US-12 and M-66 lane closures for sewer work in Sturgis April 22 – June 14

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There will be single-lane closures for sanitary sewer work by the city of Sturgis on US-12 between M-66 (Centreville Road) and Lakeview Avenue, and on M-66 (Nottawa Street) between US-12 and Lafayette Street from Monday, April 22, through Friday, June 14.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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The Voice. Change. Hope. Alliance is partnering with Spectrum Health Lakeland and local law enforcement for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The collaborative effort will provide a secure, convenient, and responsible drive-through service for community members to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs. The event will take place at two locations this year:
Lakeland Center for Outpatient Services:
3900 Hollywood Road
St. Joseph, MI 49085
Lakeland Medical Suites:
42 N. St. Joseph Ave
Niles, MI 49120
Signs placed throughout the complexes will direct drivers to the covered, drop off location. Anyone who is not able to participate on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day can anonymously drop off their unused and unwanted medications for disposal at the Niles Law Enforcement Complex 24-hours-a-day, and at other local law enforcement departments, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medications, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, pose potential health and safety hazards.
Additional collection sites in Berrien County can be located on the community resources tab at  www.voicechangehope.org. Collection sites across the state of Michigan can be found by visiting www.dea.gov.

Additional measles case added in Oakland County, state count at 43

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has confirmed an additional measles case in Southeast Michigan, bringing the state total to 43 for 2019. The newly confirmed case is from Oakland County. There are no new exposure locations related to this case. The outbreak, which began in mid-March, has resulted in 40 cases in Oakland County, one in Wayne County and one in the City of Detroit. In addition, an international traveler was diagnosed with measles following a visit to Washtenaw County, during which time he was contagious. Infected individuals range in age from 8 months to 63 years; a majority of the cases involve adults.
MDHHS is working closely with local health departments to identify possible exposure locations for these latest cases. A listing of exposure locations is online at Michigan.gov/MeaslesOutbreak .
Michiganders are urged to contact their healthcare provider or local health department about getting vaccinated for measles if they have not been vaccinated. A complete listing of local health departments is available at Malph.org/resources/directory .
This is the highest number of measles in the state since 1991 when 65 cases were reported. So far this year in the U.S., there have been 555 cases of measles confirmed in 20 states. Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable disease that is spread by direct person-to-person contact, and through the air.
The virus can live for up to two hours in the air where the infected person was present. Symptoms of measles usually begin 7-14 days after exposure, but can appear up to 21 days after exposure . If symptoms develop, residents are urged to call their doctor or emergency room before arriving so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals. For more information about measles, visit CDC.gov/measles . For more information about Michigan’s current measles outbreak, visit Michigan.gov/MeaslesOutbreak .

Victory and Carrier testify on ‘Jack Robert Carrier Law’

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Sen. Roger Victory testified before the Senate Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Wednesday on his legislation that would allow drivers eligible for a daytime only restricted license to be exempt from the nighttime driving requirements to obtain a driver’s license.
Senate Bills 192 and 193 would create the “Jack Robert Carrier Law,” named for Jack Carrier, of Jenison. Jack was unable to complete standard driver’s training courses due to a medical condition that hinders his nighttime vision.
Victory said due to Jack’s condition he was unable to progress through his driver’s training program and that Jack has proven himself a capable driver so far and will still be limited to daytime driving, just like current adult drivers with restricted licenses.
Victory’s bills would allow student drivers who legally cannot see at night to forego the nighttime driving requirement to obtain their graduated license but would still require them to complete the standard hours of supervised driving required.
The state of Michigan currently issues daytime restricted licenses to those individuals over 18 who cannot medically see at night.

DNR Fishing Report

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The Michigan DNR released their latest fishing report for this week.
Locally, on the St. Joseph River, steelhead are still on the move and anglers have done well below Berrien Springs. The run is most likely winding down but there are reports of smaller runs pushing upstream during the warm ups. There have been reports of spent fish being caught while moving back downstream. White suckers have also been caught.
On the Kalamazoo River, anglers continue to catch steelhead below the Allegan Dam. Smaller fish were moving up into the river as well. Those targeting suckers have done well.

