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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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Two injured in Kalamazoo shooting


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kalamazoo police are investigating after two people were injured in a Thursday evening shooting.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired in an apartment in the 1000 block of Interfaith Blvd. around 6:18 p.m. They found a vacant apartment with several bullet holes and spent casings inside.

About 40 minutes later, a 20-year-old woman arrived at Bronson Hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her leg. She says two men who were fighting outside chased each other into her apartment and began shooting, striking her. Investigators say they don't believe the woman as an intended target.

A 26-year-old man arrived at a Three Rivers hospital about two hours after the Kalamazoo shooting. He also had a non-life-threatening injury to his leg, saying he was shot at the Interfaith Blvd. apartment, describing the incident as a robbery.

Man arrested for attempted kidnapping at school bus stop


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 59-year-old Kalamazoo man was arrested Tuesday on charges of attempted kidnapping of a minor.

Around 6:30 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers were called to a school bus stop at the intersection of North and Douglas, where a father said he saw a man chasing his daughter. After talking to his daughter, the father confronted the suspect, who was focusing on another student at the bus stop.

Officers found the man walking away from the scene and arrested him; he was injured in his encounter with the parent and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The suspect is expected to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon on two counts of attempted kidnapping. His name will be released at that time.

Kalamazoo Public Schools were notified of the incident.

Oktobeerfest in Kalamazoo, MI

Oktobeerfest in Kalamazoo, MI

Oktobeerfest in Kalamazoo, MI will be held at Homer Stryker Field, located at 251 Mills St. This popular event is scheduled for October 18th from 1 – 7pm; advance tickets are $10 and include a souvenir Oktobeerfest mug.

German cuisine and music will be served up throughout the afternoon and early evening along with the most important part of this event, BEER! A variety of over 30 German biers along with all of your favorite American Craft Breweries from all over the US will be available. Kalamazoo Brew Masters will also be featuring some of your favorites.

Everyone must be 21 years of age to be admitted to this event.

Judge orders spectators carded at murder trial


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A judge presiding over a murder trial in Kalamazoo has ordered that spectators under the age of 19 can't enter his courtroom.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports sheriff's deputies asked for identification from anyone who entered the courtroom as testimony began Wednesday.

Twenty-four-year-old Octavius Snell, 18-year-old Rashad Perez and a 16-year-old are charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and felony use of a firearm in the May shooting death of 13-year-old Michael Day in the city's Edison neighborhood.

Judge Alexander Lipsey says he put the age restriction in place after he and other court officials learned that area middle school and high school students had a high interest in the case. Lipsey says he has instated an age restriction only one other time in his seven years on the bench.