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Woman arrested for drunk driving stolen golf cart


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- Kalamazoo police have arrested a woman who they say drove a stolen golf cart while drunk.

Public Safety Officer Ariana Gasca says she saw the woman driving the golf cart on a street around 8 a.m. Tuesday. Gasca pulled up to the cart because she thought it was an odd sight in the morning. The 23-year-old Kalamazoo woman pulled the cart over to talk with Gasca.

Gasca says the woman told her a friend had given her the cart to drive. Gasca found items on the car showing that it likely belonged to a local apartment complex. Dispatch confirmed the cart had been stolen and the woman was arrested.

Gasca conducted a series of sobriety tests. The woman faces charges including unlawfully driving away a vehicle and operating while intoxicated.


Kalamazoo County woman wakes up to attacker in bedroom


OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)—Officers with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety have released a sketch of the man who broke into a woman's bedroom and sexually assaulted her.

The incident happened in the 300 block of South Drake Road in Oshtemo Township. The woman says around 1 a.m. Monday, she was woken up by a man standing in her room who then attacked her.

The suspect is described as a black man around 20 years old who is about 6' tall and has an average build. The suspect told the woman he was homeless.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff Office's Criminal Investigation Division at (269) 383-8723 or Silent Observer at (269) 342-2100.


My Town Kalamazoo: Second man convicted in laundromat murder

My Town Kalamazoo: Second man convicted in laundromat murder

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The family of a Kalamazoo man who was murdered at work seven years ago, is finally getting closure.

In Aug. 7, 2007, Daniel McNeil was stabbed to death during a robbery at Stadium Discount Laundry.  Next month, Roderique Rolark will be sentenced in the case. He pleaded guilty to second degree murder last week.

In 2008, Christopher Levitt was convicted of felony murder in connection to McNeil’s death.  He’s now serving mandatory life in prison.

My Town: Kalamazoo driver hits woman at gas station

My Town: Kalamazoo driver hits woman at gas station

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s deputies believe alcohol played a role in a gas station crash that seriously injured a pedestrian.

The incident happened shortly before 7:30 Thursday morning at the Speedway gas station on River Street in Comstock Park.  Investigators say a 25-year-old Kalamazoo man was backing his vehicle up when he hit a 72-year-old woman.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries; her condition is stable. 

Recount: Rep. O'Brien wins state Senate seat


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- State Representative Margaret O'Brien has won the state Senate seat in Michigan's 20th district, a recount shows.

Rep. O'Brien, a Republican, won 36,645 votes. Rep. Sean McCann, a Democrat, won 36,584 votes. There were 7,171 votes for Libertarian Lorence Wenke.

According to a statement from Rep. McCann, the recount resulted in changing a net total of 172 votes. Wenke had a net loss of 92, Rep. McCann had a net gain of 13 votes, and Rep. O'Brien gained a net 15 votes.


Kalamazoo Co. jail inmate tries to escape


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Kalamazoo County jail inmate tried escaping Thursday morning but was quickly caught, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Around 10:20 a.m., the 35-year-old pre-trial detainee was being taken to a different cell as part of what authorities called a routine cell reassignment. The inmate shoved the corrections officer escorting him, took a set of keys from the officer, and tried using those keys to get through locked doors and escape.

Sheriff Richard C. Fuller III said in a statement that corrections officers don't carry keys to the jail's exterior doors, which prevented the escape attempt. The Sheriff also said the inmate was subdued in seconds and is now held in an administrative segregation unit cell.

Authorities are preparing a report on the incident and plan to have the county prosecutor's office review the case for possible charges.

WMU President visits the White House


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM)— The President of Western Michigan University has left Kalamazoo for the White House.

President John M. Dunn was in Washington, D.C. Thursday to take part in an event focused on making college more accessible for low-income and disadvantaged students. President Obama, the First Lady and the Vice President spoke at the event, called College Opportunity Day of Action. Summit topics included creating school-college partnerships, investing in high school counselors and increasing the number of college graduates in STEM fields. Dunn was a panelist for a session about innovation to better prepare high school counselors to help students pursue college. School Counseling for Post-secondary and Career Readiness is a new course offered by WMU.

College Opportunity Day of Action will end at the White House with the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.