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East Kentwood routs Rockford in OK Red clash

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- East Kentwood used a solid ground game and stifling defense to defeat visiting Rockford 36-3 Friday night.

The Falcons defeated the Rams for the first time in 11 years as senior Michael Ivy rushed for 248 yards on 27 carries and scored three touchdowns.

East Kentwood moved into a tie at the top of the OK Red standings.

Mother of Jamarion Lawhorn charged with child abuse

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) - The mother of accused child killer Jamarion Lawhorn is now charged with felony child abuse for beating her son a year before the boy fatally stabbed a younger child at a Kentwood playground.

Anita Lawhorn, 38, was arrested this week on two counts of child abuse. A charge of child abuse 3rd degree alleges she knowingly or intentionally caused physical harm to her son. It is punishable by two years in prison or up to five years on probation.

A second charge of child abuse 4th degree alleges she struck the boy with a hand/belt and/or extension cord. It is a misdemeanor punishable by a year in jail or up to five years on probation.

Identical charges also were filed against Jamarion's stepfather. Police say Barnard Harrold, 37, whipped the boy with an extension cord and punched him in the chest and stomach.

Marching Band Invitational at East Kentwood High School October 18th

Here is your chance to see and hear several different marching bands from around the state at the

beautiful East Kentwood High School Falcon Stadium. Twenty two bands from around the state will be

performing shows in the competition on Saturday, October 18th. The evening will be capped off with an

exhibition performance by the East Kentwood Marching Band. The public is welcome and encouraged

to attend. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students/seniors (62+), and children under 5 are free.

The concession stand will be open and serving lots of delicious food like pizza, burgers, hot dogs, etc.

Proceeds benefit Kentwood Band & Orchestra Boosters. Gates open at 2:00pm, with the first band

taking the field at 3:15pm. The final performance will be an exhibition by the East Kentwood High

School Falcon Marching Band at 9:15pm. The EKHS Band's performance features the music of Queen, a show

you don’t want to miss.

Delta flight strikes coyote at Gerald R. Ford airport

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM/USA TODAY) -- A runway at Gerald R. Ford International Airport was shut down for about 15 minutes on Tuesday after a Delta Connection flight struck a coyote.

The incident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. ET and involved Delta Flight 4676, which was bound for Cincinnati. The flight was on a Bombardier regional jet operated by SkyWest, a regional affiliate for Delta Air Lines.

A passenger on Flight 4676 said the plane was rolling down the runway when she heard a thud, causing the plane to sway slightly. The pilot then slammed on the brakes.

PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes at Gerald R. Ford International Airport (October 2011)

Todd Wenzel Automotive acquires former Suburban Saturn Service Facility

Todd Wenzel Automotive acquires former Suburban Saturn Service Facility
Todd Wenzel announced today that they have purchased the 29th Street property where they will begin remodeling the 34,000 square foot building to house their Collision and Appearance Center; currently located at Todd Wenzel Buick GMC on 28th Street. The dealer group plans to also move their centralized Business Development Center or BDC to the second floor of the building. By relocating the current body shop to 2700 29th St., Todd Wenzel Buick GMC will be able to improve the dealership’s quality of customer service and increase work flow. “We have recognized for some time now that our Buick and GMC business is greatly expanding and the 28th St. facility is bursting at the seams,” Wenzel said, “This expansion will provide much needed relief and allow for additional mechanical service growth.

Wyoming Pumpkin Path Event this Saturday

Wyoming Pumpkin Path Event this Saturday

The Annual Pumpkin Path event held in Lamar Park in Wyoming, MI is scheduled for Saturday, October 11th from 5 – 7pm. 

This is a free event for families with local businesses, clubs and organizations hosting spaces along the path to hand out goodies including candy and prizes. Feel free to dress in costume but costumes are optional.

Additional information is available at the Wyoming Parks and Recreation Department at 616-530-3164 or e-mail Valarie at mesterv@wyomingmi.gov.

Kent Co. recyclables getting trashed

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The Kent County Department of Public Works is asking you to stop trashing their recycling stations.

Kent County operates three drop off stations to give residents access to free recycling. Recently, people have been dropping large items and other non-recyclable trash at the sites.

The facility employees say they've been seeing unwanted building materials, like drywall, carpeting, wood and appliances. There have also been bags of regular household trash filled with food, clothes, dirty diapers and other garbage.

Staff say that the trash causes problems in the recycling sorting process, both in damage to machines but also safety risks to workers on the sorting line. Trash also gets in the way of other residents trying to drop off recyclables.