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New information about the death at Kentwood daycare


Police say 3 month-old Cooper Fales died on February 19th while being taken care of by Teresa Mowers at Bridges Day Care. His father discovered the child unresponsive after picking him up and called 911.

It also says Mowers denied the baby died while at her home and did not have any information about how the child could have passed away in her care. The Kent County Medical Examiner has not released a full report yet, but did say Fales died sometime between 4pm and 5pm on February 19th. The exact manner and cause of death is unknown at this time.

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. 

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to:

My Town: Michigan Community Dental Clinics celebrates South Clinic expansion

My Town: Michigan Community Dental Clinics celebrates South Clinic expansion

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Michigan Community Dental Clinic’s South Clinic location is expanding, thanks to a donation from the Delta Dental Foundation. The Kent County Board of Commissioners [recently] approved accepting a donation of more than $66,000 from the Delta Dental Foundation to purchase two more dental chairs. South Clinic also added another dentist to their team in January 2015. This expansion and adding an oral surgeon underscores the need for Medicaid dental services for many residents in Kent County.

Armed robbery at Kentwood jewelry store


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are searching for a man who held up a Kentwood jewelry store Monday morning.

It happened around 10:45 a.m. at West Michigan Jewelry Exchange, located at 4364 South Division Ave.

The Kent County Sheriff's Department says K-9 units were unable to track the suspect, who was armed with a gun.

Kentwood Police describe the suspect as a light-skinned African-American male, about 20-25 years old, with a slim build. He did obtain an undisclosed amount of cash.

No one was hurt.

Anyone with information should call Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or Kentwood Police at 698-6580.

My Town Kentwood: Committee to grill Commissioner at Large finalists March 3

My Town Kentwood: Committee to grill Commissioner at Large finalists March 3

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In a Special Committee of the Whole Meeting on Feb. 23, the Kentwood City Commission named three finalists who emerged from 20- first round applicants to fulfill the remainder of the Commissioner-at Large term expiring this November.

Ed Kape Jr. of 2576 Mapleview, Steve Redmond of 5949 Wind Brook, and Ronald Woods of 5396 Discovery will be interviewed in a Committee of the Whole Meeting at 5:30 p.m. on March 3.  The vacant seat was previously held by Sharon Brinks who took an Attorney Magistrate position with the City.  The City Commission will likely install a finalist from this process at its regular 7:00 p.m. March 17 City Commission Meeting.

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125

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Feb. 23, 2015-- The Consumers Energy Foundation announced today it has recently awarded 28 volunteer grants worth $14,125 to nonprofit organizations in Kent County and the surrounding area to recognize outstanding volunteerism by Consumers Energy employees and retirees. 

The foundation awards Volunteer Investment Program grants to encourage and reward volunteerism by those who work or have worked for Consumers Energy.

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy.  It provides funding for a variety of areas including education, community, civic and cultural development, social services, the environment, and emerging issues.

Michigan nonprofit organizations received more than $10 million in contributions in 2014 from Consumers Energy, its employees, retirees, its foundation and parent company CMS Energy.

My Town: Become a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month

My Town: Become a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross reminds eligible blood donors that it doesn’t take a cape or super powers to be a hero. By donating blood, donors can become a hero for patients in need.

Red Cross Month is dedicated to the everyday heroes who support the Red Cross mission by giving blood, volunteering their time, learning lifesaving skills or making a financial contribution.

The need for blood is constant. The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes in communities across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors with all blood types are needed, particularly those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.

To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities: