Berrien County encouraged to use opioid settlement funds to address drug-related deaths
ST. JOSEPH – A week after Berrien County Commissioners heard about plans to spend $8 million from a national opioid settlement, commissioners heard Thursday about exactly why that money is needed. Dr. Joyce deJong is the head of Western Michigan University’s Department of Pathology which provides medical examiner services for 12 Michigan counties including Berrien […] The post Berrien County encouraged to use opioid settlement funds to address drug-related deaths appeared first on Leader Publications.
Silver Beach hopes to improve accessibility with $1 million playground upgrade
BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. (WSBT) — After 30 years, change is on the way for Silver Beach as they plan on building a new playground. The Berrien County Parks department spent hours listening to what people want to see at the new park. The public was able to view three...
Berrien County Trial Court
Matthew J. Ory, 43, of Park Road, Eau Claire, 23 months to 10 years in prison, credit for 80 days served, and $266 in costs for arson – preparing to burn property, July 5 in Lincoln Township. According to charging documents, Ory poured gasoline on a mobile home and was caught trying to light it on fire. Ory was sentenced as a habitual offender.
Berrien County's Fall Grind and Gravel Projects Begin: Temporary Road Closures and Delays Expected
The week of 9/25/2023 marked the start of the Berrien County Fall Grind and Gravel projects. These projects are taking place in several townships including Buchanan, Galien, Weesaw, Baroda/Lake, and Benton. The work involves the grinding of existing pavement, carried out by a contractor, leading to temporary road closures and moving work zones. Motorists should anticipate temporary delays.
Powerball Jackpot Winner Still Not Claiming $1 Million Price- Check Last Date To Claim The Prize
Powerball jackpot winner is still not claiming $1 million prize. The lottery officials warned players to check their tickets because the $1 million Powerball jackpot is set to expire. Could Be You The Powerball Jackpot Winner?. According to an article by Aurielle Weiss, lottery officials warned players to check their...
Berrien Community Foundation announces winners of coveted awards at annual celebration
Berrien Community Foundation awarded $229,000 in grants at their 71st Annual Meeting & Celebration Sept. 20, 2023 at The Mendel Center’s Grand Upton Hall at Lake Michigan College. The theme: “All You Need Is Love.”
Pilot program for opioid treatment underway in Berrien County
BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. (WSBT) — $8 million dollars are coming to Berrien County in opioid settlement payments. County leaders are now laying out a plan for who will get that money. The millions of dollars coming to Berrien County over an 18-year period are intended to help fight the...
Berrien County sees rise in drug-related deaths for 2022
ST. JOSEPH — The number of drug-related deaths continue to increase in Berrien County, and more than doubled from 2019 to 2022. Dr. Joyce deJong from the Western Michigan University Office of the Medical Examiner presented that grim news as part of her annual report to Berrien County commissioners on Thursday.
Berrien County residents get closer look at Silver Beach playground designs
ST. JOSEPH — The Berrien County Parks Department held a public forum Thursday in an effort to get feedback from the community on proposed playground designs for Silver Beach County Park. Berrien County residents gathered at Silver Beach, where the more than 30-year-old play structure was nearby, and voted...
Give feedback to Silver Beach's new ADA inclusive playground
SILVER BEACH, Mich. - You're invited to see the new concepts and ideas for Silver Beach's County Park's new playground and give your feedback. In 2023, Berrien County Parks received the Michigan Department of Natural Resources SPARK Grant to replace their 30-year-old playground. The current playground, showing evident wear and...
Mosaic CCDA’s Career Pathway Institute Collaborates with Berrien County Jail to Offer Certified Work
Mosaic CCDA’s Career Pathway Institute (CPI), in a groundbreaking partnership with BCJ, has launched a certified workforce development program tailored for Berrien County Jail inmates sentenced to less than a year.
Niles man gets prison time for fleeing police
ST. JOSEPH — A Niles man who fled from police last year was sentenced to prison Monday in Berrien County Trial Court. Andrew Joseph Walker, 27, of Niles, pleaded guilty to third degree fleeing police and was sentenced to 18 months to five years in prison and $198 in fines and costs. He has no […] The post Niles man gets prison time for fleeing police appeared first on Leader Publications.
Community invited to participate in and view community ofrenda
BERRIEN COUNTY — The Berrien County Historical Association is inviting community members and the public at large to participate in the fifth annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) community ofrenda. The ofrenda, an altar built to honor lost love ones, opens for visitors on Oct. 4 and will remain open until Nov. 5.
Tighten your helmet! The annual Biketober Fest is coming on Oct. 8
Biketober Fest is coming on October 8th. The event is the key fundraiser for the Bike Michiana Coalition, and this year some of the money raised will also benefit the Love Creek County Park bike trail project in Berrien County. Biketober Fest will also feature food, Oktoberfest beer by Evil...
Local Residents Invited to Preview and Give Feedback on Silver Beach Playground Project
A public viewing for the Silver Beach Playground Project is set for September 28, 2023 at Silver Beach County Park. The event will showcase new playground designs and invites public opinion to guide the project's development.
Berrien County to hold forum on playground equipment at Silver Beach
ST. JOSEPH — The Berrien County Parks Department is inviting the public to Silver Beach County Park this week to look at concepts and ideas for the new, improved playground and provide feedback. According to news release from the parks department, an open house style event will be held...
Local Traffic Alert: Rebuilding of US-12/M-51 Interchange in Niles Begins Next Week
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will start rebuilding the US-12/M-51 interchange in Niles, Berrien County, on Monday, October 2. The project involves bridge removal and interchange rebuilding on US-12 and M-51. It has a budget of $27 million and is expected to finish by October 2024. The existing interchange will be replaced with a signalized intersection featuring indirect left turns.
Former restaurant owner Raffaele Santaniello faces trial on kidnapping and sexual assault charges
BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. - The co-owner of a now closed restaurant in Berrien County now faces trial for kidnapping and sexual assault charges after a preliminary trial in April 2022. The former co-owner of Santaniello's Glenlord Restaurant and Pizzeria, Raffaele Santaniello, tried to have the case thrown out, appealing to...