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Rockford class teaches rain barrel use

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- You can use it to wash your car, or water your lawn or garden.

The environmental group Trout Unlimited hosted an event teaching people how to use rain water, and prevent it from running off into the watershed.

Wednesday night's Barrels and Brews at Rockford Brewing Company taught participants how to set up a 55-gallon rain barrel at their own home.

"The goal of the project is to protect and restore this really unique and special urban watershed which is the Rogue River," said project coordinator Jamie Vaughan. "The major source of water pollution in our water is storm-water runoff. Rain barrels are a really easy way for homeowners to capture that water before it gets into the river."

The barrels can collect as much as 1,800 gallons of water every year.

Charges filed in runaway's disappearance

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Three people accused of hiding a Rockford-area teen who ran away from home now face charges, the Kent Count Sheriff Department announced Wednesday.

The 16-year-old ran away on August 7. The sheriff department announced on August 14 it was investigating, and on August 17 investigators said she had been found safe.

On August 20, the Kent County Prosecutor's Office charged the teen's boyfriend, his mother, and his maternal aunt with harboring a runaway. Their names are being withheld pending arrest, the sheriff department said.

Missing 16 year old found safe

UPDATE 8/17/15: Joanna Henry has been found safe. 

KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - The Kent County Sheriff Department is asking the public for help in locating a missing 16 year old. Investigators say Joanna Renee Henry left her Cannon Twp. home on August 7, between 3:45 p.m. and 5:41 p.m.

They say Henry has run away before, but has never been gone this long. Investigators do not believe foul play is involved, but say the teen suffers from bi-polar/depression and is possibly without her medication.

Joanna is described as a white female, 5'10", 190 pounds, medium length blond hair, hazel eyes, a tattoo of "Faith" on the left side of her rib cage, and a tattoo of a cross on her right pinky.

New Cannonsburg zip-line attraction opens

BELMONT, Mich. (WZZM) -- Cannonsburg Ski Area has put the finishing touches on its new summer attraction -- a zip-line.

Crews have installed a ten-station canopy-tour zip-line stretching nearly a mile.

The new zip line course opened to the public on Monday, August 10. There are 10 runs that take you through a mile of land.

"What this means is you are in the air for 10 individual zip lines", says Alicia Choroszucha, spokesperson for Cannonsburg.

The tour last about 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the number of people in your group.

All ages are allowed, but you have to be between 50 and 275 lbs.

"So for $45, you're getting three hours worth of really fun, crazy, awesome good time. It's great for everybody."

The team at Cannonsburg has spent the past several weeks, training on the zip lines and putting safety measures in place.

Crews battle massive fire at Rockford business

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- At least six semi-truck trailers have been damaged by flames at a Rockford business.

The Kent County Sheriff's Office tells WZZM 13 the fire started in a single truck trailer behind Alloy Exchange Inc., off Northland Drive NE. The business makes car parts.

Deputies say the truck caught fire just after 6 p.m. Saturday. There were six trailers lined up in close proximity. All were taken over by flames.

Rockford fire is on the scene working to put the fire out. No injuries have been reported.

Wounded Warrior Charity Softball game a big hit

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- VETSports is helping wounded veterans dealing with PTSD and other traumas from combat, find a place in their community through sports. Saturday they hosted three charity softball games at the Art Van Sports Complex near Rockford.

The games brought together special needs athletes, local celebrities, police and fire departments, and veterans to play. Taylor Urruela, the founder of VETSports, says he had a difficult transition back to civilian life, and wanted to make sure that doesn't happen to other veterans, "Most of us have been injured since 2006, 2007, we've been dealing with this for a long time, so we're at the point now where we can be mentors to newly injured guys, men and women."

Tickets cost $5, with proceeds going to the VETSports program. More information on VETSports can be found on their website.

Deadly crash closes M-57 near Rockford

OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan State Police closed 14 Mile Road (M-57) northeast of Rockford Monday morning due to a head-on crash that killed one person.

It happened around 5:45 a.m. at 14 Mile and Lappley Avenue NE in Oakfield Township.

Dispatchers tell us one person was killed. Another victim was being sent to Spectrum Health Memorial Hospital in Grand Rapids by ambulance. There's no word on that person's condition.

Troopers are looking into what happened. Their investigation kept 14 Mile Road closed for several hours.