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Rockford beats Holland West Ottawa


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Rockford beat West Ottawa 35-8.

Landen Haney had 100 yards passing to help the Rams get the win Friday night.


Bomb threat made at Rockford Schools


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- There was a large police presence at Rockford Schools Friday morning following an anonymous bomb threat, Michigan State Police said.

Rockford Superintendent Michael Shibler told WZZM 13 he personally received an e-mail at 10 a.m. that included a bomb threat against all 13 school buildings in the district. He immediately notified Rockford Police, the Kent County Sheriff's Department, and Michigan State Police.

Principals, teachers, and maintenance staff at all the schools immediately checked the buildings, inside and out for anything unusual. Nothing was found. Police with canines then swept through each building in the district, as a precaution.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is now involved in the investigation and is working to trace the e-mail source of the threat.

Police identify hunter found dead


CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Courtland Township man was found dead Tuesday morning by his hunting partner.

William Jonkman, 58, was found in Cannon Township on private land. His cousin had gone to meet him at a predetermined time while bow hunting and found him deceased.

Kent County Sheriff's investigators say Jonkman had an extensive medical history. The medical examiner's office ruled his death to be of natural causes. An autopsy was not performed.


Rockford students encourage struggling peers to seek help


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Rockford school district held an event Wednesday evening, drawing attention to the problem of teenage suicide and other mental health issues teens face.

The event's purpose was to help struggling students and hopefully save a life.

Two Rockford High School seniors shared their personal struggles with depression and mental health issues with their peers.

"We're here to let you know that you are not alone in this situation, that we have gone through it, we've gotten better, and we are here now and are here to tell you, you're there -- but you could be where we are and you could get help," said Brittany Hayes, who spoke about overcoming an eating disorder.

Driver in deadly Belding Road crash a no-show for sentencing


CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The woman who caused a deadly crash could face more jail time after she didn't show up for her sentencing Wednesday.

Tara Tappin faces a year in jail after entering a no contest plea for causing a fatal crash on Belding Road.

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Her sentencing, scheduled for Wednesday morning, was delayed, because Tappin did not come to court.

The crash happened in April near the Bostwick Lake Inn; investigators say Tappin's truck slammed into the back of 59-year-old Robert Yourshaw's car. The impact sent Yourshaw's car into oncoming traffic, where it was hit again.

Pine Island bridge gets historic designation


ALGOMA TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - A Kent County bridge has earned a rare distinction.

A new Michigan historical marker was dedicated today at the Pine Island Drive Bridge. The 90-year-old 'camelback-style' bridge is between Ten and 11 Mile Roads in Algoma Township.

Kent County Road Commission engineers say the structure is likely the only remaining concrete 'rainbow arch' bridge in the country.

The bridge was completed in 1927 at a cost of $27,000.


Musicians mourn death of GVSU saxophone student


Allendale, MI (WZZM) - Impossible to replace. A mentor and role model. The heartbeat of a saxophone quartet.

Those are some of the ways classmates and teachers at Grand Valley State University are remembering Alex Aninios.

"It's impossible to replace someone of Alex's caliber," says friend and classmate Mike Mitrovich. "We went to high school together at Walled Lake Northern. We were very close.


The 22 year old Grand Valley senior was killed Monday morning when his car collided with a semi, on Belding Road in Cannon Township near Rockford.