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Couple Accused Of Causing Girl’s Death Bound Over To Trial

A KDPS officer who spoke with Ballinger the day of the death says that even though her daughter was calling for help, and at some point began gasping, no effort was made to help the child. The couple allegedly admitted to detectives that they had been smoking meth the night of Desaray’s death.

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Fort Custer To Host Test Of ‘Microgrid’ Technology

Go Electric Inc. of Indiana was awarded Wednesday with a half-million dollar grant from the US Department of Defense to implement a microgrid at Fort Custer, with the company delivering a 400 kW battery for energy storage.

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Sascha Burkard, ThinkStock
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Kalamazoo Residents Accused Of ‘Straw Purchasing’ Guns For Chicago Man

The indictment was issued August 31 in Chicago Federal Court, and accuses 23-year-old Cornelius Battle and 27-year-old Dalrick Drain of Kalamazoo of purchasing guns at Kalamazoo stores, and selling them to 21-year-old Nathaniel McElroy of Chicago at a premium.

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Brief Chase In Kalamazoo Leads To Arrest Monday Morning

Police had initially been called to the area of the Fox Ridge Apartments on a report of someone threatening others with a handgun, and when they arrived they saw an individual fleeing the scene in a vehicle. The vehicle initially refused to stop for police, but after around a 20 minute chase the suspect did finally stop.

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Courtesy Michael McLeieer
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Portion Of I-94 To Be Named After Fallen Fire Chief In New Bill

On Thursday, Senator Margaret O’Brien of Portage introduced the bill, which would name 6 miles of I-94 between Sprinkle Rd. and Galesburg in honor of Switalski. In a release to her website, Sen. O’Brien says that renaming the highway will not only honor Chief Switalski’s contributions to the community, but it will also serve as a reminder to motorists to drive safe.

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KCSD Photo credit: Robert Nelson/Townsquare Media
KCSD Photo credit: Robert Nelson/Townsquare Media
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Kalamazoo County Names James VanDyken As Undersheriff

On Wednesday, the Office announced in a release that James VanDyken will be taking the role, a promotion from his current role as Captain of their operations division. The 47-year-old VanDyken has worked with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office since 1991, starting out a jail deputy and getting promoted steadily since then.

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The Intersection That Was Blocked In Kalamazoo (Credit: Google Maps)
The Intersection That Was Blocked In Kalamazoo (Credit: Google Maps)
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Pro-DACA Protesters Arrested For Blocking Downtown Kalamazoo Street

The incident began as a rally in Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park Tuesday afternoon, in protest of President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. At some point, a group walked down to the intersection of Westnedge and Michigan Ave. and began blocking traffic.

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Vigils Held For 5 Teens Killed In Fiery Kalamazoo Crash

Vigils were held Saturday and Sunday night, with over 100 people turning out in honor of the teens. They were killed after their car hit a tree Saturday morning.

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Photo Provided by Western Michigan University
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WMU Gains New Robot To Help Study Communication

Researchers at Western Michigan University have now acquired a piece of technology that will help them study how humans and robots interact...

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The Crash Occurred About a Mile From The Shooting (Credit: Google Maps)
The Crash Occurred About a Mile From The Shooting (Credit: Google Maps)
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Kalamazoo Crash Leads To Arrest of Felon With Gun, Drugs In Car

A Kalamazoo man was arrested on Sunday, after an alleged shooting and car crash.

MLive reports that the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says they received reports of shots fired in the 4200 block of Lakesedge Dr; as officers arrived at the scene, they saw a gray Mercury leaving, but initially didn’t connect it to the shooting...

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