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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.


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.