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Kalamazoo Sheriff Rick Fuller says his department is in mourning following the death of Deputy Ryan Proxmire over the weekend. Proxmire was shot Saturday night during a rolling gunfight in eastern Kalamazoo County.

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A Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s deputy who was shot during a car chase late Saturday night has died. The sheriff’s office says Deputy Ryan Proxmire passed away from his injuries Sunday.


Kalamazoo County wants to renew its law enforcement tax on May 3. If it passes, the levy would last for six years. The rate will stay at its current level - about 1.45 mills. That means a taxpayer whose home is worth $100,000 on the market would pay just over $70 a year toward the tax.

The money the millage raises helps to fund a range of county departments, from animal services to the prosecutor’s office to district and circuit court. Kalamazoo County sheriff Rick Fuller says everyone who pays toward the millage stands to gain from it, as it helps to cover services such as the Kalamazoo County jail.

"KALAMAZOO, MI – As many as eight sheriff's deputies could potentially face layoffs if a stalemate in negotiations between Kalamazoo County and Oshtemo Township over a police services contract isn't resolved by Dec. 31." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, MI – The Oshtemo Township Board of Trustees largely put the issue of starting its own police department to bed during a more than three-hour meeting Tuesday, with members electing instead to resume negotiations with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's office to continue to provide the township's law enforcement needs." (Kalamazoo Gazette)