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3 dead after one-car crash in Van Buren Co.


PORTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Three people are dead after a one-car crash in Van Buren County.

The driver, Brandon Mark Vanwalbeck, 21, and his passengers, Andrew Michael Rambo, 15, and Hunter Jewel LaRose, 16, were all from Vicksburg.

Police say the crash happened at 94th Avenue and 28½ Street. The 1999 Ford Taurus had been westbound on 94th when it went off the road at a curve, crashing into a tree. It then rolled several times.

Investigators said the crash was reported shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday, but the engine wasn't warm anymore at that point, so they're not sure when precisely it happened.

The sheriff department says the Vicksburg Public Schools district will make grief counselors available to students on Friday.

The accident remains under investigation.

Sexual assault leads to two arrests on multiple charges


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two men are behind bars after robbing and sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman in Oshtemo Township.

Kalamazoo County deputies were called to the Canterbury House Apartments on Sunday around 4 a.m.

After arriving, they learned the victim let Jamaal Gevon Conger, 20, into her home. They knew each other through mutual friends. Once inside, the woman went into her bedroom and closed the door. A short time later, the door was opened and Conger and Tyrell Lamar Sheppard, 22, walked inside.

The victim told authorities she was forced at gunpoint by the men to stay in her room while her belongings were stolen from the apartment. After the theft, she was forced by Sheppard to her vehicle, driven from the area and sexually assaulted.

Portage man hit while crossing the street


Update, 1 p.m.: Police have identified the man as Portage resident Bradley Westfall. His condition is unknown, but he remains hospitalized.

PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Portage is man is hospitalized after being hit by a car while crossing the street Tuesday night.

Portage police say it happened around 8:40 p.m. at the intersection of Shaver Road and South Westnedge Avenue. The 44-year-old man was crossing South Westnedge when he was hit by a Ford car, driven by a 59-year-old woman from Schoolcraft.

The man was taken to Bronson Hospital. No word yet on his condition.

Anyone with information is asked to call Portage Public Safety at 329-4567 or Silent Observer at 343-2100.


Michigan airman killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- An airman from the Kalamazoo area died during a helicopter crash in Afghanistan Sunday.

Coalition forces there say a British helicopter crashed at Camp Resolute Support in Kabul, killing five on board, including two Americans. According to the Department of Defense and family on social media, one of the Americans was U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Greg Kuhse, 38. He was assigned to the 3rd Manpower Requirements Squadron at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

The mission was NATO-led and described as "non-hostile," according to our partner USA Today. It reports the helicopter was a British Puma Mk 2. An eyewitness told the Associated Press that the vehicle appeared to strike a monitoring balloon as it was landing.

Police: WMU student made up robbery story


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - Police say a Western Michigan University student who reported being robbed on campus over the weekend made up the story.

The Kalamazoo school's Public Safety Chief Scott Merlo tells the Kalamazoo Gazette the student's injuries weren't consistent with the version of events he gave police and during a follow-up interview Monday he admitted that the robbery didn't happen.

The student originally told police he was walking alone late Saturday near the center of campus when he was robbed.

Western Michigan officials issued an alert following the reported robbery as well as a robbery of a student that occurred early Sunday.


WMU releases the name of student who died Saturday


Update, 4:41 p.m.: The university issued a correction to indicate Jusick graduated from Portage Central High School. The story has been updated.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- UPDATE: Western Michigan University has released the name of the WMU student who died of unknown causes on campus this weekend.

They say Morgan Jusick, of Paw Paw, was an 18-year-old freshman living in Henry Hall. A friend found her unresponsive in her room around 11 a.m. Saturday. Emergency crews were called immediately but could not revive her.

There is no indication of foul play, and a cause of death was not apparent. An autopsy will take place this week.

Jusick was a 2015 graduate of Portage Central High School. Her major was University Curriculum/Interdisciplinary Studies.

2 students robbed on WMU's campus, caution urged


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Officials are urging Western Michigan University students to be mindful of their surroundings after two overnight robberies occurred on campus.

The first incident happened before midnight Saturday near the flagpoles at the center of campus, according to a university news release. The male student victim reported a small group of men assaulted him, knocked him to the ground and robbed him of a small amount of cash.

He went to his dorm to seek medical assistance.

The second robbery occurred just before 1 a.m. at the same location. A lone male student reported a group of five males accosted him, the release stated. One of the suspects reportedly told the victim that the group had a weapon.

They stole a piece of clothing from the student. He was not injured.