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Portage City Council Makes Manager Choice

Portage has selected a new City Manager.  At a meeting yesterday, the City Council chose the interim manager, Larry Shaffer for the job on a 5-2 vote.

The process to select a new City Manager began when Maurice Evans retired from the post back in April

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Man Sentenced in Fatal Bar Shooting

Orlando Mitchell was in court yesterday to be sentenced for the murder of another man in a Kalamazoo bar.  Damian Tejada was shot to death April 17th at the Wayside West bar.  Mitchell was found ‘guilty’ of second degree murder last month

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Another Conviction in Kalamazoo Murder

Another man had been convicted in the murder of a Kalamazoo boy.  13-year-old Michael Day was killed May 26th with a shotgun during gang violence in Kalamazoo’s Edison neighborhood.

16-year-old Victor Garay was convicted of murder in the case Friday and is facing life in prison

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Suspect Held in Home Invasion Shooting

A man was shot in Kalamazoo Sunday during a home invasion.  It happened at around 5:30 in the morning at a home on Fulford Street.

Police say a houseguest confronted an armed man who had broken in and was shot in the leg

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Two Injured in Kalamazoo Shooting

Two people were injured by gunfire at an apartment complex in Kalamazoo yesterday.  Police responded to the Interfaith Apartments at around 6:30 in the evening when the shooting was reported.  There was no one at the scene when officers arrived but two victims later showed up at area hospitals

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Truck Driver Charged in 2008 Kalamazoo Rape Case

A Tennessee truck driver has been ordered to stand trial on charges that he raped a woman in Kalamazoo back in 2008.

57-year-old Calvin Kelly has been arraigned on charges of criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and attempted criminal sexual conduct

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Kalamazoo Man Charged in Attempted Kidnapping

A Kalamazoo man was arraigned Wednesday after he allegedly attempted to kidnap two kids at a bus stop. 59-year-old Ivory James Miller was charged with two counts of attempted kidnapping.

Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to North and Douglas streets at around 6:30 a

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Chelsea Lassen gives her rental car a hug after a homeless man found and returned her car keys in Grand Rapids Wednesday.
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Unlocking ArtPrize: Woman’s Faith In Humanity Restored

When Chelsea Lassen decided to spend an afternoon with friends exploring ArtPrize in Grand Rapids Wednesday, she didn’t expect to leave in a panic.

“After leaving dinner hours later, I unzipped my pocket only to f

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Just ‘Livin’ The Dream’: Larry Bell’s New ‘Full-Time Job’

Larry Bell has loudly answered the question, "What do want to do when you grow up?"

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Suspect Caught in Kalamazoo Robberies

A man suspected in a pair of armed robberies in the Kalamazoo area yesterday was caught.  A convenience store on Stadium Drive was robbed at gunpoint at around 6pm.  A few hours later, a man matching the description of the robber at the convenience store held up a McDonalds on South Westnedge

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