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Hartford Police Seeking Indecent Exposure Suspect

Police in Hartford are trying to find a man accused of exposing and pleasuring himself in front of a woman at the Shell Mart. The woman told police the man tried to talk to her as she walked out of the convenience store and he took off after she yelled at him and tried to get her phone out to take his picture. Police say he was driving a blue Honda or Hyundai crossover SUV and got on I-94 headed west. The suspect has an Ohio license plate that includes the letters CCL. He is black with short hair and appeared to be in his 20s or 30s. The incident happened around 8:30 Wednesday morning.. ...Read Full Story

Murder Trial Of Antwan Mims Underway

The trial of Antwan Mims of Benton Harbor is underway for allegedly shooting and killing two men outside a house party last March. Jeff Taylor of the Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office laid out what happened as the victims tried to leave the party during opening statements this week.. ...Read Full Story

Request To Delay Trial Over MI Redistricting Denied

From the Associated Press — A U.S. Supreme Court justice has denied Republicans’ request to delay a trial over whether Michigan’s congressional and legislative districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered. Monday’s decision by Justice Sonia Sotomayor means federal judges will start the trial Tuesday. GOP lawmakers had asked the high court to stay the proceeding until it rules in redistricting cases from Maryland and North Carolina. The League of Women Voters and Democratic voters claim districts were shaped by Republican operatives to guarantee the party’s dominance after the 2010 census. They say constitutional rights were violated when Democratic areas were packed in certain districts or diluted elsewhere. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, proposed a settlement
under which some state House districts would be redrawn for the 2020 election, but the judges rejected it Friday.. ...Read Full Story

Stabenow Bill Would Prevent Emergency Funding For Border Wall Without Congressional Approval

Legislation is being proposed by US Senator Debbie Stabenow to prevent the President from using the National Emergencies Act of 1976 to “raid any funding” from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or Military Construction accounts for anything to do with a border wall unless approved by Congress. Specifically, Michigan’s senior senator is trying to prevent the loss of funding for any federal projects in the state like the construction of a larger lock in the Soo Locks. Stabenow also worries any potential disaster declaration if a deal isn’t reached to prevent another partial federal government shutdown soon could also halt efforts to stop Asian carp from getting into the Great Lakes and stall or cancel 26 dredging projects. In announcing her bill, she says there are reports the White House is drafting an emergency declaration now. Stabenow’s bill likely faces little to no chance of passage by the Republican-controlled Senate.. ...Read Full Story

Commissioners Hear Proposals For Street Repairs

Benton Harbor City Commissioners are now talking about how to spend the money being generated with the city’s new income tax. At Monday’s meeting, the commission heard from Abonmarche President Chris Cook, who gave a presentation on the first proposal for street repairs to be paid for with the funds. Using an estimate of $1 million per year, Cook said about half would be for major streets and half for neighborhoods. For example, major streets possibly getting cape sealing in 2019…. ...Read Full Story

Jason Dalton Sentenced For 2016 Kalamazoo Massacre

Life in prison with no parole for Jason Dalton, the Cooper Township man who killed six people and injured two others in a shooting rampage around Kalamazoo nearly three years ago. He was sentenced today in a Kalamazoo courtroom after hearing from family members of his victims. Those included Bart Nye, the son of Mary Lou Nye of Baroda, who was killed in the parking lot of the now-closed Cracker Barrel in Texas Township.. ...Read Full Story

Cook Plant Spokesman Retiring

He’s been the face and the voice of the Cook nuclear power plant for 24 years, and now Bill Schalk is retiring. As Cook spokesperson, Schalk tells us it’s been his job to keep the public informed about what’s going on at the facility, and he’s also been active throughout the southwest Michigan community. Schalk came to Cook in 1986 after doing television work in Fort Wayne and then working for I&M there. He tells WSJM News although the fundamental science behind nuclear power has stayed the same, some of the technology in industry has changed, and the whole energy market has evolved.. ...Read Full Story