DNR Weekly Fishing Report

Posted on: December 13th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

Most of the southwest Michigan area has no safe ice. Many lakes still have open water or very thin ice. Anglers will have to wait until the next big freeze.
On the St. Joseph River, Steelhead have been caught; however, the bite was extremely slow because of the cold water. Try fishing the deeper holes. 
On the Kalamazoo River, Steelhead still are being caught up near the Allegan Dam. Most are floating spawn or a jig and wax worm, back bouncing spawn bags or trolling plugs.

New Carlisle, Indiana Man Charged With Mail Fraud

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A New Carlisle man has been charged with 4 counts of mail fraud. According to documents in the case, 61 year old Kevin Clinton was employed as the Chief Information Officer at a South Bend business. From about March 2012 through about October 2017, Clinton caused his employer to pay invoices to a sham company that he controlled for services that were never performed. Over the life of the scheme, payments to the sham company totaled about $2,286,359.25. Clinton took these funds for his own personal use and benefit. The United States Attorney’s Office emphasized that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty in court. If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Human Remains Found Near I-94 In Van Buren County

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The Michigan State Police (MSP) are investigating human remains that were located by an employee at a local business near I-94 in Lawrence, Van Buren County. The employee was walking in a wooded area when they noticed the human remains on the property and immediately notified authorities. MSP responded to the 900 block of Crandall Parkway at approximately 1 p.m. to investigate. The Michigan State Police Crime Lab was called to the scene for assistance. MSP is working to identify the remains. This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Michigan State Police Paw Paw Post at 269-657-5551.

DNR Checking Hemlock Trees Throughout the State

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Late fall through early spring is the best time to check hemlock trees for the presence of hemlock woolly adelgid, tiny, aphid-like insects that consume a hemlock’s stored nutrients, slowly sucking the life from the tree. The DNR and partners need your help in looking for and reporting signs of this invasive pest that already is confirmed in four southwest Michigan counties. For more information on hemlock woolly adelgid identification and reporting, visit michigan.gov/HWA

Shop With A Cop Cass County Recap

Posted on: December 12th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke is proud to report that the second of his Shop With A Cop events took place this past Saturday. Eight Children from Calvin Twp, The Village of Cassopolis and Edwardsburg/Ontwa Twp area were treated to a shopping spree at Wal-mart in Niles. This is the 15th annual event covering these communities. Donations from the community make this program possible. After shopping, the children were treated to lunch at Subway and then returned to the Sheriff’s Office to wrap their gifts. Deputies from Cass County were accompanied by Officers from Cassopolis Police Department and Ontwa/Edwardsburg Police Department.

Unlocked Vehicle Break-Ins Reported In New Buffalo Area

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Officers from New Buffalo City, and New Buffalo Township responded to several vehicle break-ins on Sunday. These incidents happened late Saturday night to early Sunday morning. All the vehicles that were broken into were left unlocked; no damage was reported on any of the vehicles. Video evidence collected shows approximately 5 – 7 suspects driving 2 separate vehicles are involved. No arrests have currently been made. As the holiday’s grow closer police would like to remind everyone to lock your vehicles, and do not leave anything of value inside, or insight. And as always please keep an eye out for yourselves and each other and report all suspicious behavior to Berrien County Dispatch. If you have any information on these events you can contact Berrien County Dispatch or New Buffalo City Police at 911 or the Non Emergency Number – 866-630-7679 .

