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Kalamazoo murder suspect named by officers

Kalamazoo murder suspect named by officers

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A 20-year-old man is now charged with the murder of a Kalamazoo man.

Public safety officers were called to the 1400 block of Race Street around 6:45 p.m. Friday, August 23.  When they arrived they found 43-year-old Lionel Lopez Jr. suffering from a single gunshot wound.  Lopez was taken to Bronson Hospital, where he died.

Officers located the suspect, 20-year-old Demarcus Cornellious Finley a short time later.   Sunday, he was formally charged with open murder, two counts of felony firearms, felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

Finley is being held in the Kalamazoo County Jail with no bond.

Missing Oshtemo Township man found

Missing Oshtemo Township man found

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The search for a missing Oshtemo Township man is over.

David Arthur Fleischaker, 33, disappeared from Woodland Estates trailer park, in the 8000 block of Dogwood around midnight on August 23.  Investigators say Fleischaker was despondent. 

Family members found Fleischaker Sunday morning in Lawton, about 15 miles away from where he disappeared. Investigators say he was still despondent, but it’s unclear if he was taken to a hospital.

Catholic Charities West Michigan announces new leader

Catholic Charities West Michigan announces new leader

The largest provider of social services in West Michigan has a new leader.

Bishop David J. Walkowiak announced Wednesday that Terry Walsh will take over as president and CEO of Catholic Charities West Michigan.

The Grand Rapids native has nearly 20 years of experience serving Catholic social programs and organizations.  Walsh has taught in South Africa and worked with refugees in Kenya and Ghana.    He most recently served as director of Michigan State University’s South Neighborhood Engagement Center.  He’ll officially take the helm of the organization Monday, September 16.

Walsh replaces Dr. Deborah J.

City commissioner kicks off campaign for eighth term

City commissioner kicks off campaign for eighth term

A day after primaries for many West Michigan communities, a Kalamazoo city commissioner is kicking off his campaign for re-election.

Don Cooney is seeking an eighth term as a city commissioner.           

 “This is a challenging time especially for Michigan cities.  I have learned a lot through my many years on the city commission.  I look forward to using my experience and knowledge to help our City meet the challenges and continue on its path to excellence,” Cooney said earlier.

Cooney is social work professor at Western Michigan University and the associate director of the Lewis Walker Institute for Race and Ethnic Relations. He’ll formally kick-off his campaign at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

Embezzler who nearly put Village Market out of business punished

Embezzler who nearly put Village Market out of business punished

PORTAGE, Mich.—A former comptroller is heading to federal prison for stealing from his employer.

A judge Monday sentenced 42-year-old Christopher Earl Pratt of Portage to 87 months in prison.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Pratt abused his position as comptroller to steal from Village Market Food Centers, leading to the closure of at least three stories and 170 lay-offs.  Village Market nearly went out of business before discovering Pratt’s crimes, which took place over seven to eight years.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Pratt used the stolen money to buy and refurbish more than 40 muscle cars.  The FBI recovered many of the vehicles and turned them over to a receiver, who is trying to recover Village Market’s lost assets.

As part of his punishment, Pratt must pay more than $6.5 million in restitution.  He also faces three years’ probation when he’s released.

Concerts in the Park: Tad Robinson July 21

Concerts in the Park: Tad Robinson July 21

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Tad Robinson takes the stage July 21 for “Concerts in the Park.”

Robinson’s 4 p.m. performance is free.  Families can watch this Indianapolis Blues Artist on the Bronson Park stage.  Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for the concert, as well as a picnic meal. No grilling is allowed.  If inclement weather occurs, the concert will be moved to First United Methodist Church, located at 212 S. Park Street, across from the band shell.

Concerts in the Park is program of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, supported by the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, City of Kalamazoo, WMUK 102.1 FM and Adams Advertising.  For more information, click here.

Eye appointment likely saved woman's life

Eye appointment likely saved woman's life

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A trip to buy new eyeglasses likely saved the life of a Bridgman woman.

When she started making mistakes on the job and having headaches more frequently, Laurel Rosebush scheduled a visit with her eye doctor.  A vision technician noticed Rosebush’s right pupil was dilated more than the left one, so she recommended Rosebush see a specialist for a CT scan.  That scan revealed a brain aneurysm pressing on Rosebush’s right optic nerve.

“No one wants to hear, ‘You have a brain aneurysm,’” Rosebush says.  “At first I couldn’t breathe.”

Aneurysms are weak spots in blood vessels that left untreated can burst, often leading to stroke or death.