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St. Joseph Township Police Night Out Tuesday

Preparations are underway for the next National Night Out, the event where police agencies all over the country mingle with the public and offer demonstrations in order to foster better relationships with the people they serve. In St. Joseph, the Night Out will be August 6 at Maiden Lane Community Park in the township. The gathering will include several local police and fire departments, a Jaws of Life demonstration, fire trucks and police cars, stations where parents can get the fingerprints of their kids taken, hot dogs, soda, chips, and ice cream, this year from Culver’s. The National Night Out will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 on the 6th and everyone’s invited.. ...Read Full Story

Attorney General Seeks Power Outage Credit For Customers

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has sent a letter to the Michigan Public Service Commission asking it to require utility companies with smart meters to automatically credit consumers’ bills for prolonged power outages. Nessel last month reminded utility customers in the state there is a law allowing them a $25 outage credit when they experience a power outage that lasts longer than 16 hours. The credit is available as long as there isn’t a general emergency taking place. Nessel’s office says customers can also receive the credit when there’s been a failure to restore electric service within 120 hours after an interruption that occurred during catastrophic conditions, or when there are repetitive interruptions of the same circuit more than seven times in a 12 month period. In her letter to the MPSC, Nessel noted electric service interruption rules were written years before the implementation of smart meters. She says the new tech should make the credit automatic. You can see Nessel’s letter to the MPSC right here.. ...Read Full Story

Police Identify Driver In Quadruple-Fatal Crash

A 53-year-old Buchanan man is expected to face multiple charges upon his release from Memorial Hospital in South Bend for a crash that killed four people Friday. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department has identified him as Dub Collins, who is in stable condition and is being held on a Michigan Department of Corrections Parole Detainer.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Backs Great Lakes Bills

A couple pieces of legislation intended to help protect the Great Lakes have the support of Congressman Fred Upton. He tells us the two bills introduced last week have bipartisan backing. They are the Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Act and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Reauthorization Act. The second one would continue the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for five years. Upton says it’s currently set to expire at the end of 2021.. ...Read Full Story

Pokagon Fund Donates To Kids Reading Program

The Pokagon Fund has awarded a $5,000 grant to the United Way of Southwest Michigan to expand Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Harbor Country. The United Way says this means more kids under the age of five living in Harbert, Lakeside, New Buffalo, Sawyer, Three Oaks, and Union Pier will get a jump start on school-readiness with books mailed each month to their homes. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails books to the homes of enrolled young people from birth until they turn five years old. The United Way of Southwest Michigan offers Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to preschool children in Berrien and Cass counties for free. There are currently 195 children enrolled in the program in the Pokagon Fund service area.. ...Read Full Story

Alcohol May Have Been Involved In Crash That Killed Four

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a crash in Buchanan Township on Friday that killed four people. It says the crash happened shortly after noon at North Main and Miller Roads. A 2007 Ford Fusion was traveling at a high rate of speed on Miller Road when it’s believed to have run a stop sign striking a southbound 2000 Honda Accord. The driver and passenger of the Fusion were taken to South Bend Memorial Hospital for treatment. There were four people in the Accord, and all four were killed. They have been identified as 66-year-old Robert Klint, 60-year-old Melissa Klint, and 22-year-old Landyn Klint, all of Sawyer, and 52-year-old Kent Williamson of Virginia. Police say alcohol and speed appear to have been factors in the crash. A detailed report will be submitted to the Berrien County Prosecutors Office once it’s completed.. ...Read Full Story

ACLU Urges Governor To Respect Local Leaders At Benton Harbor Schools

The American Civil Liberties Union has sent a letter to Governor Gretchen Whitmer speaking out against the possible closing of Benton Harbor High School or any potential state takeover of the district. ACLU Racial Justice Project staff attorney Mark Fancher tells WSJM News the main issue the organization has with such a move is that it would deprive the community of its political rights.. ...Read Full Story

