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My Town: Shoppers pass off fake bills at Oshtemo Township businesses

My Town: Shoppers pass off fake bills at Oshtemo Township businesses

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Kalamazoo County sheriff’s deputies are looking for the people who used fake $100 bills at five Oshtemo Township businesses.

The crimes happened around 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 in the West Main Street shopping area.  Detectives say the suspects visited several stores and purchased items using counterfeit money.

One of the suspects is described as an African American man in his mid-to-late 20s, who was wearing a New York Yankees coat.  Anyone with information in this case is asked call contact the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 383-8748 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

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My Town: South-Town development the focus of Kalamazoo PlacePlan

My Town: South-Town development the focus of Kalamazoo PlacePlan

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Improvements may be on the way to the city’s transportation system.

The city’s PlacePlan project calls for a sustainable network of biking, walking and transit around Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s new healthy living campus.  The plan created by community members also focuses on opportunities to grow the farmers market.

About $42 million in new development is already planned for the South-Town area, including a new culinary institute and food innovation building for Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

“Once the campus is open we will hope to have developers saying, ‘Hmm, these students are going to need housing and they’re probably going to want to eat and shop so maybe we should consider some residential units, mixed-use, and some new restaurants,” said Rebekah Kik, city planner for Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo woman dies in suspicious fire


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) - Police in Kalamazoo are investigating the death of a woman after a fire in her apartment. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety was sent to the 4400 block of Clayborne Dr. in the Clayborne Court Apartment Complex at 8:27 Saturday night.

When they arrived at the apartment they found a fire in the apartment's bedroom. They were able to quickly put the fire out. The 47 year old woman was found on the bed.

Anyone with information on the investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.


My Town: AT&T to hire 112 additional workers in Michigan

My Town: AT&T to hire 112 additional workers in Michigan

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—AT&T is expanding its workforce in Michigan.

The telecommunications company plans to hire 112 additional workers in the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Southeast Michigan areas.

“AT&T continues to expand its customer base in Michigan and invest in our network to ensure we are providing the high level of service customers have come to expect," said Jim Murray, president of AT&T Michigan. “As part our commitment to this level of customer service and to support our growth in Michigan, we are pleased to have the opportunity to welcome more than 100 residents to the AT&T family.”

 The new jobs include part-time and full-time openings that come with benefits.  For more information, visit AT&T’s website.

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My Town Kalamazoo: One arrested during drug house raid

My Town Kalamazoo: One arrested during drug house raid

KALAMAZOO, Mich.— A 39-year-old man is facing charges for operating a drug house in Kalamazoo.

Investigators searched the suspect’s Lawrence Street home Wednesday afternoon and found crack cocaine, heroin, a stolen handgun and ammunition.  The Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team was tipped off to the drug house by neighbors.

The suspect was arrested for delivery and manufacturing crack cocaine and heroin, felon in possession of a firearm, felony firearm, receiving and concealing stolen property and maintaining a drug house.  He remains in the Kalamazoo County Jail pending arraignment.

Anyone with information about illegal drugs or firearms activity in the Kalamazoo area is urged to contact the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team at 269-337-8880, or report an anonymous tip to Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com

Driver in deadly van vs. train wreck had expired license


OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 21-year-old Kalamazoo man drove a minivan around vehicles stopped at a railroad crossing before the minivan was broadsided by a Detroit-bound Amtrak train, killing the man and his two passengers Tuesday afternoon, according to Michigan State Police.

The railroad crossing lights, gates and bells were working at the time of the crash about 4:30 p.m. in Oshtemo Township, which is west of Kalamazoo, police said.

The man had been identified as Joshua Cartwright, and his passengers were Justin Mastin, 19, and Ashley Melson, 20, also of Kalamazoo, Michigan State Police said in a news release Wednesday.

My Town: Dozens of new troopers now on the job

My Town: Dozens of new troopers now on the job

LANSING, Mich.—Dozens of new State Police troopers are now on the job throughout Michigan.

Governor Snyder served as the keynote speaker during the 127th Trooper Recruit School’s recent graduation ceremony.  During the event, Tpr. David Williams was recognized with the Academic Achievement Award.