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Meth Bust In Cass County

The Cass County Drug Enforcement Team has nabbed a couple of suspected meth makers following a raid on Thursday. It says officers searched a property in the 70,000 block of Conrad Road in Milton Township after getting a tip. There, police found a meth lab, meth ingredients, and hazardous waste. They also found some meth paraphernalia. Arrest warrants will be issued for the suspects, and the case brought to the Cass County Prosecutor’s office. Police ask anyone with information on drug activity to report it at the Cass County Sheriff’s Department anonymous tip line. It’s 1-800-462-9328.... [Read Full Story]

Legislation Designed To Help Stores Sell Fresh Produce

Legislation from state Representative Dave Pagel designed to increase access to fresh fruits and veggies is getting a thumbs up from American Heart Association members. The Michigan Healthy Food Access Campaign’s Ted O’Dell says the Healthy Food Assistance Act would create a pot of money for mom and pop shops to set themselves up for the sale of fresh produce.... [Read Full Story]

$6 Million In Criminal Justice Grants Announced For Michigan

Criminal justice agencies across Michigan are getting more than $6 million in federal grants to strengthen crime fighting and anti-drug efforts. The money announced Friday by Michigan State Police comes from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program at the US Justice Department. MSP’s Nancy Becket Bennett tellsWSJM News it can be used a variety of ways.... [Read Full Story]

$5,300 Raised To Flush Out Cancer

$5,300 has been raised to flush out cancer by WSJM sister station 98.3 The Coast. Staff, local celebrities, and community volunteers spent Friday at City Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning in downtown St. Joseph sitting on a pink toilet in one-hour shifts to raise money for Susan G. Komen of Michigan.The sitters also raced toilets around State Street. Last year, the event raised more than $4,000, and the goal for this time around was $5,000. Organizers thanked everyone who came out to show their support. Flushing Out Cancer was held in honor of Denise Bohn, who organized the event last year. To find out about contributing to the cause, contact 98.3 The Coast.... [Read Full Story]

Pscholka’s Good Samaritan Law Expands

Anyone in Michigan may report drug overdoses without fear of being prosecuted for illegal possession or use under legislation signed by Governor Rick Snyder. The House voted last month to exempt people of any age from prosecution if they report an overdose from any illegal substance or they require medical assistance themselves. In a statement following Thursday’s signing, Snyder says it’s “another powerful tool in the efforts to fight prescription drug and opioid abuse across our state.”... [Read Full Story]

Research Warns Of Urban Voting Problems

Voter turnout could play a decisive role in next month’s election, and a new study warns some Americans may have a harder time casting ballots than others. Spencer Overton, with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, says data from the last election points to shortcomings in how polling is managed in urban areas.... [Read Full Story]

Travel Site Ranks Silver Beach Pizza As Best Pizza In Michigan

Silver Beach Pizza in St. Joseph has received another distinction. The pizza joint below the bluff has been cited by Tripping.com as having the best pizza in the state of Michigan. Tripping is a travel website that only selected one pizza place in each state for the list, noting the importance of variety when it comes to getting a good pie. For Indiana, it says the best pizza can be found at Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza in Indianapolis, and in Illinois, it’s Lou Malnati’s in Chicago. The site doesn’t specify any reason why any place it picked is the best, but for St. Joseph residents, an explanation probably isn’t needed. Click here to see the fill list.... [Read Full Story]

Gas Prices Rising Again

Gas prices have spiked again in the Great Lakes States. GasBuddy.com says a couple of factors are at work and a third could make the situation even worse. Analyst Patrick DeHaan says a pair of regional refineries have slowed production and that has put a crimp in the supply chain.... [Read Full Story]

Secretary Of Education To Visit Michigan Friday

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. has plans to visit Michigan on Friday to discuss the importance of exposing students to manufacturing careers and to highlight school-based health programs. The Detroit Free Press  reports his first stop in Warren will include a discussion with student apprentices at manufacturing
company Proper Tooling’s plastic-injection molding facility. The visit will coincide with Manufacturing Day, an annual celebration of modern manufacturing. King is then scheduled to host a conversation about school-based health services at Northwestern High School in Flint. King first Michigan visit doesn’t include a stop in Detroit. But King says he’s monitoring the city’s school system and remains concerned about low academic performance, an increase in poor-performing charter schools and potential school closures without clear plans for quality alternatives for students.... [Read Full Story]

