Download the MSP Mobile App

Posted on: September 21st, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

Michiganders can download a free mobile app that allows users to follow the MSP post that covers their area to receive breaking news and information. The app, called MSP Mobile, is available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
With 30 MSP posts statewide, MSP Mobile was designed to allow users to follow the post that serves their community or any post of their choosing. Users can opt to receive push notifications that will instantly alert them to traffic crashes, arrests, criminal investigations, community events and other education and prevention information.
Notably, the app also allows users to submit crime tips direct to the MSP, allowing for the easy upload of photos or video to support the tip.
Other key features of MSP Mobile include:
-Profiles of Michigan’s most wanted fugitives
-Search the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry
-Help solve cold cases

PDPS: Portage Residential Fire, Witnesses Heard Explosions

Posted on: September 21st, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

The Portage Department of Public Safety – Fire Division was dispatched to the 7500 block Montego Bay at 5:09 AM on September 20. It was reported by neighbors that multiple explosions had been heard and the house at that address was now on fire. Occupants had exited the home after hearing an explosion and smoke alarms sounded. First arriving Portage Fire units observed heavy fire at the front of the home involving the first and second floors. Fire crews utilized heavy water streams and brought the fire under control in 20 minutes. Portage fire units were assisted at the scene by Comstock Fire Department and Pride Ambulance. Damage to the structure was estimated at a total loss. There were no reported injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Portage Fire Marshal. Anyone with information is asked to call the Portage Department of Public Safety
at 329-4567 or Silent Observer at 343-2100, www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com .

MDHHS continuing investigation of hepatitis A outbreak that has resulted in 920 cases in Michigan, including 30 deaths

Posted on: September 21st, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

State and local public health officials continue to investigate an extended hepatitis A outbreak that has affected Michigan and surrounding states.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging residents to be aware of the associated risk factors, the importance of handwashing and the available vaccination to prevent the hepatitis A infection.
Since this outbreak began in August of 2016, Michigan has seen 920 hepatitis A cases. Eighty percent of those individuals have been hospitalized and 30 have died. Fifty-two percent of the people who have suffered from the disease have documented substance use. Although many of these outbreak cases were seen earlier in the outbreak, it is important to remain diligent in awareness around hepatitis A.
There have been seven recent acute cases of hepatitis A in Kalkaska, Grand Traverse and Antrim counties in Northwest Lower Michigan. That strain is not the same as the Michigan outbreak strain but has been circulating nationally in several other states. Several of these individuals also have reported substance use as a risk factor.  
On a national level, 30 states are reporting hepatitis A outbreaks since 2016. These numbers are still rising and include several states near Michigan. According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Ohio has had 3,274 cases, Indiana has had 2,043 cases and Illinois has had 153 cases. Total cases reported nationally are 24,952 with 14,984 (60%) hospitalized and 244 deaths.
The hepatitis A virus is found in the feces of people with hepatitis A. The virus can spread through contaminated food or water and through close contact with a person who has the virus.
Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable disease and MDHHS encourages a hepatitis A virus vaccination for at-risk individuals, including people with a history of injection and non-injection drug use, homelessness or transient housing, incarceration and men who have sex with men. In addition, routine Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations continue to apply for those at risk of hepatitis A infection. The hepatitis A vaccine is safe and effective and is available at local pharmacies, through healthcare providers and at local health departments.

AG Urges Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to Protect Consumers from Debt Collection Misconduct

Posted on: September 21st, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

Late last week, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel joined 27 other Attorneys General in urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to revise its proposed debt collection rule and place the interests of consumers over those of debt collectors. In their letter, the Attorneys General recognize the importance of lawful debt collection. However, that does not grant debt collectors free rein to do so “in whatever manner they wish.”
The proposed federal rule falls short of protecting consumers by allowing debt collectors to:
-Place up to seven calls per week for each debt a consumer has. According to the CFPB’s own research, almost 75% of consumers have more than one debt; meaning consumers could still receive dozens of calls per week under the proposed rule;
-Send an unlimited number of electronic communications, including direct messages on social media platforms, without consumers’ consent;
-Take advantage of consumers that fundamentally do not understand their rights or obligations when it comes to time-barred or “zombie” debts – unpaid debt with a statute of limitations on how long a collector can sue to force payment – allowing a debt collector to sue or threaten to sue if they “know or should know” that the applicable statute of limitations has expired, which compounds the misunderstandings and risks consumers already face;
-More easily file baseless lawsuits on a massive scale. The proposed rule would erode the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act’s requirement that attorneys be meaningfully involved with debt collection litigation, an important check on debt collectors’ ability to flood state courts with lawsuits that are based on minimal or no evidence; only incomplete or unreliable records.  
In their letter, the Attorneys General commend certain aspects of the rule including its prohibition of  “passive debt collection” — a particularly coercive practice in which debt collectors report debts to credit reporting agencies before attempting to collect on them.

