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My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $31K to volunteer groups

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $31K to volunteer groups

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of organizations are getting a financial boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation.

The organization recently awarded 64 grants totaling $30,900 to nonprofits across the state.  The Volunteer Investment Program grants are aimed at encouraging volunteering within Consumers Energy by rewarding those who work or have worked for the company.  This year’s recipients include:


  • $650 to Girl Scout Junior Troop 80462 (Jim Cottrell)
  • $450 to Mattawan Consolidated Schools Battle of the Books (Hillary Hogarth)
  • $550 to United States Bowling Congress Kalamazoo Area Youth Association/Airway Lanes (Susan Searles)


Trivalent Group, Inc. engineer honored with 2014 Microsoft MVP award

Trivalent Group, Inc. engineer honored with 2014 Microsoft MVP award

GRANDVILLE, Mich.-- Trivalent Group, Inc., one of Michigan’s largest IT solution providers, has announced that its Senior Cloud Services Engineer, Andy Syrewicze, was honored with the 2014 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award.

The MVP Award is given to exceptional, independent community leaders who share their passion, technical expertise and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with others.

“We are proud of Andy Syrewicze for achieving this prestigious recognition as one of only five MVPs in the United States for Microsoft Hyper-V,” said Trivalent Group CEO Larry Andrus. “Microsoft is a strategic partner for us at Trivalent Group.  Andy has continually grown both his technical and professional expertise during his nearly eight years with Trivalent.”

Kzoo police catch teen with concealed gun

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Public safety officers say they caught a 15-year-old boy with a handgun concealed in his waistband in a Kalamazoo neighborhood dealing with an increase in violence.

Officers received a call around 9:45 p.m. Thursday about a young make carrying a gun in the Edison Neighborhood. When they arrived near the intersection of Washington Avenue and James Street, they saw a teenager matching the suspect's description walking onto the front porch of a home.

The teenager tried running into the house when officers approached to speak with him. They caught him just inside the door and found a .22 caliber handgun in his waistband.

Investigators say the house the 15-year-old tried running into was not his, and the people inside had no association with him.

My Town: Surveillance images of bank robbery suspect released

My Town: Surveillance images of bank robbery suspect released

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Kalamazoo County deputies are releasing surveillance images of a bank robbery suspect, in hopes of making an arrest.

The crime happened just before noon Tuesday at the Kellogg Community Federal Credit Union at 5067 Gull Road in Comstock Township.  Investigators say the man walked into the bank, flashed a silver handgun and forced the employees into the vault and broom closet.    The man ran away with an undisclosed amount of money.  A tracking dog could not pick up his scent.

The man is described as 5’8”, 150 pounds between the ages of 20 years and 40 years.  He was last seen wearing a black wig in a bun style, a light brown hat, dark wire rim tinted glasses, an olive green and cream colored shirt, khaki pants and dark colored shoes.  He was also carrying a black lap top bag.

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My Town: Kalamazoo man killed in shooting identified

My Town: Kalamazoo man killed in shooting identified

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Kalamazoo Public Safety officers are releasing the name of a Kalamazoo man killed in a Sunday night shooting.

Officers say 30-year-old Orlando David Walker arrived at Bronson Hospital with a gunshot wound to his chest a short time after gunfire was reported in the area of 1000 N. Church. Walker died a short time later.

Officers found a second man at the crime scene with gunshot wounds to his leg. So far, no suspects have been arrested.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation. Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

My Town Kalamazoo: United Way gives $7.6 million to support community programs

My Town Kalamazoo: United Way gives $7.6 million to support community programs
-------NEWS RELEASE---------KALAMAZOO, Mich. (United Way)—From early grade reading to support services for seniors, 106 programs operated by nonprofit agencies across the region are welcoming support totaling more than $7.6 million from United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region (UWBCKR).  “Because of our incredibly generous supporters, United Way is able to fund programs that are changing lives in meaningful ways,” said Michael Larson, President and CEO of UWBCKR. “More kids will learn to read well so they can succeed in school. More families will achieve financial stability. More people will embrace healthier lifestyles. More individuals in crisis will get the help they need.”  Larson said this year’s community investments, which total $7,651,690, meets or exceeds overall support provided both locally and regionally over the past several years.

Grandmother injured in Kalamazoo armed robbery

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 16-year-old Kalamazoo boy is accused of stealing a grandmother's bicycle and injuring her in the process.

Around 6:45 Monday evening, Kalamazoo Public Safety officers were dispatched to Douglas Ave. and North St. in response to a bleeding woman lying on the sidewalk. She told officers she was bicycling with her grandchildren when a robber pulled what appeared to be a gun from his waistband and demanded anything she had in her pockets. When the robber found the woman had no pockets, he hit the back of her head with the weapon, knocking her off her bike, and stealing it.

Officers found the suspect three blocks away and recovered the stolen bike. They also learned the suspect's weapon was an Airsoft pistol.