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Drunk driver facing charges after fleeing police, crashing into building

Sat, 20 May 2017 11:46:20 GMT

SPRINGFIELD, Mich, - A 20-year-old Battle Creek man is facing numerous charges after allegedly driving drunk, leading police on a high-speed pursuit and eventually driving his car into a building. Calhoun County deputies say they were first called to the area of Dickman Road and Carl Avenue for reports of a car committing multiple traffic violations early Saturday.

AG forms teams in 2 W. MI counties to investigate rape kit cases

Sat, 20 May 2017 00:32:58 GMT

The push to prosecute the perpetrators in unsolved sexual assaults is intensifying - and prosecutor's offices in West Michigan are leading the charge. In early 2016, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced there were still about 1,800 untested rape kits in Michigan .

Murder trial could go to juryThursday, May 18BATTLE CREEK (WKZO...

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:03:31 GMT

BATTLE CREEK Testimony in the first degree murder trial of James Hatfield has concluded in Calhoun County Circuit Court and the case could go to the jury later today. Hatfield is charged with shooting and killing Kevin Pratcher outside a home on Cherry Street last October, during a drug deal.

Battle Creek talks medical marijuana ordinance to allow dispensaries in city limits

Wed, 17 May 2017 04:24:43 GMT

BATTLE CREEK, Mich- The confusion over medical marijuana dispensaries finally got cleaned up in the state legislature after people in Michigan spent years trying to work within the vaguely written 'Act' passed by voters in 2008. On Tuesday, the Battle Creek City Commission held a workshop to talk about what would happen if they adopt an ordinance allowing the licensing for the sale of medical marijuana.

Police respond to shots fired, find firearms and drugs in residence

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:45:13 GMT

After receiving a report about shots fired during an argument, Battle Creek Police were dispatched to the 200 Block of Lathrop Avenue in Battle Creek. Upon arrival police set up a perimeter around the residence.

Firekeepers Casino Hotela s new restaurant serves food and communtiy

Mon, 15 May 2017 19:57:49 GMT

The grand opening for The Fire Hub was held Wednesday. It's located inside the refurbished Fire Station #4 on Kendall Street at Dickman Road in Battle Creek.

Battle Creek police investigate attempted abduction

Sun, 14 May 2017 03:49:57 GMT

A family member called police around 8 p.m. after a man tried to lure the child, who was playing in the yard, into his car, according to a Battle Creek Police Department news release. When the family member stepped out of the house, located in the 100 block of Harris Street, the driver quickly sped away, the release said.

Illinois man charged in murder of Battle Creek businessman

Fri, 12 May 2017 18:28:15 GMT

Brian Zanetti was officially charged in Calhoun County Friday with the murder of Frank Zanetti at Battle Creek Tile and Mosaic a week ago. The Zanettis are related, but it has not been revealed how.

Libertyville man charged in Michigan homicide

Thu, 11 May 2017 10:54:39 GMT

A Libertyville man is being held without bond in Lake County Jail awaiting extradition to Michigan where he faces a first degree murder charge. Brian Zanetti, of the 600 block of West Park Avenue, Libertyville, was taken into custody May 6 in front of his residence on a warrant out of Battle Creek, Mich., according to a Wednesday night news release from Libertyville police.

Olivia Newton-John forced to reschedule upcoming tour

Wed, 10 May 2017 06:01:54 GMT

'Concerts scheduled for May will be postponed': Olivia Newton-John, 68, forced to reschedule upcoming shows due to health woes The legendary actress, 68, made an official announcement via Facebook on Wednesday, a day before she was scheduled to perform in Battle Creek, Michigan. The post confirmed that her An Evening with Olivia Newton-John tour dates for May would be rescheduled due to ongoing struggles with sciatica.

Report: Bass poacher busted while on unicycle

Tue, 09 May 2017 16:24:22 GMT

According to a report on, a Michigan man was apprehended late last month after a complaint left on a poaching hotline accused the man of keeping and selling bass out of season near Battle Creek, Mich. When DNR officials responded, they were able to track the man down as he was riding a unicycle in the bike lane.

Kellogg's to lay off more than 200 Twin Cities workers

Mon, 08 May 2017 22:26:35 GMT

The cuts are part of a larger national cost-cutting initiative that the maker of Raisin Bran announced in February, said Joe Lierz, Kellogg's director of labor relations. "This is directly related to that," he said by phone Monday, and "is one in a series" of layoff announcements nationwide.

Murder charge filed against relative of slain Battle Creek store owner

Mon, 08 May 2017 17:58:00 GMT

A warrant has been issued for a man whose relative was shot to death in Battle Creek, court records show. Frank Zanetti, 63, was shot to death about 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Battle Creek Tile & Mosaic store he owned in Urbandale, police said.

Off-duty officers accused of trading someonea s property without permission

Mon, 08 May 2017 04:21:56 GMT

A couple of off-duty police officers are accused of trading another man's property without his permission. It's left the buyers in a bind.

Track meet honoring fallen solider helps at-risk Battle Creek students

Sat, 06 May 2017 21:18:06 GMT

More than a decade after his death, the memory of a fallen solider from Battle Creek lives on in his high school and community. Army Staff Sgt.

UK Conservatives gain in local election; Labour, UKIP sink

Sat, 06 May 2017 16:55:52 GMT

Votes are still being counted, but initial indications predict large gains for the Conservative Party in these local... . Election count staff tally ballot papers for the local election in Chelmsford, Britain, Thursday May 4, 2017.

'Angry, isolated' Muntari overturns ban for racism protest

Sat, 06 May 2017 12:25:50 GMT

Pesca... Activists say immigrants detained at a jail serving four counties in Oregon recently held a hunger strike over what they called horrible conditions. Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey man planned to construct and use a pressure cooker bomb in New York City and, if necessary, become a martyr for the Islamic State group.