CRIME & SAFETY
Police: 1 dead after crash in Hastings
A woman died Friday after a crash in Hastings, police say.
Former Battle Creek landlord sent to prison for life for 2020 murder of two tenants
BATTLE CREEK, MI (WNWN/WTVB) – Former Battle Creek landlord Chad Allen Reed was ordered to serve the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole on Friday after he killed two tenants in October of 2020. The 56-year-old Reed was convicted of first and second degree...
Inmate suicide at Calhoun County Jail Thursday
BATTLE CREEK, MI (WKZO AM/FM) – The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office says a 40-year-old inmate from Southgate, Michigan hanged himself while in custody at the jail Thursday morning. Around 9:30 a.m. deputies at the jail in Battle Creek responded to a male hanging himself with a bedsheet in...
Charlotte police award man Medal of Valor for preventing a shooting
It may sound like a saloon storyline from an old Western film, but the actions that earned Root the Medal of Valor took place just last month in Charlotte, Michigan.
‘Hurry up, please’: Mass overdose 911 callers praised
The 911 calls from a Thanksgiving Day mass overdose in Battle Creek describe a frantic scene.
Man shoots himself in the foot during fight in Battle Creek
BATTLE CREEK — A 22-year-old woman is in jail and charges are pending against a 24-year-old man following a fight that prompted an accidental gunshot to the man’s foot. Battle Creek police responded to the 100 block of Magnolia Avenue for a report of people hearing gunshots in the area at 11:23 a.m. Tuesday. Dispatchers told police a man with a gunshot wound was already being taken to Bronson Battle Creek Hospital by personal vehicle.
Tragic Fire on Pleasant Ave Claims Lives of Four Local Felines
A fire broke out at 134 Pleasant Ave on December 7, 2023, as per incident report 08572. The fire caused significant damage to the single-family, wood frame house and is currently under investigation. The Battle Creek Fire Department, with Engine 4 as the first responder, attended the scene.
Four cats die in Battle Creek house fire
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Four cats were found dead in the basement of a Battle Creek home Thursday morning. The house at 134 Pleasant Ave. caught fire around 3 a.m., according to the city fire department. Investigation:Michigan board strips convicted South Haven nurse of license for toddler's death. No...
Battle Creek woman charged with murder in double fatal accident in Kalamazoo County
KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO AM/FM) – A Battle Creek woman has been arraigned on murder charges after a crash that caused the death of two people in August in Kalamazoo County’s Ross Township. 29-year-old Rachael Story is being charged with two counts each of Second Degree Murder, Reckless Driving...
Battle Creek Police Request Community Assistance in West Rittenhouse Avenue Shooting Investigation
Battle Creek Police are asking for public help in investigating a shooting on West Rittenhouse Avenue early Sunday. The police received multiple calls about gunfire in the area at 2:03 a.m. Officers arrived and spoke to several people behind a house that had been shot at.
‘Mass drug overdose’ happened at Michigan home on Thanksgiving
BATTLE CREEK, MI -- Ten or more people overdosed at the same residence on Thanksgiving, prompting warnings from health officials about using drugs that could be laced with dangerous opioids. On Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23, public safety agencies responded to a “mass drug overdose” at a single, private residence in...
Former Michigan labor leader pleads guilty to aggravated assault
A former high-ranking labor official in Michigan pled guilty Friday, Dec. 1 after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a 2022 political fundraiser. Jonathan Byrd, 40 of Battle Creek, entered a guilty plea for one count of aggravated assault with an agreement that asks the judge to sentence him to 90 days in prison, a news release from the Michigan Attorney General said. Byrd had previously been prominent in Michigan politics and lobbying on behalf of the Michigan Laborer’s District Council of the Laborer’s International Union of North America (LiUNA).
Video: Mich. cruisers rammed as fight over 'love triangle' leads to high-speed pursuit
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — A “relationship triangle” resulted in a 22-year-old woman being stabbed, others assaulted with broken glass, a 15-person brawl, and a police chase that reached nearly 100 mph chase, according to a press release from Battle Creek police Sunday. A 22-year-old and 28-year-old woman...
15-person hotel brawl stemming from love triangle leads to 3 stabbings, high-speed police chase in Southwest Michigan, police say [VIDEO]
Two women arguing over a man quickly spun out of control at a Battle Creek hotel over the weekend and led to three stabbings and a police chase at speeds of over 100 mph, police said.
Lansing VA Clinic Conducts Active Shooter Training with Local Police
In an effort to prepare for potential real-life emergencies, Lansing police and Battle Creek Veterans Affairs employees participate in an active violence drill at the local VA clinic. The training involved various scenarios, including handling an active shooter, aiming to enhance response readiness.
Weekly Safety Report: Concerning Incidents at Battle Creek, Michigan
This week in Battle Creek, Michigan, there were three incidents of concern. These incidents include a man seen worshiping a woman's feet in a casino, a fight, chase, and stabbings at a hotel, and a mass overdose event caused by unknown drug mixes.
Michigan police dog dies after 3 years of retirement
EATON COUNTY, MI – A Michigan sheriff’s department is mourning the loss of its police dog. The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that K-9 Cash, a beloved German Shepherd who served the department for more than seven years, had died. Cash retired in 2020 and had...
Opioid-laced cocaine cause of ‘mass drug overdose’ in Michigan home on Thanksgiving
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – Cocaine laced with an opioid, such as fentanyl, is believed to have caused a “mass drug overdose” at Calhoun County home on Thanksgiving. On Nov. 23, 2023, first responders were called to reports of a mass drug overdose at a home in Battle Creek. At least 10 people were found unresponsive with decreased breathing.
Battle Creek kitchen fire under investigation, no injuries reported
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — A kitchen caught fire at an apartment complex Monday morning in Battle Creek. Around 9:40 a.m., firefighters from the Battle Creek Fire Department responded to reports of a possible structure fire at the Chateau Village Apartments on East Michigan Avenue near Porter Street, according to city officials.
Love Triangle Escalates to Violent Brawl in Battle Creek Hotel, Two Women Arrested
• A love triangle turned violent in Battle Creek, Michigan, resulting in two women in their twenties being stabbed and leading to a high-speed police chase. The two women believed to be involved are now in custody.