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Two Killed In Crash In Van Buren County

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Two men have been killed in a crash between a car and two motorcycles on Red Arrow Highway in Van Buren County around 11:15 p.m. Friday. The sheriff’s office says a car was found on fire after hitting a tree and two motorcycles were found crashed nearby. The driver of the car, a 39-year-old Hartford man, was pronounced dead at the scene and a 30-year-old Lawrence man who was on one of the motorcycles died at a hospital. The other motorcycle driver is hospitalized with serious but not life-threatening injuries. Police say the three were all heading west on Red Arrow Highway when the car hit the bikes from behind and then hit the tree. The crash closed Red Arrow Highway in the 60-thousand block in Hartford Township for about five hours.... [Read Full Story]

South Haven Lighthouse Repainted

The South Haven lighthouse has a fresh coat of red paint. The Historical Association of South Haven had a group of volunteers on the South Pier Tuesday to do the work. The lighthouse was remodeled in 2016 in a $300,000 restoration campaign. The new paint helped to cover up graffiti on the structure.... [Read Full Story]

One-Year-Old Killed In Van Buren County Crash

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A one-year-old has been killed in a crash in Van Buren County. The wreck happened just before 12:30 pm Friday on M-40 between 40th and 44th avenues. Traffic was slowing down as a vehicle was trying to make a left-hand turn and a Chevrolet Colorado rear-ended a Toyota Highlander. The child who died was in the Highlander, while a five-year-old in the SUV was treated and released from Bronson Hospital with a broken collarbone. The 60-year-old woman who was driving the Chevy is hospitalized in stable condition after surgery. The 32-year-old driver of the Toyota was not hurt. Everyone in the crash is from the Paw Paw area, and police say both of the children were secure in car seats.... [Read Full Story]

Consumers Energy Operating Covert Generating Station

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Consumers Energy has purchased the Covert Generating Station in Van Buren County and is now operating the 1,200-megawatt, natural gas fired plant. The utility says it produces enough energy to power over a million homes and began operating in 2004. The 29 workers at the plant are expected to become Consumers Energy employees as the transition proceeds. Company officials say they are doing their part to ensure there is a cost-effective, reliable energy supply to meet the state’s needs. Covert joins two other natural gas plants in Zeeland and Jackson, along with coal, hydroelectric, pumped storage, wind and solar energy sources that will serve customers as temperatures rise and air conditioners turn on. Consumers says its final coal-burning power plants will be closed by mid-2025.... [Read Full Story]

South Haven Loses Agreement To Develop Old Overton Factory Site

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The city of South Haven is back to the drawing board on the redevelopment of the former Overton factory site at 229 Elkenburg Street. The Habitat Company has informed city officials they are withdrawing their agreement to build homes on the property and are asking the city to refund their $20,000 in deposits “in accordance with the terms” of the purchase and sale agreement. Vice President Jeff Head says in a letter they would be interested in starting discussions again after the November election “if there is renewed political consensus that the project should proceed,” and say they “still believe in the importance of the project.” Head adds the lack of consensus on the city council “increases the level of risk for Habitat, as each step in the process requires additional time and money.” He goes on to say despite their transparency, local support for the project has “eroded.” Assistant City Manager Griffin Graham has responded to say they are disappointed by the decision, and city council and staff “have consistently supported Habitat’s project and worked closely with your team to address obstacles as they arose.”... [Read Full Story]

Van Buren, Cass County Road Work Starts Monday

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Road work will start Monday on M-152 from the Berrien and Van Buren county line to M-51 in Cass County’s Silver Lake Township. The Michigan Department of Transportation will also start work Monday to resurface 16 miles of M-40 from M-60 to the Marcellus village limit in Cass County. MDOT says the two projects have a $1.7 million price tag. Lane closures and traffic regulators are expected, but the roads will not be closed. The project is expected to end by July 28. MDOT says the work will directly and indirectly support 21 jobs and will improve the road surfaces.... [Read Full Story]

SHAES Pancake Breakfast Sunday To Honor Paw Paw Firefighter

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South Haven Area Emergency Services will donate half of the proceeds collected at their annual Memorial Weekend Pancake Breakfast to the family of Paw Paw Fire Lieutenant Ethan Quillen, who died on duty February 22 during an ice storm. Quillen was killed responding to a downed power line. The breakfast Sunday will be at Station 3 in South Haven from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and cost ten-dollars for anyone 15 and older, five-dollars for kids between four and 14, and free for anyone younger than four. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and beverages will be served.... [Read Full Story]

Shooting At South Haven Gas Station Under Investigation

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South Haven Police are looking for two suspects who shot at each other around 3 p.m. Sunday outside a Marathon gas station on Phoenix Street at Blue Star Memorial Highway. The gas station closed for about two hours as a result of the shots being fired. Police say the suspects know each other and they also know who they are looking for. One suspect left a black Chrysler 300 at the scene when they ran off on foot. Police say the public is not believed to be in danger from the shots being fired, and it is not known if either was injured. Michigan State Police and the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation.... [Read Full Story]

Van Buren County Commissioner Charged With Drunk Driving

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Van Buren County Commission chairman Randall Peat is charged with operating while intoxicated. He was arraigned this week and court records show he pled not guilty. Peat was arrested January 23 in Kalamazoo County according to Kalamazoo County Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Williams. Williams says the case will be handled by Berrien County Judge Arthur Cotter. Peat has been the chairman of the Van Buren County Board of Commissioners since January 2022 and has been on the commission since 2019.... [Read Full Story]

South Haven Sewer Overflow Fixed

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Repairs have been completed on a South Haven sewer line near 649 Lake Shore Drive in Casco Township. The city of South Haven says about 100 gallons of raw sewage was discharged to the surface. They add there are no public or environmental health concerns as a result of the overflow. The leak was fixed Thursday afternoon.... [Read Full Story]

Two Charged After Paw Paw Woman Dies Of Overdose

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The death of a 24-year-old Paw Paw woman in Battle Creek is no longer a murder investigation. Police now say she died from an overdose and two people have been arrested on accusations they moved her body. The remains were found near Poplar and Van Buren streets Wednesday morning. She was at an apartment with people when she overdosed, and police say they panicked and moved her body just after midnight Wednesday. Her identity has not been released, and neither have the identities of the two suspects.... [Read Full Story]

Woman Killed In Casco Township Crash

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A woman has been killed in a two-vehicle crash in Casco Township northeast of South Haven. She was heading west on 109th Avenue when another driver ran a stop sign on 66th Street and broadsided her car around 3 pm Wednesday. The Allegan County Sheriff’s Office arrested the man and he is waiting to be arraigned. Deputies believe alcohol is a factor in the crash. The woman’s name, age, and where she is from have not been released.... [Read Full Story]