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Police Looking For Persons Of Interest In BH Shooting

Police are asking for help in finding two brothers who may have been present at the time of a fatal shooting in Benton Harbor last summer. The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety tells us officers responded to a call to clear a party in the early morning hours of July 1 when they heard gunshots in the area of the 900 block of Lavette. It was discovered 22-year-old Aundre J. Sanders had been shot and killed. The case remains unsolved. Benton Harbor Public Safety detectives would like to speak with Jamaal and William Roseburgh, who witnesses say were there at the shooting. On July 3, an absconder warrant was issued for Jamaal Roseburgh. Anyone who knows the location of either Roseburgh brother is asked to contact the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan OKs Medical Marijuana For Cerebral Palsy

From the Associated Press — The state of Michigan has added cerebral palsy to a list conditions for which people can register to use medical marijuana. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced its decision Monday. It followed a unanimous recommendation from a review panel. The department also rejected adding chronic aggressive behavior to the list, after panel members unanimously recommended denial. Other medical conditions on Michigan’s list include cancer, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain. Roughly 293,000 patients are registered with the state to grow their own marijuana or obtain it from 41,000 registered caregivers who can supply a limited number of people. Michigan voters last year legalized marijuana for recreational use, too.. ...Read Full Story

The Show Will Go On

Despite a few objections, the show will go on. The St. Joseph city commission this week unanimously approved the request of St. Joseph Today to hold the BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, May 18. June Bowman was among a couple of residents who have some issues with the annual concert.. ...Read Full Story

Kalamazoo Officer Shot Responding To Shooting

A Kalamazoo Public Safety officer is hospitalized after being shot responding to a report of a shooting at a plasma donation center. The officer’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. A former employee of the Biomat USA Plasma Center in downtown Kalamazoo is accused of entering the building Tuesday and opening fire. Employee Lisa Walterhouse tells the “Kalamazoo Gazette” the man told people to call 911, and then they took off running. A statement from Kalamazoo Public Safety does not say anything about an active shooter situation, and they say there is no current threat to the public.. ...Read Full Story

Royalton Twp Approves Vail Rubber Expansion And Tax Break

Vail Rubber’s expansion into Royalton Township is moving ahead. The township board has approved the creation of an Industrial Development District and granted the St. Joseph company a 12-year tax abatement for its new building that will be built at the southwest corner of Glenlord and Hollywood. Construction will start next month and be done in March 2020. Vail Rubber Works expects to create at least 10 new jobs with the expansion. The company was founded in 1892 to make rubber railroad ties, and had adapted ever since.. ...Read Full Story

River Valley High School Teacher On Leave, Under Investigation

A River Valley High School science teacher is on administrative leave while Michigan State Police investigate allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old student. MSP Niles Post Assistant Commander Melinda Logan confirms to WSJM News that Chikaming Township Police contacted a detective to ask for a potential criminal investigation, as some of the alleged incidents did not occur in their jurisdiction. Logan adds the detective and Superintendent Will Kearney met Monday afternoon, and more interviews are being done to determine if any crime was committed. In a statement, Kearney identifies the teacher as Richard Jasso and reports he was placed on leave last week by the school district. He adds the district is fully cooperating with the police investigation.. ...Read Full Story

Judge Says Panel Had Authority To Complete Oil Pipeline Deal

A judge has ruled that a Michigan panel’s approval of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac should stay intact even though a state law set unconstitutionally long terms for the authority’s members. Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borrello issued his ruling Friday. The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority was created by lawmakers in December to complete a deal between the state and Canadian pipeline company Enbridge to drill a tunnel below the channel that links Lakes Huron and Michigan. It will encase a segment of the pipeline. The authority’s members were given six-year terms.. ...Read Full Story

Policy League Praises Budget Proposal

With Michigan’s budget process kicking into high gear, some policy groups are praising Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s proposals to improve the lives of state residents. Whitmer’s first executive budget recommendation totals $60.2 for Fiscal Year 2020, more than 3% higher than the last budget. With funding to improve roads, water quality, and education, the Michigan League for Public Policy’s Gilda Jacobs says the budget is embracing priorities outlined in the league’s “Owner’s Manual” for policymakers.. ...Read Full Story

Miss Bangor Olivia Ellis Wins Miss Blossomtime 2019

South Haven High School’s Olivia Ellis is this year’s Miss Blossomtime, crowned at the Mendel Center on the Lake Michigan College campus Monday night. Ellis plans to attend Manchester University in Indiana to play softball and study exercise science with the goal of becoming an athletic trainer after graduation. The rest of the court include first runner-up Claudia Moore, who was Miss Three Oaks/River Valley, second runner-up Krystin Buist, who was Miss Bridgman, and Miss Spirit of Blossomtime, Maya Schuhknecht of Buchanan was crowned Miss Congeniality. Coloma’s Sin’cere Taylor was named Mr. Blossomtime on Sunday. The Blossomtime Grand Floral Parade will feature all the community queens and kings on Saturday, May 4 starting at 1 pm.. ...Read Full Story