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FBI joins investigaton of a missing Kzoo doctor

KALAMAZOO (WZZM) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now looking into the disappearance of an West Michigan doctor.

Teleka Patrick was last seen Thursday, December 5th in Kalamazoo.  Her disappearance is quickly gaining national attention.

Investigators say around 7:00p.m. on December 5th, Patrick was seen trying to rent a room at the Radisson in Kalamazoo but was not able to.  She then took a shuttle back to the parking lot of Borgess Medical Center.  That is where she is doing her first year of residency.

Around 10:30p.m.,  police found her car, a light-gold 1997 Lexus ES 300, abandoned off the roadway in a ditch off I-94 in Porter, Indiana.

Police say the car may have had a flat tire.  Investigators with dogs tracked her scent and footsteps from the car about 30 feet to the highway.

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UPDATE: Bell's Brewery open in Gerald R. Ford International Airport

UPDATE: Bell's Brewery open in Gerald R. Ford International Airport

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Travelers at Gerald R. Ford International Airport can now get a taste of West Michigan’s craft brewing industry.

The vice president of Bell’s Brewery and other business leaders held a ribbon cutting ceremony  Dec. 18 to celebrate two new airport restaurants: Bell’s Brewhouse and Greens.  Both businesses are operated by HMSHost and located before the security screening portion of the airport.

Greens offers personalized salads created with fresh incredients, including a variety of greens, vegetables, cheeses and meats.

Besides offering the company's award-winning craft beers, Bell's Brewhouse has its own cafe menu featuring dishes like pork tacos and soft bretzels with beer mustard.

Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

With the winter break approaching for students across Michigan, so too approaches the end of one semester and the beginning of another.

To facilitate a smooth transition while keeping students’ minds sharp and focused during their time off, Great Lakes Cyber Academy educators recommend a series of time-tested tips for maintaining the momentum so  the second half of the school year is even better than the first.  

Teen caught after stealing Christmas gifts

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) - A Kalamazoo teen is under arrest after breaking into a home and stealing Christmas presents.

Public Safety officers were called Thursday night to the 1000 block of Sherwood Avenue on reports of a person armed with a handgun.  Officers found the teen standing in his driveway opening a wrapped Christmas gift.  As officers approached, the teen picked up a bag of Christmas gifts and a handgun and fled the scene.

A K-9 unit tracked the teen to the 1500 block of Humphrey Street.  The chase began again but officers were able to catch him trying to climb the fence into the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home.

Officers found the gifts and a fake handgun in the teen's possession.  The gifts were returned to the family where they had been stolen from.

The 14-year-old is now in the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home awaiting charges from the prosecutor.

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Red Wings legend on hand as Kalamazoo Wings take on the Toledo Walleyes

Red Wings legend on hand as Kalamazoo Wings take on the Toledo Walleyes

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--Wings Stadium will come alive on Friday, Dec. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 21 as the Kalamazoo Wings take on the Toledo Walleye in a back-to-back games.

Be on the lookout  for Red Wings legend Darren McCarty, who will be in the house signing autographs and interacting with fans!

Wings Stadium is located at 3600 Vanrick. Each game begins at 7:30 p.m.  For more information, call (269) 345-1125 or visit www.discoverkalamazoo.com for event listings. 

UPDATE: Retailer taking over two empty stores now hiring

UPDATE: Retailer taking over two empty stores now hiring

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The new business moving into two empty storefronts in Jenison and Kalamazoo is now hiring.

Garden Ridge is currently looking for five managers and associates for its store, located at 334 Chicago Drive in Jenison. The space is currently being renovated.  Garden Ridge store manager Christopher Scholle expects to hold a soft opening in mid-January 2014.  

Scholle says the Jenison store will hire approximately 20-25 new employees. The first openings can be found on    the company’s main website now.

Blood donors treated to a free movie and popcorn

Blood donors treated to a free movie and popcorn

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—They aren’t all on the big screen.

Michigan Blood is getting ready to reward life-saving superheroes right here in the Grand Rapids community. The organization is teaming up with Celebration Cinema to offer a free movie pass and a bag of popcorn to each to person who attempts to donate blood during the holidays.

Michigan Blood needs to collect more than 2,200 units of blood every week to supply patients and hospitals around the state.  Donations traditionally drop around the holidays as people travel.

Days and times for the “Be a Star” donation deal vary around the state.  To find the location near you, visit the Michigan Blood website here.  In Grand Rapids, the following donation drives will take place in Michigan Blood’s Main Donor Center at 1036 Fuller Ave. NE: