4.24.15:  Bears sighted in Ottawa County



The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department says they have received reports of Black Bear sightings.

The sightings were reported around 2:30 Thursday afternoon in the area of 152nd and Riley in Park Township.


The DNR says it is not uncommon to see the bears in the spring as they look for food that is left out,  such as trash cans and bird feeders.

4.24.15:  Kalamazoo woman killed in early morning crash



A 52-year-old Kalamazoo woman was killed in a crash while fleeing  police in Portage.

The crash occurred early this morning around 3:30 near the railroad tracks and in front of the Portage Police Department.

The woman’s vehicle was being briefly pursued when she hit the curb and then the railroad tracks which caused her vehicle to roll several times.

Crews were called to repair part of the train tracks.

The woman’s name hasn’t been released yet.

4.24.15:  Planting trees for Arbor Day



Tree planting efforts have been planned across Michigan as we mark Arbor Day this weekend.


The Michigan International Speedway and Consumers energy are partnering to promote the planting of 50,000 trees throughout Michigan.

The trees that are being donated will be planted in public places so people can help care for them.


Calvin College was recently honored as 2014 Tree Campus USA  for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Students have worked with the college to participate in an ongoing campus tree-care plan.

4.24.15:  Westfield Indiana High School students injured



WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Police in central Indiana say all of the injuries a dozen students suffered in a stage collapse yesterday evening are minor, and that they are “doing really well,” including one who initially was reported in critical condition.

Officials say the stage at Westfield High School was filled with students when it collapsed during the finale of a musical performance.

Classes are in session today.

4.24.15:  2 hostages killed by drone strikes back in January


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Obama says he’s ordered a review of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan that inadvertently killed 2 hostages.  The American and Italian were being held by al-Qaida.

The President says he takes full responsibility for the January strikes.

Pakistan has issued a statement saying it can fully understand the tragic loss of the two Western hostages accidentally killed when U.S. drones struck al-Qaida camps in Pakistan in January.

President Barack Obama delivered the news yesterday about the deaths of American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto.

Italy’s foreign minister told lawmakers in Parliament today that it took three months for U.S. intelligence to verify Lo Porto’s death because it happened in an inaccessible war zone, where hostage-taking is frequent.

4.24.15:  Tigers fall to the Yankees while Wings drop game in OT



DETROIT (AP) — Brian McCann drove in Jacoby Ellsbury with the tie-breaking run in the eighth inning and the New York Yankees held on to beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 yesterday afternoon. Ellsbury led off the eighth with a double off Tom Gorzelanny. Anibal Sanchez allowed one run on one hit and four walks in 6 1/3 innings.



— Tyler Johnson scored 2:25 into overtime to lift the Lightning to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings last night. The Red Wings led 2-0 in the third period before Johnson scored with 5:26 remaining. He then assisted on Ondrej Palat’s tying goal 77 seconds later. Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson scored in the second period for Detroit.


In last night’s game, the Tampa Bay goalie was victimized by a fluky goal in the second period against Detroit last night in Game 4 of their playoff series. Joakim Andersson’s shot bounced routinely off Bishop and up in the air. Bishop tried to bat the puck away with his stick but instead accidentally knocked it back off the crossbar. The puck fell to the ice and slowly slid across the goal line.


4.23.15:  Cannonsburg Zip Lines to be installed this summer



Cannonsburg Ski Area plays host to a number of outdoor summer concerts and now they want to offer a different type of entertainment.

They are hoping to have a series of zip lines open by mid-June.


Platforms would be constructed so you could zip between trees in the woods and around the slopes.

The zip lines would include a 10-station canopy tour that would span over a mile.

They eventually hope to offer the longest zip line in the Midwest.

4.23.15:  St. Joseph Catholic Church to unveil new 1,576-pipe organ



ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A new 1,576-pipe organ is set to be blessed during a concert this weekend at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joseph.


The $230,000 organ was built by the Lauck Pipe Organ Co. in Otsego. It will be unveiled Sunday afternoon with guest organist Christopher Dekker performing. He is director of music at Trinity United Methodist Church of Grand Rapids.


The new organ was installed in stages and was completed in January. It replaces a smaller Kilgen organ, but about 450 pipes from the old organ were used for the new one.



4.23.15:  Man who shot Reagan seeks to live outside mental hospital


WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors and lawyers for the would-be assassin of President Ronald Reagan are disagreeing over what conditions should be imposed if he’s allowed to leave a mental hospital for good and live full-time with his mother in Virginia.

John Hinckley Jr.’s attorney, Barry Levine, said Wednesday during the opening of a multi-day hearing that his client is “clinically ready” to live in the community, a position supported by his treatment team.

Levine says the mental illness that drove Hinckley to shoot the president in 1981 has been in “full and stable remission” for decades and conditions including regular visits with a psychiatrist and therapist can ensure he remains healthy.

Prosecutors say the conditions the hospital suggests imposing aren’t enough. They’re asking a judge to impose nearly three-dozen restrictions on Hinckley’s freedom.


4.23.15:  White Cloud teen sentenced in abandoning newborn case



WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (AP) — A 15-year-old girl who abandoned her baby after secretly giving birth has been sentenced to six months of probation in Newaygo County Family Court.


The teen was sentenced Wednesday, about a month after pleading no contest to fourth-degree child abuse. She initially was charged with second-degree child abuse and child abandonment following the July 28 birth.


Authorities say the girl gave birth near a fire pit outside her home and left the infant across the street in the grass. A resident in the girl’s White Cloud neighborhood found the newborn about five hours later.

Investigators found the teen, who admitted that the baby was hers.


The baby was placed in a temporary foster home, but the mother and father have said they want custody.