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Armed robber forces bank employees into vault

COMSTOCK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kalamazoo County Sheriff investigators have released photos of a man who robbed a bank at gunpoint Tuesday morning. The heist happened at 11:41 a.m. at the Comerica Bank, located at 5937 King Highway.

Surveillance images show a lone black man with a silver semi automatic handgun demanding cash from a teller. He then forced bank employees into the vault before running off.

The robber is described as 5'10'' to 6' tall. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a dark mask, and light grey sweat pants with a double stripe down the pant legs.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office at (269) 383-8723, the FBI at (269) 349-9607, or Silent Observer (269) 343-2100.

My Town: Local Little League team to play for state title Wednesday

My Town: Local Little League team to play for state title Wednesday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- Western Little League Minors are following in the footsteps of the league's senior baseball team, with a run for the Little League State Championship title.

The 9/10 division beat South Portage Tuesday night in the state semi-final game, 11-4.  Western remains undefeated in the state tournament (5-0) with an overall record of 12-1.  Western will take on Essexville-Hampton for the state title  at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the Southern Little League’s East Field, located at 2525 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Grand Rapids.

The 9/10 year old division of the Little League State Tournament began Friday, July 25 with 16 teams.  Detroit Red Wings’ Luke Glendening, who is a former Southern Little League player, helped kick off the competition.

Four shot overnight near Western Michigan University

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) --Police are investigating an overnight shooting at the Campus Habitat Apartments that left four injured.

According to police, the call came in around 3 a.m. Sunday. When they arrived on scene, they found two 20-year-old-men with gunshot wounds to their legs.

The other two victims, a 22-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman, showed up at a hospital later.

None of the victims were students at Western Michigan University.

The injuries are not considered life threatening.

Police identify man killed in Kalamazoo shooting

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kalamazoo Public Safety officers are identifying the man killed in a Wednesday night shooting.

Officers say 19-year-old Christopher Lee Adams arrived at Borgess Hospital a short time after gunfire was reported in the 3200 block of Mt. Olivet Street. Adams, who is from Kalamazoo County, died at the hospital.

The gunfire was reported around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officers discovered at least two people had been shooting at each other in the area, but all the suspects left the area before officers arrived.

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

My Town Kalamazoo: WMU teams' plans could save bankrupt Detroit millions of dollars

My Town Kalamazoo: WMU teams' plans could save bankrupt Detroit millions of dollars

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Two teams from Western Michigan University have come up with plans that could save bankrupt Detroit nearly $2 million a year.

Since early May, students, alumni and a faculty advisor with WMU’s integrated supply management program have been working on cost-cutting measures for two city transportation facilities that house city buses and emergency vehicles. The teams worked with city personnel at the Russell-Ferry and Shoemaker Terminal garages to create lean systems to improve the city’s budget outlook. 

"When the call for expertise in the area of lean consulting came from the city of Detroit, we knew that our students and alumni could provide the necessary talent and teamwork to help the city," says Ken Jones, director of executive education and instructor of integrated supply management at WMU.

My Town Kalamazoo: KIA names new executive director

My Town Kalamazoo: KIA names new executive director


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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – After 15 years as director of the renowned Diggs Gallery, one of the nation’s top African American art galleries, Belinda Ann Tate is coming to Kalamazoo as the new executive director of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Tate was the top choice in a national search to succeed James Bridenstine, who announced last year he would retire in 2014 after 24 years. Tate will join the KIA on Sept. 8.

“Kalamazoo has a stellar reputation for supporting the arts and the KIA. I’m eager to build on that support, especially as KIA celebrates its 90th birthday. It’s a privilege to become part of this outstanding institute and the West Michigan arts community,” Tate said.

My Town: WMU engineers create helmet device to detect concussions

My Town: WMU engineers create helmet device to detect concussions

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—In a time when concussions in football continue to make headlines, students at Western Michigan University have created a device to help detect head injuries.

SafeSense is installed in a football helmet to monitor hits to the head.  Student engineers designed the pressure sensor using printed electronics on a flexible organic plastic material that covers the inside of a helmet.  The sensor collects data on when, where and severity of a hit.  The information is then sent to a smartphone.  The helmet’s impact history can then be stored on a cloud-based server.