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Kalamazoo police car window broken during protest


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police say demonstrators in Kalamazoo protesting the Fergurson, Missouri, case were peaceful, except for one incident.

Around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, officers were dispatched to the area of E. Michigan and Pitcher, where a crowd of about 150 people was blocking traffic while making its way to Martin Luther King Park at 507 N. Rose.

On the way to the park, someone in the crowd broke the rear window of a police cruiser. Police say no suspects have been identified.

Authorities said the protest ended around 8 p.m., and the crowd dispersed. Police say they made no arrests and issued no citations.


Police ID K'zoo murder victim; suspect arrested


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 35-year-old Battle Creek man has been arrested in the stabbing death of a Kalamazoo woman found dead in her burning apartment.

The victim, identified as Marie McMillian, 47, was discovered around 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Clayborne Court Apartments, located in the 4400 block of Clayborne Dr. McMillan was found dead on her bed and had multiple stab wounds.

Detectives received key information from witnesses which led to the arrest of the suspect, who will be formally charged Tuesday afternoon. The man's name will be released after his arraignment.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994, Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.


K'zoo woman found in burning apartment was murdered


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Investigators say a woman who was found dead in her burning Kalamazoo apartment Saturday night was murdered.

Public safety officers were called to the 4400 block of Clayborne Dr. in the Clayborne Court Apartment Complex around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. There, they found a fire in the apartment bedroom and a 47-year-old woman dead on the bed.

Monday afternoon the cause of death was ruled a homicide. Authorities were still working to notify next of kin and say no further information will be released until the official autopsy report is obtained.

Detectives have identified a person of interest but they have not made an arrest.

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

My Town: Shoppers pass off fake bills at Oshtemo Township businesses

My Town: Shoppers pass off fake bills at Oshtemo Township businesses

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Kalamazoo County sheriff’s deputies are looking for the people who used fake $100 bills at five Oshtemo Township businesses.

The crimes happened around 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 in the West Main Street shopping area.  Detectives say the suspects visited several stores and purchased items using counterfeit money.

One of the suspects is described as an African American man in his mid-to-late 20s, who was wearing a New York Yankees coat.  Anyone with information in this case is asked call contact the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 383-8748 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

My Town: South-Town development the focus of Kalamazoo PlacePlan

My Town: South-Town development the focus of Kalamazoo PlacePlan

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Improvements may be on the way to the city’s transportation system.

The city’s PlacePlan project calls for a sustainable network of biking, walking and transit around Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s new healthy living campus.  The plan created by community members also focuses on opportunities to grow the farmers market.

About $42 million in new development is already planned for the South-Town area, including a new culinary institute and food innovation building for Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

“Once the campus is open we will hope to have developers saying, ‘Hmm, these students are going to need housing and they’re probably going to want to eat and shop so maybe we should consider some residential units, mixed-use, and some new restaurants,” said Rebekah Kik, city planner for Kalamazoo

My Town Kalamazoo: One arrested during drug house raid

My Town Kalamazoo: One arrested during drug house raid

KALAMAZOO, Mich.— A 39-year-old man is facing charges for operating a drug house in Kalamazoo.

Investigators searched the suspect’s Lawrence Street home Wednesday afternoon and found crack cocaine, heroin, a stolen handgun and ammunition.  The Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team was tipped off to the drug house by neighbors.

The suspect was arrested for delivery and manufacturing crack cocaine and heroin, felon in possession of a firearm, felony firearm, receiving and concealing stolen property and maintaining a drug house.  He remains in the Kalamazoo County Jail pending arraignment.

Anyone with information about illegal drugs or firearms activity in the Kalamazoo area is urged to contact the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team at 269-337-8880, or report an anonymous tip to Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com

Driver in deadly van vs. train wreck had expired license


OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 21-year-old Kalamazoo man drove a minivan around vehicles stopped at a railroad crossing before the minivan was broadsided by a Detroit-bound Amtrak train, killing the man and his two passengers Tuesday afternoon, according to Michigan State Police.

The railroad crossing lights, gates and bells were working at the time of the crash about 4:30 p.m. in Oshtemo Township, which is west of Kalamazoo, police said.

The man had been identified as Joshua Cartwright, and his passengers were Justin Mastin, 19, and Ashley Melson, 20, also of Kalamazoo, Michigan State Police said in a news release Wednesday.