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Man Sentenced For I-94 Shootout With Police

A man suspected of murdering his mother in Alabama has been sentenced in Van Buren County for a gunfight with police just before his surrender, but he probably won’t do much time in Michigan. Landon Harbin surrendered as soon as he ran out of bullets. Michigan State Police troopers and Van Buren County Sheriff’s deputies had executed a felony stop along I-94 near Lawrence because the car he was driving was listed as stolen. No one was hurt in the shootout. Harbin pled guilty to two counts of attempted murder and was given 15 to 50-years for those crimes yesterday, with two more years tacked on for using a gun. The prosecutor in Madison County, Alabama was waiting until the charges in Michigan were dealt with before pursuing extradition. Landon will likely soon be headed back to Alabama, where he has been sought since September 8th for the shooting death of Jana Harbin.. ...Read Full Story

Man, Woman Sentenced To Life For Arson Deaths

From the Associated Press — A southwestern Michigan woman and her ex-boyfriend both have been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the deaths of her two young children in an apartment fire nearly 25 years ago. Krysta McFadden and Clint Dunning were sentenced Thursday after being found guilty of two counts each of first-degree murder in the November 29, 1992, deaths of McFadden’s children, 5-year old Amber Rainey and 3-year old Robert Rainey. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports a prosecutor argued McFadden and Dunning set the fire the night before she was expected to lose custody of the children. McFadden and Dunning were tried together during a nearly month-long trial before separate juries in Van Buren County Circuit Court. Defense attorneys said a fire investigator reported there was no proof the fire was arson.. ...Read Full Story

LMC To Offer Saturday Campus Tours

If you’re thinking about enrolling at Lake Michigan College and would like to know more about living on campus and having the full college experience, then a couple of tours that ought to help you are being planned. LMC’s Doug Schaffer tells us they’re going to take attendees around campus on Saturdays.. ...Read Full Story

Cornerstone Alliance Shows Off New Headquarters

Cornerstone Alliance has had a chance to show off its new home. At an event this week, Cornerstone unveiled its new headquarters at 80 West Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor. The HQ is possible after a restoration project on the 100 year old building. Cornerstone President Rob Cleveland tells us the facility “will be a catalyst for development throughout Michigan’s Great Southwest.” It features 5,700 square feet of office space that, before construction, were two separate businesses divided by a common wall. There are 12 individual offices, a conference room, a resource center for entrepreneurs on the main floor, and a second conference room. In March of this year, Cornerstone Alliance sold the building at 38 West Wall Street to Mosaic CCDA. In April, it moved to its temporary offices at 53 West Wall Street during the renovation. More than 200 guests were invited this week to the restoration reveal party.. ...Read Full Story

United Way Volunteers Rake Leaves For Senior Citizens

More than 700 volunteers have helped to prepare seniors in Berrien and Cass counties for the winter thanks to the United Way of Southwest Michigan’s annual Rake a Difference Day of Action for Seniors. It happened Thursday. The United Way’s Julee Laurent tells WSJM News the groups raked leaves and cleaned out gutters. That helps seniors stay in their homes for the winter.. ...Read Full Story

Two Dead, Child Wounded In Kalamazoo Shooting

From the Associated Press — Police say a man and woman have died in a murder-suicide and their 4-year-old child is in critical condition. Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Assistant Chief Vernon Coakley said the shootings Thursday morning killed Julina G. Gibson and Nicholas A. Mitchell. He said during a news conference that the couple was estranged. Gibson’s mother, Linda Newkirk, told WOOD-TV the shooting occurred while Mitchell was dropping off the child after an overnight visit. She said her daughter and Mitchell had been arguing about visitation of the boy.. ...Read Full Story

Legislature Approves New Ballast Water Rules

From the Associated Press — Michigan lawmakers have voted to weaken a policy that prohibits oceangoing cargo ships from releasing ballast water at state ports until it has been treated to kill invasive species, despite Governor Rick Snyder’s opposition to the legislation. The Republican-led Senate gave final approval to the bill Thursday, on a mostly party-line 25-11 vote. The legislation would revise a 2005 law requiring saltwater vessels to use state-approved cleansing technology before discharging ballast water, which provides stability in rough seas. Scientists believe invasive species in the Great Lakes arrived in ballast water. Michigan would adopt federal treatment standards under the bill heading toward Snyder’s desk. Supporters say Michigan’s law makes the shipping industry less competitive and hurts state ports. Detractors say the measure would provide less protection for the Great Lakes.. ...Read Full Story