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.

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Special prosecutor appointed to look into Van Buren Co. Sheriff's clothing purchases

Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013 |
Special prosecutor appointed to look into Van Buren Co. Sheriff
VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Newschannel 3 I-Team is learning that a special prosecutor and the Michigan State Police are being brought in to see if a local sheriff committed a crime.

In an I-Team Waste Watch investigation, we broke the news earlier this week that Van Buren County leaders are investigating purchases made by Sheriff Dale Gribler on a county-issued credit card.

Gribler says he purchased $1,100 worth of men's suits within the last three months.

On Thursday, Van Buren County Prosecutor Mike Bedford told Newschannel 3 the case has been sent to the Michigan State Police for investigation, to find out if Sheriff Gribler had the authority to buy the clothes; whether the Sheriff properly reported the expenses; and whether Gribler did, in fact, buy the clothing for himself.

Bedford also says he's asked the State Attorney General's office to appoint a special prosecutor to make a final determination in the case.

Sheriff Gribler admitted to the I-Team this week that he spent more than double his yearly clothing allowance on the suits for himself, but maintained he did it because he hadn't spent any money on clothing the past couple of years.
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