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  • WW II veteran skydives into his 92nd birthday

    DELTON, Mich. — Louis Hall can’t remember exactly when he put skydiving on his bucket list. But he said it was years ago. In August, he finally got to cross it off the list at 92-years-old. “I had problems getting my legs out when we were getting ready to jump,” said Hall during an interview at his home. “I was scooched in the back and all of sudden I felt pushed and coming down.” Hall went skydiving to celebrate his […]

  • Kalamazoo police return bike to small shop one day after it was stolen

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Ryan Barber said Monday was a busy day at KZoo Swift. Customers were walking in and out of their small shop on Westnedge Avenue, where they rebuild and sell vintage and news bikes. However he remembers exactly when their black Del Rey bike was stolen. “We had a couple of gentlemen stop by the shop,” said Barber who owns and operates the business. “One came in to distract us.” It was around 3:15 p.m. when they arrived, […]

  • Murder trial of Todd Maneke now in the hands of the jury

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The murder trial against Todd Maneke is nearing its end. The jury heard closing arguments Wednesday from both the defense and prosecution. Now, Maneke’s fate is in their hands. Maneke has been charged with murder in the death of his 88-year-old neighbor Alfred Minka. The prosecution said that on August 23, 2013 Maneke asked Minka for money to feed his drug habit at that time. Once Minka refused and told him to leave, Maneke allegedly hit him […]

  • Fire Dept. names new leader after loss of beloved Chief Ed Switalski

    COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Three months after Chief Ed Switalski was tragically killed in the line of duty, a successor has been named to take his place. The township board voted 5-0 Monday night to promote Switalski’s friend and colleague Matt Beauchamp as the new fire chief. “I feel really good about it,” said Beauchamp during an interview at the station on Michigan Avenue. “We’ve had a really strong department even before the incident with Chief Switalski.” Chief Ed, as […]

  • Local boy scouts trailer returned but equipment inside was stolen

    PARCHMENT, Mich. — Colleen Heuser said this has been a whirlwind week for her. She’s a scoutmaster with troop 218 and since Monday their trailer was stolen and returned back to them days later. “I was excited that they found the trailer,” said Heuser about the night the police called her. “But hopeful that they had the equipment still intact.” Heuser said the trailer was taken from the parking lot of Parchment United Methodist church sometime between Sunday and Monday […]

  • Authorities investigating string of gas station armed robberies in two different counties

    CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. — Law enforcement in Kalamazoo County, Calhoun County, and Emmett Township are investigating a string of armed robberies happening at gas stations. There’s been three in the last four days, each one happening within miles of the other. “We are reviewing the video of surveillance and following up on an any tips and information,” said Calhoun County Sheriff Matt Saxton. Emmett Township Police said in a statement Tuesday that they’re looking for a man who robbed a […]

  • City officials dispute report listing Battle Creek as bad place to raise a child

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Battle Creek is not a bad place to raise a child, city officials say. The website 24/7 Wall Street released a report recently stating that the Cereal City was one of the Top 25 worst places to raise a child.  Officials flat out disagree. “It was a shoddy article,” said Police Chief Jim Blocker during an interview at City Hall. “I don’t understand the data. I really didn’t even understand the correlation between the title and […]

  • Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda push for state minimum wage increase in Kalamazoo

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Lily Tomlin. She’s a Tony Award winner, Grammy Award winner and has a couple Emmy’s to her name. However before all the accolades and limelight, she was a waitress. “What an irony,” said Tomlin remembering her days as a waitress. “Here we are surrounded by food and many of us find ourselves on food stamps.” The Detroit-native spoke to a packed room at the Arcus Center at Kalamazoo College Tuesday afternoon. She and Grace and Frankie co-star […]

  • Husband who assaulted his wife almost to death sentenced to prison

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — For Joyce Carpenter’s family, the wait is officially over. They don’t have to wait for court proceedings to begin. They don’t have to wait for it to be adjourned again and again. And they don’t have to wait to find out what will happen to Joyce’s husband Christopher. Monday, he was sentenced. “It’s been a very stressful, very hard year and a half,” said Nerissa Nunley, Joyce’s aunt but who grew up like her sister because […]