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Benton Harbor Public Safety Launches Anonymous Tip App

Letting police in Benton Harbor know of crimes is now easier for smartphone users. The city has released its Tip411 mobile app called Benton Harbor DPS, which can be found in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. It is a free download that lets people send in tips and photos anonymously. Deputy Public Safety Director Mike Clark talked to WSJM News in April when the city approved the app about the privacy of it.. ...Read Full Story

No Deal – Benton Harbor School Board Rejects State Plan To Suspend High School, Eliminate Debt

No deal. The Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education has voted to reject the proposal from the state to temporarily close Benton Harbor High School in exchange for wiping out $12 million of its $18 million in debt. The board vote came shortly before 1 this afternoon at a special meeting. Board members will send more detailed information about their proposal, given to the governor’s office along with the state departments of Treasury and Education on Wednesday. They are hopeful the state will be willing to negotiate an agreement that can help the district financially and academically while still keeping Benton Harbor High School open.. ...Read Full Story

New Poll Shows Former VP Biden Up 11% Over President Trump In Michigan

For what it’s worth, there’s a new poll of Michigan voters showing former Vice President Joe Biden with a wide lead over President Trump in the state. EPIC-MRA finds a double-digit lead for the Democrat at the top of the national polls for his party’s 2020 nomination. The survey gives Biden a 52-to-41-percent lead over the incumbent Republican, who in 2016 became the first in his party to win in Michigan since George H.W. Bush in 1988. For those who outright support either candidate, Biden leads 49% to 37%. In the head-to-head hypothetical matchup, Democrats support the former VP by a 92-to-2 percent margin, while 83-percent of Republicans favor re-electing President Trump. However, 12% of Michigan Republicans say they’d vote for Biden if the election were between the two right now.. ...Read Full Story

St. Joseph City Commission Calls Special Meeting June 17

The St. Joseph City Commission won’t be putting off action on a pair of Commercial Rehabilitation Exemption Certificates which were tabled earlier this week. They’ve called a special meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. to hold the public hearings for the requests by Untied Federal Credit Union to revamp the former Whirlpool building at 150 Hilltop and for Fiskars in the Edgewater district for an overhaul of its property at 500 Momany. Construction on the latter had been slated to start this past Tuesday, but the city commission voted to table both to allow commissioners more time to review the requests this past Monday night.. ...Read Full Story

Two Arrested In Crack Cocaine Bust

Two 37-year-old men are in the Berrien County Jail on drug charges after the Southwest Enforcement Team carried out a narcotics raid in Benton Harbor this morning. Troy McClinton is facing a charge of possession with intent to deliver crack, while Ricky Coates was arrested for a second offense of possession of crack cocaine and possession of ammunition by a felon. Their arrests followed a three-month investigation into distribution of illegal narcotics. Detectives found crack cocaine, packaging material, scales, ammo, and other drug-related items during the raid.. ...Read Full Story

I&M Announces New Solar Facility

Indiana Michigan Power has announced its next solar farm, and this one will be its biggest. I&M spokesperson Schnee Garrett tells WSJM News the facility in South Bend will be near the Indiana Toll Road and about 10 miles northeast of the University of Notre Dame.. ...Read Full Story

Juneteenth Celebration This Weekend In Benton Harbor

Set for Saturday is a Juneteenth celebration in Benton Harbor. Juneteenth is an annual event to mark the end of slavery in the United States. It started in 1865 on June 19. The local event will begin on Saturday at 1 p.m. with a parade from Broadway Park to the Arts and Cultural Center at 275 Pipestone Road. Once the parade is finished, there will be music, youth groups, vendors, and action tables at the Arts and Cultural Center. Democratic candidate for Congress Jon Hoadley will also be present. All are welcome to take part in the festivities.. ...Read Full Story

Detroit College Closing

From the Associated Press — A Catholic graduate college that has operated in Detroit for 92 years will close in December at the end of its upcoming fall semester. Marygrove College announced Wednesday it had informed staff and its 305 students of the decision due to financial reasons. It closed its undergraduate programs two years ago. Founded by the sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Marygrove opened in 1905 as St. Mary’s College in Monroe and relocated to Detroit in 1927. Marygrove President Elizabeth Burns says the college has accumulated much debt. She said it has reached an agreement with Oakland University to accommodate students who are within a year of finishing their degrees and will make similar arrangements with other schools as needed.. ...Read Full Story

