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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.

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.

MSP awards man for saving child from dog attack


OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan State Police presented Kenneth Hansen with a Distinguished Citizen Award on Wednesday for his heroic actions in saving the life of an 8-year-old.

On May 4, while working on a construction site, Hansen and his work crew heard screams from a child. Hansen saw four dogs attacking the child in the backyard of a nearby home. That's when he jumped over the fence and carried the child to safety, all the while with the dogs continuing to bite at them.

"There is no doubt in my mind that the actions of Mr. Hansen saved the life of this child," said Lt. Kevin Sweeny, commander of the MSP Lakeview Post. "Mr. Hansen knowingly, and without hesitation, put himself in harms way to save the life of another."

At Hansen's request, the award was given to him in front of his work crew.


Rockford officer faces 'super drunk' charges


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Rockford Public Safety sergeant is accused of driving "super drunk."

Kent County Sheriff's deputies arrested Sgt. Aaron Sawyer, 32, Sunday in Plainfield Township.

Jail record show he was released Monday.

The Kent County Prosecutor's Office has authorized charges of with driving with a high blood alcohol content of .17 or above. That's at least twice the legal limit.

Authorities say Sgt. Sawyer is set to be charged next week.