A joint state House-Senate panel approves Senate Bill 149,

Posted on: September 20th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

A joint state House-Senate panel Thursday approved Senate Bill 149, the fiscal year 2020 transportation budget that includes $400 million more for roads without raising taxes, said Sen. Roger Victory, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation. “Today’s vote builds upon the promise we made to taxpayers to find money within our existing budget to fund road repairs,” said Victory, R-Hudsonville. “The transportation budget includes significant money for local repairs. “I am particularly thrilled that funding to support the Ferrysburg bridge project was included in the budget.” SB 149 now heads to the full Senate and House for final concurrence before heading to the governor’s desk. The Legislature will send the remaining budget bills to the governor next week.

Chaos in the auto industry

Posted on: September 20th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

On Thursday the E-P-A revoked the Clean Air Act waiver that allowed California and 13 other states plus D-C to set higher standards. Paul Billings, with the American Lung Association, says this will create chaos in the auto industry. Four automakers – Ford, BMW, Volkswagen and Honda – recently struck a deal with California to continue to produce cars that meet the higher emissions standard. The E-P-A argues that cars with lower pollution controls will be cheaper – and induce more consumers to replace older models. Tailpipe exhaust is a major source of air pollution and greenhouse gases that worsen climate change. Pleasant Ridge Mayor Kurt Metzger says the administration has a record of ignoring science in favor of policies that hurt the environment and benefit the oil industry, which sells more gasoline when cars are less efficient. The change is certain to be challenged in the courts. The administration is expected to release its new, lower emissions standards later this fall.

Adopt-A-Highway reminder

Posted on: September 18th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

Volunteers will soon fan out along Michigan state roadsides looking for trash during the year’s final Adopt-A-Highway pickup. Thousands of volunteers in the popular Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) program will be picking up litter from Saturday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Sept. 29.
There are three scheduled Adopt-A-Highway pickups each year: one each in the spring, summer and fall. Volunteers in Michigan have been participating in the program since 1990. Every year, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers collect 65,000 to 70,000 bags of trash. The popular program has grown to involve nearly 2,800 groups cleaning 6,100 miles of highway.
Motorists should be on the lookout beginning Saturday for volunteers wearing high-visibility, yellow-green safety vests. MDOT provides free vests and trash bags, and arranges to haul away the trash.

State residents are being strongly advised by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Posted on: September 18th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

State residents are being strongly advised by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to protect themselves from mosquito bites as four additional cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) have been confirmed in Southwest Michigan – including two that were fatal.
MDHHS is taking further action to protect the public health as the mosquito-borne disease remains a threat that has now resulted in seven confirmed human cases of EEE in Michigan with onset dates in July. The new cases expand the geographic area affected by human EEE cases to include Barry, Cass and Van Buren counties, along with previously identified cases in Kalamazoo and Berrien counties. Two of these additional cases, in Cass and Van Buren counties, were fatal, as was an earlier case in Kalamazoo County.
MDHHS is encouraging local officials in the five Southwest Michigan counties that have been impacted by human EEE cases and St. Joseph, Genesee and Lapeer counties – which have had animal EEE cases – to consider postponing, rescheduling or cancelling outdoor activities occurring at or after dusk, particularly activities that involve children. This would include events such as late evening sports practices or games or outdoor music practices. The MDHHS recommendation is being made out of an abundance of caution to protect the public health and applies until the first hard frost of the year. The Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department also issued a recommendation to local municipalities and schools to consider cancelling outdoor events or moving them inside if they are scheduled at or after dusk.

Roadway fatality update on Michigan roadways

Posted on: September 18th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

16 people died on Michigan roadways since last week making a total of 648 this year. In addition, 135 more were seriously injured for a statewide total of 3,831 to date. Compared to last year at this time there are 49 fewer fatalities and 5 more serious injuries. Numbers are provided by the Michigan State Police.

