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BC Sheriff Elected To Statewide Board

Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey is about to get another distinction. He’s going to serve as the vice president of the board of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association next year. Bailey was elected VP of the group’s board at its fall conference. The sheriff’s association represents Michigan’s 83 sheriffs and is the oldest law enforcement organization in the state. Executive Director Terrence Jungel says that Sheriff Bailey has earned the respect of his fellow sheriffs. He takes his new post on January 1.. ...Read Full Story

State Offers Tips To Deer Hunters

Archery deer hunting season is underway in Michigan, and the department of natural resources is reminding everyone of some ways they can find good locations. Deer Management Specialist Chad Stewart says the MI-Hunt app can help hunters identify more than 7 million acres of land that can be hunted in the state.. ...Read Full Story

2 Aides Settle Whistleblower Suit Against MI House

A settlement has been reached between the Michigan House of Representatives and aides to two former state representatives who alleged
they were wrongfully fired after reporting their bosses’ extramarital affair and other misconduct. The Detroit News reports that the deal was reached last week and that the settlement was confirmed by Gideon D’Assandro, spokesman for House Speaker Kevin Cotter. Details were not immediately available. Keith Allard and Ben Graham sued the state House of Representatives in December 2015 in federal court. They were joint staffers for ex-Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat until July 2015. Gamrat was expelled from office, while Courser resigned rather than be
kicked out. Courser is facing criminal charges related to the scandal. He denies wrongdoing. Charges against Gamrat were dismissed by a judge.. ...Read Full Story

Small Plane Crashes At Muskegon County Airport

A small plane has crashed while landing at Muskegon County Airport in western Michigan. WOOD-TV reports that the four-seat plane was on a training flight from Purdue University in Indiana and was being flown by a student pilot when it crashed Sunday afternoon. The pilot was not injured, but the aircraft’s nose was ripped off as it skidded after touching down at the airport in Norton Shores, northwest of Grand Rapids.
Only the pilot was aboard the plane. The cause of the crash is under investigation.. ...Read Full Story

MI College Students Investigating Cold Case

Students in an Olivet College cold case homicide investigations class are searching for clues in the disappearance of a 21-year-old man who went missing more than a decade ago. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that five members of the class helped search fields and woods Sunday in Augusta. Brandon Anderson of Battle Creek last was seen June 20, 2005 after a hit-and-run traffic accident on Interstate 94. He was a passenger in the vehicle and ran into nearby woods. The newspaper reports that police believe Anderson likely died in the woods. His body has not been found. Olivet associate professor Phil Reed said before Sunday’s search that Anderson’s family “never heard from him and he has to be here somewhere.” Community Emergency Response Team helped organize the search.. ...Read Full Story