Officials Want Drivers To Be Cautious Around Farm Vehicles

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department is cracking down on drivers who illegally pass farm vehicles moving large equipment on public roads. Berrien County Board of Commissioners Chair Mac Elliot tells WSJM News he’s been hearing from farmers about people who recklessly go around them as they’re moving ag equipment. He says those drivers need a little patience.. ...Read Full Story

State Police Warn About Vigilante Actions

A growing number of Michigan residents are playing a version of To Catch a Predator, and police want it to stop. Michigan State Police Lieutenant Liz Rich says it’s happening across the country. It started here about six months ago. Vigilantes taking to the internet looking for those trolling for underage sex.. ...Read Full Story

Area Food Pantries Get Boost

Dozens of food pantries in Berrien and Cass counties have stocked shelves thanks to the efforts of 26 businesses that took part in the United Way of Southwest Michigan’s “Christmas in June” challenge. Over 20,000 items have been delivered to 32 pantries to help those who need it, as summer donations typically fall dramatically and leave people with limited options. The United Way says four companies competed to see which could collect more items: Indiana Michigan Power, Gast Manufacturing, Spectrum Health Lakeland, and Whirlpool. Indiana Michigan Power came out on top with 12,000 food items collected, and between the four accounted for 18,600 of the items donated. Christmas in June is part of a worldwide United Way “Day of Action” effort in June, during which tens of thousands of people across the globe volunteer with local United Ways to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.. ...Read Full Story

Flooding Again Closes Part Of Dunkley Avenue In South Haven

Flooding has part of Dunkley Avenue closed in South Haven. Waves on Lake Michigan today are between six and 10 feet, and the National Weather Service says flooding is likely from the Indiana border north to Grand Haven. For the second time this week, the city of South Haven has shut down Dunkley Avenue north of Dyckman Avenue to just past Black River Park, with a detour taking drivers along Broadway, Phoenix Street, Bailey Avenue, and Wells Street to get to Dunkley Avenue in order to go to the park.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Harbor Area Schools Board Of Education To Meet Friday On Whitmer Plan

Facing a deadline of 11:59 p.m. Friday to make a decision on the future of Benton Harbor High School, the Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education will meet at noon tomorrow. The agenda includes discussion of the plan put forth by the Whitmer administration to suspend operations at the high school for at least a few years in order to get the district’s finances and academics in order. Board members met with members of the governor’s administration yesterday in Lansing to present their alternative that would keep the high school open, restructure the debt, and improve student achievement. Governor Whitmer was not at the meeting, but her office says she will be reviewing the plan. Whitmer told a crowd at a Benton Harbor church last week that she is open to any viable alternative that can be presented, adding she does not want to have the entire district dissolved by the Legislature. Her plan would wipe out 12-million of the district’s 18-million debt and turn BHAS into a K-8 district for several years.. ...Read Full Story

Group Slams Plan To Slash Transit Funding

Advocates for public transit are sounding the alarm about the Michigan House budget, which had a hearing Wednesday in the House Appropriations Committee. The budget proposal would trim $36 million from public-transit programs and related services, in order to preserve funding for road repairs and lower gas taxes. The cuts include 70% of the funding for senior dial-a-ride shuttle vans, which could lead to 350,000 fewer trips per year. Megan Owens, with the nonprofit community group Transportation Riders United or TRU, says the cuts would hit seniors, people with disabilities and lower-income families the hardest.. ...Read Full Story

Lawmakers Try To Block Spending On Detroit To Canada Bridge

From the Associated Press — Republicans who control the Michigan House are proposing to prohibit the state from spending money on a new bridge between Detroit and Canada, even though Canada has been fully reimbursing the state for its expenses. The change was made by a committee Wednesday and sent to the House. Critics warn the move could halt work on the Gordie Howe International Bridge,
which Canada is paying for entirely. A Republican lawmaker who helped write the transportation budget denies work on the bridge would stop and says he just wants more transparency about spending. Budget plans proposed by the Republican-led Senate and Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer would not include new restrictions against bridge work. The Canadian-financed span over the Detroit River linking Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit is expected to open in 2024.. ...Read Full Story

