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Calhoun Co. deputy arrested for alleged drunk driving

LEROY TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A Calhoun County Sheriff Department deputy was taken to the Kalamazoo County jail early Friday morning after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of liquor.

Sheriff Matt Saxton said the male officer was off-duty when he was found unresponsive in his personal car at the intersection of 4 Mile Road and H Drive South in Calhoun County's Leroy Township.

Saxton said the case remains under investigation by Michigan State Police and exact charges are pending.

The deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is part of his union contract, while the department's Office of Professional Standards conducts its own internal investigation.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

A special movie screening is offered by the Kalamazoo State Theatre with the Griswold’s!

See thousands of lights at the Kalamazoo Mall and come indoors to experience holiday merriment. KST will be offering a full bar with festive Holiday drinks. Every ticket sold, $1 is donated to WMU’s Seita Scholars Program. Tickets Price is $8.00

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation takes place on Saturday, December 18 from 7:00pm – 11:50pm at the Kalamazoo State Theatre located at 404 S. Burdick St. in Kalamazoo.

Visit www.kazoostate.com to purchase tickets.

Investigators interview witness in 1983 vehicle death case

VICKSBURG, Mich. (AP) -- Investigators are getting fresh information about the 1983 death of a man who may have been intentionally struck by a vehicle in southwestern Michigan.

Kalamazoo County sheriff's investigators have said they believe 16-year-old Erik Cross was intentionally struck by a vehicle near Vicksburg. Erik's father found him on the morning of June 26, 1983, in the road near the family's home.

In September, Undersheriff Pali Matyas said detectives learned of an effort to conceal information and deceive detectives and Erik's family about what happened. Matyas has said investigators were giving anyone involved a final chance to come forward.

On Monday, Matyas told the Kalamazoo Gazette that the investigation is ongoing and a witness was interviewed last week.

2 people killed en route to hospital for birth

COMSTOCK TWP. Mich. (WZZM) -- Two people traveling to the hospital to visit for a family birth were killed in a crash Saturday.

Emil Skokan III, 34, and Peggy Nichols, 53, were traveling northbound on South 26th Street at Cork when Skokan lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree, according to a Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office news release. The crash happened just before 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.

The two were pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation found they were en route to the hospital for the birth of a family member.

Raw sewage comes up from opening in manhole

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- Officials say solidifying kitchen grease blocked a sewer line in Kalamazoo, causing about 400 gallons of raw sewage to come up through an opening in a manhole.
Sue Foune, managing director of the City of Kalamazoo Public Services, tells the Kalamazoo Gazette that the problem was reported Saturday night.
Foune says crews removed the blockage that night and vacuumed up sewage from the pavement. State environmental officials and local health officials have been notified.

3 arrested for drugs, gun found in car

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM)-- The Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers stopped a 1999 Ford Taurus on Woodbury Avenue around 2:45 a.m. Saturday for a traffic violation.

The officers found marijuana inside the car, which prompted two passengers to run, police said. The back seat passenger was caught on Florence Street.

Police found cocaine on the suspect. The front seat passenger was tracked down by a police K-9 unit, hiding behind a home on Florence Street.

Police also found a loaded .40 caliber handgun in the front passenger seat.

One of the 20 year-old suspects faces charges for resisting arrest and possession of cocaine. The other 20-year-old passenger faces charges for resisting arrest, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of marijuana.

The driver stayed on the scene. They face charges for driving on a suspended license and possessing marijuana.

Kzoo police sergeant dies after breast cancer fight

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Sergeant Lisa Moore Zuk, a 14 and a half year veteran of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, died Monday after a battle with breast cancer.

The department described her as having an "infectious attitude and fighting spirit ... an everlasting gift to those that worked with and around her," according to a news release. 

Zuk served as an officer, K-9 handler, field training officer, recruiter and a sergeant in Kalamazoo's Edison Neighborhood. 

Funeral arrangements are handled by Langeland Family Funeral Homes - Westside Chapel, 3926 S. 9th St., in Kalamazoo. Hours for visitation are slated from 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Visitation is open to the public.

The funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7, and is open to family, friends and law enforcement. It will take place at the Valley Family Church on Vincent Avenue.