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My Town: Hospital under investigation gets new leader

My Town: Hospital under investigation gets new leader

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—  A hospital under investigation for alleged abuse of patients is getting a new director.

Jill Krause will oversee the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital beginning Jan. 7.   Krause has more than 21 years of experience in behavioral health, most recently serving as the director of the adult mental illness division of Network180 in Kent County.

“As a department, we are committed to providing quality care to the patients at Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital,” said Tim Becker, deputy director of the Michigan Department of Community Health. “We continue to make important progress in ensuring the safety of our patients and staff, and I am confident that Jill’s experience and leadership will help us carry this momentum forward.”

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My Town: Dogs surprise home intruders

My Town: Dogs surprise home intruders

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A homeowner’s dogs are being credited for foiling an early morning robbery.

It happened around 4:15 a.m. Monday in the 10000 block of Cadet Lane in Oshtemo Township.  Investigators say the dogs woke up their owner after hearing intruders.  The man found his back sliding glass door open and his furniture had been moved.  The suspects had already run away.

K9s with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office tried to sniff out the suspects, but could not locate them. Anyone with information in this case is asked to call authorities at (269) 383-8748 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

My Town: Pair robs Plainsman Motel

My Town: Pair robs Plainsman Motel

SCHOOLCRAFT TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man and a woman who robbed a motel.

The crime happened around 4:30 a.m. Monday at the Plainsman Motel, off U.S. 131 in Schoolcraft Township.  The man was carrying a gun and the thieves got away with cash.

The man was last seen wearing a tan coat with a bandanna over his face.  He is white and approximately 6’ tall. The woman is also white.  She’s approximately 5’2”, 250 pounds and has several piercings on her face.  The pair was driving a dark blue vehicle.

Anyone with information in this case should contact the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department at (269) 383-8748 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mark Jansen tops the list of West Michigan lawmakers who missed the most votes this year, according to the Missed Votes Report compiled by Jack McHugh, editor of MichiganVotes.org.

Jansen missed 46 votes between January and December of this year. The District 28 Republican represents a large portion of Kent County, including Ada, Algoma, Alpine, Cannon, Courtland, Grand Rapids and Plainfield townships, as well as East Grand Rapids, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming.

State Rep. Jon Bumstead, who represents Newaygo, Lake and Oceana counties, had the most missed votes among West Michigan lawmakers in the House, with 21 this year.  

Three senators and three representatives missed 50 or more votes this year.  The top offenders were Rep. John Olumba of Detroit, with 233 missed votes, and Sen. Bert Johnson of Detroit, with 187 missed votes.

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My Town: No school, no problem! Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

My Town: No school, no problem!  Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

During the winter break from school, many students will pack away their books and turn their attention away from learning. 

To help ensure your students are still learning, statewide virtual learning school, Michigan Connections Academy, is sharing activities you can do as a family to keep your young students busy and their brains active over the break.

1.       Practice math while baking holiday cookies. Students struggle with fractions and always want to know when they will “use math in real life.” The perfect time to practice fractions is while you are baking cookies. Two-thirds of a cup plus 1/3 of a cup equals one whole cup, which your child will see as you work on making those cookies, helping develop a real life connection to what they are learning in school.

My Town: Meijer shoppers receive checkout surprise

WALKER, Mich.—Christmas came early to 213 Meijer shoppers, who received a checkout surprise.


On Dec. 13, the Walker-based retailer paid for all of the gifts and groceries filling each shopper’s cart, ranging from $350 to $1,200 each.  The company posted video of the event on YouTube, which you can find here.


“The holidays are a time for kindness and joy, and the Very Merry Meijer event was a perfect opportunity for us to share the spirit of the season with those we hold dear: our customers,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “Our family has always believed that our customers don’t need us, but that we need them. That philosophy still guides us today. We are very thankful for our customers, and wanted to find a special way to wish them a very Merry Christmas.”


Some Michigan theaters to show "The Interview"

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Sony has announced it will allow theaters to show "The Interview," and some theaters in Michigan plan to do so.

Sony initially pulled the film, which is about a plan to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Sony made that decision following a cyberattack that authorities blame on North Korea.

The Alamo Drafthouse in Kalamazoo announced on Facebook it will show the movie starting on Friday.

The State Theatre in Ann Arbor will begin showing "The Interview" on Christmas day. Representatives from the State Theatre tell WZZM 13 the big-budget comedy is an unlikely but important symbol of freedom of expression.

Sony might also release the movie through video-on-demand platforms.