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Kzoo police sergeant dies after breast cancer fight

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Sergeant Lisa Moore Zuk, a 14 and a half year veteran of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, died Monday after a battle with breast cancer.

The department described her as having an "infectious attitude and fighting spirit ... an everlasting gift to those that worked with and around her," according to a news release. 

Zuk served as an officer, K-9 handler, field training officer, recruiter and a sergeant in Kalamazoo's Edison Neighborhood. 

Funeral arrangements are handled by Langeland Family Funeral Homes - Westside Chapel, 3926 S. 9th St., in Kalamazoo. Hours for visitation are slated from 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Visitation is open to the public.

The funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7, and is open to family, friends and law enforcement. It will take place at the Valley Family Church on Vincent Avenue.

Local farm sending Christmas trees to Army base

GOBLES, Mich. (WZZM) -- A West Michigan farm is shipping off hundreds of Christmas trees to a U.S. military base for service members and their families.

The Wahmhoff Farms near Gobles is one of the growers taking part in Trees for Troops. The farm and its customers donate the trees to military bases in the United States and overseas.

Man, 29, hit in arm in apparent drive-by shooting

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man was shot in the arm during what is believed to be a drive-by shooting Sunday afternoon.

The victim, identified only as a 29-year-old male, was at the intersection of Orchard Avenue and St. Joseph Lane when a black SUV pulled up next to him, according to a Battle Creek Police Department news release. Someone inside it then fired several rounds and took off.

The shooting happened around 1:11 p.m. Sunday.

Police learned of the shooting at Battle Creek Bronson Hospital, where the victim was taken by family members for treatment.

His injury is described as non life threatening. 

The incident is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department at 269-966-3322 or Silent Observer at 269-964-3888.

Man killed in Kalamazoo County crash on I-94

KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 49-year-old man is dead after an accident on I-94 late Thursday night.

It happened just before 10:30 near mile marker 86. Deputies say the man was in front of his own car, which was in the outside westbound lane of the freeway.

Another vehicle hit the man's car, which caused it to hit the man, killing him. Comstock and Galesburg crews responded to the crash. They attempted to save the man's life but were unsuccessful.

If you have any information on the crash, you're asked to call Kalamazoo County Sheriff's deputies at (269) 383-8748 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

3 steal jewelry from elderly Kalamazoo woman

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police in Kalamazoo are looking for three people who stole jewelry from an elderly woman.

The three men posed as contractors Tuesday, telling the woman her roof needed to be repaired. They then went through her bedroom and stole several pieces of jewelry. One of the items most valuable to the victim was a wedding ring that was given to her in 1945.

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

WB I-94 in Battle Creek reopens after crash; 2 hurt

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- Two people were seriously injured in a crash between a sport-utility vehicle and a semi truck Tuesday morning on I-94 just west of M-66 interchange, Michigan State Police said.

The crash occurred about 11 a.m.; two medical helicopters were brought in to transport the two people who were in the SUV, troopers said.

The occupants of the SUV were on their way to attend to a friend who was in a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of the freeway, troopers said. When the driver saw the car, he attempted to merge from the passing lane to the right lane and the vehicle was struck by a semi, they said.

Kalamazoo AFSCME leader sentenced for fraud

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A former worker at Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital caught taking funds from a worker's union will avoid jail, but must repay more than $23,000 pilfered from her co-workers over a 21-month span.

During an appearance in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, Tiffany Fawn Randle was ordered to pay $23,727 in restitution. Judge Janet T. Neff on Monday also placed Randle on supervised release for two years. She had faced up to 30 years in prison.

She was indicted in July for defrauding Tower Family Credit Union while serving as secretary/treasurer of AFSCME Local 652, which represents workers at Michigan's largest mental health institution.

Randle, 47, cashed checks by forging the name of Local 652's vice president, federal court documents show. The money was used for her own personal benefit, the government charged in its July indictment.