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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.

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School Supply Santa collecting again

School Supply Santa collecting again

The School Supply Santa all started eight years ago, thanks to Denise Kooiker of Byron Center, MI. Once again she is asking for your donations for kids in the Grand Rapids areas to start the upcoming school year.

Donations are distributed to administrators at schools in Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming, Kelloggsville, Godwin, Godfrey-Lee and Vista Charter Academy. Adding to the list this year are Rockford and Grandville schools.

Donations of backpacks and all school supplies can be dropped off at all the Kent District Library branches, local Starbucks and Biggby coffee houses, Talsma Furniture stores, Macatawa Banks, Byron Community Recreation and Gaines Township Hall. The drive runs from August 1 – 28. More information is available at the School Supply Facebook page at Facebook.com/SchoolSupplySanta.

Aeromed takes teen to hospital after rollover crash


CANNON TWP. Mich. (WZZM) - Kent County deputies are investigating a rollover accident that seriously injured a 17 year old from Rockford. Investigators say the teen was traveling on Sunfish lake Ave NE just South of Belding Rd. They say he lost control on the curves, rolling his 2002 Honda Civic.

The teen was ejected from the car and suffered serious injuries. Deputies say he is expected to survive. Aeromed was called in to take him to a Grand Rapids' hospital. Police say the crash is still under investigation, but alcohol was not a factor.


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.