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State Lawmakers Still Have Billions In Federal COVID Money To Spend

Michigan lawmakers who have finished passing the state budget will next turn to allocating an unprecedented amount of federal COVID-19 rescue funding – money that largely is flexible and can be spent however the state decides. Mary Whiteford of Casco Township chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee for the Department of Health and Human Services. She told us about her priorities.. ...Read Full Story

State Providing Free Bottled Water, Filters In Benton Harbor

An announcement has been made by the state that it will provide free bottled water and water filters in the city of Benton Harbor while work continues to replace old lead water lines. The Reverend Edward Pinkney is the president of the Benton Harbor Community Water Council and told Michigan News Network city officials first became aware of the problem three years ago when a resident had her water tested.. ...Read Full Story

Diner Reopens Months After Owner Was Jailed Over Virus Rules

From the Associated Press — The doors at a western Michigan restaurant were open before sunrise as the owner welcomed diners for the first time since she spent four nights in jail for ignoring orders related to COVID-19. Marlena’s Bistro and Pizzeria in Holland had been closed since March. But Marlena Pavlos-Hackney now has recovered her food license. Kris Simmons was one of the first customers Tuesday. He says Pavlos-Hackney is a “hero.” Pavlos-Hackney last winter allowed indoor dining, despite state prohibitions, and ignored other rules aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19. She said her customers’ health was up to them. Now Pavlos-Hackney says it “feels so good” to see customers.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Passes 1 Million Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

From the Associated Press — Michigan has recorded more than 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. That figure comes from the state health department. The state crossed that threshold by reporting 6,000 new cases
over the last two days. There have been more than 20,000 deaths in Michigan linked to COVID-19. Nearly 58% of eligible Michigan residents are fully vaccinated. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan told The Detroit News that he believes a “major wave” of cases is coming to Michigan this fall. When coupled with staff shortages in hospitals, Duggan predicts that Michigan is “going to have a major problem.”. ...Read Full Story

Refugees From Afghanistan Expected In Michigan

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans has announced that about 200 Afghan refugees are expected to be making their way to the Detroit area over the next week or so. The plan to help the refugees was announced Wednesday as part of a $20 million partnership to help people with rental assistance. Evans told Michigan News Network this week the county has been welcoming refugees for years.. ...Read Full Story

State Rep Holding Photo Contest

State Representative Beth Griffin is holding a photo contest. She’s inviting residents of the 66th House District to submit their best photos capturing the essence of fall in southwest Michigan. Two winners will be announced when the contest concludes on October 31, and the winners will be posted on Griffin’s social media accounts and website. All photos have to be taken by the person submitting them, and the submissions should include the name, address and contact information of the contest participant. Griffin says Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties are beautiful all year, but especially in the fall. She hopes a lot of young people will take part in the contest. You can send entries to BethGriffin@house.mi.gov.. ...Read Full Story

Candidate Forum To Be Held In South Haven Next Week

As a mayoral and city council election approach in South Haven, a candidate forum is planned for this month. Judy Pollack with the American Association of University Women tells WSJM News mayoral candidates Scott Smith and Ahmmad Goodwin will be there along with those running for both contested and uncontested city council seats. She’s taking suggestions for questions to ask the candidates.. ...Read Full Story

South Haven Rotarian Talks About Project To Bring Clean Water To Kenyan Hospital

It took a lot of work, but the Rotary Club of South Haven has been able to raise the funds and find the partners needed to help provide clean water to a hospital in Kenya. Rotarian Art Ayers tells us he got to work on the project for the construction of a 600,000 liter concrete water storage cistern for the Ngoswani Maternal and Child Hospital after being inspired by Rotarian Dr. Marty Graber. Graber has worked for decades to help people in Africa, and Ayers says he’s learned about the need for clean water in some places.. ...Read Full Story

