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Property Tax Deadline Approaching

The Berrien County Treasurer’s office is once again reminding everyone the property tax payment deadline this year is April 2. Treasurer Bret Witkowski tells WSJM News anyone who hasn’t paid their 2015 taxes by then could lose

House Approves Plan To Move Frail Inmates

The Michigan House has approved legislation to create a process for moving sick or frail inmates from the state’s prisons and into medical facilities. State Representative Dave Pagel, the plan’s sponsor, tells WSJM News the legislation only

Woman Charged In Fatal Fire

A South Bend, Indiana woman is now facing a charge of murder in a Van Buren County fire that killed a woman last year. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department tells us the body of 31-year-old Jessica

MI Unemployment Rate Flat In January

From the Associated press — Michigan’s unemployment rate in January was unchanged from the 4.7 percent rate recorded in December. Figures released Thursday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget show Michigan’s January jobless rate was

Suspected Prowler Presumed Drowned

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team is searching Muskrat Lake for the body of a prowling suspect who is presumed to have drowned. Deputies were called to a home on 2nd Avenue shortly after 10

Record Month For OK2Say Tip Line

February saw more tips sent in to the state’s OK2Say tip line than any month before. Michigan Attorney General’s office spokesperson Andrea Bitely tells us the tip line was created in 2014 for students to have a

BH Trustee Appointed To RESA Board

The newest member of the Berrien RESA Board of Education is Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education Trustee Martha Momany. The RESA Board tells us it appointed her this week to serve a term that runs

Upton: Bill Will Fight Human Trafficking

Federal legislation to crack down on websites that promote human trafficking has the support of Congressman Fred Upton. He tells WSJM News the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” passed the House last

IRS Reminds Taxpayers Of Credit

It’s the tax credit many people don’t know they’re eligible for, and it could mean some big bucks coming back from Uncle Sam. Luis Garcia at the IRS says only 17% of filers in Michigan claimed the

MI Utility Crews In Puerto Rico

It was last September when Hurricanes Maria & Irma hit Puerto Rico, devastating the island , knocking out most of the power and causing major damage. A second wave of DTE Energy crews is in Puerto Rico

State Trooper Hurt In I-94 Crash

A Michigan State Police trooper is being treated at Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph for minor injuries after his patrol car was rear-ended by a semi near mile marker 31 on eastbound I-94. The crash happened just

Governor Signs Bill To Raise 911 Fees

From the Associated Press — Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law an increase in 911 fees to upgrade Michigan’s emergency response system. The law enacted Tuesday will boost the monthly surcharge on phone bills by 6 cents,