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Woman, 20, may not face charges in man's stabbing death


COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 20-year-old woman may not face any charges after a domestic dispute that lead to a man's death in Kalamazoo County.

Sheriff's responded to a domestic violence fight around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The incident occurred at a home on Carter Street. Upon arrival, deputies found David Leonard Degoede Jr., 35, dead inside the home.

Police immediately took the woman into custody on open murder charges. After prosecutors reviewed the incident, they decided to temporarily deny charges pending further investigation.

This is a developing story.

Kzoo Promise marks 10th anniversary; other cities follow


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ten years ago, it forever changed higher-education funding in Kalamazoo. On Tuesday morning, a major event kicked off the Kalamazoo Promise anniversary celebration. The program which provides Kalamazoo students with free college tuition.

WZZM 13 is looking at how it's been an example for some other communities.

Community leaders from around the country registered for the anniversary event at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo. Many of them have started programs similar to the Kalamazoo Promise, with some further along than others. However, for all of them, it's about investing in education.

A decade on from Kalamazoo's launch, there are thank you's from schools, neighborhoods, and of course, real people like Tinashe Chaponda.

All 3 Kalamazoo tire-slashing suspects caught


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police in Kalamazoo have found three people suspected of slashing tires on Halloween.

Two of them turned themselves in; the third was tracked down by officers.

Investigators say the cars were in various parking garages across the downtown area. In total, 10 vehicles were targeted.

All three suspects face charges of malicious destruction of property.


Kalamazoo DPS looking for armed robbery suspects


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police need your help catching the two remaining suspects they say were involved in an armed robbery Wednesday afternoon.

It happened around 1:50 on James Street not far from the corner of Stockbridge Avenue and Portage Street. Officers disrupted an armed robbery in progress and three people tried to run away. One of them was caught.

Witness tips led officers to a house on Clinton Avenue, where they served a search warrant and found some evidence related to the armed robbery. Police say they know the names of the suspects they're looking for but are not releasing those names.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Kalamazoo Police at (269) 337-8994 or Silent Observer (269) 343-2100.


Amtrak train slams into car stuck on tracks


COMSTOCK, Mich. (WZZM)-- A Kalamazoo woman and her passenger are okay, after an Amtrak train slammed into their car stuck on the tracks.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office says Amanda Davis was driving Eastbound on East Michigan Avenue near Leenhouts Street in Comstock when she went off the road and crashed into the train tracks. Davis and her passenger heard a train coming and got out of the car.

An Amtrak train traveling from Chicago to Pontiac hit the vehicle. There were 59 passengers and 5 crew members on board, but no one on board was hurt. The train was going 75 MPH at the time of the crash. Davis was cited for a moving violation.


10 vehicles damaged, tires cut in Kalamazoo parking ramps


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kalamazoo police are asking the public's help to identify three people who are suspected of slashing tires.

Kalamazoo Public Safety officials began receiving complaints early Saturday, Oct. 31, regarding vehicles parked overnight that had their tires cut, according to a news release. The vehicles were kept in various parking garages across the downtown area.

Police found that three suspects slashed the tires of 10 different vehicles. The department released several surveillance images in an attempt to determine the suspects' identities.

An initial damage estimate is considered "several thousand dollars."

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


Woman sentenced in Michigan's largest illegal asbestos case


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Kalamazoo woman who oversaw salvage operations at a mothballed Consumers Energy plant was sentenced to three years' probation and ordered to pay restitution for what the government says may be the largest illegal asbestos release in Michigan.

Luanne LaBrie was sentenced in U.S. District Court for violating the federal Clean Air Act in a salvage operation at Consumers Energy's former Morrow plant on East Michigan Avenue in Kalamazoo County's Comstock Township.

She also was convicted of failing to file tax returns on more than $1.7 million earned by scrapping metal from the closed facility.