WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY, WINTER STORM WATCH

SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY MONDAY

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" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so along/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected. However, Allegan, Barry and Eaton counties could see between 4-7", and between 3 and 5" could fall along a line from Holland to Grand Rapids to Lansing. 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 WATCHfor the following counties in West Michigan, effective from 7 pm Saturday until 10 pm Sunday: 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 Watch area, beginning late tonight and extending through at least Sunday evening. Forecast models indicate between 7 and 10" of accumulation are possible. Additionally, strong winds will cause blowing and drifting snow. Driving conditions will be hazardous Sunday. Travel is not encouraged.

Stay with Newschannel 3 and wwmt.com for the latest updates.

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MSP investigation into Barry Twp. police reveals no criminal activity

Updated: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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BARRY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - There were more fireworks Monday night over a small-town West Michigan police force which was criticized for its size and alleged abuse of power.

It's a story Newschannel 3 has been following for months.

Barry Township residents have been crying foul for weeks and just last week, Michigan State Police started investigating the allegations. Late Monday evening, the township board revealed that the MSP investigation revealed no criminal activity.

The board also voted to suspend all 34 of the department's reserve officers until further review.

Many in attendance Monday night said that anyone complaining about the police likely isn't following the law.

Though most of the speakers supported Police Chief Victor Pierce, it was clear much of the audience did not.

One group clamoring for Pierce's ouster claims to have a petition with more than 1,000 signatures, asking for drastic action.

The most common complaint, however, is still the department's 34 reserve officers.

While others are livid, the entire reserve force are suspended, pending review.

Most speakers asked the board to not have a knee-jerk reaction regarding Pierce's fate.

"Don't, as a township board, create a knee-jerk reaction that is divisive to the entire community," said one resident.

A meeting will be held Tuesday night to discuss the next step to be taken.

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