The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for all of West Michigan except counties along the Michigan-Indiana border, effective from 7 pm Saturday until 6 am Monday. A strong storm will be crossing the Ohio Valley Sunday, bringing snow to West Michigan, with some areas perhaps seeing as much as 10-12" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so along/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected... 6-10" possible. However, Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Ottawa, and Kent could see anywhere from 4-6". Additionally, gusty winds will be blowing the snow quite a bit, causing drifting on roads along with poor visibility. Travel is discouraged from late Saturday night through Sunday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for the following counties in West Michigan, effective from 7 pm Saturday until 4 am Monday: Berrien, Cass, St.Joseph, Branch, and Hillsdale. A strong winter storm moving into/across the Ohio Valley will bring periods of heavy snow to the Warning area, beginning late tonight and extending through at least Sunday evening. Forecast models indicate between 8 and 12" of accumulation are possible. Additionally, strong winds will cause blowing and drifting snow. Driving conditions will be hazardous Sunday. Travel is not encouraged.

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Van Buren Co. deputy honored as Officer of the Month by national group

Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 |
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VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Van Buren County Sheriff's deputy has received a big award from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Deputy Brian Matthews has been selected as it's Officer of the Month, for June 2014.

Matthews is receiving the award after saving the life of another officer.

Deputy Matthews is also an EMT, and responded to a medical call on a Southwest flight in March of last year, on his way back from training in Arizona.

He determined the man was having a stroke, and broke down an oxygen mask to treat him, and told the pilot to land because there is only a small window to administer the medicine.

Matthews has served with the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office for six years, and was recently certified as one of only 50 drug recognition experts in the state.

He will be honored at a special awards ceremony in May of next year, and will be featured on the Memorial Fund's annual calendar.
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