WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY & WINTER STORM WARNING

SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY MONDAY

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Muskegon, Newaygo, Mecosta, and Montcalm effective from 7 pm Saturday until 6 am Monday. A strong storm will be crossing the Ohio Valley Sunday, bringing snow to West Michigan, with some areas perhaps seeing as much as 10-12" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so near/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected... 8-12" possible. However, Eaton, Ottawa, and Kent could see anywhere from 4-7". Additionally, gusty winds will be blowing the snow quite a bit, causing drifting on roads along with poor visibility. Travel is discouraged from late Saturday night through Sunday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for the following counties in West Michigan, effective from 7 pm Saturday until 4 am Monday: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Van Buren,  St.Joseph, Branch, and Hillsdale. A strong winter storm moving into/across the Ohio Valley will bring periods of heavy snow to the Warning area, beginning late tonight and extending through at least Sunday evening. Forecast models indicate between 8 and 12" of accumulation are possible. Additionally, strong winds will cause blowing and drifting snow. Driving conditions will be hazardous Sunday. Travel is not encouraged.

Stay with Newschannel 3 and wwmt.com for the latest updates.

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Police seaching for person of interest in vitamin tampering

Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - There is a news alert for those who may have recently bought over-the-counter vitamins in West Michigan.

Investigators say they now have a person of interest they're searching for at this hour.

They say he is replacing the pills with cat food, chocolate, and even prescription blood thinners.

It has happened at every Meijer store in Kalamazoo County.

Undersheriff Paul Matyas advises people to check their medicine cabinets, and make sure you don't find anything suspicious in the bottles.

Newschannel 3 looked into the latest developments, and spoke with a pharmacist about the dangers of swallowing some of those other pills.

The situation has medical professionals very concerned about people who may be buying the vitamins for the very first time, and may not realize something is wrong.

So far, no one has been injured, but police are trying to get ahead of the situation, because if someone were to still be taking a tampered medication, it could turn into an even more dangerous situation.

Law enforcement officials say they still don't know all of the stores the person may have hit, but they have confirmed that all four Meijer stores in Kalamazoo County are affected, in addition to a report that a Meijer in Plainwell may also have had pills tampered with by the same person.

His name is not being released at this point.

Investigators found through surveillance video that the suspect's main target is Mega Red Ultra Strength Omega 3 Krill Oil, with pills being replaced with random items.

Most concerning to police and medical professionals is that some of them have been found replaced with prescription blood thinners and heart medications.

Kalamazoo pharmacist Michael Michutka says if the average person takes one or two, it likely won't hurt you, but it could make you very sick.

"If they don't need them, they can have bleeding events, such as bleeding into the stomach, urinating blood, or coughing up blood, and what we worry the most about is bleeding into the brain," he said.

A spokesperson for Meijer says they are working with law enforcement regarding the situation, and that anyone who feels uncomfortable with anything purchased at their stores can return it for a full refund.

Newschannel 3 will stay with the case and be on top of the latest developments.

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