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About: Kalamazoo, MI

"Down on the Corner" by Credence Clearwater Revival and "Kalamazoo" by Ben Folds are both popular songs that reference Kalamazoo. The Hopewell Native American tribe originally inhabited the area. Kalamazoo was officially incorporated as a city in 1883. The Kalamazoo Mall was the first outdoor pedestrian mall constructed in the United States, it opened in 1959. The wall stretches for four blocks. Kalamazoo is home to a number of local breweries and brewpubs. One of the most famous businesses that began in Kalamazoo was the Gibson Guitar Corporation.

Population: 76145
Local Newspapers: The Kalamazoo Gazette Courier
Local Sports Teams: The Kalamazoo Kings (Frontier League Baseball)
Local Colleges: State UniversityWestern Michigan University, Kalamazoo College

Zip Codes associated with Kalamazoo, MI: 49001, 49004, 49006, 49007, 49008, 49009, 49012
Towns/Cities near Kalamazoo, MI : Eastwood, Westwood, Partage, Mattawan, Parchment, Vicksburg, Paw Paw

Kalamazoo News
Ford Airport shows off renovated concourse, new tap room: Get a 360-degree view

Recent changes to Gerald R. Ford International Airport have been enough to make at least one passenger wonder if they landed at the right hub. Indeed they had, and there's more to come in making the facility more vibrant with additional passenger amenities compared to what once was a "sterile" environment, said Brian Ryks, the airport's executive director.

Winter weather advisory issued for Thursday; Freezing rain, sleet, snow possible

It will be a mixed bag of precipitation Thursday -- freezing rain, sleet and snow all possible -- prompting the National Weather Service to issue a winter weather advisory for Kalamazoo and Van Buren Counties. A mixture of sleet and freezing rain is expected late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, according to NWS.

Portage residents oppose closing West Middle School as part of potential bond vote

Several Portage residents say they oppose closing West Middle School and would vote against a November bond election if that's part of the Portage Public Schools facilities master plan. The residents, most of them living in the Woodbridge Hills neighborhood that is next to West Middle, told the Portage Board of Education Monday that it makes no educational or financial sense to convert West Middle to some other use if the district goes to two middle schools instead of three.

Stryker CEO says he remains focused on acquisitions

The timing of acquisitions is unpredictable, Stryker Chief Executive Officer Kevin Lobo said on the company's fourth-quarter earnings conference call. "Right now we are pursuing the acquisition deal flow, and we'll see what happens," Lobo said.

Kathleen Brickley appointed chief judge in Van Buren County

After nearly three years on the circuit court bench, Kathleen M. Brickley has been appointed chief judge in Van Buren County, county officials announced Tuesday. The Michigan Supreme Court's appointment of Brickley comes on the heels of the Jan. 2 retirement of Probate Judge Frank D. Willis , who formerly served as chief judge.

Sturgis officer in 'super drunk' case pleads guilty to misdemeanor, ordered to pay court costs and fines

A Sturgis police officer who was to face trial this week in a "super drunk" case pleaded guilty Tuesday to a lesser charge and was ordered by a Kalamazoo judge to pay court costs and fines, prosecutors said. Bryan L. Stuck, 29, of Bronson, pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated during a hearing before District Judge Richard A. Santoni, Kalamazoo County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Carrie Klein said.

4 Year Old Saves Pregnant Mother Having Seizure by Calling 911

For today's 'too cute for words' moment, I'd like to introduce you to four year old Calise Manning, of Kalamazoo Michigan. She might be young, but she's already a little hero, at least to her mother, Centerria, who is 9 months pregnant.

Ted Parfet joins the Upjohns and Gilmores: Martha Parfet book chronicles Kalamazoo families

Her grandparents were founders of two of Kalamazoo's key business ventures in the 20th century: The Upjohn Co. and Gilmore Brothers department store.

Suspect in assault of 63-year-old at Meijer in custody after similar incident in Plainwell

A suspect who randomly assaulted a 63-year-old man in a Meijer parking lot Sunday afternoon is in custody, police say. Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas said family members of the suspect contacted police Monday after learning the suspect had punched a man in the face while he and his wife were loading groceries into their vehicle at Meijer on Gull Road in Comstock Township.

Prosecutors: No Reason To Reopen Fatal Ambush Of 2 Hunters

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Suspect located, accused of several random assaults in broad daylight

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office said that a man is being evaluated at Borgess Medical Center after being suspected of assaulting several people on Sunday afternoon. Law enforcement said that at about 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, a man only described to be in his 40's, approached an elderly man and his wife in the parking lot of the Meijer on Gull Road in Kalamazoo.

Sentencings in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court for Jan. 26, 2015

Alvin Ricardo Baker Jr., 24, of James Street, was sentenced to three years of probation, entry into the probation bootcamp program and ordered to pay court costs and state fees for delivery/manufacture of less than 50 grams of a controlled substance in September in Kalamazoo. Keith Eugene Greene, 30, of Douglas Avenue, was sentenced to two months in jail and ordered to pay attorney fees, court costs and state fees for fourth-degree fleeing police and possession of marijuana in November in Kalamazoo.

Primus releasing deluxe edition of 'Willy Wonka' tribute LP, touring this spring

Alt rock oddballs Primus dropped their wonderfully out-there full-length tribute to 1971's version of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory last year, and the band is back with a deluxe edition of the album as well as a spring tour. The deluxe edition features a newly-mixed surround-sound version of the album and an accompanying live CD and will be released on April 28. You can pre-order the deluxe edition over at Club Bastardo.

Police dashcam footage shows dramatic moment officers foil bank...

Brian Standiford, 49, 'fled after a dye pack exploded on him during a bank robbery in Portage, Michigan on January 13' State troopers saw his car and tried to disable it with spike strips - but he continued driving with deflated tires A state trooper eventually knocked his car with a truck, forcing the suspect into a snow bank and ending his spree Dashcam footage shows the dramatic moment police officers finally stopped a bank robber on a Michigan highway after the wanted man stabbed himself behind the wheel. The video, which was shared with the Kalamazoo Gazette , reveals Michigan State Police trailing Brian Standiford, 49, at low speeds before one of their trucks knocks the side of his car to force him off I-94.

Kalamazoo Civic to hold 'Crazy for You' auditions on Feb. 22 and 23

The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre will hold auditions for its upcoming production of the Gershwin musical "Crazy for You" in the Civic Auditorium, 329 S. Park St. at 7 p.m. Sunday Feb. 22 and Monday, Feb. 23. Those auditioning should plan on arriving a half hour early for processing of paperwork. Director Ben Zylman, musical director Marie McColley-Kerstetter, choreographer Kathryn S. Williams and assistant choreographer Emily Duguay will be looking for 15 men and 14 women age 16 and up to fill lead, supporting and chorus roles.

Arts at a Glance

The band Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers will share their indie-rock sound with Grand Rapids when they perform at the Pyramid Scheme on Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. This local Michigan band from the east side of the state will share the stage with American Opera and Watching for Foxes. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Theatre Kalamazoo New Playfest to continue 'ongoing conversation' of playwriting, with...

In addition to staging short plays by Kalamazoo community and student playwrights, this year the Theatre Kalamazoo New Playfest is bringing in an outside voice to join in the conversation. For Dipika Guha, her craft is a literal, ongoing conversation.