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  • New recruits with Kalamazoo Public Safety partake in Cultural Awareness training

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A handful of police officers were at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Wednesday morning. They were in full uniform but wearing name tags instead of badges and discussing some of the artwork on the walls. “What we have going on now is something that we’ve been doing the last few years, Cultural Awareness with the new recruits,” said Victor Ledbetter, captain of the Training Division with Kalamazoo Public Safety. The recruits looked at a photographs and paintings […]

  • Brothers involved in police throat-grab incident looking at charges

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Charges are pending for the brothers involved in an alleged throat-grab incident with a Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety sergeant that was recorded on a witness’ cell phone. According to the Churchwell family, the sergeant in-question grabbed their 20-year-old son by the  throat on July 10 when he learned of his younger brother’s arrest happening near their home. “Charges against Mr. Churchwell, Diante Churchwell, were authorized by my office the day after the incident happened,” said Kalamazoo […]

  • Local charity helps families stay close to loved ones in the hospital

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Borgess Hospital has a new neighbor on Henson Avenue. It’s got seven bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a kids toy room, a laundry room and library. And, convenient for the guests, it’s free of charge and a 5-minute walk to the hospital. “Our mission is to make it easier for families to support their loved ones while they’re getting medical treatment,” said Judy Markusse Paget, executive director with the Hospital Hospitality House of Southwest Michigan. “We support the […]

  • Izzy’s Lemon-Aid raising $5K to send local vets to D.C. once again

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Isabella Grimes is at it once again. The 9-year-old opened her famous Lemon-Aid stand at a youth fair, raising thousands of dollars to send local veterans to Washington D.C. next month on a Talons Out Honor Flight. “It’s really, really exciting,” said the 4th grader wearing the biggest smile. “Last year we sent three but you know this year we’re going to kick it up a notch and send ten.” She, alongside her parents, are selling fresh […]

  • Zachary Patten ordered to undergo mental health exam

    CENTREVILLE, Mich. — Judge Jeffrey Middleton at the St. Joseph County Courthouse has ordered Zachary Patten undergo a mental competency exam. Patten has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Shane Richardson, his ex-wife’s husband. Patten appeared in court Tuesday morning with his attorney for his pre-examination. Patten is charged in Richardson’s death in Constantine on July 20 and the shooting death of a 31-year-old woman at a mobile home park in Kalamazoo that night.

  • Kalamazoo River, a success story of Sen. Stabenow’s water restoration initiative

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Senator Debbie Stabenow said she grew up loving the Great Lakes. Now, as an adult she’s doing what she can to protect them and keep them safe for everyone to enjoy through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. “It really is about our Michigan way of life,” said Sen. Stabenow during a press conference at Arcadia Ales near the Kalamazoo River.  “It extends to our rivers and our lakes are all of our [water] systems.” Sen. Stabenow said […]

  • Battle Creek offering incentives for teachers to move into city

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – The City of Battle Creek is offering its public school teachers a sweet deal if they move into certain areas of the city. They are offering teachers up to $3,000 for down payments and closing costs, and up to $12,000 for rehabilitating homes in certain neighborhoods. Officials say they are using a $700,000 grant from the Kellogg Foundation to entice teachers back into the city limits.  The deal will only be offered to 45 teachers over […]

  • Portage community remembers boy struck and killed by car

    PORTAGE, Mich. – Portage Public Schools had grief counselors available for students and staff Wednesday after a seven-year-old boy was killed crossing the street during a summer camp. Nicholas Moehle was hit by a car on 12th Street Tuesday.  Police and paramedics were called to the scene and they found Nicholas on the side of the road.  He was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later. People were placing flowers at the site Wednesday. Police say […]

  • Kalamazoo police investigating sudden surge in violence

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Three people have been shot and killed since Thursday, sending a wave of panic through some city neighborhoods. “Obviously pretty unusual for Kalamazoo to have three separate and independent homicides in a five-day period,” said Police Chief Jeff Hadley with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. “A little concerning, you know. They’re not connected.” The first shooting was last Thursday night when Zachary Patten allegedly shot and killed Graciela Esparza at a mobile home park on Tray Lane.  She […]