Southwest Michigan Today For January 4, 2018

Jan 4, 2018

A new app is available to submit tips to Kalamazoo's Silent Oberver program. A lack of players ends the season for KVCC's women's basketball team. A four game winning streak ends for WMU's women's basketball. The K-Wings score a season-high eight goals in a win at Fort Wayne. 

Kalamazoo’s Public Safety Department says tips regarding crime can be made to the Silent Observer program through a new app. A news release says an agreement with Texas-based company Anderson Software makes the P3 Tips program available to submit information through a personal computer or mobile phone. Kalamazoo Public Safety says tips to the Silent Observer program can still be submitted by phone at 269-343-2100.

A mid-Michigan township plans to continue its court fight with Nestle over a zoning decision and plans to move more spring water to its bottling plant. MLive says Osceola Township’s board of Trustees voted yesterday to appeal a circuit court judge’s decision in favor of Nestle. The company plans to significantly increase water extraction from an Osceola County wellhead.

A top aide to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has been named the interim U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. The Detroit Free Press says Matthew Schneider’s appointment was among 17 announced Wednesday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The interim appointment sets a 120 day deadline for President Donald Trump to formally nominate Schneider or someone else to the position. Schneider has served as Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s chief deputy and before that was a federal prosecutor in Detroit.

Michigan State Treasurer Nick Khouri says lawmakers need to make changes to keep Michigan residents eligible for state income tax exemptions. Khouri tells the Detroit News that the federal tax cut legislation signed last month by President Donald Trump effectively eliminates income tax exemptions. Some economic analysts have said the change could lead to a total tax increase of one-point-four billion dollars for state residents. Khouri says he’s confident lawmakers will address the issue. It would not affect income tax filing for 2017, which is due in April, but would apply to this year’s taxes to be filed in 2019.

The season for the women's basketball team at Kalamazoo Valley Community College is over. The Kalamazoo Gazette says the college has canceled the team's remaining games because too many players have left, been ruled ineligible, or have been injured. That means KVCC will forfeit the remaining 12 games on its schedule. The team started the season with 15 players last year but that's now down to only five. The Cougars end the season with a record of one win and 11 losses.

In women’s basketball, Western Michigan’s four game winning streak ended with a 71-49 loss at Buffalo. Junior Breanna Mobley led the Broncos with 12 points. Western has split their first two Mid-American Conference games, and is 8-6 overall. The Broncos play at Kent State on Saturday.

In hockey, Kalamazoo won at Fort Wayne 8-3. It’s the most goals the K-wings have scored this season. Kalamazoo will play at Kansas City tomorrow.