School Board Presents High School Plan In Lansing

Members of the Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education met Wednesday with state officials in Lansing to discuss alternatives to closing the district’s high school. The proposed closure is a move that Governor Gretchen Whitmer is seeking to resolve the district’s $18 million in debt and poor academic outcomes. Whitmer told The Detroit News on Tuesday her plan to at least suspend the high school for a while and send the students to surrounding districts isn’t necessarily set in stone.. ...Read Full Story

Treasurer Talks Fundraiser For Stevensville Woman

A woman who was helped earlier this year by the Berrien County Treasurer’s Hopeful Home Fund could use some more help, and a weekend fundraiser seeks to do just that. Berrien County Treasurer Bret Witkowski tells WSJM News Shannon O’Brien is battling cancer. She’s a working mom with five kids, three of them triplets, and sought a tax payment plan on her Stevensville property earlier this year. Witkowski says that’s when he thought she could benefit from the Hopeful Home Fund.. ...Read Full Story

Rep. Wendzel Testifies On Bills To Modernize Commercial Fishing Laws

Commercial fishing is not a big business on the Great Lakes, with just six companies fishing in Lake Michigan, but the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the laws governing the industry need overhauling. Three bills are now before the state House Natural Resources Committee, with one sponsored by Representative Pauline Wendzel of Watervliet regarding nets used by commercial fishing operations.. ...Read Full Story

Search Underway For Missing Man In Niles Township

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department is trying to find a 47-year-old man reported missing from the Riverfront Park Campground on the Dowagiac River in Niles Township. He is Garen Collins, who lives at the campground. Investigators say his car was found in the parking lot of the Pucker Street Dam, but he was nowhere to be seen. A search is underway by the sheriff’s office and the Niles Township Fire Department. Collins is 6’2″, 265 pounds with short brown hair, brown eyes, and a goatee.. ...Read Full Story

Verdict Reached In Case Against Nassar’s Ex-Boss At Michigan State University

A former dean who had oversight of now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar at Michigan State University has been found guilty of neglect of duty but acquitted on a more serious criminal sexual conduct charge. William Strampel was also convicted Wednesday of misconduct in office. Jurors found the 71-year-old Strampel not guilty of felony criminal sexual conduct in the second degree. He had been accused of abusing his power to sexually harass female students. The ex-dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine was the first person charged after Michigan’s attorney general launched an investigation in 2017 into how Michigan State handled complaints against Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting patients and possessing child pornography. Nassar is serving decades in federal prison for the child pornography conviction, and will spend the rest of his days in a Michigan prison if he lives to the end of his federal term.. ...Read Full Story

Niles-Buchanan YMCA Reaches Matching Grant Threshold

The Niles-Buchanan YMCA is moving closer to its $3 million fundraising goal for an expansion later this summer. They have met the $25,000 threshold for a matching challenge grant from a local foundation, which was contingent on the Y raising the money as part of the community phase of its Changing Lives & Improving Health capital campaign. That phase of the campaign is still going and was launched in March. The goal is to provide access to places for kids and young people to find something to do, have positive role models, and develop a purpose to a clear path to a healthy and productive life. The Y is planning to break ground on the expansion in August, with the building improvements set to include a youth center, a teen center, a new fitness room, and a second gym. It’s expected construction will last six to eight months.. ...Read Full Story

4H Offering Workshop On Livestock

A workshop to teach young people about the ins and outs of owning livestock is being offered by the Cass County 4H program. Coordinator Hailey Harman tells WSJM News “Showing Livestock…Fun, Fair and in My Future!” will be offered at the Cass County Fairgrounds on June 24 and 25.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Pleased Tariffs Avoided

A deal announced over the weekend to avert new tariffs on goods entering the U.S. from Mexico is being called a good one by Congressman Fred Upton. He tells WSJM News it was obvious President Trump was ready to impose the tariffs, and it had to be avoided.. ...Read Full Story

St. Joseph Today Gets Approval For Mural On Bluff Stairs

Last year’s chalk mural on the St. Joseph Today Welcome Center was so well received, the tourism organization wants to put up a new one this summer. Executive director Amy Zapal presented the idea to the St. Joseph City Commission this week to add a mural to the stairs on the bluff after receiving approval from the Parks Board. The artwork would be seen from the beach instead of from the bluff down toward Lake Michigan.. ...Read Full Story

