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15-Year-Old Shot, Killed Allegedly By 12-Year-Old

Police are investigating the shooting death of a 15-year-old girl in Ontwa Township. Authorities were called to a home on Maple Street Sunday afternoon shortly before 2 p.m. after a 12-year-old shot her. Witnesses say the gun was taken from a safe and was not believed to have been loaded. The 15-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. The Cass County Prosecutor’s Office will decide if anyone is charged in the girl’s death. There is no word from Ontwa Township Edwardsburg Police that anyone was arrested.... [Read Full Story]

Scientists Urge Restoration Of Federal Gray Wolf Protections

From the Associated Press — A group of scientists is urging the Biden administration to return gray wolves to the federal endangered species list. In a letter Thursday, 115 wildlife conservation experts say state governments have allowed too many wolves to be killed since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lifted protections across most of the Lower 48 states in January. The move was among Trump administration actions on the environment that Biden has ordered reviewed. Livestock farmers and ranchers say wolf numbers are too high.... [Read Full Story]

LMC Offers STEM Summer Camps

Lake Michigan College’s Fab Lab will once again offer summer camps this coming season. Hanson Technology Center Director Chad Dee tells WSJM News the Fab Lab offers makers spaces that include a 3D printer, making it a great place for a young person to learn in a fun way.... [Read Full Story]

Wine Trail Launches New Website

The Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail has launched a new website along with an updated printed map thanks to a grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the FDA. The new website comes after months of planning and is intended to bring a stronger focus on wine in the region for beginners up to the experienced. The Lake Michigan Wine Trail is made up of 19 wineries and tasting rooms in southwest Michigan. It covers two Viticulture Areas, Fennville and Lake Michigan Shore. They begin at the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck angling down to Kalamazoo at the railroad tracks and west to the Michigan-Indiana border. You can see the new wine trail website at MIWineTrail.com. There, you can also see profiles of each of the wineries included in the trail.... [Read Full Story]

Click It Or Ticket Campaign About To Start

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a Click It or Ticket high-visibility enforcement campaign starting this month to make sure drivers are wearing their seatbelts. The department says with Memorial Day approaching and many people hitting the road, it will be important for all to be safe in their vehicles. The Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign will run from May 17 through June 6 and involve visible police on the roads with their eyes open for unbuckled drivers. Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey says the department “cannot overstate the importance of wearing a seat belt. It’s the law, but more than that, buckling up is the simplest thing you can do to limit injury or save your life during a crash.”... [Read Full Story]

Virtual Fundraiser Planned By Avenue Family’s Network

The Avenue Family Network is planning a virtual fundraiser for the coming week. It says Attitude of Gratitude: A Week of Giving will run from Sunday, May 16 to Saturday, May 22. The online giving event will serve as not only a fundraiser for the Avenue, but participants will also have the opportunity to share public gratitude for anyone who has affected their life, whether it’s a parent, co-worker, or neighbor. The comments will be shared via the website and social media of the Avenue to help support a positive virtual atmosphere. The Avenue Family Network is a non-profit based in Benton Harbor that runs adult day services, the Cora Lamping Center, West Michigan Guardianship, and Shoremark Homecare. Director Joe Goepfrich says with the fundraiser, the Avenue hopes to “spread some positivity, share some love, and hopefully inspire others to do the same, all while fundraising to help nourish our organization and those we serve.” You can donate at TheAvenue.ngo.... [Read Full Story]

Berrien County Seeks Public Input For Disaster Preparedness Plan

A new survey has been launched by Berrien County to help the area plan for emergencies. Berrien County Emergency Management Coordinator Rockey Adams says this will help the county update its Hazard Mitigation Plan. Hazard Mitigation is the practice of assuming that disaster hazards will happen and finding a way to make the damage less severe. Some of those strategies could include constructing barriers for flood waters, improving storm drainage systems to prevent floods, or hardening facilities from high winds. Adams says survey asks the community to identify where the worst and most frequent spots are after disaster events happen in Berrien County. It’s available on a newly launched website called BerrienPREPARED.com. The survey will be open through July 1.... [Read Full Story]

