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Kalamazoo Bishop comments on defrocked Cardinal

KALAMAZOO (WKZO AM/FM) -- The Bishop of Kalamazoo is commenting on the Vatican decision this weekend to defrock a former Cardinal, following allegations of sexual misconduct. The former Washington Archbishop can now no longer present himself as a Catholic priest.


Search for missing woman in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Police in the township of Kalamazo are searching for 69-year-old Barbara Parrish. She was as last seen on Jan. 25, 2019. Police say she is described as being wheelchair bound and spends time in shelters.


Polar Plunge means cold cash for Special Olympics

KALAMAZOO (WKZO AM/FM) -- Organizers of this year’s polar plunge in Kalamazoo say they raised just over $43,000 for Special Olympics during the Saturday morning event at Bells Brewery.


The gift of pot? Marijuana gift businesses look to expand into southwest Michigan

ANN ARBOR — Stephanie Swearengin, of Ypsilanti, Mich., is always running to Kroger. But not for more coffee or to pick up a head of lettuce. She finds the parking lot a convenient place to meet many of her customers who have purchased used books from her online.


Michigan lawmakers may forgive snow days after frigid temps

(FOX 2) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan lawmakers are considering whether to cut schools some slack after frigid temperatures and other weather caused a high number of snow days.


Hospitality house opens on Burdick Street in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A "Toast in South Town" happened in Kalamazoo in celebration of the opening of a new Burdick Street Hospital Hospitality House on Friday. The Burdick Street Hospital Hospitality House that resulted from a $4.8 million capital campaign and a donated site from Bronson.


People in Kalamazoo react to President Trump's national emergency declaration

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in order to tap into billions of dollars to build a border wall, but Democrats said the declaration goes too far and vowed to fight in court.


Michigan man killed in snowmobile crash with tree

MONTCALM COUNTY, MI – A Michigan man died early Sunday morning after he was ejected from his snowmobile and crashed into a tree, according to Michigan State Police. The victim was identified as Archie Demartin, according to a news release issued by the MSP Lakeview post. Demartin’s age and hometown


Judges in five Michigan courtrooms are using risk assessments to decide bond

Early this month, judges in five Michigan district courts started using a new tool to make bond decisions. It’s part of a new pilot program spearheaded by the Michigan Supreme Court. The judges will use a standard risk assessment to help make those bond decisions.


Update: Uber Driver Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder Spree While Working

After Jason Brian Dalton plead guilty to killing six people almost three years ago while working as a driver for Uber, he was sentenced to six counts of mandatory life in prison without the possibility of parole by Alexander Lipsey, who is a judge in the Kalamazoo County Circuit Court and presided o


MSP: Father and son dead in one-car crash in Hastings Twp.

HASTINGS TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Michigan State Police troopers say a father and a son are dead, following a one-car crash Saturday night in Hastings Township. Barry County Central Dispatch is asking motorists to avoid the area. However, residents who live in the area are being allowed through, as of 9:50


Free fishing weekend in Michigan: No license required

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — No fishing license? No problem — for the next two days in Michigan. The state Department of Natural Resources says you can fish for free in any of the state's waters Saturday and Sunday.


West Michigan man charged with homicide

PAW PAW (WKZO AM/FM) -- A Benton Harbor man who investigators say is responsible for a horrific head-on collision in Hartford Township two months ago is not just being charged with driving drunk causing death, but with two counts of murder.


Police need your help to find missing woman

KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP (WKZO AM/FM) -- Kalamazoo Township Police are trying to locate a local woman who hasn’t been seen since January 25th. Missing is 69-year-old Barbara Rae Parrish.


Kalamazoo County deputies investigate after stabbing in Comstock

COMSTOCK, Mich. — A man was taken to the hospital after being stabbed multiple times. Kalamazoo County Undersheriff James VanDyken confirmed that deputies responded to a stabbing in Comstock on Wednesday.


Boil water advisory issued after Kzoo main break

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A water main break has prompted a boil water advisory in a Kalamazoo neighborhood. Both sides of Egleston Avenue from Bank Street west to the dead end.


Dangerous cold may have killed stink bugs, but don't get too excited

KALAMAZOO — Kalamazoo and many other locations across West Michigan wrapped up January 2019 with two consecutive days where temperatures did not climb above zero. The dangerous cold broke multiple daily records for the area, while some other Midwestern locations saw their all-time record lows challe


One pediatric death from H1N1 confirmed in Michigan, health department says

One pediatric influenza death has been confirmed in the state for the 2018-2019 flu season, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The health department did not release the location of where the case was reported and confirmed.


Michigan bill to end most civil forfeiture heads to House

The Michigan Senate on Friday passed legislation that would prohibit most asset forfeiture until there is a criminal conviction. The bill will be sent to the Michigan House, which has also been open to forfeiture reform.


Kalamazoo County Gets "The People's Law Firm"

Kalamazoo County has signed a contract to set up a new, independent office that will represent criminal suspects who can't afford an attorney. Kalamazoo County Commission Chairwoman Julie Rogers says the move caps 25 years of work on the issue. The nonprofit Kalamazoo Defender will hire 23 attorneys