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West Main Park at the corner of Elm and West Main streets
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

West Main Park is at the corner of West Main and Elm in Kalamazoo — right across from Comensoli’s Italian restaurant. You can walk across it in about 30 seconds.

Arcadia Creek runs through it. There’s a bench, a few picnic tables, and that’s about it. It’s not a quiet spot, but it’s one of the oldest parks in Kalamazoo - founded just a few years after Bronson Park downtown. It's also the oldest city-owned park.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo County intends to help fund a study of the law enforcement response to February’s mass shooting. The proposal passed 6-5 at a commission meeting Tuesday evening.

The county will pay about $30,000 – that’s roughly half the total cost - to commission an analysis of the crime from the DC-based nonprofit the Police Foundation.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

 

The Kalamazoo City Commission has warmed to a proposal from the Kalamazoo Growlers baseball team to set fireworks off at certain games. Last month commissioners had voted to approve only two of six planned displays pending further discussion.

On Monday night Growlers Vice President Brian Colopy assured the Board that this year’s fireworks would be smaller, quieter and more contained than last summer’s.

Mark Bugnaski / MLive

Lawyers for the man accused in the mass shooting in Kalamazoo earlier this year say they’ll argue in court that their client is insane. Jason Dalton’s defense told a Circuit Court judge of their intentions during in a closed pre-trial conference Monday.

Dalton is accused of killing six people and seriously wounding two others in February. After his arrest he told police the ride-sharing app Uber had possessed him. Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting says given the evidence that Dalton carried out the shootings, the defense’s decision doesn’t surprise him.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A group that represents Michigan cities and townships says state policies have hurt local governments. In a report released Wednesday, the Michigan Municipal League says statewide laws and practices make it hard for even prudently managed governments to manage.

The League says a big drop in state revenue sharing created part of the problem, with property tax caps and the state’s emergency management policies also playing a role.

Without changes, MML Associate Executive Director Tony Minghine says the state could see more cities tip into crisis.

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