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BH School Trustees Hear Report On Pool Repair Costs

The Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education is taking no action for now on repairing the swimming pool at the Charles Gray Recreation Center. It received a report Tuesday on the cost of fixing up the pool area, learning it would run about $1.5 to do all recommended repairs. Superintendent Dr. Shelly Walker has suggested they wait until the district’s budget situation improves.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien Sheriff Adjusting Silver Beach Patrols

Problems this past weekend at Silver Beach are leading Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey to make some changes to how beach patrols are handled there this summer. On Sunday night, there were two assaults at the beach around 9:45 p.m. That was 15 minutes after Bailey’s deputies ended their shift. Bailey now tells WSJM News they’re making adjustments.. ...Read Full Story

St. Joseph City Commissioners Hear About Silver Beach Disturbance

Following a couple of assaults this past weekend at Silver Beach, St. Joseph City Commissioners are asking Public Safety Director Brian Uridge to meet with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department again. The assaults happened Sunday night after sheriff’s deputies patrolling the beach had ended their shifts. The city and the county last year pledged to work closely on law enforcement at the beach following some incidents, but St. Joseph Mayor Mike Garey tells WSJM News that’s not worked out as well as hoped.. ...Read Full Story

Missing Teen Found Safe

A teen who was reported missing by his family in Niles on Tuesday morning is safe and sound and back at home. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department tells our newsroom it sent deputies out to the 1,700 block of Bond Street in Niles around 4:20 a.m. The teen’s mother told them the 16-year-old is mute and autistic. A search involving sheriff’s deputies and Niles police began, and they found the boy walking along US-12 near the US-31 bypass around 6:30 a.m. He was examined by EMTs and found to be unharmed. The teen is now back with family.. ...Read Full Story

Lawton Man Dies From Crash Injuries

A Sunday afternoon rollover accident in Van Buren County has now claimed the life of the passenger of the SUV. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department says the 50-year-old Lawton man died yesterday at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. Officers had to use the Jaws of Life to get him out of the SUV, while the 29-year-old man from Paw Paw who was behind the wheel was thrown from the vehicle during the crash. He remains hospitalized at Bronson. The vehicle rolled several times after hitting a tree and a power pole on County Road 657 at 66th Avenue, and nearly hit a house.. ...Read Full Story

Whirlpool Planning $35 Million Investment In SJ Tech Center

Whirlpool is planning a major investment in its St. Joseph Tech Center. Spokesperson Jeff Noel tells WSJM News they’re putting $35 million into the facility with the addition of a new $24 million, 90,000-plus square foot building, along with $11 million in renovations to the existing property. He tells us Whirlpool wants to invest in its future by creating the work space modern professionals need.. ...Read Full Story

Dog Owners Reminded To Be Careful This Week

Temperatures this past weekend were as high as 100 degrees in southwest Michigan, and they’re expected to be in the upper 80s or low 90s through at least mid week. That’s why the Al-Van Humane Society has a few reminders for pet owners. Director Jennifer Nuernberg tells WSJM News you shouldn’t leave you pooch in a parked car.. ...Read Full Story

Great Lakes Water Levels Expected To Remain High Through The Fall

Water levels on the Great Lakes are expected to be both higher than average and higher than last year throughout the summer and into the fall. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tells us lots of rain in April and May pushed the Great Lakes levels higher than forecast. Now, the predicted summer water levels on Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, St. Clair, and Erie will be at their highest levels since around 1996. Also, Lake Ontario set a new water level record in May. Higher water levels are better for shipping on the Great Lakes. The Army Corps of Engineers issues its Great Lakes water level forecast every month.. ...Read Full Story

State Budget Could Be Approved Next Week

The state budget is now back on track. That’s according to state Representative Kim LaSata, who tells WSJM News Governor Rick Snyder has reached a compromise with GOP lawmakers on the teacher pension system. The governor was reluctant to move new teachers into a 401(k) style plan. LaSata tells us something still has to be done about teacher pensions.. ...Read Full Story

Police Identify Man Killed In Benton Harbor Shooting

Police have released the name of a man killed in a weekend Benton Harbor shooting. The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety tells WSJM News 21-year-old Kyre Perre Hull, of Benton Harbor, was shot and killed Saturday afternoon outside the River Terrance apartments. An autopsy was done Monday confirming the cause of death. Public safety tells us they’re conducting an intensive investigation. The department asks anyone with information on the crime to contact them.. ...Read Full Story