Search warrant nabs Crystal Meth distribution

Posted on: September 17th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

On Wednesday 9-11-2019 SWET-West detectives along with members of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, and Saint Joe Public Safety executed a narcotics search warrant in the City of Saint Joseph.

Amanda Borrelli (36) was arrested following a 1-month investigation into the distribution of crystal meth at her home in Saint Joe City.  During the execution of the search warrant SWET Detectives located approximately a half ounce of crystal meth, heroin, and approximately 30 morphine pills and other drug related items on the property. 

Amanda Borrelli was lodged in Berrien County Jail on the following charges:

  1. Possession with intent to deliver crystal meth 2nd
  2. Possession with intent to deliver heroin 2nd
  3. Maintaining a drug house 2nd

SWET- West is seeking Matthew Jordan (30)  in connection with the investigation. Jordan was not at the house during the execution of the search warrant.  Jordan currently is a fugitive parole absconder and is wanted by MDOC for parole violations.

On Monday 9-16-2019 SWET- WEST detectives along with members Berrien Tactical Response Unit (TRU), Berrien County Road Patrol, FBI, DEA, and Benton Harbor Public Safety executed a search warrant in the City of Benton Harbor.

Officers located three suspects inside the house at the time of the warrant, William Beecham (27), Tipton Walker (23) and Jamon Hill (26)

During a search of the home and property officers located approximately 2 ounces of heroin, a Glock pistol with an extended magazine, ammunition, approximately 3 pounds of marijuana, and other drug related items. 

All three suspects were lodged in Berrien County jail on numerous felony charges.  These charges include

  1. Possession with intent to deliver heroin
  2. Possession of a firearm by a felon
  3. Possession of ammo by a felon
  4. Possession with intent to deliver marijuana
  5. Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony
  6. Maintaining a drug house
  7. Bond violation
  8. Tether violation
  9. Felony probation violation

The Southwest Enforcement Team (SWET) is comprised of sworn law enforcement personnel from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office, Allegan Police Department, Allegan County Sheriff’s Office, Barry County Sheriff’s Office, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Covert Township Police Department, Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office, Kalamazoo Township Police Department, Michigan State Police, South Haven Police Department, Saint Joseph County Sheriff’s Office, and Sturgis Police Department.

SWET is funded in part by the Michigan HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) as well as the U.S. Department of Justice, Byrne JAG grant.

“This project was supported by Byrne JAG grant #2013-MU-BX0051 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and administered by the Michigan State Police (MSP).  Points of view or opinions contained within this document do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the MSP or DOJ”

DON’T BE ALARMED: Cook Plant announces annual fall extended Emergency Siren testing schedule.

Posted on: September 15th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

Beginning Monday, September 16 Cook will be individually testing each of the 70 Emergency Sirens located across Berrien County. Testing will take place in various locations throughout the county during the weeks of September 16, September 23 and September 30 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Folks within a 10-mile radius of the plant can expect to hear individual sirens tested three to four times for about 30 seconds in order to gather readings and make adjustments to ensure proper coverage and reliability. Annual preventative maintenance and batter checks will also be done at this time.

Under normal conditions, Emergency Sirens would be activated by the Berrien County Emergency Management Department to alert the public to emergency situations. This could include severe weather, industrial or transportation chemical spills or activation of the Cook Nuclear Plant emergency plan. Because these sirens are used for multiple purposes, testing will be suspended during severe weather conditions to avoid confusion with an actual emergency. In the event of an actual emergency, the sirens are all sounded continuously for three minutes.

Please share this information with your friends, families and neigbors, reminding them not to be alarmed over the next few weeks during these tests.

