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Police Continue Texting Enforcement

Troopers from the Michigan State Police post in Niles will be out in extra force for the rest of this month watching out for distracted drivers. MSP Sergeant Matt Waters tells WSJM News police statewide are taking part in the extra enforcement. As a cop, he’s seen it all.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Seeks Dredging Funds

Congressman Fred Upton is once again calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to set aside funding this year for the dredging of recreational harbors in Saugatuck, South Haven, and New Buffalo. Upton’s office notes the Army Corps has already provided funding for commercial harbors, like the one in St. Joseph, for the past three years. In a letter to the Assistant Secretary of the Army Civil Works division, Upton writes that he asks the Corps to “include critical operation and maintenance funding for dredging of harbors in Southwest Michigan, essential to jobs and economic activity up-and-down the region.” Upton calls southwest Michigan’s recreational harbors “the lifeblood of the coastal communities they serve.”. ...Read Full Story

Drug Take-Back Event Next Week

There will be a drug take-back event next Saturday in Berrien County. Michigan State Police Lieutenant Melinda Logan tells WSJM News  law enforcement offices and the Lakeland Center for Outpatient Services on Hollywood Road in St. Joseph will take unused prescription medications so they can be safely disposed.. ...Read Full Story

Bill Would Make OK2Say Tip Line Permanent

Legislation has been introduced to make the OK2Say school safety tip line a permanent program. State Representative Brandt Iden of Kalamazoo County’s Oshtemo Township tells WSJM News his bill and a couple of others would not only establish that OK2Say is here to stay, but set aside funding for the program each year. The OK2Say tip line was launched by the Michigan Attorney General’s office in 2015 to create a way for students to report potentially dangerous situations in their schools without fear of repercussions.. ...Read Full Story

LaSata Gets Law Enforcement Endorsements

Three key endorsements from law enforcement have come in for state Representative Kim LaSata as she runs for Michigan Senate in the 21st District. Her campaign tells us Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey, Cass County Sheriff Rick Behnke, and St. Joseph County Sheriff Bradley Balk have all thrown their support behind LaSata. Those three counties make up the 21st Michigan Senate District. Currently representing that district is state Senator John Proos, who is being term limited out of office. Also running for the 21st District seat is state Representative Dave Pagel.. ...Read Full Story

New Leader For Senior Agency

Senior Services of Van Buren County has a new Executive Director. Her name is Diane Rigozzi, and she has served as assistant director for the past four years, working for Senior Services for a total of eight years. Rigozzi replaced Jennifer Carver, who retired in December. 19 people applied for the executive director position, and the personnel committee felt Rigozzi was best qualified for the position. Senior Services of Van Buren County has centers in Paw Paw, South Haven, and Hartford. It also hasw satellite sites in the county that serve close to 5,000 people with a variety of helpful services.. ...Read Full Story

Republican Seeking 79th District House Seat

There’s a new candidate in the running for the Michigan House in the 79th District. It’s Maria Moen, and she’s running as a Republican to replace state Representative Kim LaSata. Moen is the vice president for the board of directors of The Curious Kids Museum, and also serves on the St. Joseph Public School Foundation Board. She’s previously worked as an adviser for the Berrien Community Foundation TEAM teen group, on the Basic Needs Committee for United Way, and on the Lake Michigan Catholic School Board. Moen tells us if she makes it to Lansing, she wants to focus on education, jobs, and public safety. Also running for the state House as a Republican in the 79th District is Troy Rolling of Benton Township.. ...Read Full Story

Health Department Fights Underage Drinking

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and the Berrien County Health Department is hoping to remind all parents and young people about the dangers of underage drinking. The department’s Lisa Peeples-Hurst tells WSJM News the brain doesn’t stop developing until the age of 25 for some. Introducing alcohol to a young brain can make a variety of already-existing problems even worse.. ...Read Full Story

Lampricide To Be Applied To Creek

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be treating Rogers Creek in Van Buren County this month for sea lamprey. They’ll apply lampricide to the creek between May 1 and May 10. The agency’s Scott Grunder told WSJM News last year the invasive sea lamprey came to the Great Lakes with the opening of shipping canals.. ...Read Full Story