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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.

Breastfeeding on the Bluff Event in St. Joe Saturday

Jul 31, 2019
Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio

 

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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ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) - A man convicted in the fatal shooting of his wife inside a marijuana grow room in their southwestern Michigan home has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
 
John Lewis was given the mandatory punishment Monday in a Berrien County courtroom after a jury in February found him guilty of murder .
 

Authorities say he killed 55-year-old Carla Lewis in 2017 in their Niles Township home near the state's border with Indiana and then called 911, saying two men had broken into the home, killer her and fled in her car.
 

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BRIDGMAN, Mich. (AP) - A reactor at a nuclear power plant in Berrien County is shutting down this week for refueling, maintenance and testing.
 
Indiana Michigan Power says power has been reduced at Cook Nuclear Plant's Unit 1 and the unit will be shut down starting Wednesday. The anticipated length of the outage isn't being disclosed. About 1,750 contracted workers will supplement the plant's 1,100-person staff for the work.
 

Courtesy: Connect Berrien

A group is drumming up support for a plan that would increase and connect bus service in Berrien County.

 

The prevailing plan would consolidate the four existing public transportation systems, add new routes--including one to South Bend and one to Michigan City-- and connect smaller rural communities that currently don’t have public transit services.

It would create a public transit route between the north county urban areas of Benton Harbor and St. Joe and the south county urban area around Niles.

Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio

New data from the Census Bureau shows localized life expectancy data, a closer look than what was provided before. It’s allowing local health departments to concentrate efforts in struggling places.

Before these data some life expectancy information was available separated into zip codes, but those data were not available for every zip code. These new numbers are by census tract, a geographic area with roughly four thousand people.

Berrien County sees flooding, evacuations

Feb 23, 2018

 

Berrien County, Michigan like other places around Michiana has been hit by flooding and high water as rainfall and snowmelt mix.

Just downriver from where Old U.S. 31 crosses the St. Joseph River in Berrien Springs, Shamrock Park is underwater. A little further downriver, so is River Springs Trailer Park. Both have been evacuated.

Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said it’s likely to be a while before residents can get back into their homes.

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