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Stevensville Business Taking Donations For Military Personnel

A Stevensville business is using this month to collect items to be sent to military personnel overseas. Postal Connections is hosting its second annual care package drive as part of Military Appreciation Month. They’re taking donations of healthy snacks, drink mix packets, microwavable food, non-perishable food, and toiletries. Just stop by Postal Connections on Red Arrow Highway between now and May 31 to drop off items. The business will then make sure everything it collects get sent to a local military base or veteran center in Michigan.. ...Read Full Story

Pokagon Fund Highlights Scholarship Support

The Pokagon Fund is pointing to its role in helping Harbor Country area high school graduates go to college. Director Janet Cocciarelli tells WSJM News the fund has contributed more than $2.7 million to area scholarships since its inception. At the same time, the number of New Buffalo High School grads who go to college has gone p from 32% in 2008 to more than 90% today. In River Valley, that number has gone from 42% to 83%. Cocciarelli tells us, in addition to backing scholarships, the Pokagon Fund has contributed heavily to class field trips to colleges for high school students. She notes the importance of helping young people pay for post-secondary is constantly growing, as the cost of college has gone up 1,120% since 1978.. ...Read Full Story

Buchanan Student In Trouble Following Bomb Threat

A Buchanan Middle School student who left a bomb threat in one of the school’s restrooms last week has been caught and police are working with that student’s parents. The middle school was put on lockdown Friday for about 15 minutes when a student found a note in a restroom reading, “I am going to bomb the school.” Superintendent Andrea van der Laan tells WSJM News there was no actual bomb, and the student who wrote the note did it as a prank. Police were called in and they searched the building, finding nothing. The culprit behind the threat was found not long after. Van der Laan tells us the school followed all normal safety protocols in the situation, and parents were notified.. ...Read Full Story

UPDATE — Kalamazoo Shooting Spree Trial Delayed

From the Associated Pres — A June 13 trial will be postponed in the case of a Michigan man charged with killing six people during a day of picking up Uber riders. The Kalamazoo County prosecutor says Jason Dalton wants the state appeals court to review a decision about his statements to police. The court might decline, but the step still means that the trial won’t start as scheduled. Dalton is charged with murder and attempted murder. Investigators have quoted him as saying a “devil figure” on Uber’s app was controlling him on the night of the shootings in February 2016. He’s not accused of shooting customers. Dalton has been found competent to understand the charges and assist his
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Kalamazoo Massacre Trial Delay Expected

Jason Dalton was scheduled to go on trial in about a month in Kalamazoo on 16 charges from a massacre last year, but that will likely be delayed because his attorney plans to file an appeal today. Defense attorney Eusebio Solis told the “Battle Creek Enquirer” everything Dalton said to detectives after his arrest should be suppressed because Dalton said he didn’t want to talk. He says the detectives kept questioning him anyway. Judge Alexander Lipsey ruled last month that part of one interrogation and all of a second interview could be used at trial by the prosecution. Solis wants it all tossed. He will ask the Michigan Court of Appeals for a hearing. There is no telling how long that could take. Dalton is charged with shooting eight people, killing six of them, claiming a demon in his Uber app was telling him who to kill, and who just needed rides. They plan an insanity defense.. ...Read Full Story

Paw Paw Man Arrested After Short Chase

Be it on two wheels or two feet, a Paw Paw man wasn’t able to outrun the law over the weekend. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department tells us deputies tried to pull over a 28-year-old man on a motorcycle for outstanding warrants on several drug and other charges, only to have him take off. The man crashed after a short high-speed attempt to get away, and then tried to run. He was caught in the 200 block of North Niles Street in Paw Paw, and deputies found meth, marijuana, and pseudoephedrine in his motorcycle. The cold medicine is a key ingredient in making meth, and has resulted in a charge of smurfing, or buying the drug with the intent to manufacture meth. He’s also facing possession of meth and marijuana charges and charges for driving on a suspended license and with no motorcycle insurance. The man is in the Van Buren County Jail pending his arraignment.. ...Read Full Story

Gas Prices On The Decline

It’s a little easier on the wallet this week than last to fill up. Triple-A Michigan puts our gas prices in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph at an average of $2.31, down 9¢ from last Monday. Statewide, the average is down about 8¢ to $2.34. The state’s lowest prices are in both Traverse City and Flint, where they’re down to $2.24, while Jackson drivers are paying a lot more with a $2.45 average. The auto club says our 8¢ drop is the third-largest weekly change in the nation in the weekly price, and demand is flattening out while production is on the rise. Gasoline stocks in the Great Lakes region are higher than they’ve been at this time in the spring over the past two years. South Haven prices, according to GasBuddy, are between $2.23 and $2.25.. ...Read Full Story

Upset Constituents Encouraging Flip-Flops Sent To Upton

Michigan residents angry at Congressman Fred Upton are encouraging others still seething over last week’s Affordable Care Act replacement vote to mail flip-flops to his office in St. Joseph. Dozens of pairs of sandals were placed on the steps of that office late last week, but were soon removed. On social media, the hashtag #FredFlops has graphic calling on people to mail “stinky flops” to Upton. The Republican said early last week that he was opposed to the House plan to replace the ACA, only to change his tune after a meeting with President Trump on Wednesday. During that meeting, Upton and Congressman Billy Long of Missouri said they convinced the President to change his mind regarding coverage of pre-existing conditions. Critics like the AARP called the amendment from Upton to put $8 billion aside to help people with those costs if states opt out of the ACA requirement that pre-existing conditions can’t change coverage the same as using a band-aid on a broken bone.. ...Read Full Story