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ATV Crash Kills Portage Businessman October 11

According to his family, 34-year-old Jesse Albrecht died Wednesday; he had been riding an ATV on October 6 in the Houghton Lake Area, when he crashed into a tree head-on. He had been wearing a helmet, but still suffered severe and ultimately fatal injuries.

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10 Dogs Rescued In Anti-Dog Fighting Operation In Calhoun County

The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office says search warrants were executed Tuesday at three locations in the county, and at one home in Portage. At one home in Battle Creek, no dogs were found, but over a pound a marijuana was, so a 31-year-old man was arrested on drug charges.

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Zachary Patten and His Vehicle (Provided by KDPS)
Zachary Patten and His Vehicle (Provided by KDPS)
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Double Murder Suspect Found Competent For Trial

32-year-old Zachary Patten of Portage waived his preliminary examination in St. Joseph County in September, and was bound over for trial, after he was found competent by a judge.

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Credit: Google Street View
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Oshtemo Township Robber Sought By Police

The incident happened around 11am Wednesday, where a delivery person was stopped at a gas station in the 6100 block of Stadium Dr. in Oshtemo Township. The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office says that a suspect approached the victim with a gun and demanded the cigarettes he was delivering.

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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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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
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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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