Missing Dowagiac Man Found Dead

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The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reported on Wednesday that endangered missing person, Larry Waldschmidt, has been found deceased in Penn Twp of Cass County.
Police said that it appears that Mr Wadschmidt pulled into a residence on Kelsey Lake St. west of Decatur Rd where the owners were not staying during this incident. His vehicle appeared parked in the driveway as it belonged, so it was not suspicious.
The 78 year-old Dowagiac man was reported missing on March 27th. He was considered endangered due to him being insulin dependent, diabetic and an Alzheimer’s patient. An autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death.
The family and Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all the news media, friends, and first responders that have helped in the search for Larry.

State measles cases reduced to 39 following additional testing

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reducing the statewide count of measles for 2019 to 39 following further testing of two of the cases.One child in Washtenaw County had been potentially exposed to measles and that child, along with an Oakland County child, had both been recently vaccinated. Their symptoms and initial test results classified them as measles cases. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol, additional genotype testing was conducted and determined they were not measles cases. The other 39 cases have been genotyped and confirmed to be measles cases.Initial testing by MDHHS was positive for measles. The MMR vaccine contains a weakened live virus that cannot cause measles but can result in positive lab tests.The MMR vaccine has the potential to cause a mild rash and fever. This is a vaccine reaction, not measles, and the individual is not infectious. Due to the evolving measles outbreak in Southeast Michigan, the local health departments took appropriate steps to limit further spread of measles and responded to protect the public’s health by:-Promptly alerting the public about potential exposure sites.-Identifying potential contacts.-Offering post-exposure protection with either MMR vaccine or immune globulin (IG).IG is safe and well-tolerated and provides effective short-term protection to recipients by giving them antibodies needed to fight off measles. This protection goes away after a few months, so recipients are urged to follow standard vaccination schedules.Michiganders are urged to contact their healthcare provider or local health department about getting vaccinated for measles if they have not been vaccinated. A complete listing of local health departments is available at Malph.org/resources/directory.This is the highest number of measles in the state since 1991 when 65 cases were reported.For more information about measles, visit CDC.gov/measles. For more information about Michigan’s current measles outbreak, visit Michigan.gov/MeaslesOutbreak.

Bridgman Police Say Alleged Abduction Was False Report

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After an extensive investigation into an alleged abduction attempt of a student last week, the Bridgman Police Department has determined the report was false.
Officers received numerous tips from citizens and conducted several interviews over the past few days.  After further investigation and following up on leads over the weekend, Bridgman Police Sgt. Tom LaVanway found that the report was fictitious when he re-interviewed the alleged victim.  Sgt. LaVanway was told the pre-teen fabricated the entire story due to an unrelated disagreement with a friend.
This report will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office to determine if the juvenile will be prosecuted for filing a false police report. 

US-12 reconstruction at Michigan Southern Railroad in Sturgis starts Monday

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Starting Monday, April 22, the Michigan Department of Transportation will be reconstructing US-12 and the crossing at Michigan Southern Railroad in Sturgis. The $587,000 investment includes concrete driveway, curb and gutter, sidewalk ramp upgrades, lighting, and pavement markings. Reconstruction of the railroad crossing and roadway will improve safety and result in a smoother ride for motorists.US-12 will be closed with traffic detoured on M-66, East Fawn River Road, and South Franks Avenue. M-66 traffic will be detoured on Memorial Drive, North Clay Street, West Lafayette Street, and North Centerville Road. This project is scheduled to end Friday, June 21st.

