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Two Hurt In Watervliet Plane Crash

Two people are recovering after a small plane crash in Watervliet Township on Friday. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department tells WSJM News township police were called out to the Watervliet Municipal Airport around 7:20 p.m. on a report of a plane that had crashed shortly after takeoff. Police say it failed to get adequate altitude and the crashed in a wooded ravine area. On board were 27-year-old Edward Maloney, of Fruitport, and 36 year old Jonathan Amundsen, of Winterhaven, Florida. Both were seriously injured, but they managed to pull themselves out of the wreckage. They were taken to local hospitals for treatment. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the crash.. ...Read Full Story

Body Found In St. Joseph Marina

Police are investigating after a body was found in the water at Pier 33 Marina in St. Joseph on Saturday. The department of public safety was called out to the Morrison Channel around 9:30 a.m. and the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department and Coast Guard assisted as the body was retrieved. Police say the victim appears to have been deceased and in the water for a long period of time. An autopsy will be performed Monday in Grand Rapids. Police say the body has not been identified, and so far, there are no signs of foul play.. ...Read Full Story

Dads Urged To See A Doctor More Often

With Father’s Day just about here, dads everywhere are being reminded of the importance of going to the doctor. Men are less likely to see their doctors than women, and in general are less aware of medical symptoms. According to the CDC, women between 18 and 64 visit the doctor 57% more than men do. Family physician Douglas Felts, with Kaiser Permanente, tells us societal norms probably are one big reason why men don’t see doctors more often.. ...Read Full Story

South Haven Gearing Up For Fourth Of July Festivities

The city of South Haven is gearing up for its annual Fourth of July celebrations. It tells us the Light Up the Lakes fireworks show will be held at dusk on Monday, July 3 this year. The fireworks will be launched from the north pier, allowing them to be seen all over the city. The draw bridge will operate on its normal schedule until about 11:30 that night when it will be closed to traffic so boats can pass by on the Black River. The city will also have about 39 uniformed police officers posted at 13 different points to help keep things orderly. COSY radio will keep people up to date with traffic information throughout the day. The following day, the Fourth of July, will be the annual Independence Day Parade. It’s set for 11 a.m. The parade route is Elkenburg to Kalamazoo Street to Phoenix Street to Broadway Avenue to Michigan Avenue to Center Street, ending at the high school.. ...Read Full Story

LMC Celebrates Opening Of Wine Program Tasting Room

Lake Michigan College is celebrating the opening of its wine program’s new tasting room. The Lake Michigan Vintners Tasting Room is located in a store front on First Street in Baroda, and the ribbon cutting was held Friday. LMC President Dr. Trevor Kubatzke tells WSJM News it helps to better simulate the wine business for the students.. ...Read Full Story

State Warns About Gas Pump Skimmers

The state of Michigan is reminding everyone about the dangers of gas pump skimmers. That’s after five more skimmers were found on pumps around the state in recent weeks. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development tells WSJM News part of its job is to inspect gas pumps to look for the credit card information-stealing devices. Considering there are more than 4,600 gas stations in the state, that’s a lot of pumps to watch. So, if you’re using the pay at the pump option when gassing up, you should take a moment to examine the scanner. Also, watch out for tamper-proof security tape, which can be a sign the pump is secure. The state has posted a video to help people learn about credit card skimmers and how to protect themselves. You can see it below. A total of 82 skimmers have been found on Michigan gas pumps so far.. ...Read Full Story