Whirlpool Issues Response To London Apartment Fire Lawsuit

Whirlpool and a British company are reacting to a lawsuit filed the victims and families of survivors in a high-rise fire in London two years ago. The Benton Harbor-based appliance maker says in a statement that its two investigations found “no evidence of any fault” with the refrigerator model that was in the unit where the Grenfell fire started. The blaze killed 72 people, and nearly 250 relatives of victims and survivors sued three companies, including Whirlpool, in U.S. federal court in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Whirlpool and U.K.-based Celotex say their “deepest sympathies” are with those impacted by the fire. Celotex says it remains committed to working with British authorities. Its parent company, Saint-Gobain, was surprised to see a lawsuit filed in the U.S. since the Celotex insulation referenced in the suit was manufactured and sold in the U.K.. ...Read Full Story

Lakeshore High School Student Makes History With Lincoln Twp Fire Department

The glass ceiling in the Lincoln Township Fire Department is being shattered… by a high school student. Tatin Keyes is the first female to behired by the department. On Facebook, the Lincoln Charter Township Firefighters note Keyes is a Lakeshore High School student and will be taking firefighter classes next school year. She will continue to train with the department and will observe on calls for the time being.. ...Read Full Story

Free Recycling Event This Weekend In Van Buren County

Set for this Saturday will be a free community recycling event in Van Buren County. Organized by the Van Buren Conservation District, the event is a way for any county resident to dispose of household hazardous waste like cleaning products or batteries, paint, garden chemicals, and tires. Event coordinator Emilly Hickmott tells WSJM News the days always attract a strong response.. ...Read Full Story

St. Joseph Commission Tables Decisions On Business Expansions

Decisions by the St. Joseph City Commission on a pair of Commercial Rehabilitation Exemption Certificates are on hold. The commission voted to table the votes on those tax breaks for both United Federal Credit Union’s proposed new headquarters at 150 Hilltop Road in a former Whirlpool building and for Fiskars in the Edgewater district. Commissioners Peggy Getty and Laura Goos both explained their reservations on taking a vote.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Harbor School Board Meeting With Governor Wednesday, Herrera Resigns

The Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education will meet with Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday to talk about the future of Benton Harbor High School. At a Monday meeting, the board released what it calls a “third option,” as opposed to the state’s proposed two options — closure of the high school, or dissolution of the district. Board Vice President Joseph Taylor tells us the third option takes multiple approaches to turning the district around.. ...Read Full Story

Reserve Deputy Completes Statewide Run For Fallen Police

Kent County Sheriff’s Department reserve deputy Matt Garbarino has completed his run across Michigan to honor fallen police officers. Garbarino started the Run Across Michigan for Fallen Officers on Friday in Detroit, and wrapped it up Monday at the Berrien County Law Enforcement Memorial in St. Joseph. It’s the second year in a row the St. Joseph High School graduate completed the run to raise awareness about the men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Garbarino received police escorts through much of his run over the weekend and on Monday. A ceremony awaited him as he arrived in St. Joe Monday afternoon. Mayor Mike Garey saluted Garbarino .. ...Read Full Story

High Lake Level Damages Seawall At Holland Park

From the Associated Press — Officials say high Great Lakes water levels likely are to blame for damage to a seawall at a western Michigan park. The Holland Sentinel reports the damage at Kollen Park in Holland is on the east end of the boardwalk and west end at the boat launch where a section of sidewalk collapsed. The park is located along Lake Macatawa, which is connected to Lake Michigan by a channel. The newspaper says the damage likely happened during a late May storm. Brian White, the city’s transportation services director, says officials are putting together different options to make repairs and are hoping they will be completed by July 4. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has said flooding and coastal erosion threats will continue along Great Lakes coasts, especially during storms.. ...Read Full Story

Bridge Academy To Hold Graduation Tuesday

The Bridge Academy in Benton Harbor will hold a graduation ceremony on Tuesday for 36 youth and adult education students who completed their high school diplomas or GEDs with the help of the organization run by Kinexus. Bridge Academy Education Services Manager Allie Knapp tells WSJM News these are students who decided to look for another way to complete their high school level of education.. ...Read Full Story