Indiana Rail Line Rerouting Could Cost Residents Homes

Some Indiana residents may lose their homes to make way for the realignment of the South Shore rail line. The proposed route near the South Bend International Airport is projected to cost up to $25 million. The line would cut 10 minutes off the trip to the airport by taking a more direct route through an area that contains hundreds of homes. The realignment is part of a larger $290 million project to double track 16 miles between Michigan City and Gary. It has an expected completion date of 2020, pending federal funding approval. The airport and railroad had planned a similar project in 2005. The airport bought several area properties before shelving the project because of lack of funding.. ...Read Full Story

At Least 4 Dead In Michigan Lakes Over Weekend

At least four people have died in Michigan lakes over the weekend. Police say a 27-year-old Lansing man was found floating face-down Saturday night in Lake Michigan at Holland State Park. Yellow flags were flying at the time, a warning to swimmers that the water could be risky. Across the state in Wayne County, a 61-year-old man drowned in Belleville Lake. A 23-year-old woman disappeared while swimming at Clear Lake in St. Joseph County. In northern Michigan, authorities are looking for the body of a man in Lake Margrethe in Crawford County.. ...Read Full Story

Gas Prices Fall; SWMI Has State’s Lowest Prices

Early summer gas prices are on the downswing statewide, and we’re starting this week with the state’s lowest prices in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph. The latest survey from Triple-A Michigan puts the local prices at $2.31, down 16¢ in the past week. The statewide average dropped about a dime and now stands at $2.40 a gallon. GasBuddy spotters put South Haven’s average the same as Benton Harbor at $2.31, while Dowagiac has the state’s lowest prices with several stations selling gas for as low at $2.06 a gallon.. ...Read Full Story

Two Hurt In Van Buren County Rollover

Two Van Buren County men are hospitalized in Kalamazoo after being badly hurt in a rollover crash in Antwerp Township Sunday afternoon. The sheriff’s department tells us the driver was thrown from the SUV, and his passenger had to be cut out using the Jaws of Life. Investigators don’t know yet why the 29-year-old driver from the Paw Paw area went off the road, which caused him to over correct and lose control. The vehicle hit a tree and a telephone pole before rolling over several times and stopping just feet from hitting a house. Tests will be done to see if the driver was high or drunk, and police say it does not appear he was wearing a seat belt. The passenger is a 50-year-old Lawton area man, and both were taken by ambulance to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo with serious injuries.. ...Read Full Story

Kinexus, Others Call For “Good Jobs For Michigan”

Kinexus has come out in favor of a plan to encourage businesses to bring large numbers of well-paying jobs to Michigan. The Good Jobs for Michigan plan is legislation that would give tax incentives to companies that create at least 250 jobs that pay 100% or more of the regional average for a trade. Kinexus CEO Todd Gustafson tells WSJM News there would be very real benefits to pushing for such jobs.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien Rep Talks Handgun Bill

State Representative Kim LaSata tells us it wasn’t an easy decision, but she had several reasons for voting in favor of legislation easing restrictions on carrying concealed handguns this past week. The bill approved by the state House eliminates a requirement to have a license to carry a concealed pistol. It also removes a requirement to get eight hours of training before concealed carrying. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, tells WSJM News she thinks most gun owners are responsible and don’t need such restrictions.. ...Read Full Story

Fatal Shooting In Benton Harbor

The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety is investigating a Saturday fatal shooting. It tells WSJM News officers were called out to River Terrace Apartments shortly after 3 p.m. and found the 21-year-old Benton Harbor man with severe wounds. He was taken to Lakeland Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The victim’s identity has not been released. Police say they’re following several leads as part of their investigation. Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Benton Harbor Public Safety.. ...Read Full Story

RESA Board Members Reelected

Berrien RESA has held its biennial election. School boards across Berrien County get to vote on the RESA board’s makeup every couple of years, and on June 5, they picked Linda Holt and J. Allene Smith to serve once again. Both of their terms are six years, ending in June of 2023. Holt, of Stevensville, has served on the RESA Board of Education since 1993, and is currently the treasurer. Smith, of Benton Harbor, has served since 2007.. ...Read Full Story