Police Identify Victims In Monday Fatal Crash

Michigan State Police have identified the victims in a double fatal crash that occurred on Monday in Sodus Township. The agency says it happened on Sodus Parkway west of Watson Road when a Toyota Corolla lost control due to wet conditions and crossed into the opposite lanes. It was then struck on the passenger side by a Subaru Outback. The driver of the Toyota has been identified as 42-year-old Robert Keys of Niles and his front seat passenger has been identified as 13-year-old Sylas Keys of St. Joseph. They were both pronounced dead at the scene. State police say they were father and son. Seriously injured was 8-year-old Elliot Keys, who was in the back seat. He is also the son of Robert Keys and brother to Sylas and he remains in critical condition. All three were wearing seatbelts. Police say the three occupants of the other vehicle were a 21-year-old Berrien Springs man, a 21-year-old Berrien Springs woman, and a 21-year-old Arizona woman. They all suffered non-life threatening injuries.. ...Read Full Story

Whitmer Pushes Economic Plan

A new $2.1 billion plan to help grow the middle class, support small businesses, and invest in communities in Michigan has been announced. Governor Gretchen Whitmer outlined the plan this week, saying the money would come from federal American Rescue Plan funds.. ...Read Full Story

Man Charged With Placing Pipe Bombs Outside Phone Stores

From the Associated Press — A northern Michigan man says he placed pipe bombs outside phone stores because he was upset with “immoral content” on phones and cable TV. That’s according to the FBI. John D. Allen of Whittemore was charged Tuesday, days after explosives and notes threatening Verizon and AT&T were found outside phone stores in Sault Ste. Marie and Cheboygan. The FBI says Allen also wrote letters found last month at communication towers across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The letters made demands and claimed to be from the “Coalition for Moral Telecommunications.” There was no immediate comment from Allen’s attorney.. ...Read Full Story

Grand Rapids Health Officer “Broken” After Threats Tied To Mask Order

From the Associated Press — The public health officer in the Grand Rapids area says he’s a victim of “brute mob hatred” after ordering masks in schools in Kent County to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Adam London told county commissioners that a woman tried to run his vehicle off the road in August immediately after the mask order. He’s no longer making public appearances because of concerns about violence. Angry residents have expressed their disgust over the mask order at public meetings. County commissioners can’t overrule London. London says there’s a “sickness in America far more insidious” than COVID-19.. ...Read Full Story

Legislature Approves State Budget

From the Associated Press — Michigan will make more kids eligible for child care subsidies, equip state troopers with body cameras and make permanent a pandemic wage hike for caregivers under the next state budget. The bipartisan spending plan also will boost payments for child care providers and enable them to give $1,000 bonuses to new or existing staff. Michigan’s savings account will grow by $500 million. As part of the deal, Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer agreed to a Republican-written provision to prevent the state and local governments from issuing coronavirus vaccine requirements that go beyond plans outlined by President Joe Biden.. ...Read Full Story

Missing Woman Found Dead, Struck By Vehicle

A woman who was reported missing out of Van Buren County this week has been found dead. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department says 64-year-old Melody Rohrer was last seen walking in the 84,000 Block of County Road 215 in Hamilton Township on Monday and did not return home. Her body was found Tuesday. The department says she had “been removed from the scene by the suspect driver and taken to another location in another county.” The sheriff’s department and other police agencies were able to identify a suspect, who they say is a 29-year-old White Pigeon man. He and Rohrer’s body were then located. The suspect is being arraigned on charges of vehicular manslaughter, failure to stop at a scene of a serious personal injury accident, and concealing the death of an individual. Police say no other information is being released at this time.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Budget Boosts Child Care, Keeps Caregiver Pay Hike

From the Associated Press — Michigan will make more kids eligible for child care subsidies, equip state troopers with body cameras and make permanent a pandemic wage hike for caregivers under the next state budget. The bipartisan spending plan also will boost payments for child care providers and enable them to give $1,000 bonuses to new or existing staff. Michigan’s savings account will grow by $500 million. As part of the deal, Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer agreed to a Republican-written provision to prevent the state and local governments from issuing coronavirus vaccine requirements that go beyond plans outlined by President Joe Biden.. ...Read Full Story

Health Department Promoting Infant Safety

With this being National Infant Mortality Awareness Month, the Berrien County Health Department is hoping to help parents know what they can do to ensure their babies are safe. Family Health Programs Manager Kyna King tells WSJM News infant mortality is when a baby dies before its first birthday. Berrien County has a high rate of infant mortality when compared to the rest of the state.. ...Read Full Story

