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New St. Joseph Commissioners Sworn In, Garey Remains Mayor

The new St. Joseph City Commissioners have been seated. Following their wins in elections last week, Laura Goos and Peggy Getty were sworn in Monday night, along with the re-elected Michael Garey. Goos, a newcomer, told WSJM News her first task is to learn. After that, she wants to engage more of the public. She hit the ground running Monday, being appointed mayor pro tem.. ...Read Full Story

AEP Donates To Lake Michigan College Project

A renovation project planned by Lake Michigan College for the Mendel Center’s Grand Upton Hall will have some support from the American Electric Power Foundation. AEP’s Bill Downey tells WSJM News the foundation has been a partner with Lake Michigan College for many years, and that’s it’s giving a $50,000 grant to the LMC project.. ...Read Full Story

Stuff A Truck Food Drive Underway

This is the week 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. Malone tells WSJM News they’re collecting food and other products for the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency.. ...Read Full Story

Attorney General: Lawmakers Can’t Change Natural Resources Fund

From the Associated Press — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says the Legislature cannot fund projects from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund that have not been recommended by the fund. In an opinion released Monday and dated November 3, Schuette also says lawmakers lack the authority to require the fund to spend a mandated amount of development funds on a specific type of development.
The opinion was issued in response to questions from a state senator and the director of the state Department of Natural Resources.
The fund consists of royalties paid by oil and gas companies for mineral rights. Earlier this year, the Republican-led Senate tried to add an additional $7.7 million in spending for 43 more projects on top of 114 recommended by the fund’s board.. ...Read Full Story

One Dead In Cass County Crash

A Kalamazoo man is dead following a crash in Cass County Monday morning. The sheriff’s department tells us the 34-year-old was driving a vehicle that left the road and hit a tree around 10:45 a.m. It happened on Decatur Road near Shurte Street in Penn Township. Police say the vehicle went across two lanes of traffic before hitting the tree. The circumstances are under investigation. The name of the victim has not yet been released.. ...Read Full Story

Chikaming Twp Police Officer Struck By Vehicle

An officer for the Chikaming Township Police Department is recovering after he was hit by a vehicle along I-94 on Sunday night. Chikaming Township Police Chief Todd Taylor tells WSJM News Officer David Wyman was at the scene of a vehicle in a ditch near eastbound miles marker 12 around 9:30 p.m. when it happened. Just as Wyman was preparing the clear the scene, he was hit by a vehicle driven by a 67-year-old man. Wyman was struck outside of his patrol car. After that, the other vehicle hit the rear end of Wyman’s patrol car. Chief Taylor tells us Officer Wyman was taken to Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph. He’s in stable condition. Wyman has been a police officer for six years, and has been with the Chikaming Township Police Department for three months. The Berrien County Sheriff’s department is handling the investigation into Sunday’s incident.. ...Read Full Story

Man Killed in Pokagon Township

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accident that killed an Elkhart man. The Sheriff’s Office received a call of a subject on the roadway on M51 near Pokagon Highway in Pokagon Township last night. A few minutes later they received another call that a person had been hit by a car. Deputies responded and found that 53 year old Howard Payton, had been fatally struck by a vehicle. The driver, who’s name is not being released at this time due to the fact that she is a minor, was traveling on M51 when this collision happened. She was treated and released by the ambulance on scene. She was wearing her seat belt. At this time, it is unknown if drugs or alcohol may have been a factor. This case remains under investigation.. ...Read Full Story