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GOP presidential contender Cruz campaigns in Kalamazoo


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) campaigned in West Michigan today and had some harsh words for the Obama administration's handling of foreign affairs.

Sen. Cruz says it's "nothing short of crazy" for America to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country. The Republican candidate for president says most of the refugees are young men, and he thinks some of those young men are ISIS terrorists.

Cruz was in Kalamazoo today in front of a crowd that was fewer than 1,000 people. He says as president, he would have the Department of Justice investigate Planned Parenthood. He also says he would end what he calls "religious persecution" and says he would not honor the recent nuclear agreement with Iran.

$310.5 million Powerball ticket sold in Three Rivers


LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) -- The only winning ticket in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing -- worth $310.5 million -- was sold in Three Rivers, according to a Michigan Lottery spokesman.

The drawing was held around 11 p.m. Wednesday, with the winning numbers of 21-39-40-55-59, the Powerball was 17, and the Power Play was 3.

The winning ticket was sold at the Three Rivers West Shell station at 1223 W. Michigan Avenue, says Jeff Holyfield, director of public relations for the Michigan Lottery.

Holyfield says they will wait until the winner claims the prize, one of the largest lottery jackpots this year nationwide.


Police: Woman stabs her dad to stop attack


PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are investigating an overnight incident where a woman says she was forced to stab her own father.

It happened around ten o'clock last night in the parking lot of a gas station at Westnedge Avenue and Romence Road Parkway.

Investigators say the 51-year-old Detroit man suffered a mental disorder while traveling to Chicago with his 20-year-old daughter and her friend. The trio turned off I-94 and stopped at the station.

There was an argument, and police say the dad began choking his daughter's friend. The daughter told officers she stabbed her father in the back of his thigh with a small knife to stop his attack.

The father is undergoing a mental evaluation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Portage Department of Public Safety at (269) 329-4567, or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.


Man found dead in Kalamazoo, cause of death unknown


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police in Kalamazoo are waiting on autopsy results to determine the cause of death of a man found dead on the sidewalk Tuesday morning.

Just after 8:30 a.m., police were called to the 600 block of E. Vine Street where Kenneth Alan Madison, 54, was found on the sidewalk. Once on scene, officers began performing CPR, but were unsuccessful. Madison was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of death is being investigated.

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


Missing Kalamazoo woman murdered in Nepal


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A missing Kalamazoo woman has been murdered in Nepal.

25-year-old Dahlia Yehia had been visiting Nepal since July 20 helping those affected by an earthquake in April.

According to the Himilayan Times, Yehia was renting a room from a teacher named Narayan Paudel.

Apparently, Paudel invited her via the internet to stay with him as part of an earthquake relief support program.

Paudel confessed to beating Yehia to death with a hammer and throwing her body into the Seti River on August 7.

Police have yet to determine a motive for the killing.

Yehia's family set up a Facebook page, called Find Dahlia after they lost contact with her on August 6th.

Missing elderly man with dementia found safe in Indiana


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- An elderly man with dementia who was reported missing after walking away from his group home in Kalamazoo has been found safe in Indiana.

Darl Lee Mapes had last been seen Monday, leaving the home in the 200 block of Allen Blvd. Police announced he was missing Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday evening, they announced he had been found safe and plans were being made for bringing him home.


Lawton man killed after crashing car into tree


LAWTON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 28-year-old man is dead after crashing his car into a tree in Van Buren County Saturday morning.

Deputies responded to a call of a single motor vehicle crash on the north side of 32nd Street at County Road 669 just before 8 a.m.

Initial investigation reveals Andrew Cusentino, of Lawton, was traveling north on 32nd Street when he went through the marked stop sign at County Road 669.

Cusentino's 2005 Hyundai Sonata went off the roadway and struck a tree. The 28-year-old was pronounced dead on scene. He was the only person in the car.

Deputies think the crash happened sometime in the early morning hours. The crash was discovered by a passerby at 7:53 a.m.

Speed appears to be a factor in the crash.