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WMU celebrates med school opening

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A celebration is planned for Thursday in honor of the opening of Western Michigan University's new medical school.

The gala celebrating the Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is to include performances by the university's Bronco Marching Band and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra as well as a keynote address by Dr. A. Lorris Betz, chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges' board of directors.

The Stryker Medical School recently welcomed its inaugural class of 54 students. The Kalamazoo school is named for Stryker Corp. founder Homer Stryker.

Its first white-coat ceremony for students and invited guests was Wednesday.

The number of medical schools in Michigan doubled from three to six in recent years, largely in response to a shortage of doctors in many areas.

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Police arrest man accused of Kalamazoo assault, arson

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police have caught the man they say assaulted his ex-girlfriend and set her bedroom on fire. It happened around 10:15 p.m. Monday on Prospect Street near West Main.

Officers say Adam David Shigwadja, 18, broke into the house and attacked his girlfriend with a weapon, then set the upstairs room on fire. Police say Shigwadja jumped out a second-floor window and ran away.

Crews put out the fire, which was contained to the bedroom.

The woman was hospitalized in critical condition at Bronson Hospital.

Officers found Shigwadja around 7:30 Tuesday evening on Stadium Dr. near Howard. St. They took him into custody without incident.

Truck driver charged with 2008 Kalamazoo rape

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Michigan Attorney General Monday announced criminal charges against a Tennessee truck driver for repeatedly raping a woman at knife-point in April 2008.

Calvin Ray Kelly, 57, was arrested Sept. 9 in Shelby County in Tennessee and is charged with one count of kidnapping, three counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct, and one count of attempted first degree criminal sexual conduct.

Kelly waived extradition and will be brought back to Michigan for trial; he faces life in prison if convicted.

The Kalamazoo victim reported the assault on April 8, 2008 when she ran across U.S. 131 to reach an officer and report being repeatedly raped. DNA evidence from the case was entered into a national DNA database; Kelly was linked to the rape in 2012.

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance






GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To honor all those who sacrificed their lives during the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum hosted the 13th annual Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute from sunrise to sunset on September 11, 2014. WMU-Cooley Law School Professor and retired Brigadier General Michael C.H.

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Zeus, world's tallest dog, dies at age 5

OTSEGO, Mich. (ABC News) -- Zeus, the Great Dane who held the Guinness World Record for being the world's tallest dog, has died.

The dog, whom owner Kevin Doorlag of Otsego, Michigan, described as a "gentle giant," stood 44 inches tall and was 7-foot-4 when he stood on his hind legs.

Zeus died Sept. 3, just shy of his 6th birthday, Doorlag told ABC News Thursday.

Doorlag's family got Zeus when he was 8 weeks old.

"We got him from this couple that had had a litter … and we went and looked at him and fell in love with him," Doorlag, who works as a veterinary technician, said.

Zeus was a certified therapy dog who visited people in a nearby hospital, Doorlag said.

"He'd sit on people's laps. I loved to see people's reactions when he'd sit down," Doorlag said. "He just seemed to want to make people smile and happy and … he was just a very sweet dog."

35th Street Rod Nationals North Plus 2014 in Kalamazoo, MI

35th Street Rod Nationals North Plus 2014 in Kalamazoo, MI

The Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairgrounds will be the scene of the 35th Annual Street Rod Nationals North Plus on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 12th, 13th & 14th. Friday and Saturday hours are 8:00am - 5:00pm and Sunday 8:30am - 2:00pm.

Admission prices are $15 for Adults; $6 for Children 6 - 12 years and children 5 years and under are free. Senior Citizens, Military personnel, NSRA members and UPS employees are all entitled to a discount ticket with proper ID. All tickets are on sale at the Fairgrounds ONLY during the event.

See more than 2500 street rods, muscle cars, custom cars and trucks and specialty vehicles from all over Central United States, all 30 years and older and a variety of vehicles in value of $8000 to $100,000.  Vehicles will be on display during the day while also being entered in a variety of games and events. On Sunday, a "Circle of Winners" will be featured.

Intoxicated man fires gun, assaults roommate

TEXAS TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - A drunk man has been arrested for assaulting his roommate and shooting a gun Wednesday afternoon.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the 6000 block of Briarcliff Path when the roommate reported he had been assaulted. The suspect had been "consuming intoxicants" during the afternoon when the assault occurred. The victim told deputies that the suspect also had fired a gun earlier in the evening and had pointed it at him threatening to shoot.

Deputies attempted to contact the suspect several times, but were unsuccessful. They could see a gun inside the home. After a while, they were able to take the suspect into custody.

Deputies found several spent rounds of ammunition, firearms, and unused ammunition. The suspect has been convicted of a felony in the past and is being charged on multiple counts.