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$75,000 Grant Going To Hartford Company

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced two grants for ag companies in west Michigan. The grants come as part of the state’s Food and Agriculture Investment Program, says the department’s Peter Anastor. He tells WSJM News $75,000 is going to Hartford Farm Supply so it can ensure more of the agricultural production process remains in Michigan.. ...Read Full Story

Faith-Based Police Partnership Expanding To Van Buren County

A partnership between Michigan State Police and faith-based groups is being expanded to the Paw Paw MSP post. The CAUTION program was launched in 2012 and teams up responding police officers with local clergy. The church leaders attend state police training sessions to learn about security and community relations, and then the clergy go to crime scenes when a crowd has developed to help work with the public. CAUTION has been operating in Benton Harbor for a few years now, and includes 18 local pastors. Now that Michigan State Police are rolling the program out to all of their posts, clergy interested in taking part are also being sought in Van Buren County. Any church groups who are interested can contact Michigan State Police.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien County Sheriff Hands Out Lifesaving Awards

Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey this week recognized eight of his deputies, one nurse, and two citizens for their life saving efforts in 2017. The ceremony was on Thursday at the Berrien County Courthouse. Sheriff Bailey tells us he saluted deputies for saving lives with AEDs, CPR, and quick thinking. Among the award winners this week were Berrien County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Mark McKie and Deputy Chad Frantz, who got lifesaving awards for helping to respond to a carbon monoxide leak at the Quality Inn and Suites in Niles last year. Others were honored for saving the lives of jail inmates. Below is a list of all of this week’s award recipients.. ...Read Full Story

Man Denied Murder Charge Appeal In Kalamazoo County Bike Crash

From the Associated Press — The Michigan Supreme Court has decided against hearing an appeal of murder charges against a man involved in a crash that killed and injured multiple bicyclists. Kalamazoo County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Scott Brower tells the Kalamazoo Gazette that following Wednesday’s order by the state’s highest court the case will move toward a possible trial. Pickett is accused of driving under the influence of drugs and plowing into a group of bicyclists in Cooper Township on June 7, 2016, killing five and
injuring four. His girlfriend told police he downed handfuls of pain pills and muscle relaxers before driving. Pickett’s lawyer has argued that the evidence wasn’t enough to send Pickett to trial for second-degree murder. He said the evidence established, at most, the elements of reckless driving causing death.. ...Read Full Story

LaSata Asks MSU For Information On Nassar Case

State Representative Kim LaSata is one of the lawmakers who have sent a letter to Michigan State University seeking information related to the school’s inquiries into sexual assault allegations against former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar. LaSata, who is the chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, tells WSJM News it’s time for MSU to be transparent when it comes to protecting students from predators.. ...Read Full Story

Human Trafficking Task Force Pleased With Increased Public Awareness

The Southwest Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force says it is thrilled Michigan State Police are making push this week to educate the public on the crime. MSP has been visiting rest stops and hotels to tell staff and truckers about how to spot trafficking victims. The Southwest Michigan Human Trafficking Task force’s Cathy Knauf tells WSJM News she appreciates the increasing state police and public awareness.. ...Read Full Story

Niles Man Facing Charges After Tuesday Shooting

Michigan State Police say a Cass County man is charged with attempted murder after he was arrested in Indiana this week for a shooting. Troopers from the Niles post tell us officers from St. Joseph County, Indiana responded to a Steak N Shake on State Road 933 on Tuesday on a report of a victim of a shooting. Officers found a woman with a gunshot wound, and she was taken to South Bend Memorial Hospital. Her estranged husband was identified as the shooter and taken into custody. He was first jailed in South Bend pending extradition back to Michigan where the shooting took place. Michigan State Police tell us the man shot the woman and then tried to drive her to the hospital in South Bend. He wound up getting picked up by police at the Steak N Shake. The wife’s injuries were not life-threatening. The man, 56-year-old James Lampson, is charged in Cass County with attempted murder, unlawful imprisonment, and domestic violence, among other things. The woman, Jennifer Lampson of Ceresco, is expected to recover.. ...Read Full Story