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Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, a “blended” tuition-free public high school for students in grades 9-12, has been awarded accreditation from the national accreditation commission, AdvancED. The accreditation report praised Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids for its ability to: effectively use technology to align student schedules based on needs; provide students with immediate feedback on assignments; and to operate the school in an efficient manner for student success.

“Receiving the AdvancED accreditation demonstrates our commitment to excellence and the high quality of our school,” said Dan McMinn, Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids principal.

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2nd teen convicted in gang fight death of boy, 13

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A second teenager has been found guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of a Kalamazoo middle-schooler during a gang fight.

A Kalamazoo County Circuit Court jury on Monday convicted 18-year-old Rashad Perez of second-degree murder and firearms charges in the May 26 shotgun death of 13-year-old Michael Day.

Perez faces up to life in prison when he's sentenced Nov. 17.

On Friday, a separate jury convicted 16-year-old Victor Garay of first-degree murder and other charges. He faces up to life in prison without parole.

A third jury convicted 24-year-old Octavius Snell of firearms charges but acquitted him of murder and conspiracy.

Authorities say Garay fired the shotgun that killed Michael during a fight between the Washington Street Boys and Trap Money, rival gangs in Kalamazoo's Edison neighborhood.

Missing Portage man possibly a danger to himself

PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for a missing Portage man who might be a danger to himself.

Fred Thomas Garnish, 28, was last seen October 13, when he was making suicidal statements, according to investigators. Since then, he has missed a court hearing in Ottawa County regarding a sexual assault charge, and authorities say there's an outstanding warrant for his arrest because of that.

Teen guilty of murder in Kalamazoo boy's death

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A teenager has been found guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of a Kalamazoo middle-schooler.

Sixteen-year-old Victor Garay was convicted Friday on all four counts against him: first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and a pair of firearms charges.

Authorities say Garay killed 13-year-old Michael Day with a shotgun in May. They say shots were fired following arguments and fights between rival neighborhood gangs.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports co-defendant Octavius Snell was acquitted Friday of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. But the 24-year-old was convicted on a pair of firearms charges.

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Two injured in Kalamazoo shooting

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kalamazoo police are investigating after two people were injured in a Thursday evening shooting.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired in an apartment in the 1000 block of Interfaith Blvd. around 6:18 p.m. They found a vacant apartment with several bullet holes and spent casings inside.

About 40 minutes later, a 20-year-old woman arrived at Bronson Hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her leg. She says two men who were fighting outside chased each other into her apartment and began shooting, striking her. Investigators say they don't believe the woman as an intended target.

A 26-year-old man arrived at a Three Rivers hospital about two hours after the Kalamazoo shooting. He also had a non-life-threatening injury to his leg, saying he was shot at the Interfaith Blvd. apartment, describing the incident as a robbery.

Man arrested for attempted kidnapping at school bus stop

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 59-year-old Kalamazoo man was arrested Tuesday on charges of attempted kidnapping of a minor.

Around 6:30 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers were called to a school bus stop at the intersection of North and Douglas, where a father said he saw a man chasing his daughter. After talking to his daughter, the father confronted the suspect, who was focusing on another student at the bus stop.

Officers found the man walking away from the scene and arrested him; he was injured in his encounter with the parent and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The suspect is expected to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon on two counts of attempted kidnapping. His name will be released at that time.

Kalamazoo Public Schools were notified of the incident.

Students Learn R-E-S-P-E-C-T and What It Means for Their Success in School

KALAMAZOO, Mich., October 14, 2014—Students at Paramount Charter Academy are not only studying math, reading, and science this month, but they are also learning about respect and how it shapes their personal character.


Along with an academic program geared toward college prep, Paramount also offers a Moral Focus curriculum. Each month, teachers incorporate a different virtue into their lesson plans. The virtue for October is respect which is really important for teachers and students to hold for each other in order to have a successful classroom.


“We want our students to grow academically and emotionally,” said Principal Jodi Donkin. “Learning the virtues outlined in the Moral Focus curriculum helps students think about their actions and how they impact others.