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Police identify woman hit and killed by semi


OTSEGO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Otsego officers are releasing the identity of a woman who was killed after being hit by a semi truck Thursday afternoon.

Pamela Knowlton, 55, was crossing North Farmer Street when she was hit by the semi as it turned right onto eastbound M-89. The semi had a green light and the driver apparently did not see Knowlton, who is a resident of Otsego.

Officers and witnesses tried to resuscitate Knowlton, but she died at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information in this case is asked to call Otsego Police Department at (269) 692-6111.

Man breaks into home, sexually assaults 14-year-old


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Detectives are investigating a home invasion that led to a sexual assault early Wednesday morning.

Public safety officers responded to a home in the 1600 block of Reed Street around 3 a.m. Officers say a man broke into the home and sexually assaulted a 14-year old girl. He also robbed another man at gunpoint and stole other items from the home.

As he was walking away from the scene, he fired two gunshots into the ground.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 20's. He's 5'8" to 6'0" tall and weighs 200-230 lbs. His hair is braided and he has two tear drop tattoos near his left eye. He was wearing a black baseball cap, a blue hoodie under a black coat and blue jeans.

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


Kalamazoo Promise turns 10 years old


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- This year, the Kalamazoo Public Schools district is celebrating a decade of the Kalamazoo Promise, which has awarded nearly 4,000 college scholarships.

Thanks to donors, all high school graduates from the district can count on scholarships to any community college or public university.

Since its inception in 2005, the Kalamazoo Promise has paid out more than $60 million in scholarships.

Nearly 1,000 of the scholarship recipients have received college degrees.


My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.A group of real estate professionals have come together to create a service that is giving back to those who serve the public in the Grand Rapids area.

"U Deserve" has brought together several professionals who are dedicated to lowering costs associated with buying, selling or refinancing a home for active military members, veterans, firefighters, police officers, EMS providers, health care professionals and educators.

“Growing up with a father who served in the National Guard and as a police officer, I was able to see first-hand how much public service individuals give back to their communities,” said Kevin Wildman, founder of U Deserve.  “U Deserve is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those individuals.”

My Town Kalamazoo: Allied Superfund Site redevelopment public meeting Thursday, Feb. 26

My Town Kalamazoo: Allied Superfund Site redevelopment public meeting Thursday, Feb. 26

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The City of Kalamazoo will hold a public meeting to discuss the recent redevelopment option that has been proposed for the Allied Landfill Superfund Site located between Alcott Street and Cork Street on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6 p.m.  This public meeting will be held in the gymnasium at St. Joseph Catholic Church located at 936 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI  49001.

Representatives from the United States Environmental Protection Agency-Region 5 and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will also be available during the informal discussion time at the meeting to answer questions and receive input.

My Town: Earth Fare now open in Portage

My Town: Earth Fare now open in Portage

PORTAGE, Mich.--  Shoppers looking for healthy food now have a new option in Portage.

Earth Fare welcomed its first West Michigan customers Wednesday morning. The new store offers fresh meats and dairy that are free of antibiotics and synthetic growth hormones.  The store also sells foods that are free of artificial and trans fats,  high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, artificial preservatives, bleached and bromated flour artificial flavors and artificial colors. Earth Fare says it offers more organic produce than any other store.

The new store is located at 5070 S. Westnedge Ave in Portage, Michigan. Sign-up for e-mail offers at EarthFare.com/Westnedge.

WMU Fraternity “Freezin’ for a Reason” Fundraiser, February 24-26

WMU Fraternity “Freezin’ for a Reason” Fundraiser, February 24-26

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KALAMAZOO, Mich.-- Members of Western Michigan University’s Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity will camp out for 48 consecutive hours to raise funds for Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, February 24-26. The current weather forecast is calling for highs in the 20s, sub-zero lows, and snow showers. The ATO brothers hope to raise $3,000 and are prepared for the weather, they claim, because they know they will be “freezin’ for a reason.”

The campout will take place at the flag poles in front of the Wesley Foundation from noon on Tuesday, February 24 to noon on Thursday, February 26. The community can visit the campers, learn more about Habitat for Humanity, and, of course, make a donation.