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Report Looks At Law Enforcement Deaths

A report from the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund shows that the number of law enforcement officers killed in the United States this year is up over last year. As of July 20, 67 federal, state, and local officers died on the job, an 8% increase from the same time last year. The Memorial Fund’s Craig Floyd says people need to work with law enforcement to build safer communities.. ...Read Full Story

Bailey Talking With County Commissioners About Courthouse Security

Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey is requesting security changes at the courthouse following the shootings there this month. Bailey met with the Berrien County Board of Commissioners on Thursday to voice his concerns. A new ad hoc committee was formed, and it was set to meet with Bailey to start talking about specific procedures and how much new security measures might cost. Bailey isn’t saying yet what his recommendations are. His request comes after the courthouse shootings on July 11 which resulted in the deaths of two courthouse security officers. Two others were also shot by an inmate trying to escape, and they are now recovering. The inmate was shot and killed by officers.. ...Read Full Story

Cass County Man Sentenced In Wife’s Murder

A Cass County man convicted in the fatal shooting of his wife has been sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison. The prosecutor’s office says 43-year-old Terry Ray Steinback shot and killed Laura Steinback during an argument at their Wayne Township home on May 12 of last year. Steinback was convicted of second degree murder, assault with intent to murder and felony firearm on June 10 following a jury trial. Cass County Prosecutor Victor Fitz said at sentencing that the murder was “a senseless execution of a wonderful woman.” He also said that Steinback has deprived their 9-year-old daughter of the person who raised her since infancy. Steinback will serve an additional 2 years for possession of a firearm in the crime.. ...Read Full Story

Suspects In Bloomingdale Bank Robbery Arraigned

A 17-year-old from Grand Junction has been arraigned for the robbery of a Van Buren County bank on Thursday. The sheriff’s department says Ebony Dukes is charged with bank robbery, and her bond has been set at $1 million. She’s accused of walking into the Chemical Bank in Bloomingdale with two others and demanding cash. They made off with an undisclosed amount, and were found later in the day. The money was recovered. The other two suspects are described as a 16-year-old girl from Grand Junction and a 15-year-old boy from Covert. They’re being processed in juvenile court, and their names have not been released. They were also arraigned Friday. All three suspects have their next court dates on August 10.. ...Read Full Story

Van Buren County Bank Robbery Suspects Arrested

Van Buren County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested three people who they say robbed the Chemical Bank branch in Bloomingdale early Thursday afternoon. Deputies say they walked into the bank at around 1:15 p.m. suggested they were armed, and demanded cash from the cashiers. They apparently parked their getaway vehicle, a dark blue mini-van at a nearby gas station. They were in custody within hours after the robbery.. ...Read Full Story

$70M For Foundation To Help Kalamazoo Fix Budget, Cut Taxes

Kalamazoo is getting $70 million from philanthropists and others to be used to create a foundation to help solve the city’s budget problems and cut property taxes. The Kalamazoo City Commission decided Thursday to move forward with the idea of creating the Foundation for Excellence. City leaders secured donations from Kalamazoo philanthropists William Johnston and William Parfet, among others, over a 3-year period. Officials expect the foundation would be fully-funded by 2020, so revenue from investments would be available for long-term. It would allow Kalamazoo to cut property taxes by 38% starting in January and spend $10 million annually on “aspirational” projects.. ...Read Full Story

Analyst: Clinton Has Much To Do To Win Over Voters

With Hillary Clinton now the Democratic nominee for president, the former secretary of state and first lady is tasked with essentially reintroducing herself to the country as the person best suited for the job. That’s according to Aaron Kall, director of debate at the University of Michigan. He says Clinton has a tough task ahead of her from a branding standpoint. With a recent FBI investigation into her emails and a fairly high unfavorable rating, he says Clinton has to project confidence and inspire.. ...Read Full Story