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Berrien Youth Fair Continues All Week

The Berrien County Youth Fair continues through the rest of the week in Berrien Springs. Fair Director Karen Klug tells WSJM News they had more than 18,000 come out for the first official day on Monday. Tuesday was Kids Day featuring a circus, and Wednesday will feature the country music sensations the Brothers Osborne. Looking ahead to Thursday…. ...Read Full Story

More Than $45,000 Raised By Alzheimer’s Walk

More than $45,000 has been raised to fight Alzheimer’s thanks to a walk held in St. Joseph over the weekend. More than 400 people showed up to Riverview Park on Saturday for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Kristin Burt, Walk Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, tells us the event was “incredible,” adding she was inspired to see so many people come together for the cause. In Michigan alone, more than 180,000 people live with the disease. You can find out more, and make a donation, at Alz.org/Walk.. ...Read Full Story

Appeal In St. Joseph Rundown House Case Continues

St. Joseph City Commissioners have gotten an update on a rundown house along Niles Avenue that was ordered demolished several months ago. On Monday, the city attorney told commissioners both sides have now filed their briefs in an appeal of the demolition order. This concerns a home at 1015 Niles, right by Hoyt Street. The house started generating complaints due to a large tarp that’s been draped over the roof for more than a year. City inspectors later determined the home is so dilapidated it needs to come down. The property owner appealed with the Berrien Circuit Court. He now has two weeks to respond to the city’s latest brief. It will likely be a few months before the court responds. Both sides have asked for a hearing in the case.. ...Read Full Story

Grand Rapids Police Investigating Swastika Flag Hung From Overpass

From the Associated Press — The Grand Rapids Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying a man who hung an American flag with a swastika painted on it from an overpass over Interstate 196. Police say officers were called to the overpass before 7 a.m. Monday on a
report of a man who was seen hanging the flag from the overpass. Officers removed the flag about 10 minutes later just after arriving on the
scene. Police say the suspect is described as a male in his 20s with black hair and wearing a leather jacket. He was seen walking in the grass down toward the highway.. ...Read Full Story

Whirlpool Pursuing Different Tax Designation For Tech Center Upgrades

Whirlpool is slightly changing one aspect of its St. Joseph Tech Center renovation plans. On Monday, city commissioners heard from Cornerstone Alliance’s Rob Cleveland that the appliance maker is now asking that its tech center property be designated as an industrial development district, as opposed to the previous commercial rehabilitation district. Cleveland told WSJM News it’s related to taxes, but otherwise, the plans for $35 million in work at the tech center don’t change.. ...Read Full Story

Niles Man Charged In Connection With Wife’s Death

The husband of a Niles woman shot and killed on Sunday at her home has now been charged with homicide in the case. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department tells us 49-year-old John Lewis remains at the Berrien County Jail. He called police Sunday evening to report his wife, 55-year-old Carla Jean Lewis, had been shot when two suspects broke into their home on Lawndale Avenue. He also said they took off in her car. The sheriff’s department tells us the car is still missing, and they’re asking anyone with information on its location to contact them. They also say anyone found in that vehicle should be considered armed and dangerous. The plate number is CMY 3721, and the vehicle is a 2008 Mazda CX-9. It is pictured above. No additional details on the case are yet being released. John Lewis will be arraigned on Wednesday.. ...Read Full Story

Motorcyclist Hurt In South Haven Twp Crash

A Bangor motorcyclist is being treated at Bronson Hospital South Haven after a crash with an SUV. South Haven police tell us it happened near the Park Meadow apartments on M-43 in South Haven Township just before 5 p.m. Monday. The 67-year-old man who was on the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet and suffered “obvious” head wounds according to authorities. The two people in the SUV were not hurt. The investigation is ongoing, but so far shows the motorcyclist was going the wrong way, heading east in the westbound lanes.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien Deputies Receive Corrections Training

A couple of Berrien County Sheriff’s deputies have received their training to be corrections officers. Deputies Kristin Robbins and Miranda Bailey just finished their training academy at Olivet College. There, they learned about things like custody and security, defensive tactics, first aid, suicide awareness, fire safety, and interpersonal communications. The academy is certified by the Michigan Sheriffs Coordinating and Training Council, and the sheriff’s department tells us it provides deputies with the skills needed to maintain a safe and secure jail. Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey congratulated his newly-trained corrections deputies.. ...Read Full Story