SMC Rebuilding Basketball, Volleyball, Wrestling Teams

It’s a busy time on campus at Southwestern Michigan College as SMC brings back athletics. The college last year brought back cross country, and then in May of this year, the board of trustees authorized the revival of men’s basketball, women’s basketball, volleyball, and wrestling for the fall of 2022. Rodell Davis Sr. has been hired as athletic director and head coach of men’s basketball, and tells WSJM News he’s building a team now.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Visits COVID-19 Memorial In Washington

Congressman Fred Upton on Tuesday joined Congresswoman Debbie Dingell as they visited the National COVID Memorial in Washington, D.C. They two planted small white flags with messages in honor of Michiganders who have lost their lives to COVID-19. 670,000 flags, each representing the death of a fellow American from COVID, currently surround the Washington Monument in a visual depiction of the toll the pandemic has had on the nation and the world. The memorial is titled “In America: Remember,” and was created by artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg. Upton planted a flag in honor of Bud Baker, the most decorated veteran in Berrien County, who was the first person to die from COVID in the county. He says visiting the memorial was “an incredible and overwhelming experience.” Both Upton and Dingell have committed to returning to the memorial next week to handwrite messages and plant flags at the request of their constituents back in Michigan. You can contact Upton’s office to make such a request.. ...Read Full Story

Judge Sets March Trial For 5 Men In Governor Kidnapping Plot

From the Associated Press — A judge has set a March 8 trial for five men accused of planning to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker set the new date Monday after defense lawyers seeking more time to prepare asked him to postpone an October trial. Federal prosecutors didn’t object last week. The government said the five men were upset over coronavirus restrictions when they conspired to kidnap Whitmer, even scouting her second home in northern Michigan. They’ve pleaded not guilty and claim to be victims of entrapment. A sixth man, Ty Garbin, pleaded guilty and was recently sentenced to
slightly more than six years in prison.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Rep To Fellow Lawmaker: I Hope ‘Your Car Explodes’

From the Associated Press — A Michigan lawmaker who got a personal protection order against another lawmaker has filed some unflattering text messages in court. State Representative Mari Manoogian says Representative Steve Marino called her a “parasite” and hoped that her car would explode. Marino is a Macomb County Republican, and Manoogian is an Oakland County Democrat. They had a personal relationship that ended more than a year ago. Marino was removed from House committees last week when
allegations of abuse were reported to leaders. State police are investigating. Marino says he’s a victim of “character assassination.” His attorney says the text messages are being taken out of context and that they’ll challenge the protection order.. ...Read Full Story

Possible Sexual Assault At Grand Mere State Park

Lincoln Township police are investigating an alleged sexual assault at Grand Mere State Park Monday evening. An 18-year-old woman says she was confronted by a white man in his 30s as she was preparing to leave after setting up a hammock around 6 p.m. She told police she remembered waking up on the ground in pain after she was physically assaulted. She does not know how long she was unconscious from the assault. No suspect was found despite the use of a township police K9, a Berrien County Sheriff’s K9 and a heat-sensing drone. The woman was taken to Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph for treatment.. ...Read Full Story

Two Killed In Sodus Township Crash

A 13-year-old boy and a 42-year-old man are dead after a two vehicle crash in Sodus Township on Monday. Michigan State Police say it happened on Sodus Parkway west of Watson Road at about 6 p.m. Troopers say a Toyota Corolla was westbound on Sodus Parkway when it lost control due to wet conditions and crossed into the eastbound lanes. It was then struck on the passenger side by an eastbound Subaru Outback. The driver of the Corolla, a 42-year-old Niles man, and his front seat passenger, a 13-year-old St. Joseph boy, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their backseat passenger, an 8-year-old St. Joseph boy, was taken to Spectrum Health Lakeland hospital with serious injuries. Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to remove the three from the wreckage. The three occupants of the Subaru were all taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  They were a 21-year-old Berrien Springs man, a 21-year-old Berrien Springs woman, and a 21-year-old Arizona woman. The crash remains under investigation.. ...Read Full Story