Restored South Haven Lighthouse To Be Unveiled

The Historical Association of South Haven will unveil the exterior of the city’s lighthouse Friday morning at 9:30. Since early September, work has been done to restore the sentinel, and it’s been surrounded by scaffolding and covered in plastic for the past month. Crews removed roughly 10 coats of paint, made needed repairs, and then put 52 gallons of red paint on. The $300,000 project was funded by the community-wide “Save The Light” initiative sponsored by the Historical Association of South Haven, and was helped by a Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program grant of $60,000. Mihm Enterprises of Hamilton, which also did the work on the St. Joseph lighthouse, restored the structure in South Haven. It will be formally re-dedicated in the spring.... [Read Full Story]

Clinton Jumps To Big Lead In Michigan

A new poll shows Michigan might not be a battleground state, after all. EPIC-MRA finds Hillary Clinton has regained an 11-point lead over Republican Donald Trump following their first debate and is now up 43% to 32%, with 10% saying they are backing Libertarian Gary Johnson. 12% are undecided. The poll was done for “The Detroit Free Press” and WXYZ-TV. In a head-to-head poll between Clinton and Trump, she leads 46% to 36%. In the four-way race with Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein involved, Trump has lost 3% support since September 15, Clinton has picked up 5%, Johnson has held steady, and Stein’s three-percent support is down by a point.... [Read Full Story]

Detroit Halloween Display Depicts Real Life Tragedies

A Detroit woman says she hopes a display in her front yard this Halloween season will shine light on real-life horrors. MLive reports Larethia Haddon has placed six dummies in her front yard portraying police shootings, slain children, the Flint water crisis and other tragedies.
Last year, Haddon shocked passersby and caused calls to police when she placed a single dummy face-down in her yard, realistically depicting a dead body. Haddon says she wants to encourage critical thinking on the issues this year. Haddon says her 5- and 10-year-old grandchildren inspired the idea when they told her they weren’t afraid of the boogeyman or monsters, but of what’s happening in the world today. Haddon says she sets up the yard by 9 a.m. every day and takes it down when the sun begins setting.... [Read Full Story]

Haunted St. Joseph Tour Set For This Month

The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in St. Joseph will be offering a haunted tour of the city this month. Saturday, October 15 will be the day for a guided walking tour of the downtown, and then a ride over to the city cemetery. Museum Curator Tracy Gierada tells WSJM News they’ll share spooky tales of the area.... [Read Full Story]

Governor Signs Police Officer Standards Into Law

Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation sponsored by state senator Tonya Schuitmaker designed to tighten the standards for police officers around Michigan. Schuitmaker tells WSJM News it gives the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards — or MCOLES — the ability to revoke a cop’s certification under more conditions. That was in response to an incident involving a deputy in Van Buren County.... [Read Full Story]

SWM Winemakers Expecting A Good Year

Wineries in southwest Michigan are hard at work harvesting their grapes for the next vintage this month, and they’re feeling pretty good about how it’s going to turn out. Mike Merchant, the wine maker at Tabor Hills, tells WSJM News the crop is a big improvement over other recent years.... [Read Full Story]

Kalamazoo County Tree Trimmer Killed In Fall

A 49-year-old man has died after falling from a tree-trimming bucket truck in southwest Michigan. The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department says Wednesday that Ronald Lee Phillips tumbled 50 feet to the ground Monday outside a home in Schoolcraft Township, south of Grand Rapids. The sheriff’s office says it appears that part of a tree that was being removed fell in an unexpected way, causing Phillips to fall. Phillips, of Three Rivers, was not wearing a safety harness.... [Read Full Story]

Michigan AG Charging Man With Threatening Cops Online

A Detroit man has been charged with making threats on Facebook against police officers. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Detroit’s police chief announced charges Wednesday against Nheru Littleton. They say he used social media in July to encourage the killing of white officers after the fatal shooting of five officers in Dallas. Detroit Chief James Craig says a threat against an officer is a “threat against our entire community.” The 40-year-old Littleton is charged with using a computer to commit a crime and making a threat of terrorism. The status of his court appearance in Trenton and identity of his lawyer weren’t immediately known. In August, Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy had declined to file charges, citing evidence problems and other issues.... [Read Full Story]