Google Planning Expansions In Detroit, Ann Arbor

From the Associated Press — Google is committing to spend $17 million to upgrade and expand offices in Detroit and Ann Arbor, a move the tech giant says will give it the capacity to “significantly” increase its Michigan workforce in coming years. Google has more than 600 employees statewide. The company announced it plans Monday at a “Grow with Google” workshop in Taylor, while declining to say how many jobs it may add. Google says once the office expansions are done, its footprint will total more than 260,000 square feet across Michigan. The announcement was applauded by elected officials such as Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Sen. Gary Peters. Google’s workshops focus on improving small businesses’ online presence with digital skills. Additional workshops are being held in Grand Rapids and Jackson this week.. ...Read Full Story

Dunkley Avenue Closed In South Haven Due To Flooding

Flooding has part of Dunkley Avenue closed in South Haven. Waves on Lake Michigan today are between four and six feet, and the National Weather Service has issued a lakeshore flood advisory from St. Joseph to Grand Haven. The city of South Haven has shut down Dunkley north of Dyckman Avenue to just past Black River Park, with a detour taking drivers along Broadway, Phoenix Street, Bailey Avenue, and Wells Street to get to Dunkley Avenue in order to go to the park. NWS forecasters are also cautioning beachgoers that swimming will be dangerous along the shore today, especially at South Haven’s North Beach and Holland State Park.. ...Read Full Story

Wayland Man Arrested On Charges Related To Child Pornography

Michigan State Police say a 28-year-old Wayland man is facing four charges connected to child pornography. The MSP Computer Crimes Unit and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force have announced the arrest of Matthew Bennett after getting a tip. That tip came from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Exactly what evidence linked Bennett to any crimes hasn’t been revealed. He is facing charges including possessing child sexually abusive material and child sexually abusive activity. The Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit is encouraging parents to speak to their children about the safe use of the internet. There are many resources available to parents to assist in keeping children safe online. The NCMEC provides a comprehensive list of resources on their website at http://www.missingkids.org.. ...Read Full Story

AAA: State Gas Price Average Falls 15¢

AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have dropped about 15¢ from a week ago at about $2.75 per gallon. The auto club says the average price for regular unleaded is about 27¢ less than a year ago as higher stock levels of gasoline make up for higher demand. AAA says the state’s highest average was in Marquette at around $2.83. The lowest price was in the Lansing area at roughly $2.69 per gallon. The Benton Harbor-St. Joseph area has the state’s second-highest average price at $2.78. South Haven’s prices according to GasBuddy average $2.56. That part of our area is not included in AAA’s weekly survey.. ...Read Full Story

$313,000 In Pokagon Fund Grants Announced

The Pokagon Fund has announced more than $300,000 in grants to organizations around southwest Michigan and northwest Indiana. In total, $313,000 was approved by the Pokagon Fund Board of Directors at the fund’s final quarterly meeting of the year. The grants are grouped into the categories of education, poverty reduction, and community vitality. They go to non-profits in Harbor Country as well as Dowagiac and Hartford, and South Bend. Among the grants are $100,000 in Pokagon Fund scholarships, $15,000 to Hartford Public Schools for second and third grade libraries, and $58,000 to the village of Grand Beach for the preservation of 42 acres of forest.. ...Read Full Story

LaSata Bill Would Protect Scholarships For BHHS Students

State Senator Kim LaSata has introduced legislation designed to ensure students at Benton Harbor High School still receive their promise zone scholarships if circumstances cause them to graduate from another high school in the area. LaSata says “Benton Harbor students are facing an uncertain future in which their high school may close or the entire school district may be dissolved.” She adds regardless of what happens, it’s important to preserve the promise scholarship opportunity for eligible students in either scenario. Senate Bill 359 would ensure eligible Benton Harbor High School students get their scholarship through the Benton Harbor Promise regardless of which school in Berrien RESA’s service area they might graduate from. The plan is before the Senate Appropriations Committee.. ...Read Full Story

Dowagiac Secretary Of State Office Moving For The Summer

The Michigan Secretary of State’s office in Dowagiac is being moved to another location while renovations are done this summer. The office on Front Street will shut down at the end of Tuesday, June 11, and the new temporary office will open on June 17 at the administrative offices of Lewis Cass Intermediate School District on Dailey Road in Cassopolis. That temporary location will be open for customers while a roof replacement and work on the exterior of the Dowagiac office is done. While the Dowagiac office is moved to the temporary Cassopolis location, it will be closed completely. That will be from June 12 to June 17. During that time, customers are encouraged to use Secretary of State online services, or go to the offices in Benton Harbor, Niles, or Paw Paw.. ...Read Full Story

