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Autistic person missing from Kalamazoo found safe


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) Kalamazoo County Sheriff's deputies say a missing autistic person has been found safe.

Tyler Teague left the 500 block of Fineview Street Wednesday afternoon riding his bicycle.


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State elevator inspector charged with fraud


Lansing, Mich. (AP) - A state elevator inspector who likes to play golf is in the rough.

The attorney general's office filed fraud charges Thursday against Werner Noll. He was seen golfing in Portage during work hours last summer. The Kalamazoo man has been an elevator inspector since 1998.

Prosecutors say he used state time for personal activities on 84 days at a cost of $8,000. Attorney General Bill Schuette says "scam artists ... will face justice."

Three charges of fraud have been filed in Lansing District Court. The Associated Press left a message seeking comment with Noll's attorney, Chris Bergstrom.


My Town: Portage cemetery records now searchable online

My Town: Portage cemetery records now searchable online

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PORTAGE, Mich.-- The City of Portage Office of the Clerk is pleased to announce that Portage cemetery records are now searchable online! The Cemetery Records Lookup application is located on the City Clerk Cemeteries page of the city website at http://www.portagemi.gov/Departments/City-Clerk/Cemeteries.aspx. Searchable information includes burial and ownership records of cemetery plots for all four City of Portage cemeteries (Dry Prairie, Indian Fields, Central and South).

“The availability of online cemetery records will be of tremendous benefit to genealogy buffs and city residents,” said Assistant City Clerk Adam Herringa. “The Office of the City Clerk is pleased to be able to offer this new service to the community.”

BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– BISSELL Homecare, Inc. knows that life with pets can be messy, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. BISSELL is setting out to embrace pet messes, creating a lighthearted campaign around the dirtier side of being a pet parent—like fur balls and garbage raids. To educate consumers on helpful ways to eliminate the messes (and support pet causes), BISSELL launched the #PetHappens campaign.

Through the campaign, BISSELL invites pet lovers to share their stories and photos of pet messes with #PetHappens on Twitter and Instagram from now until February 15, 2015. Each post tagged with #PetHappens will trigger a $1 donation to the BISSELL Pet Foundation®, up to $50,000*.

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My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

Long-dead woman found in Kalamazoo apartment


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- The public safety department is investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a Kalamazoo apartment Thursday night.

Officers responded to the 1300 block of Mills St. on a report of woman dead on a couch in the living room. Officers discovered Jessica Hart, 36, had died well before their arrival.

The cause of death is currently under investigation, but foul play is not suspected.

Anyone with information on this investigation is urged to contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994, Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100, or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

Kalamazoo man sentenced for beating girlfriend with puppy


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- A 51-year-old man has been sentenced to six months in jail after authorities say he beat his girlfriend with a two-week-old puppy, causing the animal's death.

Timothy Tucker also was sentenced Tuesday to four years of probation and entry into the Swift and Sure Sanctions Program. He was ordered to pay state fees and restitution.

Tucker pleaded guilty in December to third-offense domestic violence as a second-time habitual offender. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports one count of killing/torturing animals was dismissed was part of a plea deal.

According to court documents, Tucker punched his girlfriend in the face in November, and then repeatedly struck her with the couple's puppy.

Tucker will receive credit for 68 days he's already served in jail.