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SWM Winemakers Expecting A Good Year

Wineries in southwest Michigan are hard at work harvesting their grapes for the next vintage this month, and they’re feeling pretty good about how it’s going to turn out. Mike Merchant, the wine maker at Tabor Hills, tells WSJM News the crop is a big improvement over other recent years.. ...Read Full Story

Kalamazoo County Tree Trimmer Killed In Fall

A 49-year-old man has died after falling from a tree-trimming bucket truck in southwest Michigan. The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department says Wednesday that Ronald Lee Phillips tumbled 50 feet to the ground Monday outside a home in Schoolcraft Township, south of Grand Rapids. The sheriff’s office says it appears that part of a tree that was being removed fell in an unexpected way, causing Phillips to fall. Phillips, of Three Rivers, was not wearing a safety harness.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan AG Charging Man With Threatening Cops Online

A Detroit man has been charged with making threats on Facebook against police officers. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Detroit’s police chief announced charges Wednesday against Nheru Littleton. They say he used social media in July to encourage the killing of white officers after the fatal shooting of five officers in Dallas. Detroit Chief James Craig says a threat against an officer is a “threat against our entire community.” The 40-year-old Littleton is charged with using a computer to commit a crime and making a threat of terrorism. The status of his court appearance in Trenton and identity of his lawyer weren’t immediately known. In August, Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy had declined to file charges, citing evidence problems and other issues.. ...Read Full Story

“Coffee With A Cop” This Friday In Buchanan

Everyone’s invited to head out to the Union Coffee House in Buchanan this Friday for Coffee with a Cop. It’s a program of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department to better engage the public. They’ll have officers there ready to chat with people about whatever’s on their minds. Deputy Kelly Laesch tells WSJM Nwws folks talk about a bunch of things.. ...Read Full Story

Police: Facebook Threats Were Unrelated

Police don’t think incidents in South Haven and Covert involving teens making threats while posing as clowns on Facebook are related. Two teens were identified by police as having threatened others, but Covert Township Police Chief Jay Allen tells WSJM News they were separate incidents. The Covert threat was reported Saturday.. ...Read Full Story