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Industrial supplier opens new facility in Portage

PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A supplier for the automotive and mechanical engineering industries cut the ribbon Monday on a new facility in Portage.

MANN+HUMMEL USA's South Campus allows for future business growth, according to Kurk Wilks, MANN+HUMMEL USA's vice president and general manager.

"Our new building is a great example of our strategic growth plan in action," said Wilks. "By providing innovative solutions to our customers we will continue to grow ag-gressively in the automotive industry."

The 220,000 square-foot facility will produce air cleaner systems, battery frames, and assemble intake manifolds and coolant reservoirs. It's also a warehouse and distribution center. By the end of this year, the company expects to have 200 workers there, bringing its Portage workforce to 500.

Man killed while riding bike Saturday

ROSS TWP., Mich. (WZZM) A 68-year-old man died Saturday afternoon after he was struck by a van while riding his bicycle.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office says that Dale Alexander of Richland was riding his bike east on M-96 near the Fort Custer entrance at about 3:00pm Saturday. He was riding on the right shoulder and for some reason, he cut sharply across both eastbound lanes. He was hit by an eastbound Chrysler van driven by a 67-year-old Marshall woman.

Alexander was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet. No one in the van was injured. Deputies say that speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash.

Chase reaches speeds of 100 MPH overnight

VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - An attempted traffic stop late Sunday night turned into a high speed chase.


Just before 11 p.m., a Van Buren County deputy spotted a 2001 GMC Tahoe crossing the center line on 34th Avenue near M-43. The driver of the Tahoe didn't stop, leading to a chase that ended in Kalamazoo County.

WMU celebrates med school opening

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A celebration is planned for Thursday in honor of the opening of Western Michigan University's new medical school.

The gala celebrating the Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is to include performances by the university's Bronco Marching Band and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra as well as a keynote address by Dr. A. Lorris Betz, chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges' board of directors.

The Stryker Medical School recently welcomed its inaugural class of 54 students. The Kalamazoo school is named for Stryker Corp. founder Homer Stryker.

Its first white-coat ceremony for students and invited guests was Wednesday.

The number of medical schools in Michigan doubled from three to six in recent years, largely in response to a shortage of doctors in many areas.

Police arrest man accused of Kalamazoo assault, arson

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police have caught the man they say assaulted his ex-girlfriend and set her bedroom on fire. It happened around 10:15 p.m. Monday on Prospect Street near West Main.

Officers say Adam David Shigwadja, 18, broke into the house and attacked his girlfriend with a weapon, then set the upstairs room on fire. Police say Shigwadja jumped out a second-floor window and ran away.

Crews put out the fire, which was contained to the bedroom.

The woman was hospitalized in critical condition at Bronson Hospital.

Officers found Shigwadja around 7:30 Tuesday evening on Stadium Dr. near Howard. St. They took him into custody without incident.

Truck driver charged with 2008 Kalamazoo rape

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Michigan Attorney General Monday announced criminal charges against a Tennessee truck driver for repeatedly raping a woman at knife-point in April 2008.

Calvin Ray Kelly, 57, was arrested Sept. 9 in Shelby County in Tennessee and is charged with one count of kidnapping, three counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct, and one count of attempted first degree criminal sexual conduct.

Kelly waived extradition and will be brought back to Michigan for trial; he faces life in prison if convicted.

The Kalamazoo victim reported the assault on April 8, 2008 when she ran across U.S. 131 to reach an officer and report being repeatedly raped. DNA evidence from the case was entered into a national DNA database; Kelly was linked to the rape in 2012.

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance






GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To honor all those who sacrificed their lives during the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum hosted the 13th annual Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute from sunrise to sunset on September 11, 2014. WMU-Cooley Law School Professor and retired Brigadier General Michael C.H.