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Police seek man who hit, partially blinded woman


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for your help to identify a man involved in an aggravated assault that left one woman partially blind.

The incident occurred on Oct. 25 at the downtown Marathon gas station in Kalamazoo.

The suspect got into a fight with the woman's husband before striking her in the head. She lost sight in one of her eyes because of her injuries.

If you have any information, please call Kalamazoo police at (269) 337-8994 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.


Woman, 20, may not face charges in man's stabbing death


COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 20-year-old woman may not face any charges after a domestic dispute that lead to a man's death in Kalamazoo County.

Sheriff's responded to a domestic violence fight around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The incident occurred at a home on Carter Street. Upon arrival, deputies found David Leonard Degoede Jr., 35, dead inside the home.

Police immediately took the woman into custody on open murder charges. After prosecutors reviewed the incident, they decided to temporarily deny charges pending further investigation.

This is a developing story.

Kzoo Promise marks 10th anniversary; other cities follow


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ten years ago, it forever changed higher-education funding in Kalamazoo. On Tuesday morning, a major event kicked off the Kalamazoo Promise anniversary celebration. The program which provides Kalamazoo students with free college tuition.

WZZM 13 is looking at how it's been an example for some other communities.

Community leaders from around the country registered for the anniversary event at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo. Many of them have started programs similar to the Kalamazoo Promise, with some further along than others. However, for all of them, it's about investing in education.

A decade on from Kalamazoo's launch, there are thank you's from schools, neighborhoods, and of course, real people like Tinashe Chaponda.

All 3 Kalamazoo tire-slashing suspects caught


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police in Kalamazoo have found three people suspected of slashing tires on Halloween.

Two of them turned themselves in; the third was tracked down by officers.

Investigators say the cars were in various parking garages across the downtown area. In total, 10 vehicles were targeted.

All three suspects face charges of malicious destruction of property.


Kalamazoo Craft Beer Festival Returns

Kalamazoo Craft Beer Festival Returns

Townsquare Media & the Wings Event Center are offering the public the chance to encounter the 2nd Annual Kalamazoo Craft Beer Festival.

This Saturday, November 7 from 12pm – 6pm, the Wing’s Event Center located at 3600 Vanrick Drive in Kalamazoo, Michigan present craft breweries from around the country.

Kalamazoo DPS looking for armed robbery suspects


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police need your help catching the two remaining suspects they say were involved in an armed robbery Wednesday afternoon.

It happened around 1:50 on James Street not far from the corner of Stockbridge Avenue and Portage Street. Officers disrupted an armed robbery in progress and three people tried to run away. One of them was caught.

Witness tips led officers to a house on Clinton Avenue, where they served a search warrant and found some evidence related to the armed robbery. Police say they know the names of the suspects they're looking for but are not releasing those names.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Kalamazoo Police at (269) 337-8994 or Silent Observer (269) 343-2100.


Amtrak train slams into car stuck on tracks


COMSTOCK, Mich. (WZZM)-- A Kalamazoo woman and her passenger are okay, after an Amtrak train slammed into their car stuck on the tracks.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office says Amanda Davis was driving Eastbound on East Michigan Avenue near Leenhouts Street in Comstock when she went off the road and crashed into the train tracks. Davis and her passenger heard a train coming and got out of the car.

An Amtrak train traveling from Chicago to Pontiac hit the vehicle. There were 59 passengers and 5 crew members on board, but no one on board was hurt. The train was going 75 MPH at the time of the crash. Davis was cited for a moving violation.