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Boy, 2 men arraigned in shooting death of Kzoo boy

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- A judge has ordered a 15-year-old boy and two men held without bond on murder charges in the shotgun slaying of a 13-year-old Kalamazoo boy following a Memorial Day fight that broke out in a large group of people.

Eighth-grader Michael Day was killed by a shotgun blast.

The 15-year-old is charged as an adult. The Associated Press isn't naming him because of his age.

The boy was arraigned Tuesday morning, while 18-year-old Rashid Perez and 23-year-old Octavius Snell were arraigned in the afternoon. They return to court June 17.

All three defendants face open murder, attempted murder and firearms charges.

The Associated Press left phone, email and fax messages Tuesday seeking comment for the teen's lawyer, Scott Wagenaar. It wasn't known if Perez and Snell have lawyers.

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Victim shot in the foot in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) - The Kalamazoo Public Safety Department is looking for suspects after a person was shot in the foot overnight.

The shooting happened at the Interfaith Apartments at about 1:30am.

A Public Safety Sergeant on patrol heard shots being fired and found the victim outside with a gunshot wound to the foot. The 22-year-old Kalamazoo resident was taken to Borgess Hospital.

Officers say they have no suspect information at this time.

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

Officer hears shots, finds man hit in foot

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kalamazoo police are looking for the person responsible for shooting a man in the foot at an apartment complex.

It happened around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Interfaith Apartments near Woodward Avenue and Patterson Street.

Investigators say a sergeant with the Public Safety Department was patrolling the complex when he heard gunfire. He found a 22-year-old man shot in the foot outside of an apartment.

The victim was taken to Borgess Hospital for treatment.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 338-8994, or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

My Town Kalamazoo: Army of volunteers transforms home into a Michigan first

My Town Kalamazoo: Army of volunteers transforms home into a Michigan first

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--  A once vacant home transformed by Habitat for Humanity is now ready to welcome a Kalamazoo family.

Volunteers, leaders and community members celebrated the dedication of 2335 Springmont Ave. Sunday afternoon. Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity donated the 88-year-old home, which hundreds of volunteers spent thousands of hours transforming into an energy efficient abode.  The first phase of work began during last year’s National Women Build event, when volunteers took the structure down to its studs.  Volunteers then meticulously removed lead paint and added nearly 500 square feet to the home’s original 660 square foot footprint. The house now includes three bedrooms, a kitchen, living/dining area, bathroom and entrance ramp.

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My Town Kalamazoo: $1.4 million grant to go toward STEM instruction reform

My Town Kalamazoo: $1.4 million grant to go toward STEM instruction reform

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Western Michigan University)--A $1.4 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to Western Michigan University will be used to enhance undergraduate introduction to science, with the goal of attracting and retaining more students in the STEM disciplines--science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The five-year research and development effort, announced May 29 by HHMI, will be centered on WMU's introductory courses in biological sciences. The grant is one of just 37 awards made by HHMI  this year to American research universities invited to compete in the institute's 2014 funding round. A total of 203 universities were invited to apply, and the eventual winners were selected after three rounds of peer review.

My Town: Local children get TV debut with new Meijer commercial

KENTWOOD, Mich.-  A Kentwood boy is getting his chance at TV fame.

Carson, 4, is one of nine West Michigan children featured in Meijer’s newest commercials, starring the retailer’s beloved penny-operated pony, Sandy.  Carson’s mother says he always has to ride Sandy when they visit Meijer every other Thursday.  Afterwards, he leaves extra pennies for kids waiting in line.

 Meijer released two versions of the commercial; the 30-second spot will begin airing in five states in June and the 60-second version is already online.  Both spots feature photos from a Meijer Facebook contest held earlier this year.  For the shorter spot, the retailer selected 28 photos from the more than 3,200 submitted during the contest.  Four additional photos chosen for the 60-second version of the commercial.

My Town Kalamazoo: Reward offered for school vandal arrests

My Town Kalamazoo: Reward offered for school vandal arrests

KALAMAZOO, Mich—A reward is being offered in tracking down the three vandals who damaged property at two high schools.

On May 23, Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Comstock High School, where the suspects had spray painted numerous buildings and the athletic stadium area.  Deputies say the vandals also targeted the same areas at Gull Lake High School, causing damages totaling thousands of dollars.

An administrator at Comstock High School says the damages were repaired in time for the school’s graduation ceremony Friday, May 30 in the athletic stadium.

Anyone with information in these cases are asked to call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department or Silent Observer at 343-2100.