Michigan Gives Out 50,000+ free naloxone kits at pharmacies statewide

Posted on: September 14th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) partnered with the Michigan Celebrate Recovery Walk and Rally and pharmacies statewide on Saturday, Sept. 14, to save lives.
MDHHS is provided more than 50,000 free naloxone kits to anyone who needed the life-saving drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. Residents picked up kits at the over 1,000 participating pharmacies, at no cost, with no need for a prescription, insurance, or identification.
MDHHS purchased 55,008 kits of NARCAN® Nasal Spray, which is the brand of naloxone being provided. Nearly 52,000 kits were shipped to pharmacies statewide (see map) for distribution. MDHHS distributed the remaining 3,000 kits at the Michigan Celebrate Recovery Walk and Rally, in Detroit.
At the Michigan Celebrate Recovery Walk and Rally, former NFL player Randy Grimes shared his experience, strength and hope as a person in long-term recovery. The rally celebrated recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

M-139 lane closures in Benton Township Sept. 16-30

Posted on: September 14th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments


In Benton Township, there will be lane closures on M-139 for concrete patching between I-94 and Napier Avenue in Benton Township, Berrien County, through Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic will be maintained with a lane-shift, and access to driveways will be maintained throughout construction.

Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week starts September 15

Posted on: September 12th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) is reminding parents and caregivers about the importance of keeping children safe when traveling as part of National Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week, Sept. 15 -21. CPS Week is a national initiative to raise awareness about car seat use and encourages caregivers to have their children’s car seats inspected by a certified CPS technician. The week culminates on National Seat Check Saturday, Sept. 21. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly half (46 percent) of car seats are misused. A child should ride in a rear-facing car seat from birth to age 2, or when they reach the upper weight or height limit for the car seat. When a child outgrows their rear-facing car seat, the child should be buckled in a forward-facing car seat until at least age 5. A booster seat should then be used until a child is at least 4’9” tall. 

MDHHS issues Request for Proposals for enhanced toxicological screening and opioid detection

Posted on: September 12th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to support medical examiner (ME) offices in the state in conducting and improving the detection of opioids and related drugs in toxicology screening.
The Enhanced Toxicological Screen and Opioid Detection grant program is meant to support ME offices as they investigate suspected opioid overdose deaths by directly influencing the quality, cost, speed and burden of these investigations. Desired outcomes include improved suspected opioid overdose death reporting and enhanced testing for drugs involved in opioid overdose deaths.
MDHHS plans to issue up to five grants with the maximum funding level of $100,000 per year for three years. A total of $297,500 is available annually.

League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties Holding Voter Registration Event

Posted on: September 12th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

On September 24, the League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties (LWVBCC) will join with thousands of other election officials and organizations across the country to celebrate National Voter Registration Day with focused, nonpartisan voter registration efforts and related publicity campaigns. 
LWVBCC will register voters at Lake Michigan College’s Napier Avenue campus.  Students, staff, and others may register at the League’s location immediately outside the main bookstore from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the college’s main headquarters building.  Registration will take place in the Student Activity Center at Southwestern Michigan College.
Every year, millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. On National Voter Registration Day, organizations from all over the country will unite in a single day of coordinated field, technology, and media efforts to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities and reach voters who may not register otherwise.

UPDATE: Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety responds to shootings in the area

Posted on: September 11th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

BHDPS officers responded to a complaint of a shooting. Officers arrived to a residence in the 900 Block of Ogden and discovered the incident venue. The victim however, had already left the scene and was driven to Spectrum Lakeland. The victim a 29 year old Benton Harbor man was initially treated and Spectrum Lakeland however was transferred to Borgess Hospital and is currently in critical condition. BHDPS detectives are being assisted by MSP MCU Detectives. The investigation is ongoing; however there has not been a suspect identified at this time. Anyone with information is requested to contact the Tipline at 269-927-0293, Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 342-STOP (7867) or via our BHDPS app that can be found in your cell phone app store

On 09/11/2019 at approximately 1:20 AM, BHDPS officers responded to a complaint of a shooting. Officers responded to a residence in the 900 Block of Lavette and discovered a 44 year old Benton Harbor Resident wounded by gunfire. The victim is being treated at Spectrum Lakeland and is currently in stable condition. BHDPS detectives are being assisted by MSP MCU Detectives. The investigation is ongoing; however there has not been a suspect identified at this time. Anyone with information is requested to contact the Tipline at 269-927-0293, Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 342-STOP (7867) or via our BHDPS app that can be found in your cell phone app store.

