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Grand Rapids Police Taking Steps To Curb Gun Violence

Grand Rapids Police are deploying more patrol units and plainclothes officers in targeted areas of the city this weekend as it reacts to an increase in gun violence over the last two months. Chief David Rahinsky said Friday the initiative called Operation Safe Streets also will include foot and bicycle patrols at times and the deployment of a mobile command post. He’s asking residents to support police responding to crimes and to report crimes they see being committed. Police say that in October, the city had one shooting death and nine attempted slayings. That followed two slayings and two attempted slayings in September. The city had 62 firearm-related incidents over those two months. Rahinsky says the gun violence is “unacceptable.”. ...Read Full Story

Fire Damages Home In Benton Harbor

A Benton Harbor home has suffered serious damage in a fire that broke out Friday night. Firefighters from Benton Harbor were called to the property in the 1200 block of Colfax shortly after 10 p.m. The St. Joseph Township was also called in to assist. The fire took out some nearby power lines. No injuries were reported, and the cause is under investigation.. ...Read Full Story

Emerald Ash Borer Found In The Upper Peninsula

The tree-killing emerald ash borer has made its way to Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula. Contractors working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture placed 122 traps this year in five U.P. counties where the ash borer wasn’t known to exist. A trap in Baraga County tested positive.
Baraga already had been added to a list of counties covered by a state quarantine that limits movement of firewood and other items that could carry the bug. Also added this year were Dickinson, Marquette and Menominee counties. The quarantine covers the entire Lower Peninsula.
Travelers are urged to only use local sources of firewood, burn what they buy and not take any unused firewood elsewhere. The ash borer has killed tens of millions of trees in more than two dozen states.. ...Read Full Story

MSP Reminds Residents To Have Winter Emergency Plans

With winter almost here, Michigan State Police say now is a good time to get prepared for cold weather emergencies. The MSP office of emergency preparedness tells us it’s a good idea to set aside a kit with supplies for three days in case of a natural disaster. The kit should have water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, batteries, a radio, emergency lighting , extra blankets and warm clothing. Some other good things to do this time of year are installing extra insulation in your home, getting the furnace checked, insulate water lines, and clear out the gutters to prevent ice dams. You can get more tips at Michigan.gov/MIready.. ...Read Full Story

Three Arrested After Chase In South Haven

Three people are facing charges after South Haven police this week got a report of someone chasing others around with a knife. The call came in around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, and when police went out to the scene at Kalamazoo and Edgell and found three people hiding behind a house. After a short foot chase, the three were caught. They’ve been identified as an 18 year old woman, a 22-year-old man, and a 19-year-old man, all from South Haven. All three are now charged with resisting and obstructing and unarmed robbery. The 19-year-oldf is also charged with possession of marijuana.. ...Read Full Story

Recall Issued For Frozen Strawberries

The Berrien County Health Department is working with the state on making sure no recalled strawberries remain on store shelves. The frozen strawberries have been found to be contaminated with Hepatitis A. Guy Miller, with the county health department, tells WSJM News he’s reached out to the distributor of the strawberries to local stores.. ...Read Full Story