Murder Warrant Issued For Suspect In Wednesday Shooting

The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety has issued an open murder warrant for a suspect in a Wednesday triple shooting. The department says it’s looking for Eric Holbrook. He’s one of two suspects in the incident, while the other suspect, a 24-year-old man, is in custody after being shot in the altercation. Police have not said what led to the shootings in the 800 block of Superior late that  afternoon. Killed was 29 year old Arsenio Jordan, while a 32-year-old woman was also injured. Anyone with information on Eric Holbrook’s location is asked to contact police.. ...Read Full Story

Backlash From Pesticide Testing On Beagles In Mattawan Prompts Change In Brazilian Policy

The undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States into testing on more than 30 beagles at Charles River Laboratories in Mattawan is being credited with an international policy change. The testing was for a pesticide to be sold in Brazil, and the Humane Society says that nation has just announced changes to its animal testing requirements. Kathleen Conlee is the vice president of animal research for the Humane Society of the United States, and tells WSJM News they’re very pleased by the change.. ...Read Full Story

Four Killed In Crash Near Buchanan

A crash just outside of the city limits of Buchanan has killed four people. According to police, one vehicle ran a stop sign on Miller, slamming into another car on Main around noon on Friday. Two people are being treated for injuries at South Bend Memorial Hospital, and one of them had to be airlifted there. No names have yet been released. No further details have yet been made available.. ...Read Full Story

Memorial For Fallen State Trooper To Be Dedicated This Month

A memorial will be dedicated later this month to Michigan State Police Trooper Allan Peterson, who was the 34th MSP officer to die in the line of duty in 1981. The event will be at the Lake Street railroad crossing in Bridgman, where Peterson and other officers responded to a train derailment on August 7, 1981. Peterson was assigned to the inner perimeter of the scene, around 100 yards from the wreckage, and was exposed to a poisonous acid that was thought at the time to be toxic, but not lethal. He woke up at home in Three Oaks on August 29 with a severe coughing spasm, and died while being rushed to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Michigan City, Indiana. The autopsy determined the cause of death to be heart failure from hardening of the arteries, but years later, officials revealed the medical complications of his death were directly related to the exposure to the toxic gas from the derailment. Peterson served in the U.S. Coast Guard prior to joining MSP and was survived by his wife and two daughters. His memorial dedication will be at 8:12 a.m. on Thursday, August 29, and is open to the public.. ...Read Full Story

Annual Breastfeeding On The Bluff Event This Weekend

The fourth annual “Breastfeeding on the Bluff” in St. Joseph will be tomorrow in Lake Bluff Park across from the St. Joseph Public Library. The Berrien County Health Department is putting it on as part of the 2019 Global Big Latch On, which is a worldwide breastfeeding awareness celebration during which moms across the world are linked in simultaneous breastfeeding. Registration begins at 9:30 am, with the Big Latch On getting underway an hour later at 10:30.. ...Read Full Story

New MSU President Samuel Stanley Takes Over

(East Lansing, MI – AP) – Michigan State University’s new president is on the job. MSU says Samuel Stanley Jr. officially took office Thursday, two months after he was hired by the school’s governing board. In a written statement, he says he’s proud “to join the Spartan community.” Stanley was president at Stony Brook University in New York. He is MSU’s first permanent leader since Lou Anna Simon resigned in January 2018 amid the Larry Nassar scandal.. ...Read Full Story

Whitmer: Delaying Pension Payments Has “Long-Term Cost”

(Delhi Township, MI – AP) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer says suggestions that she has opened the door to delaying the elimination of debt in Michigan’s teacher retirement system to help boost road spending are “overstated.” The Democrat said Thursday there’s “ultimately a long-term cost of pushing off (the) paying off of our debts,” and using such a mechanism would mean “we’re forgoing opportunities in the future.”. ...Read Full Story

