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Police Trying To Find Missing Autistic Man

Michigan State Police are working to find a missing 18-year-old autistic man from Paw Paw. Detectives tell us Shawn Cappaccio was seen around noon Friday near his home, but troopers haven’t yet been able to make contact with him. He is believed to have Asperger syndrome and authorities say he likely is trying to hide from people. Before Friday’s sighting, he was last seen around 6 a.m. Thursday. Cappaccio’s family no longer believes he’s in danger, but they do want him home. He is 5’8″ and about 160 pounds with shaggy brown hair and black framed glasses.. ...Read Full Story

Fire Damages Geneva Township Home

Nobody injured from a house fire in Geneva Township. South Haven Area Emergency Services were called to a home on County Road 380 near 68th Street around 9:40 Thursday night. They quickly extinguished that fire, with the help of Bangor and Columbia Firefighters. The residents, along with pets, all escaped without injury. The fire was confined to the home’s heat source and the cause remains under investigation.. ...Read Full Story

Judge Mulls Whether To Allow Uber Gunman’s Comments

A Kalamazoo judge is considering whether to allow statements at trial made by an Uber driver accused of fatally shooting six strangers in between picking up riders. Kalamazoo County Circuit Court Judge Alexander Lipsey said Thursday that he would rule by April 20 after hearing arguments.
Police have quoted the suspect, Jason Dalton, as saying a “devil figure” on Uber’s app was controlling him on the night of the shootings around Kalamazoo.. ...Read Full Story

Former Benton Harbor Superintendent Charged

Former Benton Harbor Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Leonard Seawood is facing up to 25 years in prison if convicted on charges of embezzlement and obtaining money by false pretenses. Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic accuses Seawood of being paid for 80 vacation days above and beyond the five his contract allowed per year from July 2010 to October 2015. The prosecutor’s office says the extra day cash payouts totaled around $45,000. Seawood was suspended in April 2015, and he stepped down six months later. When he left, the school district paid him $80,000 as part of a separation agreement. Seawood posted bond and is due back in court for preliminary hearings on April 21 and 27.. ...Read Full Story

[VIDEO] Berrien County Dispatcher of the Year Announced

It’s sometimes overlooked, but the job of a 9-1-1 dispatcher can be among the most stressful positions in law enforcement. To that end, the Berrien County 9-1-1 Advisory Committee is honoring those who did outstanding work in 2016. Chikaming Township Police Chief Todd Taylor made the announcement of this year’s Dispatcher of the Year, Danyeal McGee, Thursday morning before the Berrien County Board of Commissioners.. ...Read Full Story

Crash Sends Paw Paw Man to Hospital

A 24-year-old from Paw Paw suffered life threatening injuries after crash investigators believe he suffered some sort of medical issue and lost control of his SUV as he approached the Stadium drive bridge over U.S.131. Deputies say the man was headed into Kalamazoo from Van Buren County just after 1:00 Wednesday afternoon when his car suddenly veered across a raised median and the opposite traffic lanes, hit the bridge abutment and his car caught fire. Oshtemo Rescue was able to douse the fire and pry the young man out of the wreck. He was admitted to Bronson Methodist in critical condition. The investigation is continuing.. ...Read Full Story

Mass Murderer Pre-Trial Today

Suspected mass murderer Jason Dalton’s lawyers are in court today for a pre-trial hearing to argue that some of the statements that the Cooper Township man made to detectives after his arrest should be suppressed. Judge Alexander Lipsey will hear legal arguments from both the prosecution and the defense. Dalton is the Uber Driver who was arrested after he allegedly shot eight people in three different locations, killing six of them and maiming two women in February last year. Dalton reportedly told detectives several stories, including one claiming that the same Uber App that was telling him where to pick-up passengers had been taken over by a demon and was telling him who to shoot. Judge Lipsey may or may not rule on the motions today.. ...Read Full Story

US Steel: Failed Pipe Apparently Caused Spill

(Portage, IN – AP) – U.S. Steel says a failed pipe apparently caused a spill at the company’s northern Indiana facility that sent a potentially carcinogenic chemical into a Lake Michigan tributary. The company said Wednesday its preliminary investigation shows an expansion joint failed in that pipe Tuesday at its Portage, Indiana, plant.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Harbor To Hold Town Hall On Water, Sewer System

Benton Harbor City Manager Darwin Watson is holding a town hall meeting Thursday night at City Hall. He’ll be talking to residents about the city’s water and sewer system as part of a series of forums he’s been holding for the past few months. Benton Harbor has been replacing old water meters since last year, and was awarded a grant of nearly $400,000 in February by the state for a slew of water projects. Watson told WSJM News at the time the city will be replacing the water main on Territorial from Paw Paw Avenue to Hull Street, replacing and connecting the water main on Sherman Court off of Colfax, and doing water valve replacements city-wide. The town hall meeting starts at 5:30 p.m.. ...Read Full Story