MDOT Toward Zero Deaths Statistics

Posted on: September 11th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

Nineteen people died on Michigan roadways since last week making a total of 632 this year. In addition, 140 more were seriously injured for a statewide total of 3,696 to date.Compared to last year at this time there are 33 fewer fatalities and 9 more serious injuries.Numbers are provided by the Michigan State Police.Three Rivers High School and Middle School Go On Lockdown Yesterday

Berrien County Roadwork REMINDER

Posted on: September 10th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

On September 16th In Berrien County, due to construction, the ramp will be closed from I-196 southbound to M-63 southbound. Also, the ramp will be Closed from M-63 to I-196 Southbound.In Berrien County on September 12th and 13th, due to construction, the ramp will be closed from US-12 westbound to M-51 southbound.

Fall Turkey Hunting is OPEN

Posted on: September 10th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

Fall turkey hunting is open Sept. 15 – Nov. 14. Any limited-quota licenses that remain may be purchased by any hunter with a current base license or mentored youth license, including those who did not apply for a fall turkey license. Hunters may purchase one license a day until quotas are met. Find drawing results and leftover license availability at Michigan.gov/Turkey

AG Nessel Files Amicus Brief Supporting a State’s Ability to Coordinate

Posted on: September 7th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

In support of efforts to address the opioid crisis, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has filed a motion and amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, supporting the state of Ohio’s request to halt trials that would address legal claims filed by two Ohio counties, Cuyahoga and Summit, against opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma.  The two county cases are part of the sprawling multi-district litigation pending in the Northern District of Ohio.
Joined by 13 other Attorneys General, including Indiana, Friday’s brief supports Ohio’s efforts to prevent the trials from proceeding based on the concern that it may prejudice the ability of the state to manage litigation to obtain relief on behalf of the entire state, rather than simply the particular counties named in the suit.
The brief makes two main points in support of Ohio’s efforts to prevent the trials to proceed against Purdue Pharma. First, the brief argues that the state, not its subordinate local governments, is the sovereign – as represented by the Attorney General – that is invested with the authority to vindicate the interests that affect the entire state. The opioid crisis is clearly a matter of national and statewide concern. Second, any awards that arise from parties responsible for creating the opioid crisis should be managed by the state to ensure a fair and effective distribution of resources.

REMINDER: M-63 and I-94 bridge repairs

Posted on: September 6th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

M-63 and I-94 BR bridge repairs over the St. Joseph River are in full swing.
In Berrien County, MDOT will be repairing two bridges over the St. Joseph River; the M-63 (Main Street) Blossomland Bascule Bridge in St. Joseph and the I-94 BR (West Main Street) Bicentennial Bascule Bridge in Benton Harbor through March of 2020. The $5.7 million investment includes joint replacement, patching, overlay, steel repairs, and painting, as well as mechanical, hydraulic and electrical rehabilitation. Each bridge will be closed for construction but not at the same time. While one bridge is closed the other will be used as part of the posted detour.

DHHS announces new plan to health of infants and mothers

Posted on: September 5th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), in partnership with the Maternal Infant Strategy Group (MISG), is announcing the release of the 2020-2023 Mother Infant Health and Equity Improvement Plan.The improvement plan includes comprehensive statewide strategies that will align stakeholders around key goals to improve the health of mothers and babies. The plan was developed through public comment, continued engagement and discussion with maternal infant health stakeholders and advisement of the MISG.The overall vision of the improvement plan is: Zero Preventable Deaths. Zero Health Disparities. To achieve this, the improvement plan focuses on six primary priorities:
-Health equity.
-Healthy girls, women and mothers.
-Optimal birth spacing.

Michigan Craft Beverage Council Now Accepting 2020 Research Grant Proposals

Posted on: September 5th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

The Michigan Craft Beverage Council announced it is now accepting 2020 Research Grant proposals with a maximum grant award of $50,000. Proposals must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, October 17, 2019.While all research proposals will be accepted, the Council has identified research priorities for 2020 that will help direct the projects prioritized for funding. Priorities include climate change impacts, crop quality, pest and disease management, water management, market research and new varieties.

MDHHS announces new test as part of Newborn Screening Awareness Month

Posted on: September 5th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments


As part of Newborn Screening Awareness Month, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Newborn Screening Program is announcing the addition of a new test that could prevent life-long disabilities or death for affected Michiganders.This fall, a test is being added for X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD). This disorder most severely affects males, although females can be carriers and develop some symptoms as adults. Males with X-ALD may develop behavioral problems, learning difficulties and muscle weakness. Specialized treatment can help those with X-ALD live the healthiest lives possible.

