Votes cast against front-runners in Tuesday's Branch County presidential primary
BRANCH COUNTY — Only 17% of the county’s 9,043 voters cast ballots in Tuesday's Michigan presidential primary. However, protests against incumbent Democrat Joe Biden and Republican front-runner Donald Trump showed in Tuesday’s tabulations. Trump received 4,084 votes in the county, while 1,142 voted for Nikki Halley and...
Michigan’s February tornadoes: They had 2 bizarre aspects
There were two tornadoes last night in southern Michigan. There are a few way-out-of-the-ordinary things about last night’s severe storms. The two tornadoes - now confirmed by the National Weather Service - were in Marshall, south of Battle Creek in Calhoun County, and in Grand Blanc in Genesee County. Radar signatures at the reported times of these events showed the rotating signs of a tornado.
New photos show extensive damage from overnight storm
New photos around Marshall in Calhoun County show the extensive damage from Tuesday night's storm
Clean up, investigation underway after confirmed tornado in Calhoun County
After storms raged across southern Michigan, the National Weather Service will be investigating the size and scope, road and power crews and homeowners begin the arduous task of cleaning up.
Hillsdale man accused of kidnapping, rape jailed
HILLSDALE — A Hillsdale man who pleaded guilty to domestic violence — third offense on Jan. 8 was sentenced to six additional months in jail Monday on top of the time that he has served since his arrest on Oct. 29, 2023. Justin Lee Rimmer, 44, was also placed on probation for a term of two years and ordered to attend and complete an inpatient drug treatment program as part of his plea deal. ...
Trained spotter, law enforcement report tornado in overnight storms
MARSHALL, Mich. — Thunderstorms brought heavy rain, high winds, large hail and reports of tornadoes to West Michigan overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. Rounds of storms roared through west Michigan last night bringing multiple tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings to counties south of I-96. The main threats were confined to Calhoun, Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties, with Marshall being one of the hardest-hit locations.
"That's the tornado, run." Neighbors react to storm that woke up Calhoun County
Neighbors in Calhoun County explained that at about 12:30am Wednesday morning, they heard what sounded like a train. It was then that they knew a tornado-like storm was coming.
Battle Creek man charged after allegedly embezzling from his own father
A Battle Creek man has been criminally charged after allegedly embezzling from his own father. Clayton Yorks, 44, was arraigned in Calhoun County District Court Wednesday on one count of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult, $1,000 to $20,000, a five-year felony. Following his father’s admission to an assisted living facility in November of 2021,...
Qunicy sells Wolverine cement site to Glass Slipper for townhouses
QUINCY — The village of Quincy sold another of its properties to Glass Slipper LLC developer Christopher D'Avignon on Feb. 20, after the company made the only bid and proposal for the former Wolverine Cement plant site off Marble Lake. Wyoming-based Glass Slipper offered $3,330 for the 3.3 acres...
Hazelbaker to prepare history book of Coldwater State Home
COLDWATER — Randall Hazelbaker, known locally as Mr. History, will prepare a book and presentation of the now-gone Coldwater State Home. The site, as it evolved over 150 years, remain a major employer in the city. While most kids collected baseball cards, "I collected post cards," pictures of places...
Springfield man sentenced to jail for April 7 serious injury crash
BRANCH COUNTY — A 46-year-old Springfield man will serve jail time after pleading no contest in December to operating a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana, causing serious injury. Raymond Root III was sentence Monday to six months in the county jail under the plea bargain. Public defender...
911 dispatcher reports tornado in Calhoun County
The storms brought large hail, strong winds and a reported tornado to West Michigan overnight.
Tappenden says 5 projects have applied for Facade Restoration grant funds
COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) – Coldwater Main Street Director Audrey Tappenden indicated to the Downtown Development Authority on Wednesday that there has been a lot of interest recently in the Façade Restoration Initiative grant program. She said a committee reviewed projects earlier this week. But the funding requests of...
Voters decide on road millage, new township supervisor in Calhoun County
Tuesday's primary election also saw voters decide on a road millage and a new township supervisor in Calhoun County. Newton Township voters on Tuesday approved a 3-mill tax through 2038 to fund road repairs by a margin of 468-402 (53.8%). The millage is expected to raise $439,000 in its first year.
Altercation leads to forfeit of Division 4 district between Tekonsha and Pansophia Academy
LITCHFIELD – The Division 4 boys basketball district quarterfinal pitting Tekonsha versus Pansophia Academy held at Litchfield High School ended in quite a bit of controversy Monday night, as a fight between the two teams led to Pansophia Academy forfeiting the game with 4:27 left in the fourth quarter, giving Tekonsha the victory.
Tornadoes and a 50-degree temperature swing in February: Is it time to change the way we think about winter in Michigan?
Snow and ice used to be the norm this time of year. But in this Feb. 28, Michigan had two tornadoes after the temperature topped 70 degrees. On a new Daily J, WWJ’s Zach Clark wonders if what we call “winter” is even “winter” at all anymore.
UC man who led police on high speed chase goes to MDOC on drug and weapons charges
COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) – A Union City man was sentenced to serve 29 months to 10 years in the Michigan Department of Corrections on Monday after he led police on a high speed chase while driving a motorcycle last May. 48-year-old Brett Brooks entered no contest pleas to charges...
Fire destroys pig barn in Gilead Twp.
GILEAD TWP. — A fire destroyed most of an empty pig barn at 486 Hoopingarner Road Sunday night while the volunteer departments saved surrounding barn buildings. One owner, Josh Norton, praised Bronson firefighters. Pointing to an adjacent metal building, "The fire department got here right away. They saved this barn. This barn actually had pigs in it," he said. ...
Severe Weather Brings Tornado Reports For A Rare Winter Night
Tornado reports and Hail reports were seen throughout Michigan overnight during a time of the year where instead of rain, we should be seeing snow
Wednesday Morning Forecast Feb. 28, 2024
Brace for a wintry blast this Wednesday! EF1 tornado aftermath, tennis ball-sized hail in Calhoun County, and bitter cold with snow showers ahead. Wind chills plummet to single digits as gusts hit 45 mph. A brief respite is on the horizon with a warm-up forecasted for Friday. Stay tuned!