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Kzoo woman crashes vehicle during police chase, dies

PORTAGE, Mich. (AP) - A 52-year-old Kalamazoo woman has been killed in a crash while fleeing police in Kalamazoo County.

State police Lt. Dale Hinz tells the Kalamazoo Gazette that the crash occurred early Friday morning near railroad tracks in Portage.

The woman's vehicle was being briefly pursued by a Kalamazoo County sheriff's deputy.

Hinz says it was not immediately known why the deputy was trying to stop the woman's vehicle. The chase and crash are under investigation by the state police.

The woman's name was not released.

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Kalamazoo Public Schools Job Fair Date Set

Kalamazoo Public Schools Job Fair Date Set

Kalamazoo Public Schools is Hiring. They are looking for Elementary Teachers, Secondary Teachers, Special Ed Personnel and Support Staff.

The Job Fair for these positions is taking place on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 4 – 6pm at the W. Main Professional Development Center, located at 1627 W. Main in Kalamazoo, MI.

If you would like to pre-register and be considered for interviews on May 12th, please RSVP before May 1st at hivelynl@kalamazoo.k12.mi.us or visit the website at www.kalamazoopublicschools.com

Shot fired in Kzoo armed robbery

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) - Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers are searching for two armed robbery suspects after a shot was fired inside a gas station.

The robbery took place at about 5:00am at the Marathon gas station at 605 E. Michigan. The two suspects had taken an undisclosed amount of cash and other merchandise and fled the scene on foot. One shot had been fired inside the station, but no one was injured.

Police described the suspects as two African-American men who appear to be in their 20s. One suspect was heavy-set, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, pulled over his head, and jeans with a design on the pockets. He carried a black semi-automatic handgun.

The other suspect is described as having a medium build and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head. The sweatshirt had a long, white string hanging from the hood. He also wore dark jeans and carried a handgun.

Armed robber stabs restaurant manager

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A restaurant manager suffered a stab wound while taking down an armed robbery suspect overnight.

The incident happened just after midnight Wednesday at the Checkers restaurant on 575 E. Michigan. When Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Officers arrived, they found the manager had subdued the suspect who had tried to rob the business at knife-point. Officers took the suspect into custody without any further incident.

The manager was stabbed once in the leg during the struggle; the injury was non-life threatening. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and released.

The suspect is a 21-year-old man from Kalamazoo. He will be arraigned on charges of armed robbery and felonious assault.

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Rotarians Going Back to School To Encourage Early Age Literacy, Higher Education

Rotarians Going Back to School To Encourage Early Age Literacy, Higher Education

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Nearly 1,100 second-graders will be entertained and encouraged as members of the Kalamazoo Rotary stop by their classrooms for the annual Rotary Is For Reading. The project promotes childhood literacy while challenging kids to pursue higher education.

"We want to plant the seed of higher education in these young minds so it can sprout during their school years and bloom beyond graduation," said Rotary Club President Joe Brogger.

Launched six years ago, Rotary Is For Reading deploys local Rotarians to 58 classrooms in 17 elementary schools in the Kalamazoo Public School system. According to Kay Palan, Dean of Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business, more than 60 Rotary Club members are signed up to participate this year.

"It's in the Bag" purse sale & raffle

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On April 18, 2015, the Friends of the Portage Senior Center will host the first "It’s in the Bag" purse sale and raffle. Gently used purses and tote bags, both name brands and knockoffs, will be available for purchase at bargain prices. The sale will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and is open to the public.

"Folks have donated more than 700 bags of all shapes and sizes," said Senior Center Manager, Kim Phillips. A variety of new name brand bags, donated by generous sponsors, will be raffled off during the event. Raffle tickets are available for sale at the Portage Senior Center (PSC). Proceeds from the raffle and the purse sale will support operations at the PSC.

Shooting victim takes himself to hospital

KALAMAZOO (WZZM)-- Kalamazoo County police are looking for the gunman, after a shooting victim walked himself into a hospital.

Deputies say it happened around 5:15 Sunday morning at the Shell Gas Station on West Michigan Avenue. Officers say someone in a vehicle fired shots and hit one person. The shooter then drove away. The victim went to the hospital on their own with non-life threatening injuries. A suspect has not been identified at this time.