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Alcohol considered factor in Rockford crash

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police believe alcohol is a factor in an early morning crash near Rockford.

Tommi Danorder, a 37-year-old Solon Township resident, was traveling north on Wolverine Boulevard near 10 Mile Road when she lost control of her car, according to a Kent County Sheriff's Department news release. The crash happened around 6:13 a.m. Sunday.

The vehicle struck the median and rolled several times before coming to a rest on its roof in the southbound lanes of Wolverine Boulevard. 

Danorder was the only person in the car, police said. She was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids to be treated for serious injuries. 

Taste of my town: Ramona's Table

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Juicy roast beef, and warm cheddar cheese is just one delicious menu item at Ramona's table. This week's Taste of My Town brings us to the quaint restaurant in Rockford where they focus on farm to table food and sustainability.

Ramona's Table menu includes a variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads, appetizers, and entrees -- all made with fresh, local produce.

Ramona's Table is located in Downtown Rockford on Squires Street Square. Their exact address is 17 Squires Street Square NE.

They are open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

You can visit their website, by clicking here.


It's official, Cannonsburg buys Pando

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Pando is no longer for sale. The winter sports park was bought by Cannonsburg Ski Area Friday afternoon.

Alycia Choroszucha, Marketing and Development Coordinator of Cannonsburg, tells WZZM 13 the owners didn't want to see Pando sell to a company with an alternate purpose for the park and look forward to expanding their winter activities.

Choroszucha adds, Pando will likely be closed this season as they need time to assess the property.

In addition to the big purchase, Cannonsburg also announced they will be adding tubing this year. They have created a tubing operation larger than Pando's to be open this season.

Online threat lands Rockford teen in jail

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) - A Rockford High School student told that he would have to repeat the 11th grade is now charged with making threats against the high school.

"I'm just going to shoot everybody up,'' 17-year-old Jagar Ray Schwartz wrote in Sept. 13 a message to another student that was recovered by police, court records show.

On Monday, the Belmont teen appeared in 63rd District Court where he was ordered to stand trial for making a false report or threat of terrorism. Judge Sara Smolenski also bound him over to circuit court for an Aug. 24 break-in at Grand Rapids E-Liquid store, 5255 Northland Drive NE in which a rock was thrown a window.

Schwartz faces a misdemeanor charge of malicious destruction of property for causing more than $200 in damage at Plainfield Township offices, 6161 Belmont Avenue NE. That incident occurred Sept. 27.

Elderly siblings take on zipline course

BELMONT, Mich. (WZZM) -- Three siblings, Rod Moedel, Ruth Broyles and Carol Cardinal gathered at Cannonsburg Ski Area to celebrate Ruth's 80th birthday on Saturday. Carol says she wanted to go ziplining with her siblings as part of Ruth's birthday celebration.

"I loved just laying back and watching the sky go by on top of the trees. It's a lot of fun," said Carol.

"I'm just really proud of my brother and sister for coming out. He's 75, she's 80 years old. This is her birthday present. I wanted to take her out on the zipline. She talked about it before and we thought we'll do it," and so they did.

The story of these three siblings is not just one of celebration. It's also one of inspiration.

Both Ruth and Rod have battled with cancer and they are cancer survivors.

"I've had cancer, that's why I talk different," said Rod.

Fundraiser helping rebuild Katrina survivor's home

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Some people in West Michigan got a taste of New Orleans Monday night. Jambalaya was on the menu at a fundraiser at Mustard Seed Ministries in Rockford.

The chef, Miss Kim, lost her home during hurricane Katrina and then was a victim of contractor fraud.

The money raised will go to build her a new house when the group travels to Louisiana in November.

"Some of my friends are having problems," Kim Castle said. "They're trying to come home, they want to come home, but for whatever reason they don't have the resources to come back and restore their home."

Three generations of Rockford family going to see Pope

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) - Thousands are heading to see the Pope this week, including people from West Michigan. Three generations of a Rockford family are among those heading to Philadelphia. That's where Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families.

The family tells us their hope is the trip becomes a bonding experience.

"It's about us as a family pilgrimage together, taking the prayers and needs of other people that may be sick or passed away or just need a prayer," said Amy Periera.

Pope Francis will also be making stops in New York and Washington D.C. While in our nation's capitol, he's expected to address Congress.