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Pretrial set for man in medical student's slaying

Pretrial set for man in medical student's slaying

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP & WZZM) - A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for one of two men charged in the shooting death of a 25-year-old University of Michigan medical student.

The Ann Arbor News reports that Shaquille Jones' case was pushed back to Feb. 19 when a plea in Paul DeWolf's slaying wasn't made Tuesday as expected.

DeWolf was found dead July 24, 2013, at an off-campus medical fraternity. A video game system was taken and later sold for $80.

The 21-year-old Jones and 20-year-old Joei Jordan were arrested in November in their native South Carolina and charged with murder and home invasion.

They told police that the fraternity house was one of two homes they broke into July 23 and that an accomplice accidently shot DeWolf.  DeWolf was a native of Schoolcraft in southwestern Michigan and a graduate of Grand Valley State University.

Kalamazoo couple attacked by robbers

Kalamazoo couple attacked by robbers

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. --- Kalamazoo County detectives are searching for two men after an alleged drug deal gone wrong.

Detectives say a 27-year-old woman and her 33-year-old boyfriend were driving on East Michigan Avenue near Packard Street when they encountered two men.  Investigators say the Kalamazoo couple tried to purchase marijuana from the men, but the men then tried to rob the couple.  During the robbery attempt, the 33-year-old man was cut several times with a knife and the 27-year-old woman was shot.  Her injuries are non-life threatening.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 383-8748 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

Kalamazoo teen arrested after armed robbery

Kalamazoo teen arrested after armed robbery

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—  A Kalamazoo teenager accused of robbing a man at gunpoint is in police custody.

Officers were called to the 1000 block of E. Vine shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday.  The alleged victim told police a gunman stopped him alongside the road and demanded he turn over his money and cell phone.  After the victim complied, the gunman ran away.

Later that night, officers found the suspect with the stolen valuables sitting in a parked vehicle in  the 3100 block of S. Westnedge.  The teenager was arrested, but a handgun was never located.

Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

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.