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East Kentwood trips up Lansing Everett


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kyle Friberg passed for a pair of touchdowns and rushed for another in Thursday night's 31-7 home win over Lansing Everett.

It was the first victory for first-year coach Tony Kimbrough.


New County Health Clinic includes Dental Services


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) - Better access to dental health was identified as one of Kent County's top health priorities. Thursday, the County marked a milestone in addressing that concern.

Officials celebrated the opening of the new Kent County South Clinic. It combines two smaller health clinics in Kentwood and Wyoming, while adding a major component - dental services. Importantly, the clinic accepts medicaid patients, which many traditional dentists do not. The Affordable Care Act lead to an expansion of Medicaid services in Michigan.

The South Clinic is housed where the former Kentwood Public Library once was - at 4700 Kalamazoo, SE. It will offer an array of public health services like immunizations and flu shots for low income citizens, and the Women, Infants and Children, or WIC program.

Local donors contributed $570,000 to make the clinic a reality.

Court records: History of abuse at home of 12-year-old murder suspect


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM)— Newly-obtained court records indicate the home of a 12-year-old murder suspect has a history of abuse.

Jamarion Lawhorn, 12, is charged as an adult with the open murder of 9-year-old Connor Verkerke. Jamarion is accused of repeatedly stabbing Connor on a Kentwood playground on Aug. 4. According to court documents and neighbors near the crime scene, Jamarion admitted to taking several pills and said the murder was part of a bigger plan to end his own life, believing if he killed someone else, he would be sentenced to die in an electric chair.

Court records show the state has petitioned to terminate the parental rights of Jamarion's mother, Anita. Three other children were removed from her home two days after the murder. In the documents, Kentwood police described the home as unsafe with a history of abuse; police said one child at the home had multiple unexplained fractures.

Smooth start to Silver Line bus rapid transit system


Grand Rapids, Mich. (WZZM) - Many passengers are giving a thumbs up to the new Silver Line bus rapid transit service from Grand Rapids to Kentwood.

And not just because this week the bus fare is free.

"It was awesome," said Renee Wickham as she stepped down from the bus. "It was really fast; it was really clean. The buses were really nice. It was great!"

After 10 years of planning and construction, on Monday shiny green Silver Line buses began carrying passengers up and down Division Avenue between Grand Rapids and 60th Street in Kentwood. It's about nine and a half miles.

Part of the way, the buses have their own lane.

The Rapid can also turn red lights green when buses approach.

During peak morning and afternoon rush hours, the Rapid says Silver Line riders can cut their commute time almost in half.

My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

If you are considering selling your home, finding the right real estate agent is critical.

You want to find the “get it done” agent in your area – the type of agent that lives and breathes real estate and has an intimate knowledge not just of your neighborhood but also with the surrounding community.  This agent will leverage his or her knowledge and expertise to maximize the sales price and educate prospective buyers on why your home and community is the right place for them. 

Finding the "get it done" agent takes a little investment on your part,  but the payoff is huge.  You deserve a high level of service, investment and communication from the agent representing your most valuable asset – your home.  When you hire an agent they become a unique contractual extension of you, so you need to make sure the fit is right. 

DTE Energy holds job fair in Kentwood


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- DTE Energy is holding a job fair Thursday in Kentwood.

It's happening at 4420 44th Street, Suite B from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

DTE is looking for customer care representatives to work in a call center. Eligible candidates should have a high school diploma or equivalent experience. The position pays $12.20 per hour with incentives and the potential to make up to $14.50 per hour. It also includes benefits.

If you're interested in getting in on the job fair you're asked to "dress for success" and bring a printed and electronic copy of your resume.


Loaded gun found in carry-on luggage at Ford Airport


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A 38-year-old man was arrested at Gerald R. Ford International Airport for carrying on a loaded gun.

The loaded 9mm Kahr PM9 was found in the carry-on luggage of the man on Tuesday. He was intending to fly from Grand Rapids to Dallas/Fort Worth. He was arrested on local charges.

The TSA says that this is the sixth weapon to be discovered in carry-on luggage at Ford Airport this year.

Anyone who brings firearms to security checkpoints are referred to law enforcement and are subject to criminal penalties. The TSA has the ability to impose a civil penalty. Fines can range from $1,500 up to $11,000 for a single civil penalty for firearms brought to a security checkpoint.