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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.

Willie Nelson concert in Kalamazoo postponed


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Willie Nelson has postponed his scheduled performance at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo Wednesday night due to illness.

All patrons who have previously purchased tickets to see Willie Nelson are asked to hold on to their tickets. When a new date is scheduled, Miller Auditorium will contact all ticket holders to exchange their tickets into the new performance.

Refunds are available at point of purchase for those interested. Any patrons with questions should call the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at (269) 387-2300.


WMU student invention wins $10,000 Lemelson-MIT 'Cure it!' prize

WMU student invention wins $10,000 Lemelson-MIT 'Cure it!' prize

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A Western Michigan University senior and a recent graduate are the winners of a prestigious national prize for their life-saving, low-cost invention, NeoVent, a respiratory support device designed to treat critically ill infants in developing nations.

Discover Kalamazoo launches Craft Brewery Trail

Discover Kalamazoo launches Craft Brewery Trail

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Kalamazoo’s first official beer trail will launch on May 28, 2015. The Give a Craft beer trail is designed to promote the nearly one dozen breweries that call Kalamazoo home.  

                  “Since 1985, residents and visitors alike have been able to enjoy some of the nation’s best craft beer right here in Kalamazoo.  With the explosion of new establishments throughout Kalamazoo County over the past two years, the launch of the Give a Craft beer trail is the next step toward creating an exciting destination for craft beer enthusiasts to discover,” said Greg Ayers, president and CEO of Discover Kalamazoo.

WMU supervisor honored for mentoring, customer service, leadership

WMU supervisor honored for mentoring, customer service, leadership

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A Western Michigan University student supervisor was recognized this spring by a regional organization for his mentoring, professionalism and leadership.

Tyler Payne, student employment supervisor at the University's Help Desk, was named Student Employment Supervisor of the Year for Michigan by the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators, representing the 14-state region.

Portage resident stabbed during overnight dispute


PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) - Portage police are investigating an overnight stabbing. Investigators say that shortly after 3:00 a.m. Saturday, it appears there was a fight between several people inside a home in the 3300 block of Wyndham.

The group left that home and another confrontation happened in a driveway on Yarmouth. During the confrontation a 22 year old Portage resident was stabbed in the lower back. He was taken to the hospital by friends and is listed in stable condition.

Detectives are interviewing witnesses and have not made an arrest at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call the Portage Department of Public Safety at 329-4567 or Silent Observer at 343-2100.