Warning: Opiate overdoses on the increase in Berrien County

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The statistics for heroin based overdose deaths have been relatively static over the years being in the thirty-some deaths per year over the last several years with a slight downward trend last year. That trend was possibly due to the prevalence of Naloxone (Narcan), the antidote for an overdose used by police officers, medic crews, and many others. However, in the last two weeks the prosecutor’s office has received reports of an extraordinary number of overdose deaths and overdose recoveries in such 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. Berrien County Prosecuting Attorney’s said the spike in these occurrences may be related to mixtures containing a higher than usual percentage of fentanyl, an opiate now used by drug dealers because the synthetic version of this product is less expensive than heroin itself. The office also said If you are aware of a relative or friend who uses opiates, warnings should be given that the source of their supply could be part of this recent deadly mixture. And more importantly, substance abuse treatment should be encouraged. Information is available at the Berrien County Health Department at 269 927 5668 or Carol’s Hope at 269 556 1526.Local authorities are investigating these incidents and prosecution decisions will be made as the investigations conclude. If you have any information relating to recent incidents described above please contact your local law enforcement agency, Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP or 800-342-STOP, or the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department tip line at on www.bcsheriff.org .

Berrien County Spring Scrap Tire Clean-Up

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The Berrien County Spring Scrap Tire Clean-Up Collection is Thursday, May 9th, 3-7 p.m. and again on Friday, May 10th, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Berrien County Road Department in Benton Harbor. Fees apply. Details at www.berriencounty.org, click Recycling Services.

South Shore Line Temporary busing SB-Carroll Ave. May 6-17

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The South Shore Line plans to periodically bus passengers between Carroll Ave. and the South Bend Airport while they upgrade track and segments of overhead wire between Michigan City and South Bend.
The temporary busing periods will occur at various times throughout the spring/summer, with the first of these periods being scheduled for Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 17, (this includes the weekend of May 11-12).
Busing availability at the South Bend Airport will be limited, therefore westbound passengers are encouraged to board at Carroll Ave. Station or other western stations.
Bus service to and from Hudson Lake will not be available during this time. Hudson Lake passengers are encouraged to board at the Carroll Ave. station.

Nessel Joins the Humane Society to Protect Consumers from Puppy Scams

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This Thursday Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will join representatives from the Humane Society of the United States in Detroit with adoptable dogs from the Michigan Humane Society to bring attention to the importance of recognizing and stopping puppy scams in the state. Each year, consumers in the U.S. spend at least $1 billion buying puppies, often without realizing that they may be doing business with a scammer, a puppy mill operator, or both.
The Michigan Attorney General’s Office has received nearly 20 complaints of alleged puppy scams since 2017, two of which were reported just this year. Puppy scams may involve puppy mills that sell a puppy that is not as described, often resulting in consumers footing exorbitant veterinary bills for deathly ill puppies. Scams may also include puppy mills taking money online for a pet that doesn’t exist.

May Street To Close In Cass County

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Canadian National Railroad notified the Cass County Road Commission office of a crossing repair they must do next week. They will close May Street between M 62 and Kraus Rd in the Industrial area beginning Monday, April 22. Traffic should use US-12, Conrad Rd and May St to access the industrial area. Repairs should be complete by the end of the week.

Vail Rubber Works Breaking Ground

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The Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce and Cornerstone Alliance will celebrate the official groundbreaking for the new Vail Rubber Works production facility in Royalton Township on Wednesday. The family-owned manufacturer will have a new 58,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility on a 30-acre parcel they’ve owned for a number of years. Once completed in early 2020, the new location will initially result in 10 new jobs for Vail Rubber bringing their total employment in the St. Joseph Michigan and Mobile, Alabama areas to approximately 110 individuals.

US-12 reconstruction at Michigan Southern Railroad in Sturgis starts Monday

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Starting Monday, April 22, the Michigan Department of Transportation will be reconstructing US-12 and the crossing at Michigan Southern Railroad in Sturgis. The $587,000 investment includes concrete driveway, curb and gutter, sidewalk ramp upgrades, lighting, and pavement markings. Reconstruction of the railroad crossing and roadway will improve safety and result in a smoother ride for motorists.US-12 will be closed with traffic detoured on M-66, East Fawn River Road, and South Franks Avenue. M-66 traffic will be detoured on Memorial Drive, North Clay Street, West Lafayette Street, and North Centerville Road. This project is scheduled to end Friday, June 21st.

