Local News Archives

Kalamazoo Police Officer Shoots Pit Bull Attacking Man

A police officer in southwestern Michigan has shot and killed a pit bull as the dog was mauling a 60-year-old man. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that the dog attacked the man late Wednesday morning in Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety assistant chief Donald Webster says the man was riding a bicycle when “the dog came out of nowhere and jumped up and got hold of him.” Other people in the area tried to help the man, but Webster says the dog would not release the man’s arm. The first officer to arrive shot the dog. The victim is hospitalized with extensive wounds to his arm. Police were not able to locate the dog’s owner.. ...Read Full Story

OutCenter Lake Effect Pride Event This Week

Coming up this Friday is the annual celebration of the OutCenter in Benton Harbor. The Lake Effect Pride event is set for 6 to 10 p.m. at the Inn at Harbor Shores. OutCenter Board Chair Todd Dockerty says it’s a fundraiser for the organization, but also a party, in general. He adds it’s a good way for the OutCenter to celebrate its allies in the community.. ...Read Full Story

West Michigan Pike Receiving New Attention

Travel Michigan will be promoting the West Michigan Pike in upcoming materials now that the pike has been named a Pure Michigan Byway. Pure Michigan Byways are routes the travel campaign urges visitors to take. The used to be called Michigan Heritage Routes. Travel Michigan’s Dave Lorenz says they’re not the fastest way to see the state, but they’re the most interesting, enabling tourists to see the most.. ...Read Full Story

Advocacy Groups: Child Poverty Being Ignored In Presidential Campaign

As the presidential campaigns ramp up, some experts are concerned the issue of child poverty is being ignored. Child poverty has gotten worse in many states, including Michigan, since the end of the Great Recession. An estimated one in five children lives in a family below the poverty threshold, meaning they struggle to meet basic needs like food, safe housing, and affordable child care. Bruce Lesley, with First Focus, contends child poverty is a critical matter.. ...Read Full Story

84-Year-Old Man Recovering After Fall Into Cass County Lake

An 84-year-old Indiana man who fell into Cass County’s Diamond Lake and nearly drowned last Friday is now expected to make a full recovery. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department says the quick use of CPR saved Paul Schafer’s life. Family members administered it to him with directions from a County County 911 dispatcher. Schafer was taken by ambulance to a hospital, and initially listed in critical condition. He was scheduled for released this Wednesday.. ...Read Full Story

MI Biker Busted After Bragging On Facebook About Police Chase

A suburban Detroit motorcyclist was apparently fast enough to leave police in the dust during a chase, but not swift enough to stop from bragging about it on Facebook. Lake Orion police say 33-year-old Michael Brown, of Rochester Hills, turned himself in on Tuesday, three weeks after the incident. He’s charged with fleeing police and reckless driving. Police say an officer pulled up to Brown outside a restaurant after seeing
loud motorcycle maneuvers in the street. Brown sped off and the officer eventually stopped pursuing him. Police say Brown boasted on Facebook that he was going “140 in a 35 mph” zone. He added: “#nojailthisweekend.” Someone shared the post with police. Brown doesn’t have a listed phone number and couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday. He’s due in court August 2.. ...Read Full Story

Charges Outlined In Berrien County Deputies Investigation

New information on an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by Berrien County Jail personnel has been released. The prosecutor’s office says it’s reviewed the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department investigation into four deputies and found three had sexual contact with former jail inmates, but none of it occurred at the jail. At least 15 women were interviewed as detectives looked into whether anything illegal was done. In the end, one former deputy was charged. He’s been identified as 23-year-old Keegan Trail, of Eau Claire. Trail this week pleaded no contest to a prostitution-related charge, and was sentenced to fines and community service. The names of the other three deputies have not been released. One still works at the jail.. ...Read Full Story

State Releases 30-Year Water Management Plan

State officials have released the second part of a 30-year plan to manage, protect and improve Michigan’s water resources. The Department of Environmental Quality’s Office of the Great Lakes developed the strategy. The portion announced Wednesday says that there should be an
increased focus on sustainable expansion of water recreation and water-based business. The focus includes renewing waterfronts and improving the state’s commercial and recreational harbors. Michigan Office of the Great Lakes Director Jon Allan says in a statement that: “Care for our natural resources and investment in sustainable water-based industries will benefit Michigan citizens and play a key role in moving the state forward.” The initial phase announced in June includes educating citizens about the importance of healthy waters while nurturing and restoring aquatic ecosystems.. ...Read Full Story

Cass County Prosecutor Endorses Undersheriff In Race For Sheriff

Cass County Prosecutor Victor Fitz is putting his support behind Undersheriff Rick Behnke in the race for Cass County Sheriff. Three people are running to succeed the retiring Sheriff Joseph Underwood, and the August 2nd primary will determine who the next sheriff will be as all the candidates are Republicans. Behnke is running against Cass County Deputy Tim Cochran of Niles and Berrien County Sheriff’s corrections officer James Ellis of Edwardsburg. In making the endorsement, Fitz says he has worked weekly with Behnke for the past 13 years and says the sheriff’s department has had “strong leadership” under him and Underwood.. ...Read Full Story