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My Town: New Cafe takes shape in Portage

My Town: New Cafe takes shape in Portage

PORTAGE, Mich.—A new coffee shop is popping up in Portage.

Water Street Coffee Joint is working on opening its fourth storefront at the Portage Centre Plaza, at 245 West Centre Street, Suite B.  The café will include a full service coffee bar, sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts, flowers, bagged coffee and tea and a gift area.  The business will also include new features, including a slow bar for coffees brewed by the cup and a drive-through.

Water Street Coffee Joint operates five businesses in Kalamazoo, including a coffee roaster site and kitchen.  The new storefront is expected to open late this year. 

Police identify suspect in vitamin tampering at Meijer

Portage, Mich. (WZZM) The FBI and FDA are questioning the person they believe tampered with vitamins at 4 Meijer Stores in Kalamazoo County

The Portage Department of Public Safety tells WZZM 13 the person left the state.

Officials with Meijer contacted police Wednesday to report they had found tampered bottles of Mega Red Ultra Strength Omega-3 Krill Oil.

The gel pills in the bottle had been replaced with chocolate chips, cat food or prescription medication. The bottles were resealed and returned to the shelves.

Public Safety officials say shoppers do not need to be concerned because they are confident the person they are talking to is responsible for the tampering.

My Town Kalamazoo: Henderson Castle 'wine cave' approved

My Town Kalamazoo: Henderson Castle 'wine cave' approved

KALAMAZOO, Mich.---  The wine will soon be flowing from a "cave" at a Kalamazoo landmark.

On Thursday, Aug. 14,  Kalamazoo Project Coordinator Pete Eldridge says the zoning board of appeals unanimously approved allowing the proprietor of Henderson Castle  open a 180-square-foot “wine cave” on the property.  The board also waived a city ordinance requiring additional off-street parking.

Police investigate package tampering at Meijer store

PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) --Police are investigating a case of package tampering at a Meijer store.

Investigators say a suspect purchased over the counter vitamins, opened them, switched the contents and then returned them to the store where they were placed back on the shelf.

Some of the vitamins remained in the original bottles, but other were in non-labeled prescription bottles and bottles that were painted black.

Items the suspect placed in the bottle included candy, chocolate chips, walnuts, and cat food. Additionally, police say some of the bottles also contained prescription medication such as Sotalol, Coumadin, and 800 milligram ibuprofen.

The primary vitamin that has been affected is Mega Red Ultra Strength Omega-3 krill oil. Meijer says it has notified all of its stores and employees have checked products and removed any suspicious items.

My Town: Massive dryer to travel from Kalamazoo to North Dakota

My Town: Massive dryer to travel from Kalamazoo to North Dakota

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—What is 70 feet long, 11 feet across and weighs nearly 300,000 pounds?  One of the largest items to come out of a former GM plant in Kalamazoo.

W. Soule’s Soule Fabrication Group facility at Midlink is getting ready to ship its newest creation- a large steam-powered dryer.  The dryer, which is comprised of carbon steel, will go to an ethanol plant in North Dakota to dry corn. 

 “It is physically one of the largest pieces we’ve ever built,” says W. Soule’s Chief Operating Officer Gary Cline, who has worked at the company for 28 years.

Kalamazoo doctor: Chance of Ebola outbreak gripping U.S. is slim

Kalamazoo doctor: Chance of Ebola outbreak gripping U.S. is slim

KALAMAZOO, Mich.— The Ebola virus has claimed more than 1,200 lives in West Africa, but at least one West Michigan doctor says there is little chance the outbreak will take hold in the United States.

"We are monitoring pretty darned carefully if the people coming into the United States from these countries, where this virus is prevalent, whether they have a fever or not," Essani says. "So we really have some idea. But this is biology and there will always be exceptions to it. I do expect the number of cases to go up, there's no doubt about it. So we are going to see these sporadic cases around the globe. But I don't think it will acquire an epidemic form as it has in Africa," says Dr. Karim Essani, virologist and professor of biological sciences at Western Michigan University.

 Essani says Ebola is more difficult to spread than other viruses, like flu.

My Town: Cooley Law and WMU announce affiliation agreement

My Town: Cooley Law and WMU announce affiliation agreement

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Cooley Law School has a new name and partnership.

Leaders of the nonprofit law school joined those from Western Michigan University this week to announce they reached an affiliation agreement.  Under the deal, Cooley Law School will now be known as the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  The name change applies to all Cooley campuses in Michigan, including Lansing, Grand Rapids, Auburn Hills and Ann Arbor.  Cooley and WMU will maintain separate governments and finances.

As part of the new partnership, WMU Cooley Law will offer first-year law classes on Western’s Kalamazoo campus this fall.  Faculty at both schools are also developing a law minor and a 3+3 program at WMU that will allow students to earn a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years.  Tuition to both schools will not change because of the affiliation.