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Kzoo shooting forces Wal-Mart evacuation

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office is looking for the person who prompted a lock down at a Wal-Mart in Kalamazoo.

Police responded to a fight in the area of East G Avenue and Sprinkle Road Friday, just after 7:30 p.m. The incident involved an unknown suspect who had fired off a hand gun.

The suspect was seen entering the Wal-Mart, located on Gull Road. The store was evacuated and searched. The suspect was not found, but the hand gun was recovered outside the store.

No one was injured. Police say the incident remains under investigation.

South Westnedge Avenue Reconstruction

South Westnedge Avenue Reconstruction

News Release:

Construction is set to begin on South Westnedge Avenue from Mall Drive to Dawnlee Avenue the week of May 4, 2015, weather permitting.  This section of South Westnedge Avenue will undergo improvements consisting of removal and replacement of the existing pavement, new water main installation and storm drainage improvements.

The City of Portage is committed to keeping the traffic flowing during the construction period. There will be periods of lane restrictions but access to driveways will be maintained throughout the construction.  Traffic delays can be expected in this area and through traffic is advised to use alternate routes.  It is anticipated that construction will be substantially completed by late July (weather and materials permitting). 

For more information, please call the Department of Transportation & Utilities at (269)329-4422.

Rock, Gem, Jewelry, Fossil & Mineral Show this Weekend

Rock, Gem, Jewelry, Fossil & Mineral Show this Weekend

Rock to Mineral enthusiasts can explore & discover this year’s show themed “A World of Agates”, which adds an extra dimension of interest. Activities include polishing a Petoskey stone, learning about silver smithing, crack open a geode, pan for gold and so much more.

Visit Expo South at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center located at 2900 Lake Street this weekend, Friday from 4pm-8pm, Saturday from 10am-6pm or Sunday from 10am-5pm.

Cost: Adults - $3, Children under 12 are free

Call: (269)979-3348 or visit www.kalcounty.com for more information.

Kzoo gas station robbed; shot fired

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) - Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers are looking for the two men who held up a convenience store, firing one shot as they were leaving.

The robbery happened at the Circle K in the 900 block of Lovell Street at about 2:20am.

Two black males wearing hooded sweatshirts entered the store and robbed the clerk at gunpoint. Both were armed and one fired a shot into the ceiling as he left. The men fled south from the store.

Investigators are not sure if this robbery is connected to the robbery last week at the Marathon Gas Station on E. Michigan Avenue.

Surveillance photos from the Circle K show the two suspects entering and leaving the store.

Pair arrested after Portage, Kzoo chase

PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Portage Department of Public Safety officers arrested two people after a chase early Wednesday morning.

An officer attempted to stop the vehicle around 3 a.m. Wednesday as it pulled into the Milham Meadows Apartments at Oakland Drive and Milham Avenue. The driver didn't stop and continued to drive through the apartments. The vehicle then sped off northbound on Oakland Drive.

A nearby Portage officer was able to flatten one of the vehicle's tires and the driver continued at a slower speed until another officer flattened the rest of the tires at Oakland Drive and Howard. The driver eventually surrendered at Church and Frank Street in Kalamazoo.

A 28-year-old Kalamazoo man was arrested for fleeing and eluding and a previous warrant. His female passenger, and owner of the vehicle, was arrested on a previous warrant.

GRBJ: Bell's increasing brewing capacity

COMSTOCK, Mich. (WZZM) -- One of West Michigan's largest breweries is increasing production to one million barrels a year.

Bell's Brewery is set to begin an expansion at its Comstock facility, according to our partner the Grand Rapids Business Journal. Construction is to begin immediately.

The company says the project will add about 200,000 square-feet to the existing building. The company also plans to add a new bottling hall, keg storage, and warehouse.

Last year, Bell's produced 300,000 barrels.

Housing Leader Marvin D. Veltkamp Receives Top Industry Award/Building Michigan Communities Conf.

Housing Leader Marvin D. Veltkamp Receives Top Industry Award/Building Michigan Communities Conf.

News Release:

Marvin D. Veltkamp of Kalamazoo, a statewide leader in affordable housing and community development for more than 35 years, today was named this year’s Duvernay Award winner at the Building Michigan Communities Conference.

Veltkamp was honored during a luncheon awards ceremony at the conference, which began Monday and wraps up Wednesday at the Lansing Center. Celebrating its 17th year, the BMCC brings together individuals from across the state working to create and preserve affordable housing, serve the homeless and revitalize downtowns and neighborhoods.