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Missing Van Buren co. woman found


GENEVA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Authorities say a Van Buren County woman who has been missing for more than a week is safe, but not ready to return home.

The Sheriff's Office says Robin Renee Shepherd, 43, disappeared on Monday, August 4, around 2 p.m., after she was released from Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. Investigators say Shepherd spoke to her husband around noon that day and gave no indication that she was to be released. Her family members had not seen her or heard from her since then.

Someone watching the news contacted Van Buren County deputies late Wednesday night, reporting Shepherd's location in the Kalamazoo area. Investigators say Shepherd was in good health and in a safe location, but did not want to return home for personal reasons. Deputies shared this information with her family.


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Police find missing Kalamazoo Alzheimer's patient


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police have found a missing Alzheimer's Disease patient who wandered away from home.

Leslie Dodson, 77, left his home in the Winchell neighborhood around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Investigators say Dodson had done this in the past, but had always been located quickly.

Officers used a police dog in hopes of tracking him late Tuesday night, but that was unsuccessful.

Investigators say a neighbor found Dodson lying on his back porch around 6:10 a.m. Wednesday. They say he had a few bumps and scrapes, but was otherwise in good physical shape.


Man accused of brandishing gun, fighting with police


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police have arrested a Kalamazoo man who they say brandished a handgun and fought with them Tuesday evening.

Officers were responding to a report about that man brandishing the weapon around 7:30pm, and they confronted him on Cameron Street near Lay Boulevard.

They say he immediately reached for the gun and started to fight. Officers subdued him, recovered the loaded gun, and took him into custody.

He was arrested on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, resisting/obstructing, and on several warrants. Police haven't yet publicly identified the 23-year-old man.


DASHCAM: Kzoo officer saves woman from choking


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) - A Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer is being hailed as a hero for saving a woman from choking at a traffic stop over the weekend.

Officer Jason Gates saw the vehicle run a red light in the 4100 block of S. Burdick Saturday morning at about 11:30am. When he approached the vehicle, he found the driver was choking on food and struggling to breath. Gates pulled the woman out of the van and gave her three abdominal thrusts which dislodged the obstruction.

The driver expressed her gratitude that the officers are trained as police, fire, and medical first responders.

Kalamazoo Public Safety released the above video of the incident.


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Determining your home's value before selling

Determining your home's value before selling

Knowing the value of your home is critical before putting it up for sale.

There are several ways to determine the value of your home.  Online resources such as Trulia, Zillow, Realtor.com and Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) will provide you with an estimate of the value of your home or your local market overall.  Here are the links to these calculators:

Kzoo lawmaker introduces 'dangerous dog' bill

Kzoo lawmaker introduces 'dangerous dog' bill


LANSING, Mich. (AP & WZZM) - A Kalamazoo lawmaker has introduced legislation aiming to prevent incidents like one in which two dogs fatally mauled a West Michigan native.

The bill by Democratic Rep. Sean McCann of Kalamazoo would establish a complaint process whereby a judge could label a dog "potentially dangerous" or "dangerous" if it attacks without provocation.

A "dangerous" dog could be put to death. If not, the owner would have to notify mail deliverers and others of the dog.

The owner would have to keep the dog indoors or in a locked structure. While out with the dog, the owner would have to leash it and ensure it's wearing a muzzle.

Two Cane Corsos were euthanized after fatally mauling Craig Sytsma during a jog in Lapeer County last month. His family held a memorial at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Jenison last week.

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Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

LANSING, Mich.-- Fewer voters cast their ballots Tuesday than when Governor Rick Snyder was elected.

That's according to Fred Woodhams, spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office.  Woodhams says 1.3 million Michiganders visited the polls during the primary, accounting for approximately 20.3 percent of active voters. Active voters are defined by the Secretary of State as people who have voted within the last six years. Woodhams says approximately 17.9 percent of registered Michigan voters cast a ballot Tuesday, but that number may be skewed because people who have moved out of the state may still be registered to vote in Michigan.