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Suspect arraigned in Kalamazoo homicide


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- The man suspected of murdering a Kalamazoo woman was arraigned Tuesday.

Police accuse 25-year-old Joseph Christopher Janssen of killing Debra Susan Jean, 62, in her home in the 200 block of Edgemoor Ave. Her body was found in her home Sunday morning.

Authorities at this point haven't released Jean's cause of death.

If you have any information about this case you're asked to call Kalamazoo police at 269-337-8994 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100.

Battle Creek Air Show and Balloon Festival July 1 - 5

Battle Creek Air Show and Balloon Festival July 1 - 5

Battle Creek will play host to the Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo team July 1-5, 2015. This is only 1 of 19 events during this time.

The Air Show will show the best of the best when civilian performers fill the sky July 3 – 5 with aerobatic maneuvers that make the fastest roll-a-coaster seem like a merry-go-round.

“Even more excitement has been added to this year’s Air Show,” stated Barbara Haluszka. “We are not only going to have pyro during the Night Air Show but during the actual Air Show itself,” she said. Spectators will love the explosions and the 750 ft. Wall of Fire!

Air Show at its best! Join us at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival.

For more info, contact the Battle Creek Field of Flight Office at 269-962-0592 or go to www.bcballoons.com

Portage police find "one pot" meth lab in vacant home


PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Just before 8:30 Monday morning, Portage Department of Public Safety units responded to the 5300 block of Wisteria on a report of a man sleeping in a vacant home under construction.

When officers arrived, they found a 29-year-old Portage man sleeping in the living room of the home.

After determining that the man did not need medical attention, PDPS responders noticed an active "one pot" style methamphetamine manufacturing lab in the bathroom of the home. At that time, everyone evacuated and PDPS methamphetamine responders were called to the scene.

The responders removed the lab from the home. The case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Portage Department of Public Safety at (269)329-4567.

Free Day at the Kalamazoo County Parks on June 17, 2015

Free Day at the Kalamazoo County Parks on June 17, 2015

The regular county park fees are only $5 per vehicle or $25 for an annual pass but on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at all the Kalamazoo County Parks, it’s a free day for everyone. The county is trying to encourage people to get outdoors and explore nature. You can even enter for a chance to win a 2015 Annual Vehicle Entrance Pass.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will also be held at River Oaks County Park on this special day at 11am to celebrate the grand Opening of the new splash pad and dog park.

“Many people don’t realize all the opportunities for recreation at the parks in Kalamazoo and this is a great way to kick off summer and see what all the parks have to offer,” said David Rachowicz, Parks Director.

For additional information, including park locations and maps, go online at www.kalamazoocountyparks.com

Lunchtime Live Returning to Bronson Park

Lunchtime Live Returning to Bronson Park

Lunchtime Live, a series of City of Kalamazoo sponsored, lunchtime parties that center around Food Trucks in Bronson Park. These events will return this summer beginning Friday, June 12, 2015 and continue throughout the summer ending on September 11, 2015.

Not only will there be Food Trucks but also live music and pop-up retail shops along with other activities.

2nd person dies after crash on I-94


PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) - UPDATE: Portage police say the driver of the Honda Accord has died after Saturday's crash on I-94, when a tire assembly came off a semi. Michael Ditewig (34) from Chicago died Sunday afternoon from his injuries. They also identified the 67 year old woman who died on Saturday as Rebecca Avery, of Glenview, Illinois.

Original Story PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) - An Illinois woman is dead after a crash on I-94 in Portage on Sunday afternoon. Investigators with the Portage Department of Public Safety say that at 1:53 a tandem wheel tire assembly on a Westbound semi came off its axle. It then bounced over the median and into Eastbound traffic.

Woman killed in accidental shooting


Kalamazoo, Mich. (WZZM) – His grandfather says it was 100% "an accident."

Daniel Hummel says his 12-year-old grandson didn't mean to shoot and kill a family friend sleeping in the next room of their Kalamazoo home.

"He didn't mean to shoot it," says Hummel. "He accidentally hit the trigger and the gun went off."

Daniel Hummel says his grandson is mentally impaired, but managed to find the key to the gun-safe, unlock it, and load a shotgun.

"He said he was trying to find change in my pockets and he found the key to the gun safe," Hummel explains. "He unlocked it and he got a gun out and he put a bullet in it."

Then when he was trying to unload the gun and put it back, he accidentally pulled the trigger. Birdshot went through a closet wall into the living room and killed 28-year-old Deb Christner.