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Grandmother injured in Kalamazoo armed robbery


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 16-year-old Kalamazoo boy is accused of stealing a grandmother's bicycle and injuring her in the process.

Around 6:45 Monday evening, Kalamazoo Public Safety officers were dispatched to Douglas Ave. and North St. in response to a bleeding woman lying on the sidewalk. She told officers she was bicycling with her grandchildren when a robber pulled what appeared to be a gun from his waistband and demanded anything she had in her pockets. When the robber found the woman had no pockets, he hit the back of her head with the weapon, knocking her off her bike, and stealing it.

Officers found the suspect three blocks away and recovered the stolen bike. They also learned the suspect's weapon was an Airsoft pistol.

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My Town Kalamazoo: Alcohol sales restrictions take effect

My Town Kalamazoo: Alcohol sales restrictions take effect

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—New restrictions on alcohol sales within the city of Kalamazoo are in effect.

Last month, city commissioners approved changes to the city ordinance, prohibiting off-premises alcohol sales within 500 feet of churches and school buildings.  The amendment would also limit businesses from selling off-premises within 2,640 feet of another competitor.

The Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department played a key role in the ordinance change, after conducting extensive research.  The agency found the highest concentrations of off-premises alcohol sales sites were in low-income, minority neighborhoods.

To see the entire amended ordinance, click here.

Fourth of July: Find fireworks displays in your area

Fourth of July: Find fireworks displays in your area

 

(WZZM)- The Following is a list of area fireworks displays as found on michiganfireworks.com as well as communities WZZM 13 contacted. Check with local municipalities for details. All times are dusk unless noted.

 

July 1

 

Wyoming - Lamar Park - Concerts in the Park

 

July 2

 

Comstock Park - At Fifth Third Ballpark after the Whitecaps game

 

Hart, Michigan - John Gurney Park Beach over Hart Lake

 

July 3

 

Allegan, Michigan - On the riverfront

 

Comstock Park - At Fifth Third Ballpark after the Whitecaps game

Mother of children killed in fire keeps custody of surviving child


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Kalamazoo County mother will keep custody of her child after a judge threw out a motion to terminate her parental rights.

Last year, Jonetta Woods' four children were left home alone inside their apartment in Kalamazoo.

A fire broke out, killing three of the children.

Her four-year-old daughter survived,and has been living with a relative since.

According to the court, Woods will be monitored closely, and if there are ongoing problems, the court reconsider custody.

A hearing for permanent custody for the child is scheduled for later this fall.


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My Town: Consumers Energy backs solar projects for local businesses

My Town: Consumers Energy backs solar projects for local businesses

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—What does a Kalamazoo area school, Ottawa County hops producer and the West Michigan Sports Commission have in common?

All three are teaming up with Consumers Energy to produce solar power.

Consumers has selected 22 projects to back, including  five non-residential programs at Paragon Die & Engineering in Kentwood, Monsignor Hackett High School in Kalamazoo Township, Pure Mitten Hops in Ottawa County, the West Michigan Sports Commission in Grand Rapids and Bonobo Winery in Grand Traverse County.

In addition, Consumers is backing 17 solar projects for residential customers, including those in Kent and Ottawa counties.  The customers were chosen as part of Consumers’ Experimental Advanced Renewable Program.   Consumers will soon be accepting applications for the next phase of EARP.  The deadly to apply is 5 p.m. Aug. 6.

Storms slam SW Michigan, cause power outages


KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- Tens of thousands of people are without power after severe weather moved through southwest Michigan Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Severe thunderstorms downed trees and power lines from the Schoolcraft-Portage area in Kalamazoo County to northeastern Calhoun County to Jackson County.

The Calhoun County sheriff's department reported widespread tree damage and an Emmett Township firefighter was hospitalized in stable condition after being injured by a falling tree.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reported winds up to 74 m.p.h. at Marshall. A tornado warning for part of Calhoun County was issued around 2 a.m., but was canceled shortly afterward.

Fireworks displays in West Michigan

Fireworks displays in West Michigan

 

(WZZM)- Following is a list of area fireworks displays as found on michiganfireworks.com as well as communities WZZM 13 contacted. Check with local municipalities for details. All times are dusk unless noted.

 

July 1

 

Wyoming - Lamar Park - Concerts in the Park

 

July 2

 

Comstock Park - At Fifth Third Ballpark after the Whitecaps game

 

Hart, Michigan - John Gurney Park Beach over Hart Lake

 

July 3

 

Allegan, Michigan - On the riverfront

 

Comstock Park - At Fifth Third Ballpark after the Whitecaps game