South Haven Council Approves Rezoning To Prepare For Apartment Complex

The city of South Haven has taken a step forward with a residential development planned for the former Overton factory site on Elkenburg Street. During a Monday meeting of the South Haven City Council, a rezoning of the property at 229 Elkenburg from light industrial to multi family residential was approved. Chicago-based Habitat Company is looking to build an apartment complex there. Some residents at the meeting expressed concern about contamination that could be at the former factory. City Manager Kate Hosier said remediation of that would be part of the project.. ...Read Full Story

Mackinac Policy Conference This Week

Hundreds of policymakers and community leaders are gathered on Mackinac Island this week for the annual Mackinac Policy Conference. Wright Lassiter the Third, who is this year’s conference chair, says re-imagining a healthy Michigan is the main theme. He spoke with Michigan News Network.. ...Read Full Story

Adopt A Highway Cleanup Starts This Weekend

Volunteers will be lining highways around Michigan this coming weekend as the next Adopt a Highway cleanup effort. The Michigan Department of Transportation says teams will pick up trash along roads from Saturday through the following Sunday. MDOT spokesperson Dan Weingarten told us earlier this year the Adopt a Highway program started in 1990.. ...Read Full Story

Health Department Holding Infant Mortality Education Event

The Berrien County Health Department is planning an infant mortality awareness and education event for this week. It says all are welcome to Carronde Park in St. Joseph Township from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday to hear from speakers who will educate and inform one and all about infant mortality rates in the community. They’ll also talk about the root causes underlying disparities and what the public health community is doing about the issue. Infant mortality is when a baby dies before its first birthday. The health department says infant mortality is affected by factors that include maternal health, access to health services and medical technology, poverty and socioeconomic conditions, community health, and public health practices. This Thursday’s event will include free food and a chance for everyone to learn about how they can be part of making a difference right here in Berrien County. The department says those who attend can bring the whole family.. ...Read Full Story

LaSata Bill To Honor MDOT Worker Killed Along I-94 Near Final Approval

I-94 from the I-196 interchange to Napier Avenue could soon be renamed the Kevin D. White Memorial Highway in honor of a Benton Township man who was killed while working along I-94 in October of 2019. State Senator Kim LaSata tells us her legislation would rename the stretch of highway for Kevin White, a Michigan Department of Transportation worker and the supervisor of Benton Township. He was struck by a tire that came off a passing semi as he worked near the 33 mile marker. LaSata says renaming the highway after him could serve as a reminder to be cautious in construction zones.. ...Read Full Story

New Leader Announced For Youth Solutions

Kinexus has announced a new director for its Youth Solutions program. Mollie Waller will now lead the program. Kinexus says Waller has a wealth of experience in the non-profit and for-profit sectors ranging from communications to business development to fundraising to organizational design. She’s previously worked as a Wienermobile spokesperson for Oscar Mayer and led all communications for America’s dairy farmers. She joined Youth Solutions in 2018 and now steps up to head the program. Youth Solutions has a goal of serving 10,000 of Michigan’s young people by 2026. The organization helps vulnerable young people find a sense of purpose and belonging, overcome barriers, and pursue family sustaining careers they may not have considered before the program. Kinexus Group President Todd Gustafson says the organization is excited to welcome Waller to the leadership team.. ...Read Full Story

Chikaming Township Meeting To Discuss Coastal Resiliency

A meeting to discuss coastal resiliency is planned for this week in Chikaming Township. The township has received a grant from the Land Information Access Association to help it update its master plan with coastal resiliency in mind. Land Information Access Association Director Matt Cowall tells WSJM News his group works with lakeshore communities around Michigan to help them position themselves for changing conditions on the Great Lakes.. ...Read Full Story

COVID-19 Numbers For Saturday Through Monday

Michigan is reporting 7,185 additional COVID-19 cases for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday combined. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says that works out to an average of 2,395 per each day. The state also added 35 deaths for the three days. Michigan has had a total of more than 995,000 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began and 20,700 deaths. In southwest Michigan, Berrien County has had a total of 15,805 cases and 288 deaths. Cass County has had 5,490 cases and 77 deaths. Van Buren County has had 7,542 cases and 134 deaths. Looking at the state’s vaccination dashboard, the state’s vaccination rate is 66.7% as of Monday. In Berrien County, the COVID vaccination rate is 57.5%. In Cass County, it’s 40.1%. In Van Buren County, it’s 61%.. ...Read Full Story

