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Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

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5 Rockford students suspended for sexting

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Five students from North Rockford Middle School have been suspended for sexting.

Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Michael Shibler says the students had taken photos of themselves partially-clothed. The photos were taken off school property and shared with other students.

Because the photos were then brought to school, administrators became aware of it on Thursday; parents were notified, and police were called in Friday.

Shibler says the facts are not yet complete and it's an ongoing investigation. He says there were more students involved, including students at the second middle school in town, and there will likely be more suspensions.

Chimney fire to blame for damaged home in Cannon Twp.

CANNON. TWP. Mich. (WZZM) -- Investigators say it was a fire in the chimney that started the blaze that destroyed much of a home in Cannon Township home Sunday.

The homeowner says he was in the basement of the home on Cannonsburg Road just before 2:30 p.m. when he and his girlfriend heard a noise upstairs. When he went up to check, he found the whole upstairs on fire. 

Both people were able to get out of the house unharmed. 

Jim Harbaugh visits Rockford, wooing Quinn Nordin

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- There's been a lot of buzz this week about whether or not University of Michigan head football coach, Jim Harbaugh would visit Rockford this week, hoping to woo Rams' kicker, Quinn Nordin to Ann Arbor.

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Army mom returning to West Mich. surprises kids at school

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- A member of the Kurek family had made it home for the holidays. Their mother, Elise, has been gone for seven months, training for a medical career in the Army.

The family planned to pick her up at the airport Friday night, but she surprised her two kids early, in the middle of a Valley View Elementary School assembly.

Elise will be home for the next two weeks. They plan to have a lot of visits from family.

North Rockford MS students become Santa's elves

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Every year at Christmastime, tradition turns North Rockford Middle School shop class students into Santa's elves.

In the video above, WZZM 13 photojournalist Bridgette Pacholka shows us what they built this year, and the reaction of the children who received the special delivery.

Police: Man, 20, dies in self-inflicted gun accident

Update: This story has been updated with additional information from the Kent County Sheriff's Department.

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- An incident involving a man fatally shooting himself in the head late Saturday is considered accidental.

Cory Newville, 20, suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound while with friends, Kent County Undersheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young said. An investigation shows that the group was drinking, she added.

It happened around 10:53 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at a home on Rector Street NE in Algoma Township.

The group of people Newville was with left him just after the shooting, thinking they could get in trouble, LaJoye-Young said. Another individual discovered Newville and contacted police immediately. Authorities arrived shortly thereafter.