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Van Buren County Sheriff’s Son Pleads Guilty

Nikolas Abbott, the son of Van Buren County Sheriff Dan Abbott, has entered a guilty plea to a charge of being an accessory after the fact in the shooting death of E.J. Holland. The Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office was assigned the case and say Abbott supplied the gun to Thurmond Fletcher, who took it to a drug deal with Holland in a Bangor Park in February. The drug deal went sour, Holland wound up dead, and Fletcher wounded. Fletcher pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and a gun felony earlier this year. Abbott has now cut a deal with prosecutors, pleading guilty to being an accessory, a gun charge and a drunken driving charge. Four other charged will be dropped.. ...Read Full Story

One Dead In Casco Township Crash

One person is dead in a crash in Casco Township. It happened just before 10 last night at 109th Avenue and 66th Street. South Haven Area Emergency Services tells us the driver of a pickup that rolled in the crash was killed and the driver of the SUV involved was hurt. We don’t yet know the extent of those injuries or what caused the crash. The Allegan County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation.. ...Read Full Story

Hunters Reminded Of Safety Tips

Hunters have fanned out across the state to seek out that prize deer as part of firearm hunting season. It kicked off this week, running through November 30, and Berrien County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Robert Boyce tells WSJM News hunters must be cautious. He notes some may face an increased heart attack risk if they’re out in the woods lugging things around.. ...Read Full Story

New Website Launched For Berrien County

Now up and running is a redesigned Berrien County website. Berrien County IT Director Ken Hoffman tells WSJM News the county board this year approved an update for the site in order to meet new state accessibility requirements. The new site launched last week. It’s designed to better handle mobile devices and has other features.. ...Read Full Story

Hunters Could Help To Stop Invasive Plant Species

Hunters have a chance this month to do their part in preventing the spread of invasive species. The Van Buren Conservation District’s Eleanor Serocki tells WSJM News a hunter should clean off their gear and boots before moving from one forest to another. That’s because small pieces of invasive plants can get on those things and then cause their spread elsewhere. That could be bad for deer habitat.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Harbor Taking Applications For Income Tax Commitee

The city of Benton Harbor is now taking applications from residents interested in serving on the new City Income Tax Oversight Committee. The body will determine how revenue from the city’s new income tax will be spent each year. It’s estimated that could be more than $2.5 million yearly. The deadline to apply to be on the City Income Tax Oversight Committee is Wednesday, December 27 at 5 p.m. Applications must be dropped off at the Benton Harbor City Clerk’s office, located at city hall. Anyone with questions should call.. ...Read Full Story

LMC To Hold Open House For New Tech Program

Lake Michigan College is planning an open house to show off a new model of learning to anyone interested in earning computer technology degrees. LMC tells us its new Virtual Learning Environment — or, VLE — model is being unveiled at the open house. The VLE is designed to allow students to switch back and forth between attending classes either online or in person, depending on what’s most convenient for them on a given day.. ...Read Full Story