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Police: Man held ex against will, set fire to her phone Thursday, March 23

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:42:55 GMT

A man is jailed for attempted murder and other charges after police say he beat, choked and held his ex-girlfriend against her will at her residence in Battle Creek. They made contact with the victim at around 1:30 a.m. Thursday after she ran out and flagged down help.




Westminster attacked year to day EXACTLY since Brussels

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:08:21 GMT

Today's terror attack on Parliament comes exactly one year to the day since the deadliest act of terrorism in Belgium's history. On March 22, 2016, three co-ordinated suicide bombings hit the capital of Brussels killing 32 people and injuring hundreds more.




Is time running out for Michigan's 19 Sears and 38 Kmart stores?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:37:44 GMT

The parent company of Sears and Kmart released its annual report late Tuesday, with an unprecedented question raised about the stores' futures on page 48. "Our historical operating results indicate substantial doubt exists related to the Company's ability to continue as a going concern," according to the report filed by Sears Holding Corporation. * The operating loss for Sears in 2016 reached $1.448 billion, more than doubling the operating loss a year earlier of $708 million.




Firekeepers Casino

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:04:36 GMT

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi , owners of FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Mich., announced today that it has established its second consecutive new annual record, with payments of over $22.5 million to the State of Michigan and the FireKeepers Local Revenue Sharing Board. The payment to the State of Michigan totals more than $17.1 million, an increase of 3.3 percent over the 2016 payment, while the payment to the FireKeepers Local Revenue Sharing Board of over $5.4 million is 2.6 percent higher than one year ago.




Battle Creek brothers facing life in prison for rape

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:11:32 GMT

Scott French, 29, was arrested on Friday on charges of assaulting two ten-year-old girls several times, several years ago, with his brother, Allen, 32. Allen has been in jail since being arrested for raping a 16-year-old girl at gunpoint after she got off of her schoolbus. Police believe that there may be more victims.




Heartbreak and paperwork weigh on Brussels attack victims

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:39:17 GMT

In this photo taken on Thursday, March 16, 2017, former Belgian professional basketball player from Brazil, Sebastien Bellin, speaks with the Associated Press at the Aalster Basketball Forum. The former basketball player, badly hurt in the suicide bomb attack on Brussels airport a year ago, is urging the Belgian government to live up to its pledge to help the victims.




Authorities: High speed factor in deadly crash into Kalamazoo River

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:22:16 GMT

Authorities say high speed was factor in a crash into the Kalamazoo River in southern Michigan that left two men dead. The crash happened early Friday in Battle Creek.




Motorized cart catches fire at Battle Creek store Monday, March 20

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:45:03 GMT

An electrical fault is being blamed for a motorized cart fire at the Meijer on West Columbia Avenue in Battle Creek early Monday.




Police: 2 dead after vehicle crashes into Kalamazoo River

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:24:58 GMT

Crews work to remove a vehicle from the Kalamazoo River in Battle Creek, Mich., following a crash on Friday, March 17, 2017. The bodies of two people were found in the vehicle after it was pulled from the water, Battle Creek police said.




J.C. Penney to shut 130-plus stores, including Holland and Battle Creek locations

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:01:03 GMT

J.C. Penney is joining its department store rivals in pruning its store numbers in an era of online shopping. Penney said last month that it will close 130 to 140 stores as well as two distribution centers over the next several months as it tries to improve profitability.




Weekend shooting suspect arrested in Battle Creek

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 02:26:49 GMT

A suspect believed to be involved in a weekend shooting in Grand Rapids was arrested in Battle Creek Thursday night. Battle Creek police say they arrested someone thought to be connected to a shooting that happened last Saturday near the intersection of Elizabeth Ave and Richmond.




Police find diaper-clad baby in freezing outdoors; couple charged

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:22:45 GMT

Alisha Weems, 25, found herself in the Calhoun County Jail and in front of a county judge. She's accused of exposing her 8-month-old baby to frigid, 28 degree temperatures.




Wounded basketball player: Belgium must help attack victims

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:11:51 GMT

A former basketball player who was badly wounded in the suicide bomb attack on Brussels airport a year ago is urging the Belgian government to live up to its pledge to help attack victims. "I'm really perplexed at how long this has taken, especially since promises were made" just after the March 22 attacks on the Brussels airport and subway that killed 32 people, Sebastien Bellin said Thursday.




Wounded basketball player: Belgium must help attack victims

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:11:50 GMT

In this photo by Ketevan Kardava, Brazilian born former pro basketball player Sebastian Bellin is shown after being wounded in Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium, after explosions rocked the airport on March 22, 2016. the former basketball player badly hurt in the suicide bomb attack on Brussels airport a year ago is urging the Belgian government to live up to its pledge to help the victims.




PD: Michigan visitor caught luring minor for sex

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:08:55 GMT

A man visiting from Michigan is caught by undercover officers luring a "young teenage girl" to his hotel room for sex. Chandler Police report that from March 7 to March 9, Derek John Guthrie, age 41, was in communication via a social media application with a girl he believed was 14 years old.




Churches provide shelter to protect immigrants

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:23:37 GMT

A coalition of churches in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek area have set up secret sanctuaries in communities around Michigan to provide shelter for immigrant families who fear they may be in danger of deportation. Pastor Nathan Dannison at the First Congregational Church in Kalamazoo is one of several that will be offering protection, now that they claim the Trump administration is targeting immigrant families.




Deep Fried Pickle Project Bringing Jug Band Fun to Franke Center on March 25

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:05:09 GMT

The Franke Center for the Arts in Marshall, Michigan, will be hosting Battle Creek, Michigan's Deep Fried Pickle Project on Saturday, March 25 for an evening of their unique jug band fun.