Tragedy

2 of 5 victims identified in disastrous crash in Michigan

Sep 5, 2017
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The mother of one of five victims killed in a weekend crash near Kalamazoo says her daughter was an adventurous teen who was ready to start her senior year in high school. Tracey Taylor say Deztanee Cobb embraced challenges. Tthe 17-year-old liked to "go hard or go home." Cobb was an athlete who took Advanced Placement classes at Kalamazoo Central High School. 

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Michigan State Police say the cause of a May crash that killed a police officer in western Michigan remains unknown. Norton Shores Officer Jonathan Ginka was traveling at 46 mph and didn't brake until the last second before his cruiser struck a tree, killing him. State police on Friday released findings about the May 10 crash. His death was ruled accidental. 

Lake Superior State holding event to honor late president

May 11, 2017

Lake Superior State University is holding a one-hour memorial for its president who died after brain surgery. The event is scheduled for Thursday at the Arts Center auditorium at the Sault Ste. Marie campus. Thomas Pleger died Sunday at age 48. He was president of Lake Superior State for about three years after a 21-year career in the University of Wisconsin system. 

The school says it will celebrate Pleger's accomplishments, compassion and "unflagging support" for higher education. Pleger's family plans to hold a private service at another time.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered flags to be lowered to honor a Detroit police officer killed in the line of duty.

The reward is being increased to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the death of a Central Michigan University freshman last year. Crime Stoppers of Flint and Genesee County said Monday that the increase comes at the Tuesday one-year anniversary of 17-year-old Ryan Tsatsos' death.

Tsatos was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver near the school's Mount Pleasant campus on Nov. 1, 2015. Three new billboards are advertising the increased reward. Crime Stoppers is offering $2,500 and Tsatsos' family is offering $7,500.

Grief Support

Feb 23, 2016

This past Saturday's tragedy in Kalamazoo has left many grieving. Gilda's Club's Program Manager Lindsay Jousma joins us to talk about the grieving process and support offered.

Jane Griffioen

Sep 8, 2015
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We speak with local writer Jane Griffioen. Jane has written an account of attending the baptism of her grandchild in Charleston, South Carolina not long after the massacre at Mother Emanuel Church.  The name of her yet unpublished essay is “I Saw the Holy City.”