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Pedestrian hit by car in critical condition

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 60 year old man is in critical condition after he was hit by a car while crossing the street.

It happened Saturday night just before 10:30 on Riverview Dr. near Hotop Ave. Kalamazoo Public Safety officers say the man was crossing Riverview in heavy traffic. He was hit by a southbound vehicle. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Officers say the driver was not under the influence and was not speeding.

Anyone with information on the accident should call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100.

2 seriously hurt when boats collide on Long Lake

PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Firefighters were called to Long Lake around 10 a.m. after two boats collided on Saturday.

The Portage Department of Public Safety arrived on scene to find multiple victims in the lake being help by nearby boaters. An additional boat came to shore and transported firefighters out to the accident.

The victims, three adults and three children, were brought to the boat landing where they were treated by firefighters and paramedics.

Two men with serious injuries and one injured child were transported to area hospitals.

The accident is under investigation by Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department.

Woman, 25, critically injured when car hits trees

TEXAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman is in critical condition after crashing a small car into several trees in Kalamazoo County.

The accident happened around 4:30 Saturday morning. The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department responded to the accident in the 5300 block of South 4th Street.

The driver and lone occupant, 25, was immediately transported to Bronson hospital.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Car collision with church results in fatality

ANTWERP TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A driver is dead after crashing into a church at M-40 and 64th Avenue. The collision occurred Friday just after 10 a.m.

Van Buren County officials say the vehicle, a Subaru Forester, was travelling north on M-40 when it ran off the road and drove through a yard. The vehicle continued to cross 64th Avenue, through the church parking lot, and hit the entry way to St. Paul's United Methodist Church. The vehicle flipped to the side and skidded into the church building. Half of the entry to the church was badly damaged.

The driver has been identified as David Alan Martin, 73, from the Lawton area. He was taken to Bronson Lake View Hospital and shortly pronounced dead.

The accident is still under investigation.

If you have any information, please contact the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office at (269) 657-3101.

Murder charges filed in fatal Portage shooting

PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman has died from injuries she sustained in a shooting Wednesday, June 24.

It happened just before 7:30 a.m. in the 2900 block of French Bay Drive.

When officers arrived on scene, they found Rachel Drafta, 25, laying in the driveway. She was shot one time behind her right ear. Officers began performing CPR until relieved by emergency medical responders. Drafta was transported to Bronson Hospital.

Witnesses say Drafta and the suspect, Theresa Petto, 43, of Hastings, were involved in an altercation in Drafta's driveway.

An officer located Petto walking in the area. A handgun, registered to her, was found under a travel trailer nearby. Petto was arrested and lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail.

Kalamazoo man shot in head, dropped off at hospital

KALAMAZOO (WZZM)-- The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is looking for more information, after a man was dropped off at the hospital Sunday morning with a gunshot wound to the head.

Officials say the 19 year-old showed up at Bronson Hospital around 3:25 a.m. The victim told officers he was sitting in a vehicle on Woodbury near Ada street when he was shot.

Police say the victim is being uncooperative and would not give any more details. His injuries are considered non-life threatening.

Currently there are no suspects. If you have any information, call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or visit www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

Study: Kalamazoo Promise boosts college graduation rates

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A new study shows the Kalamazoo Promise is helping to increase college graduation rates.

The W.E. Upjohn Institute finds students eligible for the promise are 33 percent more likely to graduate college within six years.

The Kalamazoo Promise started in 2005. In the ten years since, it has given $60 million in scholarships to students who spend kindergarten through 12th grade in the city's public school district.