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My Town: Trio wanted for carjacking in Greenville

My Town: Trio wanted for carjacking in Greenville

GREENVILLE, Mich.— Authorities are looking for a West Michigan trio wanted for a series of crimes, including stealing a Rockford woman’s vehicle.

The incident happened July 20 outside the Meijer in Greenville. Daniel Edward Leussenkamp Jr., 25, Kimberly Ann Wonsey, 20, both of Wyoming, and Kevin Michael Seely, 25, of Belding are all wanted on carjacking charges.

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My Town: Farmers who lost 2012 crop during freeze now eligible for funding

My Town: Farmers who lost 2012 crop during freeze now eligible for funding

SPARTA, Mich.—Fruit farmers whose crops were devastated because of the unusual spring weather in 2012 are now eligible for federal funding.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin taking applications Tuesday for Michigan farmers who lost their fruit crops due to the freeze.  The funding is available through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program,  which was authorized in this year’s Farm Bill.

 “After the 2014 Farm Bill was enacted into law, USDA expedited the restart of disaster assistance programs as a top priority,” said FSA Administrator Juan Garcia. “Fruit producers experienced significant financial losses from weather-related damage in 2012. NAP provides them with long-awaited disaster relief.”

Two injured in Cannon Township crash


CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two people have been taken to the hospital after an early morning crash in Kent County.

It happened around 2:30 on Courtland Drive south of 10 Mile Road in Cannon Township, just outside of the Rockford city limits. Sheriff's Deputies tell WZZM 13 a car hit a pole. No other cars were involved in the crash.

Deputies say the victims are expected to live. There's no word on the extent of their injuries.


Wolverine Worldwide closes 140 stores in 'strategic realignment'


ROCKFORD, Mich. (Grand Rapids Business Journal) -- The Rockford-based footwear maker Wolverine Worldwide is planning to close 140 stores as part of a new "strategic realignment plan."

Stride Rite stores

The company said yesterday the store closures would take place over the next 18 months and by the end of 2015, with 60 occurring by the end of this fiscal year.

Most of the closures involve the Stride Rite brand.

The closures are a result of a consumer shift to online purchasing versus in-store buying.

My Town: August voters to decide funding for Kent District Library branches

My Town: August voters to decide funding for Kent District Library branches

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KENT COUNTY, Mich. (Kent District Library)-- On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Kent District Library residents will vote on a 1.28 mills ballot proposal to provide funding for KDL for 10 years.

The 1.28 millage rate consists of a renewal of the 0.88 mills levy, which has been in place since 2000 and expires at the end of 2014, and an additional 0.4 mills. The Kent District Library property tax millage provides 90% of the funding for services offered at 18 branch locations and online, including all library materials, technology, staff and programs.

My Town Rockford: New plans for former site of Rockford Area Museum

My Town Rockford: New plans for former site of Rockford Area Museum

ROCKFORD, Mich.--  The old Rockford Area Museum is no more.

Demolition of the former building at 9 East Bridge wrapped up late last month.  City officials say the property will be incorporated into Garden Club Park.  This year, it will be turned into a grassy space; next year, the city hopes to build an open-air pavilion on the space, similar to the structure on the opposite side of the dam.

Rockford’s history is not lost.  The museum moved into the old 63rd District Court building last year.  The first phase of the museum, which tells the history of Rockford, opened to the public Sept. 26.

Man who drove into horseback riders gets 30 days in jail


GRATTAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - A man who fled after striking a horseback rider in Kent County's Grattan Township last month, breaking the horse's leg and knocking off its rider, was sentenced today to 30 days in jail.

Michael John Dean, 36, of Belmont, was also ordered to pay $3,300 in restitution for the value of the five-year-old Colt and the cost to bury it.

When Kent County Sheriff's deputies caught up with Dean days after the June 3 accident, he said damage to his Jeep was caused by a deer strike on Cannonsburg Road NE. He later admitted to putting deer hair on the impact site to make it look as though he struck a deer rather than a horse.

Three people were horseback riding along a gravel stretch of Byrne Avenue NE at Five Mile Road when Dean's 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee lost control, brushed one of the riders and struck the horse ridden by Lynn Marie Holck.