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Van-Pedestrian Accident in Hartford Township

Van Buren County Deputies are blaming distracted driving for a van/pedestrian collision that left a Bangor woman with life threatening injuries. Deputies say a 16-year-old from Hartford was driving along in the 62000 block of Red Arrow Highway in Hartford Township at about 3:00 Friday afternoon when the van strayed over the fog line on the edge of the road, clipped a mailbox and then hit the 46-year-old victim as she was walking along the road. The victim was initially unresponsive and began CPR. By the time deputies arrived she was breathing but unconscious. She was taken to Bronson Methodist in Kalamazoo with multiple injuries, and is listed in critical condition. The crash report will be submitted to the prosecutor’s office and the driver may face criminal charges.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Harbor City Manager Answers Trash Collection Questions

Benton Harbor City Manager Darwin Watson is hoping residents will hear his message about garbage collection now that a new company has been picked to provide the service. The contract isn’t signed yet, but We-Cycle Industrial Sanitation starting making pick-ups this past week after being selected for the job last month. The problem is that it hasn’t provided folks with bins yet. City Manager Watson tells us, for the next two months, residents have two options.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien County First Responders To Train For Mass Fatality Situations

Law enforcement agencies and other first reponders in Berrien County will be training for a mass fatality situation next month. Michigan State Police are helping to organize the course called Mass Fatalities for Rural Communities. The MSP tells us it serves as a training tool to provide rural communities with information to manage an actual mass-fatality response. The process of recovery, identification, and disposal of human remains following a major catastrophe is discussed. MSP says this sort of work differs from the normal daily operations local authorities are used to. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department has been planning the training day for a long time, according to The Herald Palladium. Law enforcement, firefighters, and others will spend the whole day of November 6 at the Berrien County Conference Room to learn about those catastrophic situations. The place to register for the disaster training can be found right here.. ...Read Full Story

Dowagiac To Dedicate New Mural

The city of Dowagiac is planning a special event for next Saturday as it dedicates a new mural remembering the local Orphan Train. City Manager Secretary Bobbie Jo Hartline tells WSJM News the Orphan Train started in New York City in the mid-1800s as a way to find homes for orphans in that city throughout the United States.. ...Read Full Story

Coast Guard Asks Everyone To Stay Off The Piers This Weekend

The U.S. Coast Guard is asking everyone to stay out of Lake Michigan, and away from the piers this weekend. A gale watch is in effect through Sunday morning. The National Weather Service warns there’s a chance of gale force winds around 35 knots all of this weekend. Stay off the piers because waves generated by the winds can knock you into the lake. Again, it is dangerous to go out on to the piers this weekend.. ...Read Full Story

Covert Man Arrested In Shooting Of South Haven Woman

A South Haven woman is hospitalized with a wound to the abdomen after being shot just after 4 a.m. Friday during a domestic situation at South Haven Trailer Park. Police Chief Natalie Thompson tells WSJM News children at the home were secured by officers and turned over to family members later in the morning. None of them were injured. The victim was conscious and able to identify the suspect who was later located at a home in Covert and taken into custody. He’s a 50-year-old Covert man who is now at the Van Buren County Jail pending arraignment on Monday. The suspect’s name has not been released. The victim is expected to recover.. ...Read Full Story

Bissell Pet Foundation Planning Adoption Event Next Week

If you’d like to get a cat or dog, consider adoption. That’s just as the Bissell Pet Foundation is sponsoring an Empty The Shelters event next Saturday, October 14. 75 shelters are taking part in Michigan. Bissell Pet Foundation founder Cathy Bissell told Michigan News Network Michigan has received many animals displaced by hurricanes in the south.. ...Read Full Story