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Five Dead In Livingston County Crash

From the Associated Press — Police say five people are dead in Michigan after a 22-year-old driver blew through a rural stop sign and smashed into another vehicle. The victims include Candice Dunn, who was killed after being honored at a banquet as the state’s probation agent of the year. Corrections Department spokesman Chris Gautz says her 70-year-old mother also died. The crash happened late Tuesday in Livingston County’s Oceola Township, about 35 miles northwest of Detroit. State police say a car failed to stop at a sign and struck a vehicle traveling
east on Michigan highway 59. One vehicle caught fire. Two people were killed in one car and three in the other. Three more people are in critical condition, including the drivers.. ...Read Full Story

Tax Abatement Granted To Stevensville Company

The village of Stevensville has approved a tax break for a local manufacturer as it plans an expansion. This week, the village council approved a tax abatement for Darren Mayer Performance Engineering, a company that designs custom superchargers for race cars. It’s planning a more than 4,900 foot expansion set to retain 10 jobs and add 3 more. The investment is more than $500,000. The company worked with Cornerstone Alliance on pursuing the tax abatement, with Cornerstone saying it appreciates the village’s support. DMPE has been in Stevensville for 13 years.. ...Read Full Story

Parents Reminded To Promote Bike Safety

Kids across Michigan are celebrating the physical and mental health benefits of biking this week. Wednesday was National Bike to School Day, and children’s advocates want to make sure they know how to stay safe. An estimated 50 kids every hour are hurt in preventable accidents, many from crashing a bicycle, says Dr. Marcee White, with Safe Kids Worldwide. She encourages parents to not only make them wear a helmet, but to learn the rules of the road.. ...Read Full Story

Van Buren County Students Hold Disaster Drill

It was a busy day Wednesday at the Van Buren Technology Center as students from all over the region simulated a disaster. EMS Instructor JC Robertson tells WSJM News they’ve been doing this for 17 years now. Students played the roles of police, firefighters, and EMTs, while the cosmetology students made up the victims. Robertson tells our newsroom the disaster could be anything, but it’s often based on real life situations and they try to keep it to current events.. ...Read Full Story

Registrations Being Taken For Berrien Sheriff’s Kids Camp

It’s time to register for the 2017 Berrien County Sheriff’s Department Kids Camp. The department offers the camps each year as a way to reach out to the community and also teach children how to be safe. The camp, to be held for two days in mid-June, will feature hand-on demonstrations by Berrien County sheriff’s deputies. The kids will learn about law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, and water rescue. They’ll also take part in problem solving exercises and get home safety information. The cost to register is $30, and you can find out more right here.. ...Read Full Story

State Seeking More Foster Families

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is hoping to attract more foster families. Spokesperson Bob Wheaton tells WSJM News the state has thousands of kids who have been removed from bad situations and they need stable and safe places to stay while they wait to go back to their families.. ...Read Full Story

Proos Cries Foul Over Per Prisoner Spending Increase

State Senator John Proos tells us the governor’s latest budget proposal doesn’t take into account prison savings the department of corrections has been able to achieve. He says Governor Rick Snyder’s plan includes an increase of about $1,400 in per prisoner spending. That’s when schools are only getting an increase of $100 per student. Proos tells WSJM News that’s out of balance.. ...Read Full Story

BH Mayor Wishes Cornerstone Chamber Well

The announcement this week that Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce is moving from Benton Harbor to St. Joseph doesn’t faze Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad. He tells WSJM News he wishes the chamber luck. Cornerstone Alliance is remaining behind and moving to a bigger facility downtown, while the chamber is heading off to Ship Street in downtown St. Joe. Mayor Muhammad says he’s not disappointed to hear the chamber is moving, adding he recognizes each entity’s need to follow its best interests. He also says the city is willing to work with any and all organizations that pursue economic development. Muhammad says the doors are always open to those who want to move the city forward.. ...Read Full Story