Berrien County

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Berrien County will not be following in the footsteps of other Michigan counties that have declared themselves gun sanctuaries. But the board of commissioners did emphasize their duty to uphold the constitution at a heated meeting Thursday.

BRIDGMAN, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police say a trooper was injured when a suspect’s car struck the officer as the driver sped away from a traffic stop.

Police say troopers had stopped a Jeep Cherokee for speeding along Interstate 94 in Berrien County about 3 a.m. Monday when its driver accelerated and raced away, leaving an officer with minor injuries.

The suspect’s vehicle continued east on I-94 in southwestern Michigan, with police in pursuit, before exiting in Bridgman and getting onto westbound lanes of I-94.

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ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — Michigan health authorities are reporting a 6th fatality linked to Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Berrien County Health Department officials said Monday the victim was one of two people who contracted the mosquito borne virus. The death occurred Saturday.

Cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis first appeared in West Michigan at the end of August. The virus has been reported in Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties. The outbreak has resulted in 10 human cases and 46 animal cases.

Michigan Easing Permit Process To Fight Lakeshore Erosion

Nov 17, 2019
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MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) — State regulators say they want to make it easier for lakeshore property owners to get permits to temporarily fix the effects of high water, especially along Lake Michigan.

The permit fee is being reduced to $100, and a public notice in most cases won’t be required. The goal is to stabilize eroding shore with sandbags, although the bags must eventually be removed.

Benton Harbor Incumbent Mayor Holds Off Challenger

Nov 6, 2019
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Marcus Muhammad, the current mayor of Benton Harbor, has won another term following Tuesday's election. 

According to unofficial results out of Berrien County, with 100% of precincts reporting, Muhammad got 612 votes while his challenger, Ron Singleton, got 521 votes. 

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HAGAR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Officials say they've reopened old animal control facilities in southwestern Michigan as they care for nearly 80 dogs and cats that were removed from a filthy home.

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Officials in Kalamazoo County say a person who contracted a mosquito-borne virus called Eastern Equine Encephalitis has died.

The Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services says that the person was one of two in the county to contract the virus. Another confirmed case has been reported in Berrien County and health officials are trying to determine if two other people who became ill in Kalamazoo County have the virus.

Kalamazoo officials have not released any information about the person who died.

The family of a mother and five children that died in a fire at a Benton Harbor motel last summer have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the motel’s owner. 

The lawsuit was filed back in April but the Curtis family’s attorney recently publicized the information in an email.

BUCHANAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Officials have identified the four people killed when another car ran a stop sign at a high rate of speed and slammed into their vehicle in southwestern Michigan's Berrien County.

Sheriff's officials identified the driver as 66-year-old Robert Klint of Sawyer. The passengers have been identified as 60-year-old Melissa Klint of Sawyer, 22-year-old Landyn Klint of Sawyer and 52-year-old Virginia resident Kent Williamson.

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Breastfeeding mothers are gathering on the bluff in St. Joe Michigan on Saturday for an event that is both local and global.

Breastfeeding on the Bluff is an annual event put on by the Berrien County Health Department and the Berrien County Breastfeeding Coalition. The first week in August is World Breastfeeding Week.

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ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A woman convicted of telling her daughter to make a false report of sexual abuse has failed to persuade the Michigan Supreme Court to take the case.

Improvements To Warren Dunes Coming

Apr 19, 2019
Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources

SAWYER, Mich. _ Visitors to Michigan's Warren Dunes State Park may see intermittent closures through the spring and summer as two renovation projects get underway at the area along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.

Crews have already started a more than $1 million project to renovate Red Arrow Highway, which serves as the main entrance to the sand dunes and beaches in Berrien County.

A $2 million project will also begin this month to replace toilets and bathhouse buildings in the park's day-use area.

Read more here about the project on the Michigan DNR website:

Opiate Overdoses Rising In Berrien County

Apr 16, 2019

Today the Berrien County Prosecutor's Office announced that in the last two weeks the prosecutor’s office has received reports of an extraordinary number of overdose deaths and overdose recoveries in a short period.

 Though not yet confirmed by autopsy reports, death scenes would suggest that these deaths have been throughout the county. In addition, it is reported there have been more than a usual number of treatments at emergency rooms as well.

LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a body found along Lake Michigan in Berrien County has now been identified.

Multiple Michigan news agencies now report that police have identified the body as that of a Chicago woman who jumped into Lake Michigan at the North Avenue Beach in Chicago back on Dec. 21, 2018.

The victim is identified as Eddisa Concepcion Herrara. Her cause of death has been determined to be an accidental drowning.

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