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Man accused of murder escapes Kalamazoo jail, is quickly captured
KALAMAZOO, MI -- An inmate at the Kalamazoo County Jail who has been charged with open murder escaped Wednesday, Sept. 19, the sheriff's office reports.
Kalamazoo city commissioner arrested for obstructing police
Police evacuated protesters from Bronson Park starting just before 7 a.m. Wednesday, warning those who remained were subject to a citation and arrest for trespassing, and established a temporary perimeter that barred entry into the downtown park. City and county officials were allowed to stay, but S
Kalamazoo County Jail escapee jumped barbed, razor wire fences without injury
Marcus VanPelt, witnessed capture, said, “They yelled down the street they said ‘Go inside, go inside.’”
Police seek public's help identifying suspect in Paw Paw assault
The assault happened around 12:45 a.m., during the Wine and Harvest Festival, according to a release issued by the Paw Paw Police Department Wednesday.
Vehicle hits police officer in Kalamazoo hit-and-run
KALAMAZOO, MI -- A police officer was struck by a vehicle and taken to a hospital, according to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.
Police arrest more than dozen while clearing homeless camp
The city of Kalamazoo had set a Tuesday evening deadline for people to leave Bronson Park and police arrived Wednesday morning, about 12 hours after the deadline passed. Police dismantled tents and arrested 14, including protesters who wouldn't leave.
14 arrested, released after police break up Bronson Park protest
The protest began on Aug. 19 in response to proposed city ordinance changes, which would lessen penalties for sleeping and camping in parks but were seen as a way to punish people for being homeless. A series of demands sought more emergency shelter space and resources to address the physical, emoti
City of Kalamazoo tells homeless protesters they have to vacate Bronson Park
In a statement from the Kalamazoo City Manager, Jim Ritsema, the city cites ordinances which say camping is any park is prohibited without permission.
10 arrested during homeless protest at Bronson Park
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The deadline for them to leave, has come and gone -- but protestors remained at a popular Kalamazoo park overnight.They were camped out in protest of unsafe living conditions at the Mission Shelter. Those living in tents in Bronson Park were supposed to leave by 7 p.m. or be arres
Protestors at Kzoo park say “we’re not going nowhere” after City told them to leave
“You may try to silence us by moving us out of the park but we’re not going no where,” said Michael Rizor, a protestor and representative of the Bronson Park Freedom Encampment group. “We’re not going to go back into the shadows. We’re not.”
Man charged with killing girlfriend has escaped custody; police warn to stay indoors
Donnovan Lewis, charged with killing his girlfriend and stuffing her body in a suitcase, has escaped police custody and authorities are warning Kalamazoo area residents to stay indoors.
Police: Victim forced into home at gunpoint, robbed in Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Public Safety told Newschannel 3 they were called to the 1600 block of Knollwood Avenue, near West Michigan and Howard, around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Kalamazoo police dismantle homeless encampment despite warnings
This all comes despite the lime green notices officers started placing on tents Monday, warning protesters to leave the park by late Tuesday night. No officers showed up Tuesday night to make arrests, but did show up as of 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, to dismantle tents and asking protesters to leave.
Breaking: Police head into homeless encampment in Bronson Park after eviction deadline
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Kalamazoo Public Safety has gone into the homeless encampment in Kalamazoo's Bronson Park.Around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday police moved into the camps and begin opening up tents where protesters had been waiting for hours after a deadline passed to leave the park.City leaders said the c
Man held at gunpoint during home invasion
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A man is okay after he was held at gunpoint and forced to open his door as a suspect stole various items, according to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.
Bronson Park protesters, under threat of arrest, face uncertain future
Carl Wiseman said he and around 30-40 people have chosen the latter, despite a warning from City Manager Jim Ristema that those camping after 7 p.m. Tuesday are considered trespassers. Other members of the two encampments began breaking down their equipment and moving personal belongings, though mos
One man arrested following standoff situation in Kalamazoo
Police set up a perimeter around the home, and after nearly two hours, the man came out and was arrested without incident.
Kalamazoo officials said homeless camp in Bronson Park is a health risk
Chamberlain said, "There's health, and there is sanitary conditions we're concerned about."
Kalamazoo will shut down Bronson Park encampment Tuesday, manager says
KALAMAZOO, MI -- People camping in Bronson Park for the last month are being asked by the city of Kalamazoo to leave by 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 under threat of arrest.
American Red Cross confirms Great Lakes Region to partially close, 230 jobs eliminated
The American Red Cross has finalized a decision to partially close the Great Lakes Blood Services Region, which includes Lansing, Muskegon, Petoskey, Flint, Kalamazoo, Kentwood and Grand Rapids, eliminating approximately 230 positions.