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Niles Man Charged In Connection With Wife’s Death

The husband of a Niles woman shot and killed on Sunday at her home has now been charged with homicide in the case. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department tells us 49-year-old John Lewis remains at the Berrien County Jail. He called police Sunday evening to report his wife, 55-year-old Carla Jean Lewis, had been shot when two suspects broke into their home on Lawndale Avenue. He also said they took off in her car. The sheriff’s department tells us the car is still missing, and they’re asking anyone with information on its location to contact them. They also say anyone found in that vehicle should be considered armed and dangerous. The plate number is CMY 3721, and the vehicle is a 2008 Mazda CX-9. It is pictured above. No additional details on the case are yet being released. John Lewis will be arraigned on Wednesday.. ...Read Full Story

Motorcyclist Hurt In South Haven Twp Crash

A Bangor motorcyclist is being treated at Bronson Hospital South Haven after a crash with an SUV. South Haven police tell us it happened near the Park Meadow apartments on M-43 in South Haven Township just before 5 p.m. Monday. The 67-year-old man who was on the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet and suffered “obvious” head wounds according to authorities. The two people in the SUV were not hurt. The investigation is ongoing, but so far shows the motorcyclist was going the wrong way, heading east in the westbound lanes.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien Deputies Receive Corrections Training

A couple of Berrien County Sheriff’s deputies have received their training to be corrections officers. Deputies Kristin Robbins and Miranda Bailey just finished their training academy at Olivet College. There, they learned about things like custody and security, defensive tactics, first aid, suicide awareness, fire safety, and interpersonal communications. The academy is certified by the Michigan Sheriffs Coordinating and Training Council, and the sheriff’s department tells us it provides deputies with the skills needed to maintain a safe and secure jail. Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey congratulated his newly-trained corrections deputies.. ...Read Full Story

MI Students Go On Freedom Ride To Civil Rights Sites

Nearly 30 students from Oakland and Wayne counties are visiting southern historical sites of the civil rights movement this week as part of a Freedom Ride. It’s a week-long journey to sites in Washington D.C., Atlanta, Memphis, and Louisville. Barbara Tally is founder of the Martin Luther King Junior Task Force in Southfield, which is coordinating the trip. She spoke with Michigan News Network about the struggle for civil rights.. ...Read Full Story

Effort To Strengthen Section Of Eroded Bluff Moving Forward

There’s been some movement on shoring up the bluff in St. Joseph in an area where there have been concerns about a possible collapse. Early this year, city commissioners were alerted to erosion along the bluff in the area of 2405 Old Lakeshore. That’s right by some CSX Railroad tracks. It took a while, but St. Joseph City Manager John Hodgson tells WSJM News the railroad has applied for permits from the state and feds to get lay some large rocks down below to strengthen the bluff.. ...Read Full Story

One Arrested In Benton Twp Drug Bust

One person is facing drug charges following a crack bust in Benton Township last week. The Southwest Enforcement Team tells us it raided a home in the 1,900 block of Pipestone Road on Thursday, finding heroin, crack, crystal meth, and marijuana. The raid came at the culmination of a two month investigation into possible drug dealing at the home. 35-year-old Richard Hayes was arrested on a variety of drug charges, and also for having an outstanding warrant. The Southwest Enforcement Team is a coalition of several police agencies around southwest Michigan.. ...Read Full Story

Bridgman Master Plan Meeting This Week

The city of Bridgman wants to hear from residents as it develops its next master plan. City Manager Juan Ganum tells WSJM News it’s important for a community to carefully craft a master plan because the document governs several aspects of local development for as long as 20 years into the future.. ...Read Full Story

State Produces Human Trafficking Video For Medical Community

The Michigan Attorney General’s office has released a new training video designed to help medical professionals spot cases of human trafficking. The AG’s office tells us many human trafficking victims have interactions with doctors and nurses during their ordeal, and the video is designed to teach those professionals about the crime in general while, and also how to interview and interact with the victims. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says public awareness is a good first step when it comes to fighting human trafficking, but reaching medical professionals and teaching them how to spot it and intervene is another critical component. The video features local and federal law enforcement, members of the Michigan medical community, former human trafficking victims and Schuette himself. You can see the video below.. ...Read Full Story

Snyder Speaks Out Against Hate Following Virginia Violence

From the Associated Press — Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is speaking out against hate and violence following the white supremacist rally that spiraled into deadly confrontation in Charlottesville, Virginia. Snyder released a statement Monday saying, “Hate speech and violence are not
welcome in Michigan – it’s not representative of who Michiganders truly are or of the future we want to build for our children.” Snyder says history has shown “hate begets hate and violence begets violence. On the other hand, unity and cooperation have shown how much we can accomplish when we respect our neighbors, embrace our differences and focus our energy on how we can all move forward and prosper together.” Vigils and rallies seeking to counter the Virginia violence occurred Sunday in the Detroit area, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, and Traverse City.. ...Read Full Story