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Suspect Faces Additional Charges In West MI Shooting

A 21-year-old western Michigan man faces additional charges in connection with the shooting of three people outside a high school basketball game in February. The Muskegon Chronicle reports that Clarence McCaleb was arraigned Friday on six charges, including three for assault with intent to commit murder. He previously was charged with pointing a gun at a sheriff’s deputy and other crimes. Two females and one male were shot February 9 outside Muskegon Heights Public School Academy, northwest of Grand Rapids. Two of the wounded were students. Authorities say McCaleb was shot and wounded by a deputy after refusing to drop a pistol. Defense attorney Scott Pederson didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. McCaleb is jailed on a $1 million bond. His preliminary examination is scheduled for August 1.. ...Read Full Story

Lakeview Avenue Work Set For Saturday

Work to resurface part of Lakeview Avenue in St. Joseph will cause some traffic disruptions this weekend. The city says contractors will be installing storm sewer crossings at Colonial Avenue and Lakeview Avenue Saturday. The work was scheduled for the weekend so as to minimize problems for the Area Agency on Aging. Residents within the construction area on Lakeview will be able to enter and exit to the north, and they’re asked to use caution and allow for extra time. The road’s surface will be restored by the end of the day. The city says storm sewer construction will be done next week, which may mean water shut offs to individual homes to move piping.. ...Read Full Story

More Than $33,000 Raised For Lakeland Watervliet

More than $33,000 has been raised for Lakeland Hospital in Watervliet, thanks to the Community Hospital Foundation’s annual golf outing held recently at Lake Michigan Hills Golf Club in Benton Harbor. Lakeland says the event hosted 120 golfers who attended an awards lunch and took part in several raffle drawings for things including Whirlpool appliances and a trip to a resort. Lakeland says the annual golf outing is made possible thanks to donors and foundation advocates who helped with registration and served as rangers on the golf course.. ...Read Full Story

Woman Arrested Following Van Buren County Hit & Run

A Van Buren County woman is facing charges after a hit and run crash reported Thursday morning. Michigan State Police out of the Paw Paw post say they were called about a man who’d been hit by a pickup while walking his dog in Porter Township, near Lawton. The 65-year-old was hit in the arm and the ribs when the pickup crossed the centerline and went into the other lane. It then continued on. Not long after their investigation began, troopers found the suspect vehicle at a home nearby. A 50-year-old woman told troopers she’d been reaching for her cell phone and thought she’d hit a mailbox when the incident happened. She said she knew she’s lost her driver’s side mirror, but didn’t stop. The woman was arrested for failure to report an accident causing injury. The victim was treated and released at a local hospital.. ...Read Full Story

Service Held For Slain Berrien County Officer

A service for slain Berrien County Courthouse security chief Joseph Zangaro has been held. The service to remember his life drew thousands to Lake Michigan College’s Mendel Center in Benton Township Friday afternoon. A 21-gun salute was held in Zangaro’s honor, a bugler played taps, blue ribbons were seen all over the property, and police agencies from across southwest Michigan were represented. Hundreds of officers were in attendance. Zangaro was shot and killed Monday by a Berrien County Jail inmate who was trying to escape. Also killed was jail security officer Ronald Kienzle. Kienzle’s service will also be at the Mendel Center on Monday at 1 p.m. Visitation will be Sunday from 1-5 p.m. at Starks & Menchinger Chapel in St. Joseph.. ...Read Full Story

Attorney: Kalamazoo Bike Crash Driver Didn’t Intent Harm

A defense lawyer says a man accused of killing five people by plowing his speeding pickup truck into a group of Kalamazoo area bicyclists hadn’t intended to harm them. The comment from lawyer Alan Koenig followed the release this week of police reports saying 50-year-old Charles Pickett Jr. had taken pain pills and muscle relaxers less than two hours before the June 7 crash in Kalamazoo County. Koenig offered thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families in an email to The Associated Press on Friday. Pickett is charged with second-degree murder and driving while intoxicated causing death. He returns to court next month. Another four bicyclists were injured when they were struck from behind on a two-lane road in Cooper Township.. ...Read Full Story

Report: Two-Thirds Graduate From MI Universities Within Six Years

Nearly two-thirds of students who enroll in Michigan universities earn a degree within six years, according to a state report. Just 36% graduate within four years. The success rate for students at community colleges is lower. About 35% earn a two-year degree or a transfer to a four-year institution within six years of enrollment. The figures were reported for the first time this week using what officials say is a new and improved methodology. It reflects both part- and full-time enrollment and adjusts for students transferring between colleges. Officials say the data will keep schools accountable and help the institutions better serve students. Michigan’s Center for Educational Performance and Information began collecting student-level data in 2009-10, so this is the first cohort with six years of available data.. ...Read Full Story