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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."

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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.

Motorcyclist killed in crash near Rockford


COURTLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A motorcyclist has died after his vehicle crashed with an SUV near Rockford.

The accident happened around 10 p.m. Saturday in the 7600 block of 10 Mile Road, near Brower Lake.

Kent County Sheriff's deputies say Taylor Miedema, 23, of Courtland Township was riding a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle east on 10 Mile Road when it collided with a 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a 49-year-old Grand Rapids woman.

Meidema was pronounced dead at the scene; the driver of the Tahoe was not hurt.

Investigators are still looking into the cause of the crash but believe alcohol is a factor.


$130K in restitution sought for Rockford threats


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) – A Rockford High School student suspended in May may not spend time behind bars for bomb threats that put school buildings on lock-down, but he and his family could be on the hook for more than $130,000.

That's what the Kent County Sheriff's Department and Rockford Public Schools says the 20 threats - including six bomb threats at the high school, cost in terms of disruption and a labor-intensive investigation that spanned the country.

The Kent County Prosecutor's Office authorized a petition charging the boy in Kent County Family Court with false report or threat of terrorism. Under the juvenile system, he'll appear in court for a pretrial conference or a plea hearing. The prosecutor's office has agreed not to charge him with other offenses if he admits responsibility for the bomb threats.

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Rockford reacts to bomb threat suspect's charges


ROCKFORD, Mich (WZZM) -- Charges have been authorized against a 16-year-old sophomore allegedly behind the six bomb threats directed at Rockford High School and its students in the past school year.

"First off, that's something that Rockford's never had to deal with," said Julie Merchun, mother of two Rockford High School students.

The Rockford schools acted swiftly after the first threat but then more came in --was it just a drawn-out joke or a more serious plot?

"The same level of fear wasn't there for the second and third and fourth time, because it kept reoccurring," said Rockford incoming senior Claire Gault.

"I wasn't so concerned then but when they started naming specific student's names on emails and threats, that's when I started to worry," says Merchun.

Thousands in Plainfield Twp without power


PLAINFIELD TWP. Mich. (WZZM) - UPDATE: Consumers Energy says the power in Plainfield Township should now be restored by 2 a.m. Sunday.

ORIGINAL: Thousands of people in Plainfield Twp. lost power Saturday afternoon because of an equipment failure at a Consumers Energy substation. The substation is near M-44 and Rogue River Rd.

Consumers Energy says the power went out for more than 3,000 customers at 1:52 p.m. It is not expected to be restored until 6:30 Sunday morning. They say the amount of equipment damaged requires them to bring in a mobile substation.

Mercy Health's Rockford Campus is among those that lost power and is closed. They are recommending patients that need urgent care go to the East Beltline Campus at 1471 East Beltline NE.

DeVos Place is Celebrating 10 Years with an Open House for Everyone

DeVos Place is Celebrating 10 Years with an Open House for Everyone

DeVos Place, West Michigan’s Premier Entertainment Destination in Grand Rapids, MI. is celebrating their 10th Anniversary with a celebration for everyone. This event takes place Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 10am – 5pm.

This event will feature a Ferris wheel, carousel, fun, family activities and games, prizes, mascots and much more! Parking will be free under the convention center (as space allows) during the event.

The first 10,000 people inside the doors will received a FREE hot dog and Pepsi. Entertainment will feature music and entertainment from bands, Jump with Jill, a magician and more. You might be the winner of one of the gift cards or concert tickets to be given away hourly.

From 10am – 5pm the Northeast Stage will present acts from Alysha Sha, Jump with Jill, Freehand GR, Gabriel Estrada III “ El Charro Del Norte”, Jeremy Verwys, Lefty Malone and The Diemakers.