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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.

Portage firefighters put out garage fire

PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Portage firefighters put out a garage fire Tuseday evening.

The Department of Public Safety says a crew was dispatched to the burning garage in the 6600 block of Brigham around 7:45 p.m.

Firefighters brought the fire under control within about five minutes of their arrival.

The fire was reported by the property owners, who were home at the time. Damage to the garage and the two vehicles inside is estimated at $15,000.

The fire marshal is investigating the cause.

Officer and elderly woman struck by vehicle

MATTAWAN, Mich. (WZZM) - A Mattawan Police Officer and an elderly woman were injured in a pedestrian crash in Van Buren County.

The Van Buren County Sheriff's Office reports that officer Brian Matyas was on patrol and found a 74-year-old woman lying in the snow on Cole Avenue, just east of 25th Street at about 2:30am Tuesday morning. While Officer Matyas was helping the woman, another vehicle, heading west, struck both Matyas and the woman.

The woman was taken to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo and is in stable condition. Officer Matyas was treated and released from Bronson Lake View Hospital in Paw Paw with injuries to his hip and leg.

Police say alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the incident. The incident is still under investigation.

My Town: Man arrested for Kalamazoo shooting

My Town: Man arrested for Kalamazoo shooting

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A Benton Harbor man is facing several charges for the shooting that critically injured a Kalamazoo man.

Kadaron Demond Richmond, 20, is charged with assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, felony possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and three counts of felony firearm.

Detectives believe Richmond fired the shot that hit the 28-year-old victim in his torso on Nov. 3.  Just after 10 p.m. that night, someone drove the victim to the Kalamazoo Public Safety Station #2, where officers began rendering aid.  Officers then took him to a nearby hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Officers are withholding the victim’s name.  Anyone with additional information in this case is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

Suspect arraigned in Kalamazoo convenience store robbery

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man accused of robbing a Kalamazoo convenience store last month has been arrested.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says 51-year-old Charles Vernon Echols, who has ties to both South Haven and Kalamazoo, was arraigned Friday. He's charged with armed robbery and felonious assault, and bond has been denied.

The Sunny Mart in the 3000 block of S. Westnedge Ave. was robbed around 1:40 p.m. on October 22. The robber threatened the clerk with a knife, demanding the clerk open the cash register for him. They scuffled as the robber took some money and then fled. The clerk had minor injuries.

Police say surveillance video helped them identify Echols as the suspect.

Possible threat at Portage Central HS under investigation

PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Portage Department of Public Safety is investigating a possible threat against certain Portage Central High School students.

The Department of Public Safety says that on Thursday, the resource officer assigned to the school was made aware of the possible threats. An investigation found that a student who felt he'd been bullied made a list of students he didn't like. The list was shared with other students, one of whom brought it to parents' attention. Those parents contacted the school.

Authorities say the school responded by removing the student who made the list from class, contacting his parents, and informing the school resource officer.