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Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Samantha Miles reads bingo numbers during a bingo night aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans.

There’s plenty of fun to be had in the KMC this weekend. Friday night is Bingo Night at Club E on Ramstein. If you prefer to simply go dancing, check out Hip Hop Night at the Kazabra Club on Friday on Latin Night on Saturday at Club E. At 9 a.m. Saturday, runners and walkers can participate in the Great American Spit Out 5K at Southside Fitness Center on Ramstein. The 5K aims to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use. Glowing snails and fantasy figures as well as LED light and fire shows will be part of Bad Durkheim’s Wine and Shopping Night this Saturday. Shops will be open late with wine tastings from local vintners.

Traffic on highway A6 may hit a snag starting Sunday when road repairs will get underway around the Kaiserslautern-Centrum junction in the direction of Saarbruecken and between the Gruenstadt junction and the Frankenthal interchange toward Mannheim, according to the German Highway Administration. Traffic may be limited to one lane within construction zones. Work is scheduled to last through Wednesday and is scheduled to be done largely at night to minimize disruptions, The Rheinpfalz reported. 

 Kaiserslautern fans cheer on their soccer team during a game at Fritz Walter Stadium.

1. FC Kaiserslautern squares off with archrival Karlsruhe SC at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Fritz Walter Stadium. It is an important game for the Red Devils if they want to get out of the second division cellar. Going into weekend action, Kaiserslautern sits in the relegation zone in 16th place, with only the goal difference keeping them out of a direct relegation spot. Karlsruhe comes to town in 11th place. The stadium is nearly sold out, with officials expecting more than 48,000 fans. Police will be on the lookout for trouble between the teams’ fans as the game has been deemed a high-risk match. That means fan groups will be separated on their way to and from the stadium. No alcohol will be sold at the game, and the city has banned alcohol at the main train station and streets near the stadium. Officials request spectators use public transportation and park-and-ride opportunities to get to the stadium. Next week’s game is another big one for the Red Devils, as they head to Rostock to play 17th-place Hansa on March 2.

Take a winter forest hike by torchlight to the historic Humberg Tower on Friday, March 2. The traditional nighttime event is sponsored by the Kaiserslautern Forestry Department and the Humberg Tower Association. Starting at 6 p.m., participants gather at the Bremerhof parking lot. Torches will be available for purchase at the starting point, along with warm treats including mulled wine, children’s punch, and a variety of snacks. The event will also feature a bonfire, fire show and musical entertainment, city officials said in a statement.

Kaiserslautern faces a transportation crunch today with bus drivers again on a day-long warning strike organized by the Ver.di union, which is disrupting bus services across the state. Affected buses include those of VRN and DB Regio, with expected delays and cancellations impacting routes throughout Kaiserslautern. Riders should check their bus connections in advance. In addition, Deutsche Bahn announced a halt in train operations between Kaiserslautern and Pirmasens this afternoon, citing a shortage of personnel due to illness among signal operators. The last trains will depart at 3:30 p.m., with services resuming for the late train from Kaiserslautern to Pirmasens at 11 p.m. 

Speed cameras are posted along the A6 in Kaiserslautern, Westpfalz police said online. Additionally, drivers have reported the installation of temporary speed cameras in a 50-kph zone on Berliner Strasse and a 30-kph zone on Hussongstrasse, according to online portal blitzer.de. Cameras are also posted on B420 near Kusel-Bledesbach, and B10 in Hinterweidenthal, according to police.

A fire erupted on the ground floor of a multi-family residence on Theodor-Storm-Strasse this morning. A beeping smoke detector first alerted residents, Westpfalz police said. The affected apartment was not occupied, and the building’s other residents were safely evacuated without any injuries reported. The cause of the fire is unknown, police said. Residents were allowed to return to their apartments after the firefighting operations concluded, except for the dwelling where the fire originated, which currently is uninhabitable. 

A section of the A6 in the direction of Mannheim was closed for nearly 12 hours Tuesday after a tractor trailer crashed into two guard rails at the Wattenheim junction and caused about 100,000 euros in damages, according to a Kaiserslautern police statement. The 45-year-old driver was speeding and lost control of his truck, police said. He collided first with the right guard rail and then with the center guard rail, before coming to a stop in the middle of both lanes. The driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to the West Pfalz Hospital in Kaiserslautern as a precaution. A towing company was called to remove the truck. Police reported the crash at about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday and said this morning that the road did not reopen until 2 a.m.