Boxwood Blight Found in Michigan

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Boxwood blight, a serious fungal disease that attacks boxwood (a popular landscape shrub), has been detected for the first time in Michigan. The disease was found in Oakland County in three separate locations: a landscape firm, a homeowner’s yard and in holiday wreaths being sold at a retail store. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) was also notified by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection that infected boxwood may have been sold at other retail locations in Michigan. Gina Alessandri, director of MDARD’s Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division advised that anyone who suspects that they have plants infected with boxwood blight should contact their local MSU Extension office. To prevent introducing or spreading boxwood blight, MDARD recommends that nurseries, landscapers and property owners implement the following preventative actions:
Buy boxwood plants from reputable suppliers, nurseries or garden centers, and carefully inspect them. If possible, purchase plants produced under the Boxwood Cleanliness Program.
Buy less susceptible boxwood varieties. Refer to the list developed by North Carolina State University: Susceptibility of Commercial Boxwood Cultivars to Boxwood Blight.
Isolate new boxwood plants from existing plantings for at least a month.
Space plants enough for air to circulate around them.
Avoid overhead watering and avoid working with plants when they are wet.
Rake and remove leaf debris.
Do not use boxwood holiday decorations near boxwood in your landscape.
Dispose of boxwood holiday decorations by sealing in plastic bags and landfilling.

Benton Harbor Charter School Academy administrators’ charges dismissed

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According to a press release, On November 6th an incident occurred at the Benton Harbor Charter School Academy in which a teacher, 49 year old Thomas Barnes, threw a chair in anger in an attempt to get control of his classroom. The chair struck an 11-year-old female student. Barnes was charged and has plead guilty to Aggravated Assault. He was sentenced to nine months probation, a 30 day suspended sentence, and fines and costs. Administrators at the school, Principal Tim Harris, and Assistant Principal Ashley Smith, both mandated reporters under Michigan’s Child Protection Law in this circumstance, became aware of the incident but did not report it to the Department of Health and Human Services on the day of the incident. Both were charged with the misdemeanor offense of Failing to Report Child Abuse. As a result of these charges, Choice Schools Associates, the governing corporate entity for Benton Harbor Charter School Academy and 13 other charter schools state-wide, organized a symposium for their leadership at their schools on the topic of reporting child abuse. The symposium was held in Troy, Michigan on December 5th. The symposium was planned in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services. Also, a training was held locally at the Benton Harbor Charter School Academy on December 7th in coordination with Berrien County’s local DHHS office.
Mr. Harris and Ms. Smith participated actively in both trainings.
Some portions of the law emphasized were the following:
Child abuse is harm or threatened harm….by a parent…teacher, or teacher’s aide.
A mandated reporter includes school administrator, school counselor, or teacher. Other school staff may report abuse to a mandated reporter or to DHHS.
The standard for reporting is one “who has reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or neglect”.
The report shall be made immediately.
A mandated report at a school must report to a person in charge, but it does not relieve that person from reporting it himself or herself.

Napier Ave Closed Starting Wednesday

Posted on: December 11th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

Napier Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Bainbridge Center Road and M-140 beginning Wednesday, for a county drain being replaced by the Berrien County Drain Commission. The road will be closed until December 18th. A detour will be signed and utilize M-140, Empire Avenue and Bainbridge Center Road. Homeowners and first responders will be able to access the road up to the point of closure but will not be able to pass through the work zone at the county drain.

November OK2SAY Tip Numbers

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

Top Tip Categories Include:
-Suicide – 174 tips
-Bullying – 121 Tips
-Other (e.g., anxiety, stress, depression, harassment)
-Drugs – 60 tips
-Self-Harm – 46 tips
The Attorney General offers FREE Student Safety programming for K-12th grade students, parents, guardians, and community leaders. To date, more than two million Michigan students have attended a presentation.
Students in K-5th grade receive age-appropriate instruction from the Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (CSI), a national award-winning program and feeder program for OK2SAY. Students in 6th-12th grade receive dynamic OK2SAY student safety programming.
Adults can learn about the programs and how to host them by attending a Community Seminar or Program Overview. Scheduling is fast and easy on the OK2SAY website.

Students, teachers, parents, school officials, friends, and neighbors can submit tips though any of the following ways:
Call: 8-555-OK2SAY (855-565-2729) Text: 652729 (OK2SAY) Email: OK2SAY@mi.gov Web: ok2say.com OK2SAY Mobile App: Available for download in app stores for iPhone and Android.

