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Fake $100 bills circulating in Battle Creek

BATTLE CREEK, MI (WKZO AM/FM) -- Battle Creek Police are telling local businesses to double check their $100 bills after a slew of very realistic, fake Benjamins. They say in multiple incidents a black woman possibly in her 20s has used counterfeit $100 bills to pay for merchandise in the Albion and


Enforcement of Battle Creek’s hands-free cell phone law waits on new signs

BATTLE CREEK, MI — A new ordinance that prohibits drivers from handling cell phones within city limits goes into effect today, though police will not write tickets until after signs are installed, according to a city official.


Battle Creek's distracted driving law could go statewide

BATTLE CREEK, MI (WKZO AM/FM) -- Battle Creek's distracted driving law goes into effect today. This means within the city it is against the law to use a hand-held cell phone while driving for any reason, including scrolling, typing, or talking.


Battle Creek Man Sought For Allegedly Attacking His Pregnant Ex-Girlfriend

Authorities in Battle Creek are attempting to track down a man who allegedly attacked his ex-girlfriend while she was at work. The Battle Creek Enquirer says that the Battle Creek Police were called to the Speedway gas station on Columbia Ave. around 1:06am Tuesday, after the 18-year-old woman says


Michigan Governor Blasts Story About Her Appearance

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday criticized a Detroit TV station’s decision to air a story about the reaction to the dress she wore during her State of the State speech, which featured numerous unflattering or sexist comments about her physical appearance from social


Bacon flowers and beer a big sell at flower shop in Battle Creek

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Elisha Hodge said she’s been working so much lately that she doesn’t know how many customers she’s seen at her store Plumeria Botanical Boutique. When she arrived to work at 8 a.m. Thursday, an hour before they opened, a customer was already waiting for her.


Calhoun County Gets A Grant To Clean Up Scrap Tires

Calhoun County, along with several other counties in the area, has received a grant to help deal with left over tires. Calhoun County’s Solid Waste Management program, as part of the Southwest Michigan Solid Waste Consortium, has received part of a $90,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Envir


Michigan will issue March and April food stamp benefits early

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will issue food assistance benefits early for the months of March and April. MDHHS said it plans to issue the benefits early to reduce the gap between benefit payments that happened due to the partial government shutdown.


BC police warn of bogus bills passing marker test

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Battle Creek police are warning businesses about a new spin on the old crime of counterfeit bills. Officers believe the bogus bills being passed off at businesses throughout Calhoun County are really $10 bills that have been bleached and reprinted as $100 bills. Because


A special Valentine's Day in Battle Creek

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) - Maranda spent this Valentine’s Day with a special group of young women in Battle Creek. The Battle Creek Community Foundation creates programs for young women in the community to help empower them for the best future they can have. The young women came together to celebr


Dennis Miller Coming To FireKeepers Casino In Battle Creek

2019 at FireKeepers Casino Hotel Events Center is really shaping up to be a great year. Already announced, Billy Idol, Lewis Black, the great Smokey Robinson and, if you're a Country fan, Lee Brice and Reba. Now, we're only in February so I'm sure the folks at FireKeepers have plenty more up their s


Man accidentally fires gun inside Michigan Walmart bathroom

A man accidentally fired a gun inside a Walmart store in Northern Michigan on Thursday afternoon. According to WLUC, police responded to reports of a gunshot inside the Walmart store in Ironwood, Michigan.


Leader of large drug ring sent heroin, cocaine to Michigan in hidden compartments, even from prison

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The leader of a massive drug ring was sentenced for sending cocaine and heroin to Michigan and several other states, U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge said. Alex Alberto Castro was sentenced to 42 years in prison for conspiring to distribute heroin and cocaine. Officials said he was t


100 Chihuahuas flown from overcrowded California shelters to Michigan

DETROIT - Chihuahuas who were at overcrowded and underfunded shelters in California will now be searching for new homes in Michigan after a flight across the country. The Michigan Humane Society, Michigan Animal Rescue League and Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit teamed up with Compassion Without


Sleeping Tiger Imports In Lakeview Square Mall Closing

After 10 years of operation, another store is shutting its doors at Battle Creek’s mall. As of Valentine’s Day, Sleeping Tiger Imports at the Lakeview Square Mall has signs up advertising 50% off almost everything in the store, as they plan on closing soon. 95.3 WBCK spoke with employees of Sleeping


El Niño advisory takes effect: What it means for Michigan weather

An El Niño Advisory was issued on Thursday, which means the climate pattern that has taken effect is likely to continue through the spring. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center says the El Niño is expected to be weak, but it may bring wetter conditions across the southern half of the U.S. in the coming


Disturbing details released from probe of suspended Michigan funeral home

Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs shared grisly details Friday, Feb. 15 concerning its now completed investigation into a funeral home where 63 fetal and infant remains were found improperly stored.


Alleged drug dealer charged in death of Michigan City overdose victim

MICHIGAN CITY — A man was arrested in connection with the death of a 31-year-old woman who died from a heroin overdose in Michigan City. Scott A. Clemons, 29, of Michigan City, was charged with dealing a controlled substance resulting in death, a level 1 felony, according to a news release from the


91 Dogs Flown to Michigan For Chance at Life and Love on Valentine’s Day

Ninety-one dogs from the West Coast were welcomed to Michigan shelters on Valentine's Day. The Detroit Free Press reports that after a six-hour flight from Fresno, California, an airplane full of pups arrived at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti on Thursday, February 14.


Handling a phone while driving could become illegal in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- Starting Friday, handling a phone while driving will be made illegal in Battle Creek and Michigan might be following suit. Governor Gretchen Whitmer brought up the idea of making it illegal in Michigan to use a phone while behind the wheel during her State of the State Addre