Road Repair Grants Announced For Buchanan, Lawrence

The Michigan Department of Transportation has announced more road construction grants for communities around southwest Michigan. The money is going to Buchanan, Lawrence, and Cassopolis. MDOT’s Michael Leon tells WSJM News it comes from the Community Service Infrastructure Fund program, focused on road work in communities with less than 10,000 people.. ...Read Full Story

PGA Issues Statement Following Mayor’s Social Media Post

The PGA has issued a statement following controversial remarks made by Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad this week on social media. On Thursday, Muhammad wrote “No High School in the City of Benton Harbor, No Kitchen Aid Senior PGA Tournament in the City of Benton Harbor.” The post came a day after Governor Gretchen Whitmer defended her administration’s proposal to suspend operations at Benton Harbor High School. In response to the mayor’s comment, Senior PGA Championship Director Ryan Ogle has issued the following statement:. ...Read Full Story

Strong Summer Job Market Predicted For Teens

Things are looking good for teenagers who want to find work this summer. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget has released its annual summer teen employment forecast, finding there will be significant opportunities this year for those teenagers who want to make some bucks. The agency estimates about 208,000 Michigan teens between 16 and 19 will find jobs this summer. In addition, another 38,000 teens will be actively seeking jobs but without success, making for a teen unemployment rate of 15%. The state advises teens who want to work this summer to start looking early, keep looking even if unsuccessful at first, visit local businesses, and tell friends and family about the search. The most common sectors of employment for teens are arts and entertainment, recreation, accommodations, and food services. Good Summer Employment Prospects For Teens This Year. ...Read Full Story

Realtors Announce Grant To South Haven

The Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors has announced its latest Placemaking Grant, and it’s going to the city of South Haven. The grant of $2,600 will be used to provide four ADA-compliant swings in four city parks. They are Kids’ Corner, Tot Lot Optimist Park, South Beach, and North Beach. The swings will accommodate children and young adults with special needs. They include armrests and footrests, and park staff will be working with local realtors to install them. South Haven grant writer Deb Davidson says the new swings will provide an activity for special needs children in the parks that they currently don’t have. The Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors Placemaking Grant program is designed to help communities transform unused spaces. Other Placemaking grants have allowed for a dog park in Baroda and a small park in St. Joseph Township.. ...Read Full Story

Reserve Deputy Running From Detroit To St. Joseph

To raise awareness about police officers who have been killed in the line of duty, a Kent County reserve sheriff’s deputy is running all the way from Detroit to St. Joseph. Matt Garbarino started his run on Friday, and plans to wrap it up Monday at the Berrien County Law Enforcement Memorial. He’s carrying a blue line flag representing fallen police. Updates on his progress are being posted online. Garbarino said Friday afternoon he was getting plenty of support from people waving at him. Garbarino is a St. Joseph High School graduate. He also did his Run Across Michigan for Fallen Officers last year. You can learn more at RunAcrossMI.com.. ...Read Full Story

Health Department Reminds Everyone Of Summer Tick Dangers

The Berrien County Health Department wants everyone to be aware of the dangers of ticks, and how to avoid them this summer. Spokesperson Gillian Conrad tells WSJM News ticks spread Lyme disease, which typically appears with a tell-tale “bull’s eye rash.” She says if you’re outdoors this summer, you should check yourself for ticks when you get home. Know where ticks are likely to grab on to you.. ...Read Full Story

South Haven Promoting Beach Smoking Ban

The city of South Haven is stepping up enforcement of its smoking ban at city parks and beaches. The South Haven City Council approved the ban last July, and the city now says it’s installing signage this year, and also working to inform the public via social media and notices through other entities. The South Haven Parks Commission recommended the ban in October of 2017 after hearing too many complaints about smoking, which included butts littering the beaches. You can expect to hear more about the ban throughout the summer.. ...Read Full Story

Paw Paw Woman Killed In Crash

A 27-year-old Paw Paw woman has died after crashing her car into a tree late Thursday night in Pine Grove Township. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department says the crash happened shortly before midnight in the 27-thousand block of 20th Avenue. The woman died after being taken to the hospital, and it’s not known if she was wearing a seat belt. She was believed to have been drinking prior to the wreck. Police don’t know what caused her to go off the road and hit the tree, and her name has not been released.. ...Read Full Story