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, AND ALL YEAR LONG DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

The Holidays are a time for family, friends, and co-workers to celebrate. Whether it’s an office party, a family member’s home, or a gathering at the bar, it is essential to plan ahead and have a way to get home safely after the party ends. To help spread the message about the dangers of impaired driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in partnership with the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, and the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office, are working to encourage safe and sober driving this holiday season. The national high-visibility enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from December 13th through December 31st. During this period, local law enforcement will show zero-tolerance for drunk and drugged driving. Increased enforcement along with increased messages about the dangers of driving impaired, aim to drastically reduce crashes, fatalities, and injuries on our roadways.

Statistics show that we have a lot of work to do to put an end to impaired driving. Nationally, 10,874 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2017, equating to one person killed every 48 minutes. In December 2017, 885 people lost their lives in traffic crashes in the United States involving a drunk driver. In Michigan, impaired driving represents 45.7 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2017. This is why the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office is working hard to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. Drunk driving isn’t the only risk on the road. If drivers are impaired by any substance – alcohol or drugs – they should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Driving while Impaired is illegal, period. If You Feel Different, You Drive Different.

Michigan DNR Muzzleloader Season Reminders

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Muzzleloading deer season is now through December 16th for Zones 1 and 2 and now through December 23rd for Zone 3.
If you are deer hunting in the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone or Core CWD Area, muzzleloader season is open to all legal firearms; regular firearm equipment rules apply. See pages 39-40 of the 2018 Michigan Hunting Digest for more information.
A deer license, deer combo license or antlerless license is valid during the muzzleloading season.

Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Holds Annual “Shop with a Cop” Event

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This past Saturday, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division held their annual “Shop with a Cop” program. The 2018 “Shop with a Cop” program took place at the Niles area Wal-Mart. 
Berrien County Sheriff ‘s Office Reserve Division Deputies Kimberly Fedison and Katie Bauer organized this annual event and they spent countless volunteer hours soliciting area businesses and individuals to assist in sponsoring this program. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division was able to obtain over $7,000 in donations to cover the costs of this event. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division along with the partner agencies and organizations assisted ten 10 families and 34 children by allowing the children to shop for Christmas gifts for themselves, their family members, and their friends. In addition to providing the funding to allow the children to shop, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division also provided holiday food baskets to the ten families, so they could enjoy a wonderful holiday feast this year.

Berrien County Sheriff’s K-9 Mika Awarded Health Insurance Grant

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In October, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office applied for a K-9 Health Insurance Grant through the National Police Dog Foundation. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office was advised that fifty of these grants would be awarded to law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. 
Due to the specific grant requirements, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office was able to apply for the grants for two of the three Berrien County Sheriff’s Office K-9’s. 
In November 2018, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office was notified that K-9 Mika was awarded one of the health insurance grants, which would provide the Health Insurance premiums for one year for Mika. In 2017, the National Police Dog Foundation launched their K-9 Health Insurance Fund, which was established from an initial donation by Petplan Pet Insurance. The fund is supported by donations from the public to the K-9 Health Insurance Fund and a $50 donation from Petplan for each new pet insurance policy.  The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office is honored to be one of two agencies in the State of Michigan to be chosen for this grant. 
The awarded health insurance policy for Mika is administered by Petplan Pet Insurance and covers medical care if the K-9 is sick, hurt, or injured.

Michigan DNR Muzzleloader Season Reminders

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Muzzleloading deer season is now through December 16th for Zones 1 and 2 and now through December 23rd for Zone 3.
If you are deer hunting in the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone or Core CWD Area, muzzleloader season is open to all legal firearms; regular firearm equipment rules apply. See pages 39-40 of the 2018 Michigan Hunting Digest for more information.
A deer license, deer combo license or antlerless license is valid during the muzzleloading season.

