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Car stolen, crashed into building


PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Portage police are looking for the person who stole a car and ran it into a building, starting that building on fire.

Police got a call about a car that was stolen from Milham Meadows Apartments, around 4 a.m. Friday.

A short time later police found the car had been driven into the side of 13 & A Half Party Store in Kalamazoo.

The car hit an electrical meter, causing the fire. No one was inside the store at the time.

Anyone with information should contact the Portage Department of Public Safety at 269-329-4567 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100.


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WMU-COOLEY LAW SCHOOL ASSISTANT DEAN TRACEY BRAME TO RECEIVE THE WHITNEY M. YOUNG JR. SERVICE AWARD

WMU-COOLEY LAW SCHOOL ASSISTANT DEAN TRACEY BRAME TO RECEIVE THE WHITNEY M. YOUNG JR. SERVICE AWARD

WMU-COOLEY LAW SCHOOL ASSISTANT DEAN TRACEY BRAME TO RECEIVE THE WHITNEY M. YOUNG JR. SERVICE AWARD FROM THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Service award will honor Brame’s efforts in implementing youth Scouting opportunities

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Oct. 2, 2014 – The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will award both WMU-Cooley Law School Assistant Dean Tracey Brame and her husband, Kenyatta Brame, who is an adjunct professor at WMU-Cooley, with the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award for their implementation of youth Scouting opportunities. The service award will be presented at the Fulfilling the Dream fundraising luncheon on Monday, October 6 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

 

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Schools Featuring Optimal Flexibility Hold Informational Events for Michigan Families

As families continue to seek school options featuring greater flexibility and control for their children’s education, Michigan’s leading virtual and blended learning schools – Michigan Connections Academy, Great Lakes Cyber Academy and Nexus Academy’s three campuses in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Royal Oak – have scheduled a variety of information events throughout October.

Interested families are encouraged to attend upcoming events to learn more about how virtual and blended learning works, meet teachers and familiarize themselves with the schools’ award-winning curriculum.

“We have seen a huge change in our son’s self-confidence and motivation to learn since

Industrial supplier opens new facility in Portage


PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A supplier for the automotive and mechanical engineering industries cut the ribbon Monday on a new facility in Portage.

MANN+HUMMEL USA's South Campus allows for future business growth, according to Kurk Wilks, MANN+HUMMEL USA's vice president and general manager.

"Our new building is a great example of our strategic growth plan in action," said Wilks. "By providing innovative solutions to our customers we will continue to grow ag-gressively in the automotive industry."

The 220,000 square-foot facility will produce air cleaner systems, battery frames, and assemble intake manifolds and coolant reservoirs. It's also a warehouse and distribution center. By the end of this year, the company expects to have 200 workers there, bringing its Portage workforce to 500.

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Man killed while riding bike Saturday


ROSS TWP., Mich. (WZZM) A 68-year-old man died Saturday afternoon after he was struck by a van while riding his bicycle.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office says that Dale Alexander of Richland was riding his bike east on M-96 near the Fort Custer entrance at about 3:00pm Saturday. He was riding on the right shoulder and for some reason, he cut sharply across both eastbound lanes. He was hit by an eastbound Chrysler van driven by a 67-year-old Marshall woman.

Alexander was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet. No one in the van was injured. Deputies say that speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash.


Michigan’s Finest Antique Show on September 28

Michigan’s Finest Antique Show on September 28

Known for giving shoppers a large diverse shopping experience and “One of the Ten Best Shows in America”, rated by Antiques Magazine will be at the Allegan County Fairgrounds on Sunday, September 28.

Rain or shine, from 8:00am to 4:00pm the public has the opportunity to visit 200 dealers, outside under canopies, along with 200 dealers inside seven large buildings at the Fairgrounds located at 150 Allegan Co Fair Drive in Allegan, Michigan.

Admission is $4.00 per person.

Visit www.alleganantiques.com for more information.   

Varnum selected as Top Diversity Focused company

Varnum selected as Top Diversity Focused company

The Varnum law firm was recently honored as the top Michigan-based Diversity Focused Company By Corp! Magazine, after initially ranking among 26 companies being recognized for their commitment to diversity. The award was announced Sept.10 at the 8th annual Michigan Salute to Diversity Awards, honoring businesses, organizations and business leaders who have displayed significant achievements in diversity within their organization or the community.

The award recognized Varnum's strong commitment to diversity and inclusion as evidenced by several unique programs and policies, including:

  • Varnum appointed a dedicated Diversity and Inclusion attorney (2013 Corp!