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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.

Missing Battle Creek girl, 5, found safe


BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Battle Creek police say 5-year-old Haley Elswick has been found safe after having been reported missing.

Investigators said the girl's grandfather and a friend of the girl's mother contacted police and Child Protective Services around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, saying the girl was with them and they wanted to turn her over to the authorities.

Police said the girl is safe. They have also been looking for her mother, Cassandra Elswick, who still has not been located.


White-tailed deer rescued from Kalamazoo batting cage


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police in Kalamazoo were called to a local high school to rescue a deer from a batting cage last month.

After arriving on scene on Sept. 27, two police officers spoke with a school employee and determined the eight-point buck could not escape on his own.

Public Safety Officer Hutson secured the deer's back legs with a fire-rescue strap while PSO Gates cut the antlers free of the net.

The deer ran off to a nearby wooded area unharmed.

In a release, the Kalamazoo Public Safety Department said, "Officers wear a single patch and badge that simultaneously represents their responsibilities as police officers, fire fighters and medical first responders. Deer management is just a non-traditional police service that officers have encountered in the past."

The video below shows a condensed version of the rescue.

Deputies: Man injured in backyard shooting


OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kalamazoo County deputies are investigating an overnight shooting that started with a woman screaming for help.

It started just after 12 a.m. Tuesday at a home on Red Fern, near 4th Street and Stadium Drive in Oshtemo Township.

Police say a homeowner woke up to hear a woman screaming outside. He grabbed a gun and found a man hiding behind his neighbor's shed.

The man charged at the homeowner, who shot him.

The homeowner is being held by deputies for assault with intent to murder.

The shooting victim is in critical condition at Borgess Hospital.