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10 Mile Rd. re-opened in Rockford after gas leak


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- 10 Mile Road has re-opened in downtown Rockford following a gas leak Wednesday morning.

The leak was reported just before 9 a.m. near 10 Mile/W Division St. NE and River St.

DTE crews are on the scene working to repair the leak.

City Manager Michael Young tells WZZM 13 contractors were working on a road project when they hit a four-inch high pressure gas main. This is a city road project to reconstruct River St.

There is no word yet if area businesses or homes were affected.


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New Business, New Jobs, coming to the Cascade, MI area

New Business, New Jobs, coming to the Cascade, MI area

A popular metro Detroit Restaurant known for its’ Coney dogs and Greek specialties is expanding to West Michigan. Get ready for some of the best Hot Dogs around; Leo’s Coney Island is coming to Cascade, MI. The news store is to be located at 6080  28th St. SE, formerly the Family Video storefront.

This is a great opportunity for a job in a fun atmosphere. Leo’s is looking for managers, line cooks, prep cooks, dishwashers, bussers, servers and cashiers. These positions offer flexible schedules, no late nights, competitive pay and opportunities for advancement. Resumes may be sent to LeosConeyIslandGR@gmail.com

“Grand Rapids has one of the best economies in Michigan and across the nation,” said Bill Krall, owner/operator of Leo’s Coney Island. “Not only did we see this as an opportunity to tap into a booming market but also the chance to give a new community a dining option it currently doesn’t have.”

Rockford police sergeant pleads guilty to drunk driving


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - A Rockford police sergeant will spend a year on probation after entering a plea in court Friday.

Aaron Sawyer, 32, pled guilty to operating while intoxicated. That's a lesser charge than the original charge of breaking Michigan's "super-drunk" law.

Police pulled him over near the corner of Cannonsburg Road and Northland Drive in the spring. They say he was driving with a blood alcohol level of at least .17.

Rockford schools expel student accused of threats


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Rockford student will not be returning for his junior year, after making bomb threats against his school.

Rockford's board of education decided Monday to expel the student.

The Kent County Sheriff's Department says 20 threats were made, including six bomb threats.

In addition to being expelled, the student is facing charges in Kent County Family Court. If he were charged as an adult, he'd be facing up to 20 years in prison. A 15-year-old from Wilmington, Massachussets, is also facing terrorism charges for the threats.

The school is asking for $130,000 in restitution.

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Triathlons aren't just for adults. The Grand Rapids area also has one for children.


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Triathlons aren't just for adults. The Grand Rapids area also has one for children.

The 11th annual Kids Triathlon was held Saturday at North Rockford Middle School.

It's organized by local police and emergency responders to help children develop a positive view of law enforcement and give them alternatives to drugs and alcohol through athletic competition.

Kids Triathlon promotes health, positive police connection


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Triathlons aren't just for adults -- the Grand Rapids area also has one for children.

The 11th annual Kids Triathlon is next Saturday, July 11, at North Rockford Middle School.

Children ages 2 to 17 are invited to take part in the competition that features swimming, biking and running. The distances are based on the athletes' ages.

Law enforcement officers are volunteers at the triathlon.

Organizer Kevin Sweeney of the Michigan State Police says that's also a benefit.

"We were looking for something to do that can give the kids a fun event, health-wise, and also get them to see police officers in a different light."

One dead, one hurt in suspected DUI crash in Algoma Twp.


ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- One person was killed and another hurt in a suspected drunk driving crash Sunday.

The crash happened on Summit Avenue NE north of 14 Mile Road.

Kent County Sheriff's deputies say a car crashed into a tree and rolled over, pinning two people inside.

One was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Investigators believe alcohol contributed to the crash, which is still under investigation.