Total closure of Eastbound I-196 In Ottawa County

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Eastbound I-196 is closed at M-6 starting 9 a.m. Monday, April 15 through August. Eastbound I-196 traffic will exit to eastbound M-6 and can take northbound US-131 to eastbound I-196. During this time, the ramp from westbound M-6 to eastbound I-196 will also be closed.

Drive-By Shooting In Three Rivers

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On Sunday just after 10pm, Three Rivers Police Officers were called to a report of a drive-by shooting in the 800 block of 8th Street. Officers made contact with the residents there and found no injuries and only minor property damage. Witnesses describe a vehicle driving by at a high rate of speed with the headlights off. They also said the suspects fired a couple of shots and fled the area. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ofc. Fuller or Det. Smallcombe at 269-278-1235 or the St. Joseph County Central Dispatch at 269-467-4195.

Bridgman Police Say Alleged Abduction Was False Report

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After an extensive investigation into an alleged abduction attempt of a student last week, the Bridgman Police Department has determined the report was false.
Officers received numerous tips from citizens and conducted several interviews over the past few days. After further investigation and following up on leads over the weekend, Bridgman Police Sgt. Tom LaVanway found that the report was fictitious when he re-interviewed the alleged victim. Sgt. LaVanway was told the pre-teen fabricated the entire story due to an unrelated disagreement with a friend.
This report will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office to determine if the juvenile will be prosecuted for filing a false police report.

South Shore Line Running Normal Schedule For Good Friday / Easter

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The South Shore Line will operate a regular weekday train schedule on Good Friday, April 19, 2019. All ticket offices will observe regular weekday hours on Good Friday, and regular weekend hours on Easter Sunday, April 21st.

I-196 resurfacing begins in Allegan and Ottawa counties

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The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is investing $10 million to resurface I-196 between M-40 and Byron Road through Monday, June 10. The project also includes joint repairs and bridge approach replacements. Lane closures and traffic shifts will be in effect throughout the project. To help minimize delays over the summer, resurfacing work will take place this fall.

State measles cases reduced to 39 following additional testing

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reducing the statewide count of measles for 2019 to 39 following further testing of two of the cases.One child in Washtenaw County had been potentially exposed to measles and that child, along with an Oakland County child, had both been recently vaccinated. Their symptoms and initial test results classified them as measles cases. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol, additional genotype testing was conducted and determined they were not measles cases. The other 39 cases have been genotyped and confirmed to be measles cases.Initial testing by MDHHS was positive for measles. The MMR vaccine contains a weakened live virus that cannot cause measles but can result in positive lab tests.The MMR vaccine has the potential to cause a mild rash and fever. This is a vaccine reaction, not measles, and the individual is not infectious. Due to the evolving measles outbreak in Southeast Michigan, the local health departments took appropriate steps to limit further spread of measles and responded to protect the public’s health by:-Promptly alerting the public about potential exposure sites.-Identifying potential contacts.-Offering post-exposure protection with either MMR vaccine or immune globulin (IG).IG is safe and well-tolerated and provides effective short-term protection to recipients by giving them antibodies needed to fight off measles. This protection goes away after a few months, so recipients are urged to follow standard vaccination schedules.Michiganders are urged to contact their healthcare provider or local health department about getting vaccinated for measles if they have not been vaccinated. A complete listing of local health departments is available at Malph.org/resources/directory.This is the highest number of measles in the state since 1991 when 65 cases were reported.For more information about measles, visit CDC.gov/measles. For more information about Michigan’s current measles outbreak, visit Michigan.gov/MeaslesOutbreak.I-196 resurfacing begins in Allegan and Ottawa counties

Department of Natural Resources names Shannon Hanna deputy director

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Eichinger announced that Shannon Hanna has been named natural resources deputy for the agency, an appointment that will take effect following the May 31 retirement of Bill O’Neill, the department’s current natural resources deputy. Hanna has more than 20 years of experience with the DNR, most recently as assistant chief of the department’s Forest Resources Division since January 2018.