The Boulevard Inn “New Year’s Package”

Posted on: December 9th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

 
Available December 28, 29, 30, & 31, 2018
This package for two includes:
Overnight accommodations in a spacious suite
$50 dinner credit for the Bistro on the Boulevard
A bottle of chilled champagne
Two keepsake champagne flutes
Bistro Charcuterie served on a keepsake board
A box of Kilwin’s chocolates
Bistro Breakfast Buffet for Two
Two Mimosas or Bloody Marys served in the Bistro
Late check-out of 2:00 pm
 
City View Suite —$269+ tax
Park View Suite —$299+ tax
Standard Two Bedroom Suite —$369+ tax
Two Bedroom Jacuzzi Suite —$399+ tax
Deluxe 2 Bedroom or Family Suite —$419+ tax
Lakeview Two Bedroom Two Bathroom Suite —$469+ tax
Premium Lakeview Two Bedroom Two Bathroom Suite —$499+ tax
Add a second night for just $109+ tax
 
For more info or to make reservations, call 269-983-6600

Paw Paw Trooper Organizes Return of Stolen Presents

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On November 29th Tpr. Benoit of the Michigan State Police Paw Paw post investigated a break-in at a Galesburg apartment complex. During his investigation he spoke with a 38-year-old female victim and learned all the presents she purchased for her 9-year-old son, Christopher were stolen. Without the woman knowing, Tpr. Benoit reached out to S.T.O.P. (State Trooper Outreach Partnership) and organized the purchase and return of the presents. Tpr. Benoit had a list of several items which included Pokémon cards, Beyblades and most importantly, a lord Voldemort Harry Potter wand. He delivered the presents and some additional holiday cheer to the shocked woman on Friday afternoon. S.T.O.P. is a very small non-profit made up of Troopers and community members who raise money to help those in need.

Roth Road Closure In Cass County

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A contractor will be replacing a culvert on Roth Road between Ball Road and Dewey Lake Street. According to a statement from the Cass County Road Commission, this road will be closed to through traffic on Monday, weather permitting and possibly Tuesday.

November OK2SAY Tip Numbers

Posted on: December 8th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

Top Tip Categories Include:
-Suicide – 174 tips
-Bullying – 121 Tips 
-Other (e.g., anxiety, stress, depression, harassment) 
-Drugs – 60 tips
-Self-Harm – 46 tips 
The Attorney General offers FREE Student Safety programming for K-12th grade students, parents, guardians, and community leaders. To date, more than two million Michigan students have attended a presentation.
Students in K-5th grade receive age-appropriate instruction from the Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (CSI), a national award-winning program and feeder program for OK2SAY. Students in 6th-12th grade receive dynamic OK2SAY student safety programming.
Adults can learn about the programs and how to host them by attending a Community Seminar or Program Overview. Scheduling is fast and easy on the OK2SAY website.

Students, teachers, parents, school officials, friends, and neighbors can submit tips though any of the following ways:
Call:   8-555-OK2SAY (855-565-2729) Text:   652729 (OK2SAY) Email: OK2SAY@mi.gov Web: ok2say.com OK2SAY Mobile App: Available for download in app stores for iPhone and Android.

John Proos gives farewell address to Senate

Posted on: December 8th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

Sen. John Proos on Thursday said goodbye to friends and colleagues during an emotional farewell speech to the Michigan Senate. He thanked many people who helped him during his eight years in the state Senate and six years in the House of Representatives — including his staff and family, who were on the Senate floor and in the Senate gallery for the address.
“I rise today with a grateful heart and truly a thankful spirit that I’ve had the opportunity to serve the citizens of the 21st District in Michigan’s Great Southwest,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “We could not possibly do this job without the hundreds of people who support the Legislature and the Michigan Senate. If there is anything that I can leave with this body, it’s the idea of trust. The more trust we build in this chamber, the more opportunity we have for trust to be built in our communities.”
Proos thanked his mom and his wife for their support and love. He also spoke to his children, saying he hoped they knew how much he loved them and how proud he was of them.
“I pray that I have, while certainly imperfect, strived each day to care for the whole person and to seek the will and the good of the other,” said Proos in closing his remarks. “This active and intentional effort has been my single objective while working in the Senate and while working in this great institution with each and every one of you. I pray that this body will continue to serve in the future, remembering the importance of caring for the whole person, and at the heart of this noble endeavor, remains love.
“Thank you all for the chance to reminisce today, and for the amazing chance to serve the people of Southwest Michigan.”

