1-20-17 Kalamazoo Semi-driver Cited After Truck Fire

A 24-year old semi driver was northbound on US-131 and reached down to pick up a phone.  Almost immediately, the trailer swerved out of his lane and struck a disabled vehicle.  As the trailer sideswiped the car, it ruptured the truck’s gas tank and spilled fuel which soon ignited.  The massive fire shut down 131 near the Parkview exit for several hours.

Now the driver has been cited for improper lane use.

The driver was not injured in the crash and the driver of the car that was hit had to be taken to a local hospital.  She was treated for minor injuries to her leg.


12-29-16 State Police Not Giving Up on Missing Boys

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police have released age-progression images of three brothers who vanished during the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday. The images released last week were created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and depict how brothers Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton might appear today. The boys were last seen more than six years ago at their father’s home in Morenci near the Michigan-Ohio border.

12-21-16 Still Searching for Missing Kentwood Man

Police are still searching for a missing Kentwood man who walked away from his home earlier this month.  Willie Crawford has dementia and may not be able to find his way back home.  He’s reportedly been spotted in Grand Rapids and the Wyoming area.  He’s a black male, about 6’0 ” and 150 lbs. He has a full gray beard, gray/black hair and brown eyes. Mr. Crawford was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans, brown hiking boots and a black baseball hat.  If you spot someone matching that description, please call 911.


Willie Crawford

Willie Crawford – Missing from Kentwood

12.16.16:  2nd suspect arrested in Western Michigan student’s death




KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Police say a second suspect has been arrested in the shooting death of a Western Michigan University student during an apparent robbery last week.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says in a statement the 20-year-old Muskegon native was arrested without incident Thursday and will be jailed in Kalamazoo. His name wasn’t released pending an arraignment, which police say could take place Monday.

Prosecutors already charged Western Michigan basketball player Jovieair Kennedy with murder and armed robbery in the shooting of 19-year-old Jacob Jones at an off-campus Kalamazoo apartment on Dec. 8. Kennedy, who’s from Muskegon, was denied bond.

The charging document says others were present at the shooting.

Kennedy appeared in eight games for the Broncos this season, but wasn’t on the roster after the shooting.


12.13.16:  WMU basketball player – deadly shooting




KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed murder and armed robbery charges against a Western Michigan University basketball player in the killing of a fellow student last week.

Joeviair Kennedy is accused in Thursday’s fatal shooting of 19-year-old Jacob Jones in an off-campus apartment. Prosecutors didn’t know if the 20-year-old Muskegon man has an attorney yet.

Authorities allege that Kennedy killed Jones during a robbery of a phone and money. Others were present.

The school suspended Kennedy on Friday and he’s been scrubbed from the team’s website. He was in his second year on the team and was averaging more than 7 minutes per game in eight appearances this season.

Coach Steve Hawkins says the fatal shooting is a “devastating tragedy for everybody involved.”


11.14.16:  WMU #14, and location for Game Day


(Mlive)–As buzz grew Sunday about ESPN’s “College GameDay” show coming to Kalamazoo, the next question was simple: Where are they going to set the show up?

That information came Sunday evening as Sangren Pedestrian Mall has been chosen for the site.

The show begins at 9 a.m. but fans will be allowed to arrive at the area between two and three hours before.

The Broncos have drawn much national attention in past weeks and remain as one of just two undefeated teams in the country along with Alabama.

Western Michigan (10-0) hosts Buffalo (3:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU) at Waldo Stadium.


11.11.16:  2 bicyclists taken to hospital after hit-and-run crash




ALAMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two bicyclists have been taken to a hospital with injuries following a hit-and-run crash in southwestern Michigan.

The Kalamazoo County sheriff’s department says a pickup truck hit the bicyclists on Thursday night in Alamo Township. The department says the two injured bicyclists were among four bicyclists involved. Injuries were described as non-life-threatening.

Investigators say the truck has front passenger-side damage. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s department.

In June, a motorist plowed into a group of bicyclists with his pickup truck, killing five and injuring four, in Kalamazoo County’s Cooper Township, which is nearby. On Monday, a judge ordered Charles Pickett Jr. to trial on second-degree murder charges in that case.


11.8.16:  Judge says Pickett will stand trial




KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A man who plowed into a group of bicyclists with his pickup truck, killing five, has been ordered to stand trial on second-degree murder charges in southwestern Michigan.

A judge in Kalamazoo County found enough evidence Monday against Charles Pickett Jr. A state police scientist says blood tests after the June 7 crash revealed drugs, including painkillers and methamphetamine.

Sgt. Darien Smith testified that Pickett was slurring his words and “seemed completely out of it” when officers arrived. Five bicyclists were killed and four others injured when they were hit from behind on a rural road in Cooper Township.

Pickett is charged with second-degree murder and other crimes. Defense attorney Alan Koenig says Pickett didn’t intend to hurt anyone. He calls it a tragedy.


11-4-16 Strawberry Recall Affecting West Michigan Food Services

Multiple agencies are reporting recalled strawberries imported from Egypt have been served in close to a dozen food service locations around West MI.  The strawberries may be contaminated and result in Hepatitis A infections.

In Kent County, the Health Department’s Adam London says the berries were part of food at Roman’s Macaroni Grill on 28th Street near I-96 as well as at HCR ManorCare on the East Beltline.

In Allegan County, the Health Department reports the strawberries were served at Salvino’s in Plainwell and Wayland.

Ottawa County locations:

8th Street Grille in Holland, Biggby Coffee on Cottonwood in Jenison, and the Savidge Street location in Spring Lake.  The Holiday Inn Grand Haven and the Savidge Street location in Spring Lake.  Jackie’s Place in Holland.

You can find statewide locations at this site: http://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-50772_51097-397016–,00.html


The berries were served in late October but symptoms of Hepatitis A might not show up until now.  Contact your primary care physician if you have any questions or concerns.

11.4.16:  Boy fatally struck after attending youth group




KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A school principal says a 10-year-old boy who died after being struck by a vehicle while crossing a street in Kalamazoo County had just been at a youth group gathering.

Police in Kalamazoo Township say Daniel Sluiter was trying to cross Wednesday night in an area where there was no crosswalk or stoplight. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Conditions were described as dark and rainy.

Adam Sterenberg, principal Tree of Life school in Kalamazoo, says Daniel was with his older brother at the time he was struck. Sterenberg says Daniel had been a student at the school for two years and counselors and chaplains were on hand Thursday.

Police say the 52-year-old Kalamazoo man who was driving the vehicle wasn’t injured.