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My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

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Long-dead woman found in Kalamazoo apartment


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- The public safety department is investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a Kalamazoo apartment Thursday night.

Officers responded to the 1300 block of Mills St. on a report of woman dead on a couch in the living room. Officers discovered Jessica Hart, 36, had died well before their arrival.

The cause of death is currently under investigation, but foul play is not suspected.

Anyone with information on this investigation is urged to contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994, Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100, or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

Kalamazoo man sentenced for beating girlfriend with puppy


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- A 51-year-old man has been sentenced to six months in jail after authorities say he beat his girlfriend with a two-week-old puppy, causing the animal's death.

Timothy Tucker also was sentenced Tuesday to four years of probation and entry into the Swift and Sure Sanctions Program. He was ordered to pay state fees and restitution.

Tucker pleaded guilty in December to third-offense domestic violence as a second-time habitual offender. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports one count of killing/torturing animals was dismissed was part of a plea deal.

According to court documents, Tucker punched his girlfriend in the face in November, and then repeatedly struck her with the couple's puppy.

Tucker will receive credit for 68 days he's already served in jail.


Kalamazoo woman dies in crash


KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - A 51-year-old Kalamazoo woman is dead after a traffic crash Tuesday morning.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's office reports that the woman was driving north on Sprinkle Road north of E. Michigan when she lost control of her vehicle and crossed the center line. Her vehicle was hit by another vehicle heading south.

The woman was killed in the crash. The driver of the 2nd vehicle was also hurt and was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.


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Elderly driver dies in I-94 crash


PAW PAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- An elderly driver from Portage is dead after a crash on I-94 Monday night.

The incident happened at about 11:30 p.m. on eastbound I-94 in Paw Paw Township.

Michigan State Police say Eugene Howard, 83, was traveling slowly on the interstate when a semi struck his vehicle from behind. Howard's car went off the road into deep snow on the south side of the highway.

Witnesses who came to the aid of Howard told police he was slumped into the passenger side of the vehicle and may have been suffering a medical emergency that happened prior to the crash. Troopers attempted CPR on Howard until ambulances arrived.

Police are still investigating the crash; they say alcohol or drug use by either driver is not a suspected cause.


My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan's (USGBCWM) second annual Battle of the Buildings competition. The statewide competition is an expansion of the Battle of the Buildings that started in West Michigan last year.

Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction. The competition is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state of Michigan and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Steelcase, Western Michigan University and Nichols have already committed for the 2015 competition totaling over 3,000,000 sq. feet.

Upton: I-94 needs review after pileup


GALESBURG, Mich. (AP) - Lawmakers say a 193-vehicle pileup in Michigan that killed one man and closed a stretch of Interstate 94 for two days should prompt a review of whether the stretch of roadway needs upgrades.

Republican Congressman Rep. Fred of Michigan tells the Kalamazoo Gazette it "begs the question of what can be done" to improve what he calls "the Bermuda Triangle of Kalamazoo County."

Upton says I-94 needs to be widened from four to six lanes through eastern Kalamazoo County.

Republican state Sen. Margaret O'Brien of Portage, however, says she doesn't know whether widening is the answer.

Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Nick Schirripa says that speed and driver behavior in whiteout snow conditions are to blame in Friday morning's chain reaction crashes. He says roadway width isn't an issue.