Paw Paw Trooper Organizes Return of Stolen Presents

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On November 29th Tpr. Benoit of the Michigan State Police Paw Paw post investigated a break-in at a Galesburg apartment complex.  During his investigation he spoke with a 38-year-old female victim and learned all the presents she purchased for her 9-year-old son, Christopher were stolen.  Without the woman knowing, Tpr. Benoit reached out to S.T.O.P. (State Trooper Outreach Partnership) and organized the purchase and return of the presents. Tpr. Benoit had a list of several items which included Pokémon cards, Beyblades and most importantly, a lord Voldemort Harry Potter wand.  He delivered the presents and some additional holiday cheer to the shocked woman on Friday afternoon. S.T.O.P. is a very small non-profit made up of Troopers and community members who raise money to help those in need. 

Traffic Stop On The Indiana Toll Road Yields 100 Grams Of Marijuana

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

A traffic stop early this morning, December 7, 2018, on the Indiana Toll Road resulted in the arrest of a Michigan man for possessing approximately 100 grams of suspected marijuana.

Trooper Cody Brown reported that at approximately 12:51 a.m. he observed a white 2009 Cadillac that was travelling eastbound commit several traffic violations and almost hit an abandoned vehicle that was parked on the right berm of the Indiana Toll Road. Brown stopped the Cadillac approximately four miles west of the Howe/LaGrange exit near the 117 mile marker.

While speaking to the driver, Johnathon Hulley, 39 of Sturgis, MI, Brown purportedly smelled the odor of raw marijuana. A search of the Cadillac yielded approximately100 grams of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Hulley was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession Of Marijuana, B-Misdemeanor, and Possession Of Paraphernalia, C-Misdemeanor, and taken to the LaGrange County Jail.

Operation Good Cheer Program Transporting Gifts to Foster Children This Holiday Season

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

Children in foster care around Michigan will be granted holiday wishes through the annual Operation Good Cheer program, which will transport gifts via air and ground transportation on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8. Eighty-two social services agencies, including numerous Michigan Department of Health and Human Services offices, are participating in the annual Christmas-gift-giving program coordinated by Child and Family Services of Michigan that began in 1971. All distribution flights and local ground transport will originate from Oakland County International Airport, where more than 20,000 gifts will be gathered for sorting and loading at the host hangar, provided by Pentastar Aviation. Hundreds of volunteers will be on hand at the airport throughout the two-day period to assist with the distribution effort. Through the “Spirit of Good Cheer” flight, participating local social service agencies will greet flights at 29 airports and various ground destinations where they will transfer the gifts for final distribution to children served by the agencies, in time for Christmas. More than 6,771 youth sponsored by Operation Good Cheer this year will receive their gifts. Participating MDHHS offices include Berrien, Branch, Cass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren. For more information about Operation Good Cheer or how to get involved, contact Child and Family Services of Michigan, Inc. at 517-349-6226 or www.cfsm.org

Former State Employee Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement for Pocketing over $70k in Funds Donated for Memorial Statue in Lansing Park

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

Yesterday, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that Maria Louisa Mason, of Williamston, has pleaded guilty to one felony count of embezzlement by an employee or agent, more than $50,000 but less than $100,000. Mason was charged in April 2017 for stealing $73k from a state fund designated for a memorial statue. Mason pleaded guilty on Tuesday, December 5th in Lansing. A sentencing date has been set for January 23, 2019. Mason will also be required to pay restitution for the money she stole.

Drive By Shooting In Niles Township

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

Just before 3 a.m. on Thursday, deputies responded to shots fired on Lawndale Ave, in Niles Twp, and discovered a residence at the 1100 block of Lawndale Ave was targeted in a drive by shooting. The residence was struck several times and no one was struck and/or injured inside.
No arrests have been made. This incident is under investigation. Police are asking for assistance from the public. Contact the Sheriff’s Office Detective’s Bureau at (269) 983-7141, ext 7224, with any information.