Newspaper Wins Again In Dispute Over School Records

From the Associated Press — The Traverse City school district must release a document that carried complaints about former Superintendent Ann Cardon, who lasted less than three months and was paid $180,000. The Michigan appeals court affirmed a decision by a local judge in a dispute between the district and the Traverse City Record-Eagle. The district declined to release a document to the newspaper in 2019, saying it was exempt from a public records request because it was attached to minutes from a closed session of the school board. Nate Payne, executive editor of the Record-Eagle, says the court decision is a victory for transparency in government.... [Read Full Story]

Local United Way Leader Chosen For United Way Worldwide Task Force

United Way of Southwest Michigan President Anna Murphy has been selected to serve on the newly formed United Way Worldwide Business Strategy Task Force. The United Way says the task force was established in April by the United Way Worldwide to give voice to local United Ways in decisions around strategies, initiatives, and investments that affect them. Murphy was chosen to represent mid-sized United Ways. She’ll serve on the task force’s Business Strategy Task Force, and says it’s “crucial to assess the current network business model and strategies and address gaps in equitable, transparent engagement across the network.” The 20 United Way CEOs on the Worldwide Business Strategy Task Force were picked by their peers to represent the entire worldwide network.... [Read Full Story]

Weekend Has Big Lottery Jackpots

This weekend’s lottery jackpots are getting pretty big. Tonight’s Mega Millions is $430 million, while Saturday night’s Powerball is $183 million. Jake Harris, with the Michigan Lottery Commission, says if you win, you can take payments or a lump sum.... [Read Full Story]

New Agreement Reached For Berrien Bus

A new agreement between Berrien Bus and Berrien RESA could save the county some money while providing employment stability to the transportation service’s employees. Berrien County last year took on the employees and operations of Berrien Bus when its former operator, Transportation Management Incorporated, shut down. Berrien County Commissioner Teri Freehling said on Thursday the county’s role in running the service could be eased.... [Read Full Story]

Sheriff’s Department Planning Click It Or Ticket Campaign

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a Click It or Ticket high-visibility enforcement campaign starting this month to make sure drivers are wearing their seatbelts. The department says with Memorial Day approaching and many people hitting the road, it will be important for all to be safe in their vehicles. The Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign will run from May 17 through June 6 and involve visible police on the roads with their eyes open for unbuckled drivers. Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey says the department “cannot overstate the importance of wearing a seat belt. It’s the law, but more than that, buckling up is the simplest thing you can do to limit injury or save your life during a crash.”... [Read Full Story]

New COVID-19 Cases At 2,057 For Thursday

The state has 2,057 new cases of COVID-19 for Thursday for a total since March 2020 of 871,569. The Department of Health and Human Services says 112 died, with 73 of them identified through vital records reviews for a total of 18,467. In southwest Michigan, Berrien County has 22 new cases to stand at 13,582 with 257 dead. Cass County has six new cases for 4,694 with 70 deaths. Van Buren County is up 15 to 6,494 with 110 deaths.... [Read Full Story]

Hotels, Restaurants Want Workers Vaccinated For COVID

As hotels and restaurants scramble to find staff with the summer travel season looming, there’s a push get the workers vaccinated. President Justin Winslow says the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association this week is kicking off an eight-city tour, offering walk-in vaccinations to hospitality workers, $25 gift cards and door prizes.... [Read Full Story]

District Keeps Kids At Home Because Of Lack Of Bus Drivers

From the Associated Press — Students in a southern Michigan school district are learning from home through Friday because of a lack of bus drivers. Marshall Superintendent Randy Davis says many drivers have been quarantined because of COVID-19 exposure and there aren’t enough substitutes. Davis says he chose virtual learning for the balance of the week to ensure that everyone has equal
access. He acknowledged that families had to arrange child care with little notice. Marshall is in Calhoun County, east of Battle Creek.... [Read Full Story]

LMC Fab Lab Holding Summer Camps

Lake Michigan College’s Fab Lab will once again offer summer camps this coming season. Hanson Technology Center Director Chad Dee tells WSJM News the Fab Lab offers makers spaces that include a 3D printer, making it a great place for a young person to learn in a fun way.... [Read Full Story]