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24 homes broken into in Kent County

24 homes broken into in Kent County

KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- The sheriff's department is warning residents to lock their doors following a rash of two dozen recent home invasions.

Investigators say since Nov. 1, 24 homes been broken into in Plainfield, Cannon, Ada, Cascade, and Grand Rapids townships.

The method of home invasion and times of break-in vary. In Cannon Township, the burglars made entry to the homes through side doors into garages, where vehicles were rummaged through.

The Kent County Sheriff's Department recommends residents use dead bolts on their doors and not leave valuables inside vehicles.

If you see any suspicious person or vehicle, report it at (616) 632-6100 or call Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

Cannonsburg Ski Area announces earliest-ever opening

BELMONT, Mich. (WZZM) -- People who like winter sports aren't complaining about all of the snow.

In fact, Cannonsburg Ski Area is opening to the public this Saturday, at 10 a.m. November 22 is the ski area's earliest-ever start date for the season.

In addition to the 10 inches of natural snow that fell Monday, ski hill managers say they used over one million gallons of water to create snow.

Meijer State Games' winter event returns

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The Meijer State Games of Michigan's winter event is returning for a second year in the Grand Rapids area.

Officials announced Tuesday that registration has opened for the Winter Games, which are being held from Feb. 20-22. The event will offer 20 sports with several new additions, including shooting sports and weightlifting.

The opening ceremony takes place at Cannonsburg Ski Area, northeast of Grand Rapids, and is expected to include fireworks, lighting of the cauldron and an exhibition with professional skiers and snowboarders.

The inaugural winter games were held earlier this year.

Modeled after the Olympics, the Meijer State Games aims to draw athletes regardless of age or ability. In 2013, the Summer Games offered 34 sports and attracted more than 6,500 athletes.

$1,000 reward offered following Rockford bomb threats

UPDATE: Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for making anonymous phone or email threats to the Rockford Public Schools.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345 or go to www.silentobserver.org for more information.

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Rockford High School was put on "shelter-in-place" for a short while Tuesday afternoon due to a bomb threat.

Superintendent Mike Shibler tells WZZM that the high school received a call shortly before noon saying there was a bomb in the building. The caller immediately hung up.

United Bank Cereal Challenge is underway

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM)- The first ever "United Bank Cereal Challenge" is underway in Rockford. The United Bank Cereal Challenge will help fill North Kent Community Services' shelves with kid-friendly cereal for the holiday season.

United Bank is challenging Rockford businesses residents to donate cereal for NKCS. To help out, just pick up an extra box or two of cereal and drop them off at United Bank's Rockford branch or at the local Family Fare. Customers can drop their donations in a specially marked shopping cart in the store. United Bank has agreed to match donations up to 250 boxes of cereal.

The challenge runs from November 1st through December 6th. Cereal will be on display at United Bank and delivered to North Kent Community Services after the event.

For more information, click HERE.

Hudsonville defeats Rockford

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hudsonville beat Rockford 37-15.

Rockford went scoreless in the first half but came back within 15 in the third quarter.

Barn a total loss after fire

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A barn more than 100 years old is a total loss after a Friday evening fire on 10 Mile just east of US-131.

Algoma Township Fire Chief Troy Guerra tells WZZM 13 the building was fully involved when his crew arrived around 5 p.m. The Rockford and Courtland fire departments helped with the response, also.

Chief Guerra says the barn was more than 100 years old and had only hay inside. The cause is unknown at this point, but members of the Michigan State Police fire investigation unit are helping with the case.