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Police Release Name Of Niles Woman Killed In Home Invasion

Police have released the name of a Niles woman killed in a robbery at her home over the weekend. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department tells WSJM News 55-year-old Carla Jean Lewis was shot and killed when two suspects broke into her home on Lawndale Avenue shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday. The department was called by 49-year-old John Lewis, the victim’s husband. He said two suspects broke into the home and shot his wife in the basement. They then fled the scene in the victim’s car. It’s described as a 2008 Mazda CX-9, dark in color. The plate number is CMY 3721. Police continue to look for the two suspects. Anyone with information on their location is asked to call the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department. The suspects are considered to be armed and dangerous. Police also say the victim’s husband was arrested at the scene for violating Michigan’s medical marijuana law.. ...Read Full Story

AAA: Gas Prices In Michigan Up

AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 7¢ per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.49 per gallon. AAA says the lowest average price was about $2.43 per gallon in the Jackson area. The highest was about $2.52 per gallon in the Ann Arbor area. Locally, prices in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph are up 8¢ from last week at $2.47. In South Haven, Gas Buddy spotters are finding most stations at $2.42, with one at $2.44 and another at $2.46.. ...Read Full Story

Woman Killed In Niles Twp Home Invasion

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department and Michigan State Police are looking for two suspects in a home invasion and murder in Niles Township. Our newsgathering partners at WNDU NewsCenter 16 report a woman was found shot to death in the home around 6 p.m. Sunday on Lawndale Avenue between 14th and 15th streets. Her husband called 9-1-1 to report two black men had broken in and one shot his wife, and then the suspects stole their car. Police are searching for a black or dark blue 2008 Mazda with the Michigan license plate CMY-3721.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien County Youth Fair Starts Tomorrow

The Berrien County Youth Fair starts tomorrow. This is the 72nd year for the fair in Berrien Springs. Fair Director Karen Klug tells WSJM News the kids will spend their weekend bringing their animals down to the fairgrounds and then the fun starts Monday when the carnival opens at 6 p.m. Tuesday is Kids Day. Klug says the fair is always great fun.. ...Read Full Story

One Killed In Fiery Crash

A fiery one-car accident in Buchanan is under investigation by the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies were called to the area of Glendora Road near Coveny Road just after 7 a.m. Sunday for the crash. Buchanan Township firefighters put out the flames, and one person was found dead inside the vehicle. That person has not yet been identified, and investigators don’t know if alcohol or drugs were factors. Police say the victim’s body was sent to the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker School of Medicine in Kalamazoo for an autopsy and for identification.. ...Read Full Story

State Police Holding Citizens Academy

Anyone who wants to know what a Michigan State Police trooper does every day will have a chance to learn in the next few of months. The MSP Paw Paw post will be offering its second annual Citizens Academy. Trooper Kellie Shaffer tells WSJM News the agency wants to network with the public.. ...Read Full Story

Pokagon Fund Reflects On Ten Years

The Pokagon Fund has released its annual report, and this time around, it’s focusing on the impact the organization has had on southwest Michigan during the past ten years. The fund started in 2007, set up to give three-quarters-of-one percent of the Four Winds Casino’s slot revenues to community projects. The fund’s John Krsul tells WSJM News that’s amounted to more than $25 million in the past decade.. ...Read Full Story

State Spreading Awareness About Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Changes

Several state agencies are helping to spread the word about some traffic changes planned for the Mackinac Bridge during this Labor’s Days annual walk. Mackinac Bridge Authority Secretary Bob Sweeney tells WSJM News, for security reasons, they’re closing the bridge to vehicle traffic during the 60th annual walk. No vehicles will be allowed on the bridge from 6:30 a.m. to noon that day. The Michigan Secretary of State is now telling customers about the change to help reduce the chances of major traffic headaches for those who will be in the area on Labor Day. The Michigan Department of Transportation is also getting the word out with its road signs.. ...Read Full Story