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Kalamazoo Arts Council grant takes WMU dancer to Panama

Kalamazoo Arts Council grant takes WMU dancer to Panama

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A passion for dance, a commitment to serve and an idea that began as a class assignment have taken one Western Michigan University dance major to Panama to explore the joy of movement with children in that nation's orphanages and centers for at-risk youth.


Pair arrested for 2014 Kzoo Co. bank robberies

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) – Two men police say herded terrified employees into bank vaults during armed robberies in Kalamazoo County have been indicted for hold-ups that netted more than $113,000.

The pair drove a rental car from Chicago and robbed banks in Galseburg and Comstock Township last spring and summer, according to a federal indictment in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.

Dominick T. Johnson and Nathan Deshawn Benson are charged with conspiracy to commit bank robbery and armed bank robbery; felonies that could put them behind bars for 25 years.

The government says the pair tried to get others to join them in the hold-ups.

Brothers ID'd in deadly officer-involved shooting

PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan State Police have identified two brothers involved in a police chase that ended with a deadly officer-involved shooting.

The chase began around 12:45 p.m. Thursday when Kalamazoo County Sheriff's deputies identified a suspect wanted for an outstanding trespassing warrant.

Sean Michael Pelletier, 37, was the front passenger in a red Acura, driven by his brother, Aaron Joseph Pelletier, 29. While deputies tried to pull over the vehicle, Aaron sped off, leading authorities on a chase.

During the pursuit, police say Sean brandished a high-powered, military-style rifle. The chase ended when the Acura collided with a police cruiser in front of the Anna's Vineyard Apartment Complex on West Milham Avenue in Portage.

Kalamazoo Transforms Into Medieval Mecca for Next Four Days

Kalamazoo Transforms Into Medieval Mecca for Next Four Days

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Some 3,000 of the world's leading scholars on all aspects of the Middle Ages are on the campus of Western Michigan University starting today to attend the 50th gathering of the International Congress on Medieval Studies.

        The medieval roots of modern culture, from law and climate change to ISIS and veterinary medicine, will be the topics of more than 500 presentations, panels, workshops, fine arts performances and living history demonstrations. Activities for the May 14-17 congress begin each day at 8 a.m. and run late into each evening to accommodate more than 100 meetings of professional organizations, programs and publishers.

1 injured in Kalamazoo shooting

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man's recovering after being shot Wednesday afternoon, according to Kalamazoo police.

The Department of Public Safety says the 21-year-old man was shot in the hip, in an incident in the 2500 block of Hazel Ave. around noon.

The shooting followed an altercation with another man that took place in a driveway on that street. An acquaintance of the victim took him to the hospital, and he's been treated and released.

Police said they've identified a suspect in the incident, but the victim isn't cooperating with investigators.

Anyone with information on this case should call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 269-337-8994 or contact Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

Deal reached in Enbridge oil spill

MARSHALL, Mich. (AP) - The state of Michigan and an energy company have filed a sweeping settlement related to a 2010 oil spill that spoiled miles of the Kalamazoo River.

Enbridge Energy has agreed to restore or create 300 acres of wetlands in the Kalamazoo River watershed in southwestern Michigan. The state says the $30 million project is among other projects worth millions more.

Some have been completed, such as a dam removal and improved access to boating and fishing on the river.

An Enbridge pipeline ruptured in 2010, spilling more than 800,000 gallons of oil and damaging the Kalamazoo River and Talmadge Creek. Enbridge's costs related to the spill have been estimated at more than $1 billion. Regulators say any remaining oil is scarce.

The agreement was filed Tuesday in Calhoun County court.

Vine Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo receives State Grant

Vine Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo receives State Grant

Historic rehabilitation in Michigan gets $600,000 boost. Several nonprofits, serving historically designated neighborhoods throughout the state, will benefit from a collective $600,000 in grant funding to rehabilitate structures.

“Historic buildings, downtowns and neighborhoods are key to maintaining a sense of place in our communities,” MSHDA Executive Director Kevin Elsenheimer said. “They create character in small towns and cities alike. These Michigan communities will benefit for many years from the hard work of the neighborhood organizations that are taking on these rehab projects with the help of the Heritage Restoration Program.”

This program, created by the legislature for fiscal year 2015 as a competitive grant program to assist with funding of restoration and preservation projects in historically designated neighborhoods. Organizations receiving the grants will contribute 40 percent of the project cost.