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Murder charges filed in fatal Portage shooting


PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman has died from injuries she sustained in a shooting Wednesday, June 24.

It happened just before 7:30 a.m. in the 2900 block of French Bay Drive.

When officers arrived on scene, they found Rachel Drafta, 25, laying in the driveway. She was shot one time behind her right ear. Officers began performing CPR until relieved by emergency medical responders. Drafta was transported to Bronson Hospital.

Witnesses say Drafta and the suspect, Theresa Petto, 43, of Hastings, were involved in an altercation in Drafta's driveway.

An officer located Petto walking in the area. A handgun, registered to her, was found under a travel trailer nearby. Petto was arrested and lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail.

Kalamazoo man shot in head, dropped off at hospital


KALAMAZOO (WZZM)-- The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is looking for more information, after a man was dropped off at the hospital Sunday morning with a gunshot wound to the head.

Officials say the 19 year-old showed up at Bronson Hospital around 3:25 a.m. The victim told officers he was sitting in a vehicle on Woodbury near Ada street when he was shot.

Police say the victim is being uncooperative and would not give any more details. His injuries are considered non-life threatening.

Currently there are no suspects. If you have any information, call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or visit www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.


Study: Kalamazoo Promise boosts college graduation rates


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A new study shows the Kalamazoo Promise is helping to increase college graduation rates.

The W.E. Upjohn Institute finds students eligible for the promise are 33 percent more likely to graduate college within six years.

The Kalamazoo Promise started in 2005. In the ten years since, it has given $60 million in scholarships to students who spend kindergarten through 12th grade in the city's public school district.


Child grazed by bullet in Kalamazoo


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A child went to the hospital after being grazed by a bullet in Kalamazoo.

It happened at a home on Washington Avenue between James and March Streets around 10 p.m. Sunday. It's a house police say has been shot at several times.

The three-year-old boy was treated for a wound on his thigh.

If you have any information, you are asked to call the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at (269) 337-8120 or Silent Observer.


Child grazed by bulled in Kalamazoo


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A child went to the hospital after being grazed by a bullet in Kalamazoo.

It happened at a home on Washington Avenue between James and March Streets around 10 p.m. Sunday. It's a house police say has been shot at several times.

The three-year-old boy was treated for a wound on his thigh.

If you have any information, you are asked to call the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at (269) 337-8120 or Silent Observer.


Driver killed in crash after running red light


BATTLE CREEK (WZZM)-- On person is dead and another is in the hospital after a late night crash. Battle Creek Police say a vehicle was traveling south on Clark Road just after 10:00pm, when they ran a flashing red light at the intersection of W. Dickman Road. Another vehicle traveling east on W. Dickman entered the intersection and hit the first vehicle.

Both drivers were taken to Kalamazoo hospitals. The driver of the southbound vehicle died from his injuries. The accident is currently under investigation.


Motorcyclist dies after colliding with deer


OSHTEMO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Kalamazoo County man has died after his motorcycle collided with a deer over the weekend.

The victim is identified as Michael Carr, 38, of Paw-Paw.

The crash happened just after 2:30 a.m. Saturday on West Main and 4th St. in Oshtemo.

Carr died Sunday morning from his injuries.

No one else was hurt.