Office Dive / Rescue & Recovery Team. A search was conducted and the woman was located near a floating raft which was anchored in the lake.  She was brought to shore to awaiting EMS personnel who attempted to revive her however were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at the scene. The preliminary investigation indicates that the incident is accidental in nature and medical issues along with alcohol may have been contributing factors.  The woman was missing for approximately 45 minutes and was found in approximately 10 feet of water.  She was not from the area however did have friends who reside on the lake.  Her name has not been released.. ...Read Full Story

Buchanan Woman Wins Cruise From Lottery Game

A Buchanan woman is the latest Berrien County resident to win a big Michigan Lottery prize. Rachel Tidey is one of five state residents to have won the Cruisin’ instant game second chance drawing. She’ll now get a five-night western Caribbean cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean “Brilliance of the Seas.” The state lottery tells us her trip will also include round trip airfare to Tampa, Florida and a hotel stay before the cruise departs. Another $150,000 in cash prizes will be awarded throughout the trip. The other winners of the cruise hail from Warren, Byron, Chesaning, and Almont. Those who don’t win on their $2 Cruisin’ lotto tickets can go to the state lottery website and enter a code for a chance to get those second prize trips.. ...Read Full Story

LMC Hires New Women’s Basketball, Volleyball Coaches

Lake Michigan College has hired some coaches for its women’s basketball and volleyball teams. It tells us Brooklyn Kohlheim is now the head women’s basketball coach, and Rob Elliott-Schnafitz is now head coach of the volleyball program. Kohlheim comes to LMC from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she was assistant women’s basketball coach for six years. Elliott-Schnafitz has played and coached volleyball for more than twenty years with experience that includes varsity-level coaching at St. Joseph and Lake Michigan Catholic High Schools in St. Joseph. You can go to Redhawks.LakeMichiganCollege.edu to learn more about LMC’s athletics programs.. ...Read Full Story