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My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

KENTWOOD, Mich.—As the busiest shopping day of the year approaches, police are offering 10 ways to protect yourself and your vehicle from thieves.

 

Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (H.E.A.T.) works with Michigan law enforcement agencies to track down suspected car thieves and those suspected of auto theft-related insurance fraud.    Shoppers are encouraged to follow these tips:

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My Town: Schools awarded funding to take students to art hot spots

My Town: Schools awarded funding to take students to art hot spots

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Thousands of students interested in Michigan’s cultural hot spots will now have a set of wheels to get there.

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs this week announced the recipients of its latest round of grants for its Arts & Culture Trek grant program.  The organization is awarding $60,000 to 161 schools across the state, to pay for field trip transportation.  Each grant is worth up to $500 and must be used between Jan. 5, 2015 and March 29, 2015.

"A record-breaking number of Michigan K-12 teachers applied for an Arts & Culture Trek Grant this year, and the vast majority of recipients were awarded the full amount they requested," said Marianne Dorais, Executive Director of Michigan Youth Arts. "From Detroit to Kalamazoo to Flint to Marquette, this program will serve thousands of students from 42 counties across the state."

Woman arrested for drunk driving stolen golf cart


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- Kalamazoo police have arrested a woman who they say drove a stolen golf cart while drunk.

Public Safety Officer Ariana Gasca says she saw the woman driving the golf cart on a street around 8 a.m. Tuesday. Gasca pulled up to the cart because she thought it was an odd sight in the morning. The 23-year-old Kalamazoo woman pulled the cart over to talk with Gasca.

Gasca says the woman told her a friend had given her the cart to drive. Gasca found items on the car showing that it likely belonged to a local apartment complex. Dispatch confirmed the cart had been stolen and the woman was arrested.

Gasca conducted a series of sobriety tests. The woman faces charges including unlawfully driving away a vehicle and operating while intoxicated.


My Town: West Michigan home to three of most dangerous Mich. places

My Town: West Michigan home to three of most dangerous Mich. places

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich.—West Michigan is home to three of the 10 most dangerous places in the state, according to Movoto Real Estate.

The company based its rankings on cities with populations of 10,000 or more that also ranked high in murder, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes, based on the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report.  Flint topped the list, followed by Benton Harbor, Detroit, Highland Park, Muskegon Heights, Harper Woods, Inkster, Flint Township, Ypsilanti and Kalamazoo. Grand Rapids came in at No. 16, Holland ranked 26th,  Walker took 32nd place, Grandville ranked 41st, Norton Shores landed at No. 42, Kalamazoo Township was 45th and Grand Haven came in at No. 50 among the 102 qualified communities.  To see the entire list, visit Movoto’s website here.

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Kalamazoo County woman wakes up to attacker in bedroom


OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)—Officers with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety have released a sketch of the man who broke into a woman's bedroom and sexually assaulted her.

The incident happened in the 300 block of South Drake Road in Oshtemo Township. The woman says around 1 a.m. Monday, she was woken up by a man standing in her room who then attacked her.

The suspect is described as a black man around 20 years old who is about 6' tall and has an average build. The suspect told the woman he was homeless.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff Office's Criminal Investigation Division at (269) 383-8723 or Silent Observer at (269) 342-2100.


My Town Kalamazoo: Second man convicted in laundromat murder

My Town Kalamazoo: Second man convicted in laundromat murder

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The family of a Kalamazoo man who was murdered at work seven years ago, is finally getting closure.

In Aug. 7, 2007, Daniel McNeil was stabbed to death during a robbery at Stadium Discount Laundry.  Next month, Roderique Rolark will be sentenced in the case. He pleaded guilty to second degree murder last week.

In 2008, Christopher Levitt was convicted of felony murder in connection to McNeil’s death.  He’s now serving mandatory life in prison.

My Town: Kalamazoo driver hits woman at gas station

My Town: Kalamazoo driver hits woman at gas station

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s deputies believe alcohol played a role in a gas station crash that seriously injured a pedestrian.

The incident happened shortly before 7:30 Thursday morning at the Speedway gas station on River Street in Comstock Park.  Investigators say a 25-year-old Kalamazoo man was backing his vehicle up when he hit a 72-year-old woman.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries; her condition is stable.