8.21.14:  Kalamazoo area bottle tampering


Portage police say that someone has been going to a local Meijer store and buying up vitamins bringing them back in re-sealed packages and putting them back on the shelves.


Some of the bottles that have been returned included candy, chocolate chips, and walnuts.  Some also had cat food in them.  Others had prescription drugs inside including cumadin and 800 mg Ibuprofen.


The primary victim that has been affected in Mega Red Ultra Strength Omega-3 Krill Oil.


Investigators say you should check your vitamins if you bought them at a local Meijer store and check with the retailer.

Kalamazoo Public Safety reports locating a missing Alzheimer’s patient who went missing last night.  Police report 77-year old Leslie Dodson left his home in the Winchell Neighborhood and didn’t return.  Police say he’s done this before but usually returned quickly.


Last night he did not come home and police and family members became more concerned.


Investigators say he was found after six this morning and had apparently fallen and could not move.  He was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

7.21.14:  Woman recovering after hit & run accident


Police are investigating a hit and run accident that took place last night in Kalamazoo County.


Police say the accident took place around 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of West B Avenue and North Ravine Road.   A pick up truck did not yield and struck a car.  That sent the car off the road and ended up on its roof.  The pick up truck driver did not stop.


The victim, Bobbie Sue Prause was trapped in the vehicle until rescue crews arrived.  She is recovering at the hospital.


Police are asking for the public to help them find the driver of the truck.  Police are looking for a black Dodge Ram pick up truck with larger wheels, fog lights  and a large silver toolbox in the back.  The front end of the truck should also have some damage.


Anyone with information can contact the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office of Silent Observer.



7.14.14:  Kalamazoo Pastor turns 100 and passes away 2 days later


A Kalamazoo area pastor who just celebrated his 100th birthday passes away over the weekend.


Pastor Louis Grother led Zion Lutheran Church in Kalamazoo between 1949 and 1984 when he retired.


He started a campus ministry at Western Michigan University and also served as a chaplain for the Kalamazoo Police and fire Departments.


Pastor Grother turned 100 year-old last week and 2 days later passed away.


Funeral arrangements for pastor Grother are pending.

6.11.14:  Kalamazoo Promise says more private colleges will be on the list


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — An anonymously funded free college tuition program for high school graduates of the Kalamazoo Public Schools is expanding to include private colleges and universities in Michigan.

Program officials announced Tuesday that donors voted to accept 14 private schools beginning in fall 2015.

The institutions, part of the Michigan Colleges Alliance, will pay the difference in costs between their tuition and what would be average undergraduate tuition and fees at University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Arts and Sciences.

The new colleges joining the program include Adrian, Albion, Alma, Calvin, Hillsdale, Hope, Kalamazoo, Marygrove, Olivet and Spring Arbor.

The original scholarship program launched in 2006 has covered up to 100 percent of tuition and fees at 43 public colleges or universities statewide.

6.10.14: Michigan awards $2M for 3 brownfield projects


DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has awarded more than $2 million to clean up brownfield sites in Detroit, Kalamazoo and Muskegon Heights.


The agency announced Monday that $1 million has been awarded to the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. for the Orleans Landing Redevelopment Project, a mixed-used development including housing near Milliken State Park and Harbor along the Detroit River.


Another $945,000 was awarded to the Kalamazoo Brownfield Redevelopment Authority to pay for environmental response activities at properties along Portage Creek near Upjohn Park. The work will support the new Health Focused Campus.


And $100,000 has been awarded to Muskegon Heights. A property will be redeveloped by Versatile Fabrication, a stainless steel manufacturer. The grant will pay for environmental investigations, removal of contaminated soil and liability protection.



6.3.14: Kalamazoo 15-year-old to be tried as adult



KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutor have filed murder charges against two young men and a 15-year-old boy in the shooting of a 13-year-old boy in Kalamazoo following an argument and fight between a large group of people.


Eighth-grader Michael Day was killed by a shotgun blast May 26.


Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeffrey Getting said Monday that he has brought open murder charges against 18-year-old Rashid Perez, 23-year-old Octavius S. Snell and a 15-year-old. The 15-year-old is being tried as an adult.


It wasn’t immediately known if the defendants have lawyers.


Police say the Milwood Middle School student also was shot in the back April 6 after leaving a party. His funeral is at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Community Center in Fulton.