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Man breaks into home, sexually assaults 14-year-old


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Detectives are investigating a home invasion that led to a sexual assault early Wednesday morning.

Public safety officers responded to a home in the 1600 block of Reed Street around 3 a.m. Officers say a man broke into the home and sexually assaulted a 14-year old girl. He also robbed another man at gunpoint and stole other items from the home.

As he was walking away from the scene, he fired two gunshots into the ground.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 20's. He's 5'8" to 6'0" tall and weighs 200-230 lbs. His hair is braided and he has two tear drop tattoos near his left eye. He was wearing a black baseball cap, a blue hoodie under a black coat and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.


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My Town Kalamazoo: Experience downtown with Girlfriends Getaway Feb. 28

My Town Kalamazoo: Experience downtown with Girlfriends Getaway Feb. 28

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More than 15 businesses in downtown Kalamazoo are coming together to offer a day out on the town for the ladies.

The second year event will take place on Saturday, February 28 with a variety of activities going on all day starting at 10 a.m. There’s something for everyone from mixology and wine pairing classes, to health and beauty options including yoga, an into to pilates and barre, and essential oil making. For those interested in crafting, there’s even an opportunity to "make your own tote bag."

"We wanted to create an experience downtown, for women to explore Kalamazoo and have a whole day of fun with their girlfriends," said Dana Schmitt from the Downtown Kalamazoo Retail & Restaurant Association.

City of Portage Winter Blast Half Marathon and 5K

City of Portage Winter Blast Half Marathon and 5K

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The 3rd Annual Portage Winter Blast Half Marathon and 5K will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015. The event is organized in partnership by the Kalamazoo Area Runners and the City of Portage. We encourage you to join in the celebration by participating or volunteering, or just coming out to cheer on the runners and walkers.

While the course was designed to limit impact on vehicular traffic, several street closures and detours throughout the city will be in place on race morning. See attached map for a complete course map. The following streets will be closed or have limited access during the estimated times indicated below the morning of Sunday, March 1, 2015:

• Full closure (barricades) on South Westnedge Avenue between East Centre Avenue and Bacon Avenue (7:45 – 9:30am)

Kalamazoo Promise turns 10 years old


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- This year, the Kalamazoo Public Schools district is celebrating a decade of the Kalamazoo Promise, which has awarded nearly 4,000 college scholarships.

Thanks to donors, all high school graduates from the district can count on scholarships to any community college or public university.

Since its inception in 2005, the Kalamazoo Promise has paid out more than $60 million in scholarships.

Nearly 1,000 of the scholarship recipients have received college degrees.


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My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.A group of real estate professionals have come together to create a service that is giving back to those who serve the public in the Grand Rapids area.

"U Deserve" has brought together several professionals who are dedicated to lowering costs associated with buying, selling or refinancing a home for active military members, veterans, firefighters, police officers, EMS providers, health care professionals and educators.

“Growing up with a father who served in the National Guard and as a police officer, I was able to see first-hand how much public service individuals give back to their communities,” said Kevin Wildman, founder of U Deserve.  “U Deserve is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those individuals.”

My Town: Earth Fare now open in Portage

My Town: Earth Fare now open in Portage

PORTAGE, Mich.--  Shoppers looking for healthy food now have a new option in Portage.

Earth Fare welcomed its first West Michigan customers Wednesday morning. The new store offers fresh meats and dairy that are free of antibiotics and synthetic growth hormones.  The store also sells foods that are free of artificial and trans fats,  high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, artificial preservatives, bleached and bromated flour artificial flavors and artificial colors. Earth Fare says it offers more organic produce than any other store.

The new store is located at 5070 S. Westnedge Ave in Portage, Michigan. Sign-up for e-mail offers at EarthFare.com/Westnedge.

My Town Kalamazoo: Allied Superfund Site redevelopment public meeting Thursday, Feb. 26

My Town Kalamazoo: Allied Superfund Site redevelopment public meeting Thursday, Feb. 26

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The City of Kalamazoo will hold a public meeting to discuss the recent redevelopment option that has been proposed for the Allied Landfill Superfund Site located between Alcott Street and Cork Street on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6 p.m.  This public meeting will be held in the gymnasium at St. Joseph Catholic Church located at 936 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI  49001.

Representatives from the United States Environmental Protection Agency-Region 5 and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will also be available during the informal discussion time at the meeting to answer questions and receive input.