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Alert issued after robbery at Western Michigan


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A campus alert has been issued after an armed robbery at Western Michigan University.

The Kalamazoo school says in a statement posted on its website that no one was injured in the robbery, which took place about 9 p.m. Wednesday between Sangren Hall and Sindecuse Health Center.

The school says two students were approached by two males and one of the males showed a revolver tucked in his pants. The students ran and the suspects fled, taking with them a red and black backpack belonging to one of the students. The suspects are being sought by police.

People are being urged to be cautious and to avoid walking alone. Tips are being sought by the school's Department of Public Safety.


Local students' science projects destroyed in rocket explosion


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Several students in the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo were watching the Antares rocket as it exploded on live television Tuesday night.

Grace Brennan says the explosion was a shock, "and we were all just arms around each other, looking at each other, like, 'What just happened?'"

The students had science experiments on the rocket, as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.

The group started that project, involving tiny shrimp, last year. The experiment was to study muscles and their development in microgravity. It was one of several projects that were supposed to be taken to the International Space Station.

On Monday, the girls went to Wallops Island, Virginia, to see the launch, says Natalie Moyer, "and it was like six minutes and 55 seconds until it was supposed to take off, and [then] it was canceled. So, we were upset by that."

Detroit-to-Chicago rail plan: 110 m.p.h., 10 daily trips


DETROIT (Detroit Free Press) -- A completed high-speed rail corridor between Chicago and Detroit could boost round-trip passenger train service between the two cities from the current three daily trips to 10 by 2035 at speeds of 110 m.p.h., according to preliminary planning on the project.

The higher speeds would also cut the 5 hour, 38 minute trip by almost two hours, and reduce 20 minutes from the leg that continues from Detroit to Pontiac, which would see an extra four daily round-trips from the current three.

The information is part of a draft environmental impact statement released last month and discussed Tuesday during a meeting at the new John D. Dingell Transit Center on Michigan Avenue in Dearborn, which is set to open in December.

Police: Victim stabs robber during hold-up


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two teenage suspects are under arrest while another suspect has critical injuries after an attempted robbery in Kalamazoo.

It happened around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday on Lay Boulevard, just west of Race Street.

Police say a group of people tried to rob a 26-year-old man, pistol whipping him in the process.

The victim told officers that he stabbed one of the suspects during the struggle.

A 15-year-old boy later showed up at the hospital with a stab wound to his side. Police say his injuries are life-threatening.

Two other boys, ages 15 and 13, were arrested for the robbery overnight.

The victim has been treated and released from the hospital.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994, or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

2nd teen convicted in gang fight death of boy, 13


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A second teenager has been found guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of a Kalamazoo middle-schooler during a gang fight.

A Kalamazoo County Circuit Court jury on Monday convicted 18-year-old Rashad Perez of second-degree murder and firearms charges in the May 26 shotgun death of 13-year-old Michael Day.

Perez faces up to life in prison when he's sentenced Nov. 17.

On Friday, a separate jury convicted 16-year-old Victor Garay of first-degree murder and other charges. He faces up to life in prison without parole.

A third jury convicted 24-year-old Octavius Snell of firearms charges but acquitted him of murder and conspiracy.

Authorities say Garay fired the shotgun that killed Michael during a fight between the Washington Street Boys and Trap Money, rival gangs in Kalamazoo's Edison neighborhood.

Missing Portage man possibly a danger to himself


PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for a missing Portage man who might be a danger to himself.

Fred Thomas Garnish, 28, was last seen October 13, when he was making suicidal statements, according to investigators. Since then, he has missed a court hearing in Ottawa County regarding a sexual assault charge, and authorities say there's an outstanding warrant for his arrest because of that.

Teen guilty of murder in Kalamazoo boy's death


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A teenager has been found guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of a Kalamazoo middle-schooler.

Sixteen-year-old Victor Garay was convicted Friday on all four counts against him: first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and a pair of firearms charges.

Authorities say Garay killed 13-year-old Michael Day with a shotgun in May. They say shots were fired following arguments and fights between rival neighborhood gangs.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports co-defendant Octavius Snell was acquitted Friday of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. But the 24-year-old was convicted on a pair of firearms charges.

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