Callie Rainey, WWMT-TV

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Past articles by Callie:

Police: More firearms on the streets of Kalamazoo than ever before

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said it was seeing more firearms in Kalamazoo than ever before. Kalamazoo police and community leaders, including members of Pastors on Patrol, Group Violence Intervention and Mayor Davide Anderson, spent hours in a meeting Monday, May 24, 2021, after four people were wounded over the weekend in three separate shootings. → Read More

Vicksburg Historic Village opens up for 2021 season

The Vicksburg Historic Village opened for the 2021 season. The Vicksburg Historical Society kicked off the opening with the May Meander event on Saturday, May 22. Local business owners set up tables to promote their businesses and network. Local organizations, including the Vicksburg Quilt Trail, the Vicksburg Band Boosters and the Michigan Army National Guard were there to celebrate the opening. → Read More

Man in stolen vehicle dies after a shooting with an Ionia County deputy, state police say

Michigan State Police said an Ionia County deputy was involved in a shooting with a suspect of a stolen vehicle Wednesday. The driver was the only person in the vehicle and died on scene, police said. State police say the chase ended with some kind of collision and a shooting that killed the driver. (WWMT/Callie Rainey) Pandemic news:Experts worry of COVID-19 mutations as Michigan vaccination… → Read More

Kalamazoo on track to surpass shootings, firearms seized last year

Not even half way through the year, and the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said the city was on track to surpass the number of shootings in 2020. On Monday, May 10, 2021, police released the name of a 23-year-old shot and killed Saturday night. Investigators said Aaron Marquise Holmes was shot outside of the Baymont Hotel on Cork St. and later died at the hospital. → Read More

Police identify 23-year-old shot Saturday night, still searching for suspect

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety confirmed 23-year-old Aaron Marquise Holmes was the victim of a Saturday night shooting in Kalamazoo. According to the department, officers responded to the 3800 block of East Cork Street, outside of the Baymont by Wyndham Kalamazoo East, around 10 p. m. for a report of shots fired. Read more: 23-year-old Kalamazoo man killed in overnight shootingPolice… → Read More

18-year-old man in stable condition after being shot multiple times

A shooting inside a Kalamazoo Township residence Friday night sent one man to the hospital, where he was in stable condition. According to the Township of Kalamazoo Police Department, an 18-year-old Kalamazoo man was shot multiple times. It happened inside a residence in the 2200 block of Gull Road at approximately 11:30 p. m. Police said the victim was transported to the hospital. → Read More

Two school districts plan steps after failed bond proposals

Two West Michigan school districts, Battle Creek Public Schools and Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools were considering next steps after their bond proposals were voted down May 4, 2021. It's possible both districts could request a recount, which according to the Calhoun County Clerk's Office was required 6 days after votes were certified. Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools. According to… → Read More

Free skills training program to help employ 700 West Michiganders in less than 2 years

Millions of people lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and one national initiative was hoping to help get 25,000 people back into the work force, including 5,000 Michiganders. West Michigan Works! ; Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren; and Michigan Works! Southwest are partnering together to participate in the the program, The Future of Work Grand Challenge. → Read More

Despite recommendations, some vaccine providers waiting to administer Johnson & Johnson

Three days after the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine was cleared following an 11-day pause, it appeared many counties throughout West Michigan weren't in a rush to add it back into the vaccine rotation. While the state announced it was lifting its mandatory pause of the single-dose vaccine just shortly after U. S. → Read More

Kalamazoo Farmer's Market hosts soft opening at temporary location

Saturday, April 24 marked the soft opening for the Kalamazoo Farmer's Market for the 2021 season. With renovations underway at the Bank Street Market site, the 2021 market was being held at Mayors Riverfront Park. Organizers said the increase in space the temporary location provides is beneficial during the ongoing COVD-19 pandemic. → Read More

Health departments plan to administer Johnson & Johnson shot once it's cleared

For more than a week, West Michigan health departments had been sitting on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines after the Food and Drug Administration and the state issued a pause on administering the single-dose vaccine. Some West Michigan health officials said before the pause they were using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for targeted populations. With no shortage of supply, officials said they… → Read More

Grant money aims to help underrepresented youth find path to career success

Grant money totaling $2 million went to help underrepresented youth in Michigan to pursue meaningful opportunities. It's part of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity's Young Professionals initiative, and it includes virtual career exploration as well as an opportunity to gain job skills and earn income. The program aims at reducing youth unemployment and placing 14 to… → Read More

Gull Lake Community Schools investigates allegations into band performance

A West Michigan High School's participation in a statewide band and orchestra festival sparked controversy, with some parents labeling the incident as cheating. Every year, the Gull Lake Community Schools High School's Symphonic Band participates in a statewide student festival put on by the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, the Band and Orchestra Festival. → Read More

Local non-profits are serving less people after Biden passes Hunger Relief Campaign

President Joe Biden's administration worked to combat hunger with the help of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, and Loaves and Fishes said the hunger relief campaign was working. The president's Executive Order, issued in January, supported the campaign to combat the negative impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic was having on the country, including the growing hunger crisis more than 29 million… → Read More

New study evaluates impact COVID-19 has on drownings in Great Lakes region

In a new paper released by international journal Ocean & Coastal Management, it evaluates the impacts COVID-19 had on drownings in the Great Lakes region. Ocean & Coastal Management conducted the study comparing data from 2020 to the years pre-COVID, 2020-2019. Read more:2020 is named the deadliest of the past 10 years for Lake Michigan drownings. The study suggested beach drownings were… → Read More

South Haven wants resident feedback on traffic calming project

South Haven city officials were seeking community input on a traffic calming project Sunday, April 4, 2021. The Broadway Street and La Grange Street corridor traffic calming project was completed October 2019, reducing the area from four to two lanes. A center turn lane was added, along with bike lanes on both sides of the street. West Michigan officials: Calhoun County leaders take action to… → Read More

With thousands more eligible for vaccine, here's what to do when you are

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan, and the state was one step closer in reaching herd immunity. COVID-19: Find the latest news on the outbreak by visiting the coronavirus page. On Monday, March 8, 2021, the state expanded vaccine eligibility to caregiver family members and people 50 and older. Kalamazoo County expanded it even further to a group of essential workers, and said it… → Read More

Vaccine eligibility gives caregivers of children with special health care needs hope

On March 8, Michiganexpanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to people age 50 and older with pre-existing conditions, as well as to caregivers of children with special health care needs. Some parents said knowing they could soon be vaccinated gave them the first sense of hope in the last year, including the Wright family. Read more: KRESA works to overcome new obstacles with in-person learning for… → Read More

Some students could be going home while others go in-person for the first time this year

For weeks, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been urging all public school districts in Michigan to offer in-person learning by March 1, 2021. Whitmer said 97% of public school districts were giving kids the option to go back into classrooms, including Allegan Public Schools. COVID-19: Find the latest news on the outbreak by visiting the coronavirus page. → Read More

Hospital managers suit up to help fight COVID-19

Health officials were warning of another potential surge in COVID-19 cases after variants had been identified in several states, including Michigan. Nearly a year into the pandemic, many West Michigan hospitals had been battling with capacity limits. Hospital staff were still adapting in an effort to protect patients, themselves and their families. Just weeks before the first patient with… → Read More