Southwest Michigan Today: Tuesday October 9, 2018

Oct 9, 2018

A state panel rejects recall petition language against Jackson County’s Sheriff. MSU researchers examine the link between opioid overdoses and suicide. A WMU sophomore is the MAC West Defensive player of the week. 

(Michigan Radio) A state panel has rejected recall petition language to remove Jackson County’s sheriff from office. Sheriff Stephen Rand has been accused of making sexist racist and other inappropriate comments to subordinates. But the state Board of Canvassers decided Monday to reject the proposed recall language because it lacked “specificity.”

(WCMU) The opioid epidemic may be masking suicide attempts, according to research out of Michigan State University. Dr. Jennifer Johnson says as many as 20-percent of overdoses could be attempted suicides. She says overdose could be used as a warning sign to get people connected with supports to help them with suicidal thoughts.

Western Michigan University defensive tackle Ralph Holley has been named the Mid-American Conference West Division defensive player of the week. The sophomore made a career high six tackles, including two sacks in the Broncos 27-24 win over Eastern Michigan this past weekend. Holley also forced a fumble that led to a Western touchdown. The Broncos play at Bowling Green on Saturday.