97.5 Y-Country Summer Jam Is Saturday

It’s Summer Jam weekend for our sister station, 97.5 Y-Country. The 21st annual event will be Saturday at 4:30 featuring co-headliners Tyler Rich and Jameson Rogers. Begun in 1998, the event has featured young, rising country stars and was part of the old Venetian Festival from 2005 until that ended in 2011. Y-Country’s Matt Malone reminds us some of the acts we’ve brought through over the past 21 years have been Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, and Lee Brice.. ...Read Full Story

Strike Could Affect SWM Road Projects

Summer in Michigan means road repair and construction and that is certainly true this year in our corner of the state. Hundreds of union workers who operate heavy equipment went on strike Wednesday. The labor dispute with Rieth-Riley, which has a location on Townline Road in Benton Harbor, has 88 state and local contracts. We spoke with MDOT’s Nick Schirripa to find out if any local projects are being delayed.. ...Read Full Story

Open House At Fort St. Joseph

There will be an open house this weekend at Fort St. Joseph in Niles. The Niles Historical Association says people can come out to see the site on Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It says the open houses are a chance for anyone to learn more about one of the most important French colonial sites in the Great Lakes region. Those who attend can talk with Western Michigan University archaeologists, watch period demonstrations at the Living History Village, and see excavations. The effort is a partnership between the city of Niles and WMU.. ...Read Full Story

“Veggie Van” To Roll Into Benton Harbor-St. Joseph

Rolling into Benton Harbor and St. Joseph this month will be the YMCA’s Veggie Van, courtesy of Spectrum Health Lakeland. Spectrum’s Kelsey Haynes tells WSJM News the Veggie Van is a mobile farmer’s market loaded up with fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers. The green machine will make two stops in the area this month. First will be at the police National Night Out next Tuesday from 5 to 8 at Dwight P Mitchell City Center Park in Benton Harbor. Haynes says a registered dietitian will be there giving advice, there will be cooking demonstrations, and everyone can get some goodies.. ...Read Full Story

Police Continue Investigation Into Wednesday Shootings

The investigation continues into a Wednesday triple shooting in Benton Harbor that left one dead. The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety says it has located two persons of interest in the case and interviewed them. Felecia Lee and Ashanti Lee have been released pending further investigation. Police continue to look for Dondrell Blackamore as a third person of interest. They’re also looking for shooting suspect Eric Holbrook. The other shooting suspect, a 24-year-old man, was shot in the incident and has not yet been arraigned. His name has not been released. Killed in the shooting was 29 year old Arsenio Jordan. Also injured was a 32-year-old Benton Harbor woman who is listed in stable condition. The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety says anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact its tipline at 269-927-0293. You can also submit tips to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-342-STOP. Police have still not said what led to Wednesday’s shooting, which happened in the 800 block of Superior shortly after 4:30 p.m.. ...Read Full Story

United Federal Credit Union Selects Contractor For HQ Work

Work will soon be underway to transform a former Whirlpool property at 150 Hilltop Road in St. Joseph into the new corporate headquarters for United Federal Credit Union. The financial organization has hired Benton Harbor-based Pearson Construction Company to be the general contractor for the renovations. Chief operating officer Stacy Fillmore tells WSJM News the decision to go with Pearson was an easy one.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Backs Bill Mandating Standards At Detention Facilities

Congressman Fred Upton has put his support behind legislation intended to ensure migrants detained at the border are given certain standards of care. The Short-Term Detention Standards Act was introduced by Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, who traveled to the southern border with Upton and the Problem Solvers Caucus in July. Upton says the bill outlines Customs and Border Protection responsibilities to those who are apprehended.. ...Read Full Story

Paw Paw Man Charged In Child Pornography Investigation

Four child pornography charges and one count of possession or sale of a taser are faced by a Paw Paw man. He was arrested by troopers from the Michigan State Police Paw Paw post following a search warrant being carried out at his home. The Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force says Kevin Molz was downloading large amounts of child sexually abusive material, and they seized digital evidence from the home.. ...Read Full Story