Latest Battle Creek News

FireKeepers Casino celebrates a decade of growth

Aug. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Henry and Pat Jones were visiting Michigan to see family and tour the state's casino circuit. Earlier this month, the Florida couple made a stop at FireKeepers Casino, which was celebrating its 10-year anniversary. As ABBA's "Money, Money, Money" played over speakers and flashing...

Manslaughter conviction overturned in shaken baby case

Jul. 29, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has overturned the manslaughter conviction of a Battle Creek man who was accused of causing fatal injuries by shaking his 5-month-old son. Shawn Brown's trial lawyer was ineffective for failing to present an expert to question the Calhoun County prosecutor's theory...

Man dies after tree falls on boat in southern Michigan

Jul. 29, 2019 6:27 AM EDT

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man has died after being struck by a tree that fell onto a boat at a lake in southern Michigan. Battle Creek police say several people were on the pontoon boat, which was docked Sunday afternoon at Goguac Lake about 110 miles (177 kilometers) west of Detroit...

Veteran gets Battle Creek high school diploma after 53 years

Jul. 29, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Paul Masters was only a couple of credits away from graduating Battle Creek Central High School when he got the call to join the U.S. Navy 53 years ago. As of a recent Tuesday morning, he still hadn't gotten his diploma. "You never know how much not graduating high school goes...

Cross with vulgar message found ahead of transgender vigil

Jul. 23, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Officials say someone zip-tied a cross decorated with a vulgar message to an entrance of a southern Michigan church that was hosting a candlelight vigil in honor of transgender people. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports the cross was found Sunday at First Congregational Church in...

Schools work to expand agriculture education opportunities

Jul. 13, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Kellogg Community College and Michigan State University are working together to expand agriculture education opportunities for students. The schools have expanded their Agricultural Operations Program to offer students a new Kellogg associate's degree program and two certificates...

Battle Creek football players risk it all in amateur league

Jul. 8, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Demetrius Byrd picked up a used football helmet and strapped it on. The helmet was once all black, but now resembled a marble, with streaks of paint left from collisions on the gridiron. It was the first time in nearly a decade the 27-year-old had suited up for a football...

2 dead after apparent kayaking accident identified

Jul. 3, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

EMMETT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police have identified two people who apparently accidently drowned while kayaking at a lake in southern Michigan. Police identified them as 25-year-old Morgan Smith, whose family lived on the lake, and her boyfriend, 31-year-old Timothy Geibig of Battle Creek. Acting Director...

Body in Grand River is identified as Battle Creek woman

Jun. 28, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

ONONDAGA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A body discovered this week in the Grand River in Ingham County has been identified as a woman who's been missing for months. The sheriff's office says the woman was 22-year-old Savanna Jacklin of Battle Creek. The body was found by kayakers Tuesday in Onondaga Township. The...