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  • Local hunter ‘bouncing off the walls’ in joy after bagging 25-point buck

    ALAMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Eric Westra has been hunting his whole life, but he has been busy this year and has only been out three times this season. And that was all he needed. Westra bagged a 25-point buck. “I call it a deer of lifetime,” Westra said. “I told my kids I can retire from deer hunting.” Several hunters have been looking for that deer for a while, Westra said. The buck appeared on a few of their game […]

  • Language approved in recall petition to oust Albion mayor

    CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. — Chad Baase walked out of the courtroom in the county building in downtown Marshall a happy man Monday morning. The language in a recall petition he filed to oust Albion Mayor Garrett Brown was finally approved after he presented it for the second time in a month. “It’s what needs to happen to correct what’s going on in Albion right now,” said Baase. Baase said he was denied the first time he filed the petition back […]

  • Battle Creek man giving 70 needy families free turkeys for Thanksgiving

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Alphonse Bifulco said he still can’t believe his New Leaf Project has grown in the way that it has. Four years ago he helped one family have a Thanksgiving dinner. He got them a turkey and other canned goods. Now he’s helping dozens of families and wishes he could do more. “I called my daughter and was like ‘you know I’m really scared because it’s 70 families,’” said Bifulco with tears coming to his eyes. “It […]

  • Forensic Fluids Laboratories in KZoo helping MSP in roadside drug testing

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Toxicologist Bridget Lorenz Lemberg held in her hand the newest way to test drivers for drugs: a thumb-sized cotton swab. She said Michigan State Police in select counties are already carrying it with them while out on patrol as part of a pilot program. She and her team at  Forensic Fluids Laboratories announced Thursday they’ve jumped on board to help with the program. “If you talk a lot and you have a lot of saliva this takes […]

  • Family looking for answers in 22-year-old son’s death

    MARTIN, Mich. — The last nine months have been tough for Ryan Cole’s family. They said the 22-year-old father-to-be was killed while at a friend’s home in Galesburg earlier this year. Since then no arrests have been made and they fear the case has gone cold. “I want it to stay in the public eye,” said Ryan’s father Todd Cole during an interview at his daughter’s home. “I want it to not get put in a file, in a box […]

  • Kalamazoo YWCA opening state’s first shelter for human trafficking survivors

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The YWCA, known for helping women rebound from sexual assault and domestic violence situations, announced Wednesday they’ll be expanding their human trafficking services. They’re opening a new shelter specifically for victims of labor and sex trafficking and it’ll be the first of its kind in the state. “One of the perennial issue that we have is assisting survivors and finding safe and affordable housing,” said Jessica Glynn, director of law and policy at the YWCA. “This shelter […]

  • Kalamazoo police looking for suspects who took flatbed trailer worth thousands

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Kathey Wildig received a phone call Saturday morning that left her feeling angry. She was told by an employee of her’s at Ed’s Basic Car Rental that a flatbed hauler trailer was stolen off of their lot. She immediately looked at the security footage on her phone and saw that it was gone. “I feel like he stole one from my family,” said Wildig during an interview at the business.  “I just had a grandson. I feel […]

  • Police: Single mom and her ex-boyfriend found dead, child in critical condition

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Dozens of people hovered around the intersection of Burdick and Emerson Streets Thursday morning. It had been blocked off with yellow police tape as Kalamazoo Public Safety detectives walked in and out of house where they said a murder-suicide took place. “This shouldn’t happen to nobody,” said Pebbles Cross. “When it comes to your family you don’t think things like this can happen and it has.” Cross was with her family, hugging and consoling them she said […]

  • Family to hold vigil honoring single mother, son killed in front of their home

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — When Linda Newkirk came home from the hospital Thursday night, her neighbors asked if they can place two large white crosses on her fence. She said they created them in honor of her daughter and grandson who died that day. “My son and my friends, they started signing it,” said Linda Newkirk through tears. “It just shows how much she’s loved and baby Nick.” Kalamazoo police said Thursday morning Julina Gibson and her 4-year-old son Nick were […]