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Kzoo woman crashes vehicle during police chase, dies

PORTAGE, Mich. (AP) - A 52-year-old Kalamazoo woman has been killed in a crash while fleeing police in Kalamazoo County.

State police Lt. Dale Hinz tells the Kalamazoo Gazette that the crash occurred early Friday morning near railroad tracks in Portage.

The woman's vehicle was being briefly pursued by a Kalamazoo County sheriff's deputy.

Hinz says it was not immediately known why the deputy was trying to stop the woman's vehicle. The chase and crash are under investigation by the state police.

The woman's name was not released.

Shot fired in Kzoo armed robbery

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) - Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers are searching for two armed robbery suspects after a shot was fired inside a gas station.

The robbery took place at about 5:00am at the Marathon gas station at 605 E. Michigan. The two suspects had taken an undisclosed amount of cash and other merchandise and fled the scene on foot. One shot had been fired inside the station, but no one was injured.

Police described the suspects as two African-American men who appear to be in their 20s. One suspect was heavy-set, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, pulled over his head, and jeans with a design on the pockets. He carried a black semi-automatic handgun.

The other suspect is described as having a medium build and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head. The sweatshirt had a long, white string hanging from the hood. He also wore dark jeans and carried a handgun.

Armed robber stabs restaurant manager

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A restaurant manager suffered a stab wound while taking down an armed robbery suspect overnight.

The incident happened just after midnight Wednesday at the Checkers restaurant on 575 E. Michigan. When Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Officers arrived, they found the manager had subdued the suspect who had tried to rob the business at knife-point. Officers took the suspect into custody without any further incident.

The manager was stabbed once in the leg during the struggle; the injury was non-life threatening. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and released.

The suspect is a 21-year-old man from Kalamazoo. He will be arraigned on charges of armed robbery and felonious assault.

Rotarians Going Back to School To Encourage Early Age Literacy, Higher Education

Rotarians Going Back to School To Encourage Early Age Literacy, Higher Education

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Nearly 1,100 second-graders will be entertained and encouraged as members of the Kalamazoo Rotary stop by their classrooms for the annual Rotary Is For Reading. The project promotes childhood literacy while challenging kids to pursue higher education.

"We want to plant the seed of higher education in these young minds so it can sprout during their school years and bloom beyond graduation," said Rotary Club President Joe Brogger.

Launched six years ago, Rotary Is For Reading deploys local Rotarians to 58 classrooms in 17 elementary schools in the Kalamazoo Public School system. According to Kay Palan, Dean of Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business, more than 60 Rotary Club members are signed up to participate this year.

Shooting victim takes himself to hospital

KALAMAZOO (WZZM)-- Kalamazoo County police are looking for the gunman, after a shooting victim walked himself into a hospital.

Deputies say it happened around 5:15 Sunday morning at the Shell Gas Station on West Michigan Avenue. Officers say someone in a vehicle fired shots and hit one person. The shooter then drove away. The victim went to the hospital on their own with non-life threatening injuries. A suspect has not been identified at this time.

Animal Welfare Fund Provides $155,500 to Local Animal Shelters

Animal Welfare Fund Provides $155,500 to Local Animal Shelters

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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill announced the Michigan Companion Animal Welfare Fund check-off will fund projects totaling over $155,500 for 26 registered shelters in 2015. 

The Michigan Animal Welfare fund was established under Public Act 132 of 2007 as a tax check-off to support animal shelters statewide. This year’s awards will go to the spaying and neutering of animals, fund registration fees for anti-cruelty training conferences, and help cover costs for protecting and caring for Michigan animals subjected to cruelty or neglect.

“Thanks to the generous support of Michiganders, local shelters will be able to train more staff on anti-cruelty, care for animals looking for their forever home, and conduct spay and neutering programs in their communities,” said Averill.

State wants to limit dredging to help sturgeon

SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The state wants to limit the times of year when dredging is allowed in part of southwestern Michigan to help protect lake sturgeon.

The Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality plan a public meeting April 20 at Saugatuck Township Hall to discuss dredging windows for Kalamazoo Lake and the Kalamazoo River aimed at protecting the threatened species.

Kalamazoo Lake is an important area for adult sturgeon migrating up the Kalamazoo River to spawn. Officials say the lake also provides excellent habitat for juvenile sturgeon.

The proposal would limit dredging between March 15 and June 30 to protect adult lake sturgeon and between Sept. 1 and Dec. 15 to protect juvenile sturgeon. The DNR and DEQ say that they recognize the need to conduct dredging projects, however.