There’ll be a free staged reading of the final act of A Raisin in the Sun on Thursday at the KMC Onstage studio space at the KCAC on Daenner Kaserne. The event, presented by KMC Onstage and the KMC African-American Heritage Council in honor of Black History Month, will also feature a post-show talkback with the cast and a potluck.


A 68-year-old pedestrian was seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle and thrown onto the sidewalk Monday night in Kaiserslautern, police said Tuesday. The man was crossing at Goethestrasse at the corner of Wilhem-Kittelberger-Strasse, walking towards Kaufland at 7:19 p.m. when he was hit, according to the police report. The driver of the vehicle left the scene without braking and was seen driving towards the Westpfalz Hospital. Witnesses also reported seeing two younger men in the car, described as a silver or silver-gray BMW 3-series with the city code KL on the license plate. The pedestrian was treated for head injuries at the Westpfalz Hospital. Anyone with more information is asked to call police at 0631-369-2250.

An automatic speed camera enforces the speed limit on a German roadside.

Speed cameras are set up today on autobahn A 6 at Kaiserslautern and on federal highway B 270 near Kreimbach-Kaulbach north of Kaiserslautern and near Donsieders to the south, according to a morning police post on social media.

1. FC Kaiserslautern played to a 1-1 tie Sunday afternoon in Nuremberg in the first game under new coach Friedhelm Funkel. Richmond Tachie’s third goal of the season got the Red Devils out front in the 34th minute. Both teams traded chances on goal, but it was Nuremberg who scored, with Can Uzun connecting in the 64th minute. Despite a couple of good scoring opportunities for the Club, FCK hung on for the tie. The Red Devils remain in 16th place in the second division, a spot that would force them to play a relegation playoff against the third division’s third-place team. Only their better goal difference keeps them out of a direct relegation spot. FCK returns to Fritz Walter Stadium for a 1 p.m. game Saturday against archrival Karlsruhe.

A car was broken into early Thursday morning in Kusel and 1,000 euros in cash and other items in a purse were stolen, Kaiserslautern police said Friday. The victim, a 44-year-old woman from Kusel, left the handbag on the passenger seat when she left her car around 5:55 a.m. in a company parking lot in the area of Merkurstrasse, a police report said. She returned to the car around 11 a.m. and found the passenger side window broken and her purse missing. Her purse also contained an ID card, a driver’s license, debit and health insurance cards, keys and sunglasses. The debit cards were immediately blocked, police said. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact police at 0631-369-2620.

An automobile accident closed Barbarossastrasse in Kaiserslautern on Thursday after a driver crashed his Mercedes into a parked car. The impact pushed that car into another, and the Mercedes overturned and landed on its roof. The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital, but police said he was driving intoxicated. A blood sample was taken, his license was confiscated and criminal proceedings were initiated. The accident caused approximately 9,000 euros in damage.

An automatic speed camera enforces the speed limit on a German roadside.

A speed camera is set up on autobahn A6 at Kindsbach today, according to a police post on social media. But they also remind drivers that they can be set up anywhere, so keep your foot off the accelerator and adjust your speed.

The body of an 86-year-old woman missing since Saturday was found in a field near Krickenbach Wednesday afternoon, Kaiserslautern police said Thursday. Young people came across the body while playing and informed an adult who called police. The woman was from the Heusweiler/Holz area in Saarland. Her car was found parked near her body. The incident and the woman’s cause of death is under investigation, police said.

Ramstein Air Base’s ROBMC gate (also known as the Mario Kart/new east gate) will be closed over the Presidents Day holiday from 5 p.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Tuesday. The base’s west gate will remain open 24/7. 

1. FC Kaiserslautern fired coach Dimitrios Grammozis this morning, after only 73 days at the helm of the second division club. A series of losses, with only one win, and a drop to 16th place in the table led to the decision by club officials. He has been replaced by Friedhelm Funkel, a veteran coach of both the Bundesliga and second division. While it will be his first time as a coach on the FCK sidelines, Funkel played 90 games for the Red Devils from 1980 to 1983. Funkel’s first game as FCK coach will be Sunday afternoon in Nuremberg. His first match on the Fritz Walter Stadium sidelines will be at 1 p.m. on Feb. 24 against archrival Karlsruhe.

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