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Suspected Drunk Driver Badly Hurt In Allegan Co. Crash

A suspected drunk driver is hospitalized after a crash near South Haven in Allegan County. Michigan State Police say Tony Brush was ejected from his pickup when he left the road and rolled it in a cornfield early Sunday morning on 66th Street near 106th Avenue. Brush was not wearing a seat belt. Michigan State Police suspect he had been drinking, but have not revealed a blood-alcohol level. Brush is being treated for life-threatening injuries at Bronson Hospital in South Haven.. ...Read Full Story

State Records Increase Of Legionnaires’ Disease Cases On East Side

From the Associated Press — State officials are working with health departments in Detroit and Macomb, Wayne and Oakland counties to investigate an increase in Legionnaires’ disease cases. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says Friday that 73 cases
of legionellosis were identified in June and July in southeastern Michigan. An average of 30 cases were identified over the same two months from 2014-2016. A common source of the infection has not been found. Legionellosis is a respiratory infection caused by Legionella bacteria. The
bacteria are found naturally in fresh water lakes and streams, but also can be found in man-made water systems. Transmission to people occurs when mist or vapor containing the bacteria is inhaled. Legionnaires’ disease is an infection with symptoms that include fever, cough, and pneumonia.. ...Read Full Story

Preparations Underway For 2017 Berrien County Youth Fair

Preparations are well underway for the 2017 Berrien County Youth Fair. This is the 72nd year for the fair, and this time around the theme is “Fairadise.” From August 14 through the 19, more than 125,000 people are expected to stop by the fairgrounds in Berrien Springs. Fair Director Karen Klug tells WSJM News they’ll have something on the grandstand every night, including a demolition derby, live music, and tractor pulls.. ...Read Full Story

Andrews University Arts And Sci Fests Next Month

Set for next month is the fifth annual Andrews University SciFest and ArtFest in Berrien Springs. The event takes place right on campus and Andrews tells us it’s an opportunity for budding scientists and artists to explore their passions hands-on in an educational environment. Participants are encouraged to stay on campus for three days to get the full college experience, with meals covered by the registration fee. The theme for SciFest will be “Cells,” with young scientists getting a chance to rotate through all of the STEM departments at Andrews. The theme of ArtFest is “Building Blocks,” with attendees exploring photography, ceramics, graphic design, documentary film, drawing, and broadcast media. Any young artists or STEM enthusiasts who might be interested can find out about signing up Andrews.edu/SciFest or Andrews.edu/ArtFest. The events will be held September 21 through September 23.. ...Read Full Story

Fire At Benton Township Shooting Range

The cause of a Saturday fire at Point Blank Shooting Range in Benton Township remains under investigation. It happened around 6:30 p.m. shortly after the range closed for the night. The Benton Township Fire Department, the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety, and the St. Joseph Township Fire Department responded to the scene, finding heavy smoke. They were able to get the fire under control, although a damage total has not yet been released. The owner of the shooting range says the building along Territorial Road is insured. There were no injuries.. ...Read Full Story

Scene Cleared After Potential Chlorine Leak

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department has cleared the scene of what was thought to be a potential chlorine leak from a train Saturday evening. It tells us Edwardsburg and Ontwa Township police were called to and area near the intersection of Krause Road in Ontwa Township about 6:20 p.m.  The train was stopped in the area. Traffic nearby was shut down while the scene was investigated, and by 8:09 p.m. it was determined there had been no leak. The scene was then cleared. Police say the area is safe and traffic is now back to normal.. ...Read Full Story

Police Seize Stolen Property In Van Buren County

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department has been able to recover several pieces of stolen property following an investigation which began Friday afternoon. It tells us deputies on road patrol were in the Decatur area around 1 p.m. when they noticed a travel trailer parked next to some train tracks. After some investigation, they were able to get access to the property and found several zero turn lawn mowers, a golf cart, a side by side off road ATV, a small farm tractor and mower deck, the 32-foot travel trailer and multiple steel and aluminum hauling trailers. After tracking the VIN number on the travel trailer, they found it had been reported stolen out of Indiana.. ...Read Full Story