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LMC Auction This Weekend

This weekend will bring an opportunity to snag some sweet deals, thanks to the Lake Michigan College Foundation’s 28th annual Winners Circle Benefit Auction. LMC Foundation Director Mary Clem tells WSJM News the Saturday auction raises money

United Way Launches Book Drive

The United Way of Southwest Michigan is running a children’s book drive all throughout this month. The organization’s Julee Laurent tells WSJM News they’ve got book drive stations in businesses and other locations all over Berrien and

Bill Aims To Improve End Of Life Care

New legislation from state Representative Kim LaSata is designed to make it easier for people suffering from a terminal illness to get the pain medications they need. With all kinds of new restrictions in place for opioids,

Man Pleads Guilty In Cass County Murder

An Elkhart, Indiana man has pleaded guilty to murder in the death of his father. The Cass County Prosecutor’s office tells us 33-year-old Joseph Craigo pleads to second degree murder as a habitual offender in the stabbing

Police Investigate Fatal Hit And Run

Police are investigating a fatal hit and run crash in Benton Township early Friday morning. The Benton Township Police Department tells WSJM News it happened around 1:20 a.m. in the 1,100 block of Paw Paw Avenue. Security

Homeowners Warned About Flood Scams

As floodwaters recede throughout southwest Michigan, there comes the risk of people trying to scam flood victims. The Better Business Bureau of West Michigan’s Phil Catlett tells us the bogus contractors can be very persuasive and slick,

BH Schools Placed On Lockdown Friday

Benton Harbor Area Schools placed three of its buildings on lockdown Friday morning. Acting Superintendent Patricia Robinson tells WSJM News police notified the district that one of its students had made a threat of violence against a

LATEST: Two Killed In CMU Shooting

Two people have been killed in a shooting in a dorm on the campus of Central Michigan University. According to campus officials, neither are students. CMU has canceled all classes for today, and the campus is on

Shots Fired On CMU Campus

The Central Michigan University campus is on lockdown and classes are canceled due to shots being fired on campus. Campus police say shots were reportedly fired inside a residence hall, and CMLife says no arrests have been

Murder Investigation Near South Haven

Few details have been released, but Van Buren County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the shooting death of a man in a mobile home park outside of South Haven. They were dispatched to the scene of the homicide

Officials Give Flood Recovery Update

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department’s initial estimate for flood damages is about $3.5 million, but the number will go up as some roads in Royalton Township still can’t be accessed. Several agencies responding to floods gave the

Proos Promotes OK2Say Tip Line

State Senator John Proos is putting the word out to young people in southwest Michigan about the Michigan Attorney General’s OK2Say tip line. Proos tells WSJM News it’s an anonymous way someone can report a potentially-dangerous situation

Search Continues For Missing Kayaker

The search continues for a missing kayaker in the Paw Paw River near Watervliet. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department tells us 35-year-old Cory Wright has been missing since around 8 p.m. Tuesday. That’s when police were called

MI House Advances Mental Health Bills

From the Associated Press — Michigan lawmakers have approved legislation that would upgrade mental health resources in hospitals and schools as part of a slew of reform bills shuffling through the state House. One bill passed Wednesday in

Covert School Official Talks Security

Last week’s mass shooting at a high school in Florida has many parents around the country nervous about sending their kids to class each day, but school leaders in southwest Michigan say they do all they can

Credit Union Donates To Flood Relief

Among the businesses in southwest Michigan that have stepped forward to help flood victims is United Federal Credit Union. UFCU announced on Tuesday a $5,000 donation to United Way of Southwest Michigan and the Berrien Community Foundation’s