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Deadly Van Buren County Crash Under Investigation

A deadly crash in Antwerp Township on Saturday is under investigation. 30-year-old Alex Yeider of Paw Paw was killed when his vehicle was broadsided by another driven by an 18-year-old from Paw Paw shortly before 7 pm at the intersection of 32nd Street and 45th Avenue. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department tells WSJM News it appears the teenager ignored a stop sign, and the collision sent both vehicles off the road into a horse pasture. The teenager was taken to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, while Yeider was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the 18-year-old’s car was not hurt. The crash remains under investigation, and police do not believe alcohol was a factor.. ...Read Full Story

Thousands Say Goodbye To Lincoln Principal

Tears, hugs, and plenty of good memories were shared last night at Shadowland Pavilion at Silver Beach County Park as thousands gathered to say goodbye to St. Joseph Lincoln Elementary Principal Mike Wagner. The 53-year-old died unexpectedly last Wednesday, and his family held a sunset service for him Sunday as part of a Celebration of Life. Wagner had been principal at Lincoln since 2004, and started his education career with St. Joseph Public Schools as a teacher at Upton Middle School in 1987.. ...Read Full Story

Emergency Response Training Planned For Silver Beach Tomorrow

If you see some emergency response vehicles out in Lake Michigan tomorrow off of Silver Beach, don’t be alarmed. It’s just the Berrien County Parks Department doing some water rescue training. They’ll be out there from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The county parks lifeguard team will be honing its skills with the help of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department Marine Division. The parks department also reminds everyone to be safe in the water this summer. Never swim alone, obey all posted signs, keep off the piers when there are high waves, and know what to do in the event of a rip current.. ...Read Full Story

Bill Would Create New Opioid Education Program

More legislation designed to help fight the epidemic of opioid abuse in Michigan has been approved by the Michigan House. State Representative Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, tells WSJM News this latest six-bill package would lead to the creation of an opioid risks curriculum for Michigan students. She tells us the opioid epidemic affects everyone.. ...Read Full Story

Uber Arrives In Southwest Michigan

Uber has come to the area. The ride sharing company started operations Friday in Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, New Buffalo and South Haven. Uber is also launching in Saugatuck, Holland, Muskegon, and Grand Haven. The company’s James Ondrey tells WSJM News there’s a demand for Uber in southwest Michigan.. ...Read Full Story

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