Van Buren County Police Looking For Missing Woman

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a missing woman. It says 64-year-old Melody Rohrer was last seen walking in the 84,000 Block of County Road 215 in Hamilton Township on Monday and did not return home. She went missing between 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. She is described as 5’5 with brown eyes, brown shoulder length hair, glasses, a tattoo of wedding ring on her ring finger, and an angel tattoo on her left forearm. Anyone with information on her location is asked to call the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department.. ...Read Full Story

Enrollment Going Back Up At GVSU

There’s some good news regarding the latest enrollment numbers at Grand Valley State University. Overall enrollment dropped last year for many universities because of the pandemic. Now, GVSU says its numbers are on the rebound. For first-time college students, the university saw a slight increase in the total, just about 4,000. But total enrollment fell by 4%. The university says it’s largely due to a decline in returning students. Graduate student enrollment increased by 2.8%. Newly enrolled international students grew from 21 to 107 students. Total enrollment for fall semester of 2021 is 22,406, of which 20,000 students are from all over Michigan.. ...Read Full Story

Recall Effort Launched In Alma After Migrant Housing Vote

From the Associated Press — Three officials in a mid-Michigan community are being targeted for recall after voting in favor of a zoning change that would allow housing for migrant boys who crossed the U.S. border. Petitions were filed against Alma city commissioners Roxann Herrington, Audra Stahl and Nick Piccolo. If the language is approved, recall advocates could start collecting signatures to try to force an election. The commission voted last week to approve a zoning change sought by Bethany Christian Services. Chuck Murphy is a recall supporter and chairman of the Gratiot County Republican Party. He says many people in Alma
are upset.. ...Read Full Story

Whirlpool Appliance Sale Coming Up

Whirlpool will hold an appliance sale to benefit the United Way of Southwest Michigan this month. The United Way’s Jennifer Tomshack tells WSJM News this big sale is back on after being cancelled last year. Whirlpool will sell surplus appliances at deeply discounted prices on Saturday, September 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, September 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Orchards Mall in Benton Township. Tomshack says the proceeds go to the United Way.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Trails Week Starts Tomorrow

This coming week is Michigan Trails Week when everyone is encouraged to get out and see some of the state’s trails system. Michigan Department of Natural Resources grant coordinator Dakota Hewlett tells WSJM News no matter where you are in the state, there’s probably a good trail near you.. ...Read Full Story

Army Corps Issues Report On Great Lakes Water Levels

Lakes Michigan and Huron are expected to stay below the high levels they reached last year but still above average moving into the next year. That’s according to the latest Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes forecast. Corps hydrologist Keith Kompoltowicz tells WSJM News the lakes were able to drop by around one foot to 15 inches this year due to a lack of rain.. ...Read Full Story

School Board Holds Off On Building Demolitions

Bnton Harbor Area Schools won’t be tearing down some of its unused, blighted buildings just yet. The board of education this past week voted to table the question of demolishing Bard Elementary, Martindale Elementary, and the North Shore School. Trustee Trenton Bowens said at Tuesday’s board meeting it’s time to acknowledge those facilities can’t be repaired.. ...Read Full Story

BH Schools Receive Washers, Dryers From Whirlpool

A new partnership between Benton Harbor Area Schools and Whirlpool will mean students who lack access to washers and dryers at home can have their clothes washed at school. Whirlpool’s Laura Fletty tells WSJM News the company has brought its Care Counts laundry program to all of the school buildings in the district. It was started about six years ago when a teacher asked the company for help. She had noticed children would avoid school when they lacked clean clothing. So Whirlpool donated a washer and dryer to the school.. ...Read Full Story

MDOT Highlights US-31 To I-94 Project In New Video

The Michigan Department of Transportation has released a new video showcasing progress that has been made on the project to connect US-31 to I-94. The $121.5 million project means the construction of miles of brand new highway and the reconstruction of four bridges in Berrien County. MDOT Coloma Business Office Construction Engineer Kenton McAndrew says it’s part of the Rebuilding Michigan Program.. ...Read Full Story

