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West MI Funeral Director Sentenced For Fraud

A former western Michigan funeral director has been sentenced to eight months in jail for fraud. Thomas Clock III also was sentenced Monday in Muskegon County Circuit Court to two months’ probation and fines. Clock pleaded no contest in June in separate cases of common-law fraud. One case included an additional count of providing mortuary services without a license. His January arrest led to the discovery of a woman’s body in Clock’s parked funeral van. Authorities say Clock buried an empty urn and misled relatives that it contained her cremated remains.
He faced another fraud charge after a container intended for the cremated remains of a baby was found empty. Clock owned and operated the former Clock Funeral Home of White Lake in Whitehall.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Praises Signing Of Opioid Legislation

Legislation designed to reduce the number of deaths caused by opioid abuse has been signed into law by President Obama. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act is designed to strengthen treatment options, treat infants born to addiction, and increase state prescription monitoring programs. The plan was championed by Congressman Fred Upton in the House, with Upton saying deaths as a result of opioids have become a national health crisis. The package was approved by both the Senate and House by a wide margin with bipartisan support. Congressman Upton says it’s a “thoughtful solution that attacks the opioid epidemic from all sides — one that zeros in on treatment for addiction and overdoses, reforms prescribing practices, and works with law enforcement.”. ...Read Full Story

St. Joseph Commissioners Approve Changes To Harbor Shores Development

The St. Joseph City Commission has signed off on an amendment for a Harbor Shores planned unit development along the riverfront. At Monday’s meeting, commissioners heard from Andrew VonMaur, a consultant for the development at 800 Whitwam Drive, on the north side of the river. The plan was originally for 138 residential units, and now, they’ve updated it for 78 units of six different types, including cottages and row houses. VonMaur says the somewhat scaled-back development will be better suited to St. Joe.. ...Read Full Story

Van Buren County Woman Arrested After Short Chase

A Van Buren County woman is jailed after police say she led them on a low-speed chase while drunk on Sunday night. The Van Buren County Sheriff”s Department says a deputy tried to pull over a LeBaron driven by 31-year-old Jennifer Vernier on 57th Street near Baseline Road around 10 p.m. for driving erratically. The vehicle didn’t stop, and continued on to Baseline for about a half mile. When the driver did pull over, deputies say she resisted them as they arrested her. The woman was found to be drunk, and wanted on a warrant. She was taken to the Van Buren County Jail on charges of resisting and obstructing, drunk driving, possession of open intoxicants in a vehicle, and other offenses.. ...Read Full Story

DNC Attendees Debate Superdelegate Question

The Democratic National Convention has opened up with an attempt to end the superdelegate system being squashed. Superdelegates are appointed by party leaders and vote for whoever they choose, regardless of who wins the presidential primary in their state. There are 17 in Michigan. On Saturday, the convention’s rules committee rejected petitions signed by more than a half-million people calling for an end to superdelegates. Rhode Island state Representative Aaron Regunberg serves on the committee.. ...Read Full Story

Attendance Up At Silver Beach This Summer

Attendance at Silver Beach County Park is up this year, especially when it comes to visitors who live outside of Berrien County. That’s according to Berrien County Parks Director Brian Bailey, who says through the end of June, non-resident attendance was almost double what it was at the same time last year.. ...Read Full Story