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Police Officer Charged In Shooting Incident

The Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office has authorized a charge against a former Mattawan police officer who allegedly fired shots at a car that had sped away from her early this month. It happened on November 3 when Mattawan Police Officer Chelsey Omilian initiated a stop on a stolen vehicle. There was a brief chase and that’s when the officer fired at the vehicle. One of the vehicle’s three occupants was injured in the incident. The Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office tells us Omilian was arraigned Friday on a charge of reckless use of a firearm. It’s a 90 day misdemeanor that could come with a $500 fine. Omilian is now free on bond. She’s been on administrative leave since the shooting incident.. ...Read Full Story

AG Asks Legislature To Consider Changes To Hunting Rules

The office of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says he has issued some recommendations to state lawmakers for how they could strengthen hunting rights. AG spokesperson Andrea Bitely tells WSJM News hunting is something that Schuette views as important to all Michiganders. That’s why he’s making some suggestions. For one thing, Schuette asks lawmakers to remove a ban on using or possessing a loaded hunting weapon in a vehicle. Bitely says that’s so DNR rules on duck hunting in a boat will match the actual state law.. ...Read Full Story

RESA Redistributing $2.7 Million To Local Schools

Berrien RESA is distributing more than $2.7 million to Berrien County school districts this year. Superintendent Kevin Ivers tells WSJM News it’s a RESA policy to hand off extra county special education millage funds to the local districts to cover their special education costs that were not reimbursed by the state from the prior year. . ...Read Full Story

New Law Removes Some Requirements For Buying Beer Kegs

From the Associated Press — Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation to repeal a requirement that beer kegs be sold with tags that can identify who bought them.Snyder’s move Monday brings to an end a 2010 law aimed at curtailing “keggers” that attract underage drinkers. Critics say the law hasn’t curbed underage or binge drinking and has led partygoers to turn to hard liquor or cases of beer. The repeal law takes effect in 90 days. Under the keg law, keg buyers must sign a receipt listing their name, address and phone number, and they must show a driver’s license or state I.D. card. Stores attach a tag to each keg and keep a copy of the receipt for at least 30 days. A deposit isn’t returned unless the tag remains on the keg.. ...Read Full Story

Four Arrests In String Of SWM Drug Busts

The Southwest Michigan Enforcement Team has made four arrests in a string of drug busts around southwest Michigan in the past week. It tells us the first raid was on Monday at a home in the 900 block of Buss Avenue in Benton Harbor. Police had received complaints about drug sales there. Arrested was a 24-year-old Benton Harbor man who is now charged with two counts of delivery of crack cocaine and resisting arrest. . ...Read Full Story

Stuff A Truck Food Drive Continues For One More Day

Time is almost up to stuff a truck. 97-5 Y Country’s Matt Malone is among the radio personalities manning the microphone at Roger’s Food Land in St. Joseph for the annual Stuff a Truck drive, which ends tomorrow. Malone tells WSJM News they’re collecting food and other products for the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Seeking Another House Term, Won’t Run For Senate

Congressman Fred Upton is not going to run for the U.S. Senate in 2018. The St. Joseph Republican announced this morning that it wasn’t an easy decision. Upton says his focus “will remain on helping all my constituents with problems big and small and improving the quality of life for all in Michigan.” He had been weighing a bid against incumbent U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow for the past few months. Upton says “we need focus and fortitude in Washington now more than ever” and he’s “full speed ahead for re-election in 2018.” There are several Democrats in the race vying for their party’s nomination to try to unseat Upton in the U.S. House next year.. ...Read Full Story

Adoption Day At The Berrien County Courthouse Today

Adoption Day will be held at the Berrien County Court House today. The day is marked nationwide to salute the families who have taken the step of adopting. Many cases involve stepparents adopting children they’ve been raising. Sometimes, adults also want to recognize a stepparent by formally being adopted. At the Berrien County Courthouse, remarks will be made by Michigan Court of Appeals Judge David Sawyer. Each November is marked as Adoption Month, intended to highlight the needs of foster children. In Michigan, there were more than 12,600 children in the foster care system last year.. ...Read Full Story

Hunter’s Death Under Investigation In Cass County

A 67-year-old Buchanan man has died while hunting in Cass County. The sheriff’s department tells WSJM News David Newsom’s body was found around 5:30 p.m. yesterday at an address in the 30-thousand block of Pokagon Highway, about a mile east of Barron Lake Road in Dowagiac. Newsom’s body was found in the woods and his death is not considered suspicious. His death remains under investigation.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Harbor Tax Vote To Be Recounted

There will be a recount of the votes in Benton Harbor regarding the city income tax. Berrien County Clerk Sharon Tyler has scheduled the recount for Monday at 9 a.m. at the Berrien County Courthouse. The tax passed by just 21 votes on November 7, 511-to-490. If the result is upheld, city residents will pay 1% of their income, and non-residents who work in the city will pay a half-percent. Businesses will also taxed 1%, with Mayor Marcus Muhammad saying the revenue will be put toward infrastructure improvements.. ...Read Full Story