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Photo Of The Week - Swans At Sunrise

Nov 19, 2020
Nancy Ehret

Another beautiful sunrise is the focus of our WVPE Photo of the Week. This image is called "Swans at Sunrise" by WVPE listener-member Nancy Ehret who took the picture on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

 Nancy says she took this photo in the Mud Lake area north of U.S. 12 in Cass County's Mason Township just off of Tharp Lake Road. We'd love to see what you are taking photos of. 

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — At least two more Michigan legislators have tested positive as the coronavirus continues surging to record heights, including one who attended Senate session and committee hearings on Thursday. That was same day the House canceled votes due to infections among members. Those with COVID-19 include Sen. Kim LaSata and Rep. Ann Bollin, both Republicans.

LaSata represents Michigan's 21st Senate District which includes all of Berrien, Cass, and St. Joseph counties. 



CASS COUNTY, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a police tracking dog found a motorcyclist lying in a ditch about a quarter mile away from a remote road in southern Michigan where he'd crashed. The sheriff's department in Cass County's Penn Township says that 28-year-old Travis Herman of Marcellus was riding late Sunday when he crashed. Deputies called to the scene found the motorcycle but could not locate the driver. A sheriff's department tracking dog that was brought in to search found Herman lying in a ditch. Herman was taken to an area hospital for treatment for a head injury.

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The Cass County Council voted to approve bonds for a controversial zinc oxide manufacturing plant last week. Waelz Sustainable Products wants to locate the plant in the county after the project was rejected in Muncie.

LAGRANGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of people spent Independence Day in swimsuits but no masks at a lake in southwestern Michigan. The turnout disappointed authorities who warn that the coronavirus remains a threat. The party occurred Saturday at Diamond Lake, near Cassopolis in Cass County. The sheriff’s office said it couldn’t stop the gathering, although officers were at the lake to ticket people for certain offenses. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office said it was “incredibly disappointing” to see so many people ignoring safe distance guidelines.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 63 additional confirmed deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 964. The state announced more than 17,100 total confirmed cases, with more than 91,500 Hoosiers tested.

(Justin Hicks/IPB News)

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 31 additional deaths on Monday, bringing the state’s total to 844. The state announced nearly 16,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 84,000 Hoosiers tested.

Doctor T-K Lawless Park is one of 79 dark sky parks in the world and only the second in the State of Michigan. It took the Cass County Parks Department two-and-a-half years to complete the process.


The Michigan Dept. of Health announced there has been a fifth death in the state due to EEE, Eastern Equine Encephalitis. 

The death claimed the life of a Cass County resident.  

In total, EEE has been confirmed in 10 people in Michigan with five fatalities. 

Shipshewana Woman Dies In Cass County Lake In Michigan

Aug 14, 2019
Cass County MI Sheriff's Office via Facebook

PORTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a young Indiana woman has died while swimming at a lake in southwestern Michigan.

Cass County sheriff's deputies responded Tuesday evening to Long Lake in Porter Township, where seven people from Indiana had been wakeboarding. The sheriff's office says they stopped to take a break, and 19-year-old Janelle Miller of Shipshewana went for a swim and vanished.

People on the boat called 911 and tried unsuccessfully to find her. The Cass County Marine Division and the Van Buren County Dive Team found her body late Tuesday.

Teen Shoots, Injures Father In Self-Defense In Cass County

Jun 22, 2019
Cass County Sheriff's Office

VANDALIA, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 15-year-old boy shot his father to defend himself and another person in southwestern Michigan.

Cass County Sheriff's Dept.

PENN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The Cass County Sheriff says a farm worker was fatally electrocuted when a steel truss he was holding touched a power line.

Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke says 19-year-old Rocky Stoner of Marcellus was injured Thursday morning at Sparks Cedarlee Farms in Penn Township.

Behnke says Stoner was working on building a storage facility at the time. He says a co-worker was using a forklift to move the truss into position while Stoner held the truss.

Cass County Sheriff's Office

The Cass County Sheriffi's Office is investigating a shooting that occurred on Starbrick St. near Tharp Lake Rd. in Mason Township early Saturday morning. 

A 57 year old Edwardsburg resident was in his house when unknown subjects came to his house demanding to talk to him.

When the homeowner did not come outside the subjects started to fire a gun into the house through his window injuring the homeowner.

The victim  was transported to Elkhart General Hospital.

(As of 11:00 Saturday morning, the victim is in stable condition.)