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Dowagiac Police Make Three Drug Arrests

The Dowagiac Department of Public Safety says its K9 unit helped lead to the arrest of three drug suspects over the weekend. Also, officers busted someone with a stolen automatic handgun. The busy weekend started around 10 p.m. Friday when officers pulled a woman over on Ashland Street and the K9 found crack in the car. The driver was arrested. Then on Saturday night, the K9 struck again and found crack in another vehicle with stolen plates parked on North Paul Street. That led to another arrest. On Sunday night, the K9 once again found drugs, this time meth, in a car stopped on East Prairie Ronde Street. That driver was arrested, as well. Finally, the stolen gun was found in a home on Amerihost Drive when a domestic assault call came in. That suspect is in the Cass County Jail.. ...Read Full Story

Niles Man Charged After Fire Led To Marijuana Discovery

Several charges have been filed against a Niles Township man following a fire at his home last week which led to the discovery of marijuana growing there. The Berrien County Prosecutor’s office says 34-year-old Luther Borders is charged with second degree child abuse and manufacturing marijuana, among other things. Due to a previous drug conviction, he could get up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Firefighters were called to Borders’ home on Stateline Road last Tuesday. Later on, police determined the fire was caused by some equipment Borders was using as part of a THC extraction lab. That’s led to the drug charges. He’s charged with child abuse because two children were in the home at the time. Borders was arraigned Monday and bond was set at $25,000.. ...Read Full Story

Jury Selection This Week In Baby Kate Case

Jury selection is taking place for the trial of a northern Michigan man charged with murder in the disappearance of his infant daughter.
Katherine Phillips, known as “Baby Kate,” disappeared in 2011 in the Ludington area. Defense lawyer David Glancy tells the Ludington Daily News that a defense offer for Sean Phillips to plead guilty to manslaughter was rejected. Jury selection took place Monday and the trial is expected to take three weeks. Phillips is serving a 10-year prison sentence for unlawful imprisonment in Kate’s disappearance. A year ago, the Michigan appeals court said the murder charge could go forward, even if a body hadn’t been found. The court said Phillips’ correspondence with Kate’s mother and other evidence was sufficient to show that the girl’s death was a crime.. ...Read Full Story

Kalamazoo Police: Teen Panicked After Shooting Friend

Police reports say a Kalamazoo teen panicked when his gun went off and struck a friend in the chest, then the 17-year-old fatally shot himself.
The Kalamazoo Gazette, which obtained the reports through a records request, reported Monday a witness told police that Marsavious Frazier was showing Daquarion Hunter a gun and playing with it September 5 when it discharged in a Kalamazoo alley. Reports say the witness, friend Armonte Tolbert, told police that Hunter fell, prompting Frazier to run, then shoot himself. The 17-year-olds were pronounced dead about 30 yards apart. A .32-caliber revolver was in Frazier’s hand. Tolbert, who held Hunter after the shooting, says the teens “had no beef with
each other.” He said he’d known Frazier to make suicidal comments in the past.. ...Read Full Story

Police Investigate Two Weekend Shootings In Benton Harbor

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding whoever’s responsible for two shootings that happened over the weekend in Benton Harbor. The department of public safety tells us the first shooting was in the 400 block of East High Street about 3 a.m. Saturday. A man was shot as he walking into his home. He’s expected to recover. Then, about 19 hours later, at 10 p.m., a couple was shot as they sat in their car in the parking lot of the Harbor Bluff apartment complex. The suspect was wearing a scarf over his face, and the victims are also expected to recover. Police note the two shootings were only about 300 feet away from each other. Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety at 927-8416.. ...Read Full Story

Monitor To Watch Over Flint Aid Money

Governor Rick Snyder’s administration plans to hire a monitor to scrutinize Flint aid and ensure state appropriations are being appropriately
used to address the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water. The Detroit News reports the state’s Department of Technology, Management and Budget last week issued a request seeking bids from private vendors for the job, which would supplement work by the state Office of Auditor General and Office of Internal Audit Services. Snyder spokeswoman Anna Heaton says the monitor “is something the Legislature asked for to give them reassurance that there is a proactive approach to monitoring Flint funding and expenditures.” Within 60 days of contracting with the state, the monitor would be required to conduct a fraud, waste, and abuse risk assessment and a corresponding loss prevention strategy.. ...Read Full Story

SWMI Has State’s Lowest Gas Prices… For Now

We’ve got Michigan’s lowest gas prices in our area. Triple-A Michigan says the average price in the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph area stands at $2.06, though there are plenty of stations this morning under the $2-per-gallon level. Don’t get used to it, though, as GasBuddy is projecting prices will be going up between 15 and 25¢ very soon. Triple-A says the average in the state is down almost 7¢ per gallon from a week ago to $2.17. The most expensive fuel is in Marquette at $2.24. Prices in South Haven are generally just under $2, but there is regular unleaded being sold there for $2.19 and $2.22 at two stations.. ...Read Full Story