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Charges filed in runaway's disappearance


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Three people accused of hiding a Rockford-area teen who ran away from home now face charges, the Kent Count Sheriff Department announced Wednesday.

The 16-year-old ran away on August 7. The sheriff department announced on August 14 it was investigating, and on August 17 investigators said she had been found safe.

On August 20, the Kent County Prosecutor's Office charged the teen's boyfriend, his mother, and his maternal aunt with harboring a runaway. Their names are being withheld pending arrest, the sheriff department said.


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Missing 16 year old found safe


UPDATE 8/17/15: Joanna Henry has been found safe. 

KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - The Kent County Sheriff Department is asking the public for help in locating a missing 16 year old. Investigators say Joanna Renee Henry left her Cannon Twp. home on August 7, between 3:45 p.m. and 5:41 p.m.

They say Henry has run away before, but has never been gone this long. Investigators do not believe foul play is involved, but say the teen suffers from bi-polar/depression and is possibly without her medication.

Joanna is described as a white female, 5'10", 190 pounds, medium length blond hair, hazel eyes, a tattoo of "Faith" on the left side of her rib cage, and a tattoo of a cross on her right pinky.

New Cannonsburg zip-line attraction opens


BELMONT, Mich. (WZZM) -- Cannonsburg Ski Area has put the finishing touches on its new summer attraction -- a zip-line.

Crews have installed a ten-station canopy-tour zip-line stretching nearly a mile.

The new zip line course opened to the public on Monday, August 10. There are 10 runs that take you through a mile of land.

"What this means is you are in the air for 10 individual zip lines", says Alicia Choroszucha, spokesperson for Cannonsburg.

The tour last about 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the number of people in your group.

All ages are allowed, but you have to be between 50 and 275 lbs.

"So for $45, you're getting three hours worth of really fun, crazy, awesome good time. It's great for everybody."

The team at Cannonsburg has spent the past several weeks, training on the zip lines and putting safety measures in place.

Crews battle massive fire at Rockford business


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- At least six semi-truck trailers have been damaged by flames at a Rockford business.

The Kent County Sheriff's Office tells WZZM 13 the fire started in a single truck trailer behind Alloy Exchange Inc., off Northland Drive NE. The business makes car parts.

Deputies say the truck caught fire just after 6 p.m. Saturday. There were six trailers lined up in close proximity. All were taken over by flames.

Rockford fire is on the scene working to put the fire out. No injuries have been reported.

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Wounded Warrior Charity Softball game a big hit


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- VETSports is helping wounded veterans dealing with PTSD and other traumas from combat, find a place in their community through sports. Saturday they hosted three charity softball games at the Art Van Sports Complex near Rockford.

The games brought together special needs athletes, local celebrities, police and fire departments, and veterans to play. Taylor Urruela, the founder of VETSports, says he had a difficult transition back to civilian life, and wanted to make sure that doesn't happen to other veterans, "Most of us have been injured since 2006, 2007, we've been dealing with this for a long time, so we're at the point now where we can be mentors to newly injured guys, men and women."

Tickets cost $5, with proceeds going to the VETSports program. More information on VETSports can be found on their website.

Celtic Festival in Sparta on Saturday, August 8th

Celtic Festival in Sparta on Saturday, August 8th

Whether you are Irish or not, Sparta, MI is the place to be on Saturday, August 8th for their Celtic Festival. The party begins at 10:45am at Rogers Park with the blessing of the Bagpipes!

The Festival will feature 5 Irish Bands, one of them being Pet in the Creel with Toby Bresnahan, five Dance Troupes, Celtic Food & Craft Vendors and a children’s area from noon until 5pm. At 9pm, Paddy’s Road takes the stage to close the festival.

Rogers Park is located at 75 N. Union St. Events will also take place at Balyeat Park, located at 208 Olmstead St.

Deadly crash closes M-57 near Rockford


OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan State Police closed 14 Mile Road (M-57) northeast of Rockford Monday morning due to a head-on crash that killed one person.

It happened around 5:45 a.m. at 14 Mile and Lappley Avenue NE in Oakfield Township.

Dispatchers tell us one person was killed. Another victim was being sent to Spectrum Health Memorial Hospital in Grand Rapids by ambulance. There's no word on that person's condition.

Troopers are looking into what happened. Their investigation kept 14 Mile Road closed for several hours.