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Large Turnout Expected For Zangaro Funeral Today

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the funeral today for Joe Zangaro, one of two bailiffs shot and killed Monday at the Berrien County Courthouse. His visitation was yesterday at Starks & Menchinger Chapel in St. Joseph, and Berrien County Chief Judge Gary Bruce spoke with our partners at WNDU NewsCenter 16 about the loss of Zangaro and Ron Kienzle.. ...Read Full Story

Lakeland Health Now Posting Estimated Waiting Times Online

You can now find out how long you’ll be waiting to see a doctor when going to the emergency department and walk-in clinic at Lakeland Health. It’s now got a waiting time posted right on the front page of LakelandHealth.org. The new service will help patients know how much time to set aside for their visit. Ray Cruse, Lakeland Vice President of Business Strategy and Hospitality Services, says the new service also allows patients to make a more educated decision about where they choose to receive care while offering transparency. Lakeland notes that those experiencing serious, life-threatening emergencies continue to receive treatment immediately.. ...Read Full Story

Program Allows Free State Park Access With Library Card

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, state Senator John Proos has a suggestion — check out one of the state’s parks using a free pass you can get at your local library. Proos says the state’s Michigan Activity Pass Program enables anyone to print out a pass to a state park using their library card. Just go to the library, and then take in some of southwest Michigan’s most scenic places.. ...Read Full Story

AAA Foundation: Drivers Admit To Road Rage

A new AAA Foundation report reveals road rage continues to be a major concern. The agency conducted a survey of 2,700 drivers around the country, finding nearly 80% of them experienced aggression or anger while behind the wheel in the past year. AAA’s Gary Bubar says some people create dangerous situations on the road because of anger.. ...Read Full Story

Local Candidate Forum Rescheduled

A local candidate forum organized by the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce has been rescheduled. The event had been slated for Friday in Stevensville, but the chamber has moved it to next week out of respect for the Berrien County court security officers who were killed this week. Services for court security chief Joseph Zangaro are planned for this Friday, and a chamber representative tells us they didn’t want to have their forum the same day. It’s now been bumped back to next Friday, July 22. The candidates who had been scheduled to appear have been notified, and most of them can still make it to the rescheduled event. It will still be held at noon at the Super 8 Conference Center on Red Arrow Highway.. ...Read Full Story

Cass County Sheriff’s Department Identifies Suspects In High School Break In

Surveillance video has helped the Cass County Sheriff’s Department quickly solve a school break in case. It says three suspects broke into Ross Beatty High School in Cassopolis overnight Tuesday. They damaged IT equipment, fiber optic lines, and the school’s server. Some items were also stolen. Some images from surveillance video were send around to other law enforcement agencies and put on the sheriff’s department’s Facebook page, leading to the suspects being identified within 45 minutes. The sheriff’s department thanks the public for its help in solving the case.. ...Read Full Story

This Is National Disability Voter Registration Week

During National Disability Voter Registration Week, advocates are hoping to convince county election officials around Michigan before the November election to make sure polling places are set up for people with disabilities. RoAnne Chaney, Executive Director of the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, says some election policies can also block access or create long lines that are difficult for some people to stand in.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien County Flags To Be Flown At Half Staff Through Monday

The Berrien County Board of Commissioners has approved a resolution calling for flags at all county offices to be flown at half-staff in honor of the men killed in Monday’s courthouse shootings in St. Joseph. All flags of the state of Michigan and the United States will remain at half-mast on all county properties through sundown next Monday. The resolution states the action is being done as a “statement of condolence for the victims of the cowardly acts and heinous crimes perpetuated” and also as a mark of respect for the the bravery of Ronald Kienzle and Joseph Zangaro. They were shot and killed by a Berrien County Jail inmate who was trying to escape. Also shot were deputy sheriff James Atterberry Jr. and Kenya Eliis, both of whom are expected to recover.. ...Read Full Story