BENTON HARBOR SHOOTING UPDATE

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On Friday, at around 12:10 a.m., The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety responded to a shooting that occurred in the 300 block of Colby Avenue in City of Benton Harbor. Several rounds were fired in the direction of a residence, striking multiple locations. A 60 year old male subject was shot inside the home while sitting on the couch watching TV. He was transported to Lakeland Hospital for treatment and is in stable condition. This shooting may be gang related and is still under investigation. The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety is seeking the Public’s assistance in any information regarding the shooting. For any information, please call the BHDPS Detective Tip Line at (269) 934-0293.

Public Hearing at St. Joseph City Commission Meeting

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A public hearing is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 22, 2019 at a regular meeting of the St. Joseph City Commission to be held in the Commission Chambers, 700 Broad Street, for the purpose of considering a request made by Fiskars Properties, Inc. to establish a Commercial Rehabilitation District. To view the Notice of Public Hearing, visit: sjcity.com

Boat Safety Classes

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Every year the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division offers boating safety classes to the public at no cost. The purpose of these courses is to instruct citizens about boating safety as well as current boating laws in the State of Michigan.
In order to legally operate motorized watercraft in Michigan, the State of Michigan requires persons born after July 1st 1996 to attend and successfully complete a boating safety course and possess a valid boating safety certificate while on the water.
Those persons wishing to legally operate a Personal Watercraft (PWC) must be at least 16 years of age and born after December 31st 1978. They also must possess a valid boating safety certificate while on the water. Other restrictions may apply.
Finding and registering for a Boater Safety Classes can be found online at the Sheriff’s Office website at:
Once on the Sheriff’s marine webpage, simply select the boater safety class schedule, choose the class you would like to attend and enter your information.
Children less than 12 years of age may take the class however a parent or guardian is request to attend with them.

New Roadwork Beginning on US 12

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MDOT will be reconstructing US-12 and the crossing at Michigan Southern Railroad in Sturgis starting April 22nd through June 21st. The $587,000 investment includes concrete driveway, curb and gutter, sidewalk ramp upgrades, lighting, and pavement markings. Reconstruction of the railroad crossing and roadway will improve safety and result in a smoother ride for motorists. US-12 will be closed with traffic detoured on M-66, East Fawn River Road, and South Franks Avenue. M-66 traffic will be detoured on Memorial Drive, North Clay Street, West Lafayette Street, and North Centerville Road.

Work Zone Safety Survey

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Industry leaders and Michigan Department of Transportation teamed up to establish the Work Zone Safety Task Force. To better evaluate the current industry perceptions of work zone safety and gather ideas on how to make meaningful improvements, Action Team 6 asks for your help.
By taking about 10 minutes to fill out the survey at the link below, you will help the Work Zone Safety Task Force and Action Team 6 change the culture of work zone safety within the industry. Organizations are asked to forward the survey to all of their employees, both field and office, to gather as much feedback as possible. The survey closes April 19.
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State measles cases reduced to 39 following additional testing

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reducing the statewide count of measles for 2019 to 39 following further testing of two of the cases.
One child in Washtenaw County had been potentially exposed to measles and that child, along with an Oakland County child, had both been recently vaccinated. Their symptoms and initial test results classified them as measles cases. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol, additional genotype testing was conducted and determined they were not measles cases. The other 39 cases have been genotyped and confirmed to be measles cases.
Initial testing by MDHHS was positive for measles. The MMR vaccine contains a weakened live virus that cannot cause measles but can result in positive lab tests.

I-196 resurfacing begins in Allegan and Ottawa counties

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The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is investing $10 million to resurface I-196 between M-40 and Byron Road. The project also includes joint repairs and bridge approach replacements. Lane closures and traffic shifts will be in effect throughout the project. To help minimize delays over the summer, resurfacing work will take place this fall. This project will improve the ride quality and extend the service life of the roadway. The estimated completion date is June 10th.