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Court Documents: Mosque Threat Suspect Admitted Making Bomb Threat

Court documents are shining new light on the bomb threat made against the Islamic Association of Southwest Michigan mosque in Benton Township in late April. Malik Mohammed Nisar has been identified as the suspect, and the criminal complaint shows he admitted calling 911 to make the bomb threat on April 26. Nisar had been given a ride to the mosque earlier in the day by a Benton Township police officer, and was arrested just a few blocks away. After being read his Miranda rights, the man said he had called in the threat. Nisar told investigators he did so to get officers on the scene to quote, “lay them all out because they are illegal and here as refugees.” According to the charging documents, the suspect is homeless and has been charged with a felony of making a terrorist threat, false report of a bomb. Nisar is being held in the Berrien County jail and is due in court on May 6.. ...Read Full Story

Farm Accident Claims Life Of Husband Of Berrien County Commissioner

An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death of a Baroda man in a farming accident. Baroda-Lake Township Police say 45-year-old Patrick Freehling was found in a barn on his farm by an employee around 7 a.m. Thursday, and his death appears to have been a farming accident. There were no signs of foul play. Freehling was the husband of Berrien County Commissioner Teri Sue Freehling, and his death has prompted tonight’s county board meeting to be canceled. He operated a 200-acre farm and was also a US Navy veteran.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien County Board Meeting Canceled For Thursday Night

The Berrien County Board of Commissioners meeting is canceled for tonight. The board had been scheduled to meet at the St. Joseph/Lincoln Senior Center at 6 p.m. According to a statement from the county, the cancellation is due to “unforeseen circumstances,” and no further information is being released. The next meeting for the Board of Commissioners will be next Thursday at the normal time of 10:30 a.m. at the Berrien County Administration Center in St. Joseph.. ...Read Full Story

County Commission Meeting Canceled

The Berrien County Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for 6:00 p.m. tonight, May 2, 2019 has been canceled. County administration tells us it’s due to unforeseen circumstances. The meeting was going to be held at the St. Joseph-Lincoln Senior Center. It is unknown at this time whether the meeting will be re-scheduled at that location.. ...Read Full Story

Additional Snow Day Bill Sent To Governor Whitmer

After hitting a snag this week in the state Senate, school districts in Michigan will be able to get four additional snow days forgiven without having to make up the time. Democrats on Tuesday prevented the bill from getting immediate effect after it passed unanimously, meaning it wouldn’t have helped districts until next year. After the House sent the bill back over, enough of them joined with Republicans to have the legislation become law as soon as Governor Whitmer signs it. Schools have six snow days built into their calendars, and can get a waiver for three more. This will bring the total to 13 days that don’t have to be tacked on to the end of the year for the days that were canceled during the state of emergency at the end of January and beginning of February. The issue for the Democrats in the Senate was the removal of a provision that would have guaranteed hourly non-union school employees be paid for the work missed when school was canceled.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien Springs High School Student Arrested For School Threat

An anonymous call to the state’s OK2SAY tip line has resulted in the arrest of a 15-year-old for allegedly making a threat against Berrien Springs High School. Police say several students overheard a classmate asking for help getting a gun to shoot others at school. Authorities were notified shortly before 4:30 Wednesday afternoon of the threat and took the teen into custody. He is facing a felony with a 10-year sentence if convicted. The Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township Police Department says no weapons were found, and the suspect was unable to get his hands on a gun, and add the school’s safety and security plans worked as designed. The school district has been promoting the OK2SAY tip line as a way to report any unsafe activity.. ...Read Full Story

Student Art Contest To Be Part Of South Haven Sesquicentennial

As South Haven celebrates 150 years of existence, the public is invited to view and vote on works of art by students from South Haven Public Schools at the South Haven Center for the Arts. Students were asked to imagine how the town looked in the past, present and future through art. You have a chance to vote on your favorite pieces through Friday from 10 to 4, Thursday until 7. The winning entries will be displayed at the sesquicentennial Kick-Off Picnic on Friday, May 10th and continue at the Art Center through May 18th. Visit the Art Center website at southhavenarts.org for more information.. ...Read Full Story

Kinexus Gets Grant For Certified Nursing Assistant Apprenticeship Program

Kinexus is announcing more than $224,000 in grants secured to train 100 Certified Nursing Assistants by creating an apprenticeship program. The money is part of $1.3 million recently awarded by the federal government to the state’s Talent Investment Agency’s Workforce Development Agency. Kinexus Sector Strategy Coordinator Erin Sunlin tells WSJM News there will be a projected 19-hundred job openings in the Berrien-Cass-Van Buren county region between now and 2028.. ...Read Full Story

Whitmer Orders Study Of Insurers’ Use Of Non-Driving Factors

(Lansing, MI – AP) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer is ordering a review of how Michigan auto insurers use non-driving factors to set rates and how they price policies in which medical coverage is coordinated with drivers’ health insurance. The Democratic governor made her directive to the Department of Insurance and Financial Services Wednesday. The move comes as Republican lawmakers prepare legislation designed to lower auto premiums that are the highest in the country.. ...Read Full Story