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Hearing delayed for suspect in med student's death

Hearing delayed for suspect in med student's death

PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A probable cause hearing for a man charged in the fatal shooting of a University of Michigan medical student has been delayed a week.

Twenty-one-year-old Shaquille Jones faces open-murder and home invasion charges in Paul DeWolf's death. The hearing now will be held Dec. 13. Jones was arrested last month in North Charleston, S.C. He appeared Thursday in district court in Washtenaw County's Pittsfield Township.

Jones' lawyer James Fifelski says the judge granted the adjournment to let the defense examine evidence offered by the prosecution. Another defendant faces a hearing in the case on Dec. 12, while a third hasn't yet been charged.

DeWolf was found dead July 24 at an off-campus medical fraternity in Ann Arbor. The 25-year-old Schoolcraft native was attending Michigan on an Air Force scholarship.

UPDATE: Knife attack suspect greeted by police at hospital

UPDATE: Knife attack suspect greeted by police at hospital

UPDATE: The suspect, 42-year-old Benjamin Johnson, has been formally charged with assault with intent to murder in connection to the knife attack. 

The victim remains in the hospital in stable condition.

Johnson is expected back in court December 9, as officers continue to investigate the crime.  Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—  A 42-year-old man is in police custody after a knife attack that sent another man to the hospital.

Just before 8:30 p.m. Thursday, public safety officers were called to the 100 block of Reed Street, where they found a 61-year-old man with a stab wound to his neck.  A witness told officers the suspect got away in a white smaller SUV style vehicle.

Kalamazoo man charged in 'brutal' attack

Kalamazoo man charged in 'brutal' attack

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A Kalamazoo man is facing charges in connection to an attack that critically injured another Kalamazoo man.

Police arrested Drew Stafford Thorngate last Thursday.  Thorngate, 25, is charged with assault with intent to murder in what detectives are calling a brutal attack.

Last Tuesday night, officers found a 30-year-old man near a parking lot in the 500 block of S. Rose Street. The man was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Days after the assault, he was still listed in critical condition.

The investigation into the attack is ongoing. Anyone who may have seen something suspicious in the area is asked to call Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

Officers search for attacker who critically injured man

Officers search for attacker who critically injured man

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Public safety officers are looking for the person who attacked a Kalamazoo man, critically injuring him.

Officers found the 30-year-old victim near a parking lot in the 500 block of S. Rose St. Tuesday night.  The man was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers say the victim provided some details of the assault, but they still need more information.  Anyone who may have seen something suspicious in the area is asked to call Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

Police search for armed robbery suspect

Police search for armed robbery suspect

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--  Police believe two Kalamazoo men are responsible for at least three armed robberies in just as many days.

Officers are still looking for Stanley Allen Rice, 39, who faces three counts of armed robbery and one count of resisting and obstructing police.  A second suspect, Aquarius Walker, was arrested after falling into the Kalamazoo River while trying to run away from officers following a robbery.  Walker is charged with two counts of armed robbery, breaking and entering a building, being an accessory after a crime, fleeing and eluding and resisting and obstructing police. 

Police believe both men may be responsible for the robbery of 812 Shoppers Lane in Parchment around 1:30 Tuesday, as well as the robbery of Sunny Mart in Kalamazoo three hours earlier.   The two suspects are also facing charges for stealing cash from the Family Dollar in Kalamazoo on October 5.

Kalamazoo officers search for teen's attacker

Kalamazoo officers search for teen's attacker

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Kalamazoo Public Safety officers are looking for the man who dragged a teenager into the woods and assaulted her.

Officers say the attack happened shortly after 7 a.m. Friday in the 900 block of Bellevue.  The 14-year-old girl tells officers she was approached by a man, who dragged her into the woods, assaulted her then released her.

The girl traveled home where she called police to report the crime.  Police dogs could not track down the man.

The suspect is described as a white male in his forties with brown hair that’s starting to grey on the ends.  Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff recruits volunteers for Reserve Division

Kalamazoo County Sheriff recruits volunteers for Reserve Division

KALMAZOO, Mich.—The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office is recruiting volunteers to serve in its Reserve Division.

The new academy will start in January 2014.  Training is sponsored by the sheriff’s office.  Recruitment is open to all county residents who are 21 years or older and pass background and drug checks.

The Reserve Division includes a diverse group of volunteers, from doctors to factory workers.  Participants have the opportunity to work in the county jail, help security for local events and the Kalamazoo County Fair, take part in the Honor Guard and Rapid Response Team and ride on road patrol with deputies.

The academy is volunteer-based, so applicants should not expect pay.  To apply, visit the sheriff’s office at 1500 Lamont St. in Kalamazoo or visit www.KCSDRD.org.