SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH

Until 10 PM

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids and northern Indiana issues a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH for Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, St. Joe, and Branch counties until 10 PM.  Damaging wind gusts of 60 mph or greater are the primary concern.  Large hail of 1" in diameter or larger is a close second.  We'll be tracking storm development with Live Doppler Radar throughout your afternoon and evening.  Storm motion is easterly at 30 to 50 mph.  Stay with wwmt.com for the latest weather information!

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State Police confirm death of Tpr. Butterfield's father

MASON COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The father of a slain Michigan State Trooper has lost his battle with cancer, Newschannel 3 learned Friday.

Sources with the Michigan State Police confirmed that Paul T. Butterfield, a former state trooper, and father of Paul Butterfield passed away Friday.

The younger Butterfield was shot and killed in a traffic stop in Mason County last September.

In early April, 20-year-old Eric Knysz was sentenced to life in prison in Trooper Butterfield's shooting death.

Just days later, Knysz was found after having attempted to hang himself in his cell.

He remained on life support for a handful of days before it was removed on April 17.