Allegan County Holding COVID Testing Clinics Each Week

The Allegan County Health Department is teaming up with Allegan County Transportation and HONU Management Group to have free drive-thru COVID-19 testing events in Allegan County. Both Rapid and PCR COVID-19 tests are available to individuals of any age, regardless of symptoms. Those under the age of 18 will need a guardian’s consent. Registration is not required, but it is encouraged, and those who attend are asked to wear a mask. The testing events will be on Wednesdays from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Allegan County Transportation Building on Airway Drive in Allegan starting this coming Wednesday. They’re scheduled to continue indefinitely. Everyone who gets the rapid test will receive their results in 30 to 45 minutes, while those who get PCR tests will hear the results in a few days through text or email. Anyone’s experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, or shortness of breath is advised to seek testing as well as those who have potentially been exposed.. ...Read Full Story

Volunteer Day planned At Grand Mere State Park

There will be a volunteer day at Grand Mere State Park near Stevensville this month. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says volunteers will remove invasive shrubs before they have a chance to spread across the dunes. Those who take part in this stewardship day will learn to identify honeysuckle, autumn olive and Japanese barberry while gaining hands-on experience in the removal of those invasives. The volunteer event will be on Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Everyone’s advised to bring work or gardening gloves and to wear long pants. Insect spray containing DEET is also advised. To register or learn more, contact Emily Leslie at LeslieE1@Michigan.gov or 517-242-8760.. ...Read Full Story

Resurfacing Planned For Phoenix Street In South Haven

Crews will be working on Phoenix Street in South Haven in the coming weeks. The city engineer says a resurfacing project starts Monday. Phoenix Street will be resurfaced between 73rd Street and 71.5 Street. The work will also include a new bicycle path along the north side of Phoenix from 73rd Street to Veterans Boulevard. The work starting Monday will be done in stages to allow for lane closures while keeping the road open to traffic with at least one lane in each direction. The work is scheduled to take about five weeks.. ...Read Full Story

Walkathon Being Planned To Raise Awareness About Domestic Abuse

The Cora Lamping Center for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence is planning a walkathon for next month to raise awareness about domestic abuse and how to help survivors. The event will be Saturday, October 23 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. along Riverview Drive in Benton Harbor. Walkers will start at Charles M Yarbrough Park, go to Main Street, and then back to the park. Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad is slated to speak. The event will be free to take part, and they’ll have refreshments available at the park. The Cora Lamping Center is working on an event Facebook page to provide more details. The Cora Lamping Center for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence is a division of The Avenue Family Services in Benton Harbor. It provides support free of charge.. ...Read Full Story

FBI Asks Public’s Help After Explosives Found In N. Michigan

From the Associated Press — The FBI wants the public’s help after explosive devices were found in boxes outside two phone stores in northern Michigan. The devices were discovered Thursday in Cheboygan in the northern Lower Peninsula and Sault Ste. Marie in the Upper Peninsula. The FBI is urging the public to share information to help investigators find who’s responsible for the explosives.
Anyone with information can call (800) 225-5324. The boxes had threatening notes addressed to Verizon and AT&T. Investigators believe the explosives are related to letters recently found at communication towers across the Upper Peninsula. The letters made demands and claimed to be from the “Coalition for Moral Telecommunications.”. ...Read Full Story

October Trial Postponed For 5 Men In Michigan Governor Plot

From the Associated Press — A judge says he would postpone the October 12 trial of five men accused of planning to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer. A new date wasn’t immediately set. But federal Judge Robert Jonker suggested the trial might get pushed to February or March. Defense lawyers say they need more time to pore over evidence shared by federal prosecutors, especially the work of FBI agents and informants. The government says the five men were upset over coronavirus restrictions when they conspired to kidnap Whitmer, even scouting her second home in northern Michigan. They’ve pleaded not guilty. A sixth man, Ty Garbin, pleaded guilty and is expected to be a star witness for prosecutors.. ...Read Full Story