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Huizenga Nominates 14 Students to U.S. Military Service Academies

Huizenga Nominates 14 Students to U.S. Military Service Academies

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga has nominated 14 students to be considered for acceptance into the 2016 class of the U.S. Military, Air Force, Navy, and Merchant Marine Academies. 

“I admire these students who answer the call to serve our country. It is an honor to nominate such motivated and brave young men and women from West Michigan in their application to the U.S. Service Academies.” Huizenga said. 

The nominations are based upon a 10-member academy advisory board interview that evaluates such criteria as academic achievement, extracurricular achievement and leadership abilities. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require a congressional nomination. Further information on requirements for nomination and the application process is available on Huizenga’s website at http://huizenga.house.gov/

Huizenga nominated the following students for the class of 2016:

Deputy shot in arm in traffic stop shootout

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kalamazoo County investigators are searching for two brothers wanted for questioning following a traffic stop shootout that left a deputy injured.

It started around 6:45 p.m. Friday on East Michigan Avenue near Sprinkle Road in Comstock Township.

According to the Kalamazoo Gazette, two Kalamazoo County deputies pulled over a pickup, but someone inside the truck began shooting at them.

One of the deputies was grazed in the arm, but his injuries were not serious.

The truck drove away from the scene and was later found abandoned.

The Gazette is reporting investigators are searching for two brothers -- Christopher Wright, 25, and William Wright, 28.   The brothers are considered "persons of interest."

Air Zoo to offer motor coach trip to Detroit auto show

Air Zoo to offer motor coach trip to Detroit auto show

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Those looking to visit the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit need look no further!  The Air Zoo is offering a fully escorted trip to the NAIAS on Jan. 17. 

The organized trip will feature transportation by deluxe motor coach. The trip costs $55 per person and includes transportation and a ticket to the NAIAS at the Cobo Center in Detroit.  The motor coach will depart from the Air Zoo at 7:30 a.m. and return around 6 p.m.

The trip to the NAIAS is one of many organized, escorted trips the Air Zoo is planning in 2012.  To see a complete list of upcoming trips, visit www.airzoo.org.

For more information about this or other trips, or to sign up, contact Tamra Stafford at tstafford@airzoo.org or call 269.350.2815.

Accident - 1700 E. Kilgore

Kalamazoo, MI: On January 4th 2012, at 10:46 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the 2000 block of Kilgore Road on a report of a personal injury accident.  The initial caller reported that one of the drivers was pinned in their vehicle.  On scene officers found a female trapped in her Volkswagen Jetta.  Using the Jaws of Life, officers were able to extricate the female from of her vehicle and she was transported to Bronson hospital with multiple broken bones and facial injuries. 

Preliminary investigation has determined that the female was eastbound on Kilgore Road, crossing over I-94, when she crossed the center lane at a high rate of speed and struck a westbound truck.  The driver of the truck, a 22-year-old Kalamazoo resident suffered minor injuries but refused medical attention at the scene.

Drug raid leads to firearms and drug seizures

Drug raid leads to firearms and drug seizures

Officers from the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team, acting on complaints of drug dealing and illegal gambling in the 800 block of Ampersee, opened up an investigation into the claims. During the investigation Officers identified a residence in the 800 block of Ampersee. On January 4, 2012 Officers from the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team and Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety’s Swat Team, executed a search warrant at the residence. During the raid, 13 subjects were found inside the residence participating in illegal gambling. A quantity of pre-packaged marijuana, crack cocaine, electronic scales, packaging equipment, gambling equipment, and illegal proceeds were seized.

Kalamazoo County Joins McLaren Health Plan’s Medicaid Service Area

Kalamazoo County Joins McLaren Health Plan’s Medicaid Service Area

News Release:

Flint, Mich. - As part of McLaren Health Plan’s ongoing growth and expansion, the health plan Medicaid service area will include Kalamazoo County on Jan. 1, 2012.

Kalamazoo County residents will now have the opportunity to enroll in an award-winning Medicaid plan that offers many free benefits, including no copayments on office visits, prescriptions, hospital and ER visits, eye exams and glasses, and podiatry services.

Additionally, McLaren Health Plan Medicaid members can enroll in McLaren Moms, a support program for pregnant members, and have access to a host of other free programs.

“We invite Kalamazoo County residents to experience the care and personal attention we give to each of our members,” said Kathy Kendall, President and CEO of McLaren Health Plan.

Female Extricated in Two Car Accident - 2000 E. Kilgore

Kalamazoo, MI - On January 4th 2012, at 10:46 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the 2000 block of Kilgore Road on a report of a personal injury accident.  The initial caller reported that one of the drivers was pinned in their vehicle.  On scene officers found a female trapped in her Volkswagen Jetta.  Using the Jaws of Life, officers were able to extricate the female from of her vehicle and she was transported to Bronson hospital with multiple broken bones and facial injuries.  The victim, a 20-year-old Portage resident is reported to be in stable condition.