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Drunk driver slams into Kalamazoo officer's cruiser

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM)-- A Kalamazoo County police officer is out of the hospital, after his patrol car was hit by a drunk driver.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office says the officer was helping a motorist in the median of the southbound lanes of US-131 near Ravine around 1 a.m. Sunday. While waiting for a tow truck, the officer's patrol vehicle was hit from behind by a passing motorist. The deputy was taken to Bronson hospital for treatment.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol. Police say the driver was also arrested for having open intoxicants in his vehicle, and for violating his restricted license.

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Autistic person missing from Kalamazoo found safe

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) Kalamazoo County Sheriff's deputies say a missing autistic person has been found safe.

Tyler Teague left the 500 block of Fineview Street Wednesday afternoon riding his bicycle.

State elevator inspector charged with fraud

Lansing, Mich. (AP) - A state elevator inspector who likes to play golf is in the rough.

The attorney general's office filed fraud charges Thursday against Werner Noll. He was seen golfing in Portage during work hours last summer. The Kalamazoo man has been an elevator inspector since 1998.

Prosecutors say he used state time for personal activities on 84 days at a cost of $8,000. Attorney General Bill Schuette says "scam artists ... will face justice."

Three charges of fraud have been filed in Lansing District Court. The Associated Press left a message seeking comment with Noll's attorney, Chris Bergstrom.

My Town: Portage cemetery records now searchable online

My Town: Portage cemetery records now searchable online


PORTAGE, Mich.-- The City of Portage Office of the Clerk is pleased to announce that Portage cemetery records are now searchable online! The Cemetery Records Lookup application is located on the City Clerk Cemeteries page of the city website at http://www.portagemi.gov/Departments/City-Clerk/Cemeteries.aspx. Searchable information includes burial and ownership records of cemetery plots for all four City of Portage cemeteries (Dry Prairie, Indian Fields, Central and South).

“The availability of online cemetery records will be of tremendous benefit to genealogy buffs and city residents,” said Assistant City Clerk Adam Herringa. “The Office of the City Clerk is pleased to be able to offer this new service to the community.”

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BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– BISSELL Homecare, Inc. knows that life with pets can be messy, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. BISSELL is setting out to embrace pet messes, creating a lighthearted campaign around the dirtier side of being a pet parent—like fur balls and garbage raids. To educate consumers on helpful ways to eliminate the messes (and support pet causes), BISSELL launched the #PetHappens campaign.

Through the campaign, BISSELL invites pet lovers to share their stories and photos of pet messes with #PetHappens on Twitter and Instagram from now until February 15, 2015. Each post tagged with #PetHappens will trigger a $1 donation to the BISSELL Pet Foundation®, up to $50,000*.

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

Long-dead woman found in Kalamazoo apartment

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- The public safety department is investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a Kalamazoo apartment Thursday night.

Officers responded to the 1300 block of Mills St. on a report of woman dead on a couch in the living room. Officers discovered Jessica Hart, 36, had died well before their arrival.

The cause of death is currently under investigation, but foul play is not suspected.

Anyone with information on this investigation is urged to contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994, Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100, or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.