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Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Often listed among the top 10 fears people have, public speaking is a skill that can help anyone regardless of their age or background. Whether it’s at school, work or among friends and family, the ability to speak in front of an audience – even if it’s an audience of one – can be the key to future success. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the oldest Toastmasters International organization in Michigan – located here in Grand Rapids – continues to thrive as it celebrates its 70th birthday.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. With more than 345,000 members around the world, Toastmasters empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders by providing a safe, supportive and structured setting for its members to acquire and practice meaningful communications and leadership skills on a regular basis to promote and enhance career and personal growth.

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

Two men arrested during Comstock Township home invasion


COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two men were arrested Tuesday morning while trying to break into an apartment in Kalamazoo County.

Around 2 a.m., the sheriff's department was called to the 3600 block of Comstock Village Lane on the report of a home invasion.

A neighbor saw two men trying to break into an apartment through the back sliding door and window. The neighbor was able to give a detailed description of the men and their clothing.

When deputies arrived, they found the men near the sliding door and arrested them. One of them was carrying a pellet gun.

Both suspects were lodged in the Kalamazoo County Jail on charges of attempted home invasion, felony firearms and possession of burglary tools.

Man stabbed multiple times during dispute in Battle Creek


BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- Police in Battle Creek are investigating a stabbing in the 100 Block of Laura Lane. That's near Fell Park.

The incident occurred on Sunday just before 10 p.m.

A 24-year-old man was taken to Bronson Battle Creek Hospital for multiple stab wounds. He was listed in stable condition Monday morning. 

Police say the wounds were the result of a dispute.

A suspect is in custody and is cooperating with the investigation.


Three dead in two Calhoun County accidents


CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. -- Three men died Thursday in separate accidents on rural Calhoun County roads.

At 2:02 p.m. Calhoun County Sheriff Department deputies were called to a single-vehicle accident on 12 Mile Road about a half-mile south of A Drive North in Marshall Township.

Deputies said a man driving a pick-up southbound on 12 Mile Road died when the truck left the east side of the road and hit a tree.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene by the Calhoun County Medical Examiner. His name was not immediately released until deputies could notify family members.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Marshall Township Fire Department.

Taste of My Town: Station 702


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Everyone's breakfast routine is different. Some people need their breakfast on the go to accommodate a busy lifestyle. Others like a more laid back atmosphere, where they can talk with friends and neighbors at the beginning of the day.

Station 702 offers the best of both worlds. 

The restaurant is a fast-casual concept, specializing in breakfast, but also offering great lunch options. No matter what time of day you visit, you'll enjoy a unique selection of dishes, guaranteed to please those taste buds.

‘Bad teeth’ bandit admits to two bank heists


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 72-year-old man who pulled two guns out of a Jimmy John's sandwich box during a credit union robbery has pleaded guilty to the July heist.

Simon S. Gutierrez entered guilty pleas in U.S. District Court on Wednesday. Police arrested him July 13 at his home in Three Rivers.

At the time of his arrest, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers said Gutierrez was "no stranger to a life of robbing banks."

He admitted to robbing Consumers Credit Union on July 10. Gutierrez entered the branch on Portage Street near Banbury Road about 11 a.m. armed with two pellet guns. He pulled the weapons from the sandwich box and pointed them at clerks, fleeing with more than $6,500.