Secretary of State branch office moving back to renovated Dowagiac Location

Posted on: September 5th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments


With renovations complete, the Secretary of State branch office will be moving back to its Dowagiac location after being temporarily housed this summer at the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District in Cassopolis.The temporary office at the school district, 61682 Dailey Road, will close at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. During a weeklong closure, office equipment and furniture will be moved from Cassopolis back to Dowagiac, and phone lines, electrical and IT services will be reconnected. The office at 601 N. Front St. will reopen for business at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16. During the weeklong closure, customers are encouraged to complete their transactions online at ExpressSOS.com or visit another branch office. The ability to schedule appointments has been extended to all Secretary of State offices, and the Dowagiac branch will begin providing this service when it reopens.Most license plate types can be ordered or renewed at ExpressSOS.com. Driver’s license permits and registrations for vehicles, motorcycles, snowmobiles or watercraft may be printed allowing motorists to drive legally until they get their renewed driver’s license or plate and tab in the mail. Additionally, customers may order a duplicate registration or title, change their address and register to be an organ donor on the website.Residents needing services during the relocation may visit these Secretary of State offices:Niles – 110 E. Main St.Benton Harbor – 1960 Mall DrivePaw Paw – 32849 Red Arrow Highway

Health Groups applaud a move by Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Posted on: September 5th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

Public health groups are applauding a first-in-the nation move by Governor Gretchen Whitmer Wednesday to ban the sale of flavored vaping products in order to curb teen use of e-cigarettes. Statistics show that from 2017 to 2018, e-cigarette use spiked 78 percent among high schoolers and 48 percent among middle-school kids. Andrew Schepers, with the American Cancer Society Action Network in Michigan, says vaping can be a gateway to cigarettes. Whitmer said candy- or fruit-flavored vape liquid is marketed specifically to kids – so the state will forbid the use of terms such as “clean”, “safe” or “healthy” in vape ads and step up enforcement of existing rules against vape ads on billboards. The Vapor Technology Association opposes the move, saying it will spur a black market and hurt small businesses. Recently there have been a spate of news reports of teens with severe lung damage linked to vaping. The Michigan state Legislature passed bills in June to make it illegal to sell vaping products to minors. But Schepers faults them for not going further. The ban takes effect in about a month and lasts for six months, at which point it can be renewed. The F-D-A has ignored calls to regulate vaping products as it does tobacco. 
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Dowagiac Police Make Two Arrests For Meth

Posted on: September 4th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

The Dowagiac Police Department arrested two subjects for possession of meth after a traffic stop. On Monday night, an Officer of the Dowagiac Police Department stopped a vehicle on N. Front St. near E. Division St. for driving without headlights after dark. After speaking with the occupants Officers conducted a K9 sniff of the exterior of the vehicle with Dowagiac Police K9 Tole. Tole alerted to the presence of narcotics within the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted and Officers located a quantity of meth and meth paraphernalia in the vehicle. Officers arrested two female suspects, one 31 years old and the other 36 years old, from Dowagiac. Both were lodged at the Cass County Jail on a charge of possession of meth. Charges are pending authorization from the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office.

Saving for your children’s education coming to an end

Posted on: September 4th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

The Michigan Education Trust (MET) – the Section 529 prepaid college tuition program administered by the Michigan Department of Treasury, is reminding families saving for their children’s education that its current enrollment period will end Sept. 30. 
MET, which allows families to buy future college tuition at today’s prices – is expected to reopen for new contract purchases in December. It closes enrollment each fall for administrators to review pricing and does not sell new contracts during that time. Also, in observance of College Savings Month, MET will waive its $25 application fee for new contract purchases during September.

Help Make a Difference for Special Olympics

Posted on: September 4th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

Join the Berrien County Area Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) to raise money for Special Olympics Michigan athletes at a Community Run on Monday, September 9th at 11:00 a.m. with registration starting at 10:00 a.m. The run will start at John E.N. Howard Band Shell on the corner of Lake Blvd. and Port Street. Community members are invited and encouraged to participate in this event. The community run is an opportunity for law enforcement, corrections personnel, and community members to run shoulder to shoulder, raising money and awareness for Special Olympics Michigan athletes. It is one in a series of 44 community runs scheduled in September around the state during Law Enforcement Torch Run Week. 
To participate in one of the 44 Community Runs it is $25 per person which includes a dri-fit shirt. Visit somi.org for more information.