local government

6:52 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Safety Study Proposed for Piers in St. Joseph

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There have been 10 drownings off the piers in the last 10 years
ST. JOSEPH - Berrien County wants the city of St. Joseph to take part in a committee to study safety along the North and South Piers, including the possibility of adding life rings and passing an ordinance banning jumping from the piers.
6:33 am
Tue February 25, 2014

With Another Cold Snap Forecast, Battle Creek Officials Prepare for More Water Line Problems

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Battle Creek's utilities director says about 110 frozen lines have been fixed with another 20 to 25 remaining
Subzero cold bodes ill for water lines With another round of bonechilling cold that will send temperatures below zero again early Friday and Saturday, city public works officials say they expect more residential water lines to freeze.
7:32 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Rules Portage Police Shooting Justified

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Shooting happened December 17th.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- A Portage Public Safety lieutenant's shooting of a man suspected of stabbing a woman in December has been ruled justified by the Kalamazoo County prosecutor. Following an investigation by the Michigan State Police, Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeffrey Getting said in an opinion released Monday that Lt.
6:31 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Battle Creek Police Say Gang Suppression Effort Paying Dividends

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Five member unit was formed in 2007
A community response, not just from the police, has reduced crime rates in Battle Creek, new figures show. "Battle Creek's downward trends are above the curve," Deputy Police Chief Jim Saylor said. "We are traveling faster. Something is working." In figures released by the department several categories of crime have declined over the past eight years.
12:19 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Kalamazoo City Manager Says Frozen Pipes Could be a Problem Through May

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Jim Ritsema says reports of frozen pipes in the city are much higher than normal
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo city officials say frozen water lines could persist through May as the city deals with an unusual winter wreaking havoc on the water system. Kalamazoo City Manager Jim Ritsema held a rare Kalamazoo City Hall press conference Friday morning reiterating the city's warning issued Thursday evening telling customers to run water from one faucet at a pencil-sized stream until further notice.

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