Berrien County Health Department Flu Vaccinations Every Friday

Posted on: December 6th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

Berrien County Health Department will be offering Flu Clinics every Friday from 9 AM – 4 PM in both the Niles and Benton Harbor sites. Flu vaccinations offered for children, adults, and seniors include the flu shot and the high-dose flu shot for seniors ages 65 and older. The cost for these vaccines are covered by most insurance plans.The department accepts Medicaid, Medicare, MI Child, Priority Health, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurances and receipts are provided for other insurances to reimburse the cost. While the cost of the flu shot is usually free with insurance, no one will be turned away for an inability to pay.

One Student Dead After Truck Hits School Bus Crash On US 31 In Marshall County, Indiana

Posted on: December 6th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

A crash on US 31 between an Eastern Pulaski Community School bus and a straight truck has claimed the life of a teenage boy.
Just after 9 a.m. on Wednesday Indiana State Troopers and Marshall County Deputies responded to calls of a crash on northbound US 31, just north of Argos.
The bus had just stopped, at the railroad crossing just south of Michigan Road. As the bus began to accelerate it was struck from behind in the left rear by a Freightliner straight truck.The truck, which was towing a trailer, was being driven by 26 year old Tylor Perry, of Camby, IN.
A male teenage student seated in the left rear of the bus was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Marshall County Coroner. A 14 year old student, was airlifted from the scene and taken to a South Bend hospital. This student’s injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening. Other students were taken to a medical center in Plymouth for complaints of pain and reunification with parents.
At the time of the crash the bus was occupied by 38 eighth grade students and three chaperones that were on the way to see a Christmas musical in Warsaw.
Northbound US 31 closed for crash reconstruction and removal of the vehicles.

Last Chance For Leaf Collection In St. Joseph

Posted on: December 6th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

The City of St. Joseph Department of Public Works will be picking up leaves that have been raked into the streets today and Thursday. The Department and its team members deliver many of the essential services residents and visitors depend on and enjoy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Public Works Facility is open to the public by appointment only. To make a service request please contact the Department by telephone at (269) 983-6341 or visit sjcity.com .

First case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis confirmed in Michigan

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Michigan has a confirmed case of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). This marks the first confirmed case of AFM in Michigan in 2018. The confirmed case is a child from Wayne County.
Seven suspect cases of AFM in Michigan remain under investigation.
As of Nov. 30, the CDC had confirmed 134 cases of AFM in 33 states, mostly in children. Despite increases in cases across the country since 2014, the CDC estimates that less than one to two in a million children in the United States will get AFM annually.
AFM is a rare but serious condition affecting the nervous system and can cause the muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak. Most patients report having a mild respiratory illness or fever consistent with a viral infection before developing AFM.
Healthcare providers are asked to report all patients they suspect of having AFM to their local health department.
For more information, visit the MDHHS Communicable Disease Information and Resources website or CDC.gov/AFM.

Proos honors Bill McBride on 44-year public service career

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Sen. John Proos on Wednesday recognized St. Joseph native Bill McBride on his retirement after 44 years of public service to the citizens of Michigan. “Bill is a fellow Lake Michigan Catholic High School alumnus who has had a long and distinguished career serving the people of Michigan in the state Capitol and the nation’s capital,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Bill has worn many hats over the years, and anyone who was fortunate to know or work with him will attest to his positive attitude and love for our state. “I congratulate and thank Bill for his many years of dedicated service and wish him the best during his well-earned retirement.” McBride began his career in the Michigan Senate after graduating from Michigan State University. He went on to serve as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Carl Pursell and U.S. Rep. Vern Ehlers. McBride also served as deputy chief of staff for Gov. John Engler and most recently as director of federal relations for Gov. Rick Snyder.