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Police: July 4 shooting suspect considered armed and dangerous

Police: July 4 shooting suspect considered armed and dangerous

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Kalamazoo Public Safety offices are asking for the public’s help in tracking down a suspected gunmen.

Okoli Dion Staggers, 21, is considered armed in dangerous.  He’s wanted on an eight-count warrant for a shooting that happened the night of July 4 in the 1000 block of Hays Park Street.  Around 9:15 that night, officers found a Kalamazoo man with a gunshot wound to his leg.  Detectives say the man was walking to his front porch when he was shot. The victim is recovering. Officers do not believe he was the intended target.

Staggers faces charges of assault with intent to murder and weapons violations.  He’s 5’4” tall, weighs 130 lbs. and may have a shaved head.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100.

San Juan Diego Academy names new principal

San Juan Diego Academy names new principal

WYOMING, Mich.—San Juan Diego Academy is getting a new principal.

Dr. Manuel J. Brenes will take over the post July 1.   Brenes most recently served as the director of the bilingual and world languages program for Kalamazoo Public Schools.

NFL's Greg Jennings and Larry Fitzgerald are coming to Kalamazoo

NFL's Greg Jennings and Larry Fitzgerald are coming to Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Former Super Bowl champion Greg Jennings and his wife Nicole will return to Kalamazoo June 7 for the 2013 Greg Jennings Celebrity Golf Event.

Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), EJ Biggers (Washington Redskins), Chastin West (Detroit Lions) and other celebrities are slated to attend the event, which runs from June 7 to June 8 at the Kalamazoo Country Club.

Proceeds from the event will support non-profit programs provided by The Greg Jennings Foundation, including the BE GREAT Youth Initiative.  Last year’s celebrity golf event generated more than $220,000.

WMU community says goodbye to two historic buildings June 7

WMU community says goodbye to two historic buildings June 7

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Students, faculty, staff and alumni of Western Michigan University will gather Friday, June 7 to say goodbye to two historic buildings.

Hoekje and Bigelow halls will be demolished to make way for new campus residence hall. Both halls have been home to tens of thousands of students since they opened more than 50 years ago.

Dr. Howard F. Bigelow was on economics professor at WMU for 37 years.   John C. Hoekje was a professor of education and psychology who also served as registrar, dean of admission and director of extension in his during his 39 years at WMU.  Hoekje hall opened in 1959; Bigelow Hall opened two years later.

Friday’s farewell gathering will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Local businesses receive Catalyst Awards for job creation

Local businesses receive Catalyst Awards for job creation

Southwest Michigan First is honoring dozens of regional companies for creating jobs and leading innovation.

On May 22, more than 50 businesses, organizations and individuals received a 2013 Catalyst Award.  Southwest Michigan First handed out its first Catalyst Awards in 2005.

This year’s recipients include: 

  • AluTech
  • American Axle & Manufacturing
  • Arcadia Brewing Company
  • Asama Coldwater Manufacturing
  • Behnke Trucking and Warehousing
  • Borgess Health
  • Bowers Manufacturing Company
  • Brembo North America
  • Catalyst Development Company
  • Cosma International
  • Delta Industrial Valves
  • Denso Manufacturing Michigan
  • Dimplex Thermal Solutions
  • EPI Marketing Services
  • Fabri-Kal
  • Faulkner Fabricators
  • Geislinger
  • Getman Corporation
  • Gokoh Coldwater Incorporated
  • Graphic Packaging Int

Local business among West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

Local business among West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

For the eighth consecutive year, a local business has made the list of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.

Progressive AE has been providing architectural and engineering services to clients for 50 years.  The company is located at 1811 4 Mile Rd. NE.

The rankings are based on confidential employee surveys as well as variety of areas including: diversity, work-life balance, compensation and benefits, recognition, rentention, communication, employee education and community initiatives.

 “We are proud to have once again been selected as one of the best and brightest companies to work for here in West Michigan,” said Bradley H. Thomas, P.E., Progressive AE’s president and CEO.

Kalamazoo home to Volunteer Center of the Year

Kalamazoo home to Volunteer Center of the Year

 

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Kalamazoo is home to Michigan’s Volunteer Center of the Year.

The Volunteer Centers of Michigan awarded the honor to Volunteer Kalamazoo April 25, for the organization’s use of new technology and deployment of Days of Service Projects. This was the first year for the award, which recognizes the work of one local volunteer center that has grown significantly or come up with innovative initiatives to encourage community volunteers.

The Michigan Community Service Commission also awarded one of two national service awards to a Kalamazoo native.  Art Nichols took home the Outstanding Senior Corps Member Award.  

April 21 marked the start of Michigan Volunteer Week. Volunteers were honored at the state capitol April 24.