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Search Underway For Missing Kayaker

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team is searching the Paw Paw River for a missing kayaker. Emergency crews were called to the river near the 42-hundred block of R. Smith Street in Watervliet just before 8

Vandalism Under Investigation In Bridgman

The Bridgman Police Department could use the public’s help in catching some vandals who have damaged windows around town. The department says on its Facebook page someone’s been shattering glass doors and windows with what appears to

Legislature Quashes Marijuana Transportation Bill

From the Associated Press — State legislators have stalled an attempt to repeal a statute that regulates vehicular transportation of marijuana. The Michigan Senate voted 19-16 Tuesday against the House bill Tuesday. It would annul a law that classifies

Proos Talks Flood Damage

State and federal leaders from southwest Michigan are waiting for Governor Rick Snyder to accept Berrien County’s disaster declaration following this month’s floods. State Senator John Proos tells WSJM News he toured Berrien Springs and Niles Monday

Orchards Mall In Danger Of Foreclosure Again

The Berrien County Treasurer’s office says the Orchards Mall in Benton Township is once again facing foreclosure. Treasurer Bret Witkowski tells WSJM News the mall’s owners owe $275,000 in property taxes from 2015, and if it’s not

Several Roads Still Closed In Berrien County

Road closures remain in effect in several locations throughout Berrien County due to this month’s flooding. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department tells us drivers should stay away from roads that are barricaded until the roads get the

Kalamazoo Authorities ID Flood Victim

The Kalamazoo Public Safety Department has released the name of the man whose body was found by a kayaker in the floodwater near a business along Riverview Drive on Sunday. Captain Shannon Bagley says 48-year old James

Education Department Investigating Nassar Case

From the Associated Press — The federal Education Department has opened an investigation into how Michigan State University handled allegations of sexual assault against Dr. Larry Nassar. Nassar was a campus sports doctor who has been sentenced to

Red Cross Shelters Remain open

The American Red Cross of Southwest Michigan is providing shelters for residents whose homes are flooded in Berrien County. American Red Cross of Southwest Michigan Director Breeze Ettle tells WSJM News they’re teaming up with the Berrien

Officials Remind All Of Flood Health Risks

You may have seen images online this past weekend of some southwest Michigan residents riding jet skis around in flood water. Berrien County Health Department spokesperson Gillian Conrad tells WSJM News that’s really not a good idea.

Sheriff’s Department Assessing Flood Damage

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department has started its damage assessment in the Berrien Springs and Niles areas following this month’s flooding. Chief Deputy Robert Boyce tells WSJM News the sheriff’s department’s damage assessment team was checking out

Plea Entered In Cass County Stabbing

There has been a guilty plea in a 2017 workplace stabbing in Cass County. The Cass County Prosecutor’s office tells us 24-year-old William Henderson on Monday pleaded guilty to second degree murder, admitting he stabbed Jan Mendez

River Levels Drop In Grand Rapids

From the Associated Press — River levels are dropping in Michigan after flooding last week and over the weekend because of heavy rains and melting snow. The National Weather Service says the Grand River in Grand Rapids crested

Road Money Before State Senate

The state Senate is poised to take up legislation passed last week by the House to spend an extra $175 million this fiscal year on road repairs. Republican Representative Laura Cox of Livonia said before the House

Berrien County Starting Flood Recovery

Ever so slowly, the foodwaters that ravaged Berrien County are starting to recede. Berrien County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Robert Boyce says as the waters go back down, the focus is on cleanup and recovery now that