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East Kentwood rallies past Grandville


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- East Kentwood outscored Grandville 12-0 in the fourth quarter to pull out an exciting 39-38 win.

Quarterback Kyle Friberg scored on a 2-yard touchdown run in the final minute for the game winner.


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Fundraisers held Fri. & Sat. for family of Connor Verkerke


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two fundraisers will be held this weekend to support the family of a boy stabbed to death by another child on a playground.

Connor Verkeke, 9, died Aug. 4 after the stabbing at the Pinebrook Village mobile home park.

His friends and family say that Connor enjoyed singing, dancing, and the Cub Scouts. His first fundraiser will be held Friday at Kelloggsville Middle School from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

There will also be a free lunch with entertainment Saturday at Kelloggsville High School from 12 to 4 p.m.

Jamarion Lawhorn, 12, confessed to stabbing Connor and is charged with murder as an adult in juvenile court.

iPhone 6 buyers line up in West Michigan


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- The new iPhone 6 will hit stores today, and many people around West Michigan are lined up to get it.

People began camping out at Woodland Mall Thursday night, eagerly awaiting Apple's new product. One man waiting in line told us he's getting a sweet deal on the phone by sitting in for some family members.

"The catch is I wait in line for them and they buy my phone," said Like Krombeen. "I get a new phone for free by waiting in line for them all night."

Other retailers, including AT&T, have also had lines overnight outside their stores.

The iPhone 6 is designed to be bigger and faster than past versions of the smartphone. Apple said phones available for preorder were selling quickly, and in-store demand was expected to be heavy as well.


New Kentwood fire truck dedicated


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- The city of Kentwood now has another tool to help keep people safe.

City leaders held an official proclamation event Tuesday night for engine 53, a brand new fire truck.

It's dedicated in honor of city commissioner Frank Cummings. Cummings died in 2012 and was a long-time advocate of emergency services in the city.

The new engine is expected to be in service for at least 20 years.

Also at that ceremony, three new full time firefighters were officially sworn in.


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WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

 

WMU-COOLEY LAW SCHOOL PROFESSOR AND RETIRED BRIGADIER GENERAL MICHAEL C.H. McDANIEL

PARTICIPATES IN WEST MICHIGAN DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

 

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To honor all those who sacrificed their lives during the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum hosted the 13th annual Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute from sunrise to sunset on September 11, 2014. WMU-Cooley Law School Professor and retired Brigadier General Michael C.H.

Firefighters put out flames on Kentwood business's roof


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Emergency crews responded to a fire at Graphics Specialties, Inc., Tuesday night.

That facility is located near 32nd and Breton.

Flames were reported on the roof around 10:30 p.m. Scanner traffic indicated callers reported a patch of flames about ten feet by ten feet.

Graphics Specialties is a bindery and graphic arts finisher.

Firefighters put out the flames quickly. A preliminary estimate suggests the fire caused about $10,000 in damage.

The fire department said Wednesday that a witness reported seeing a Chinese lantern above the building flash and fall onto the roof. Firefighters did find a lantern like that on the ground near the facility.

The fire is still under investigation.


Secretary of State, AAA partner on Express SOS Connect


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan's Secretary of State is bringing new services to customers, through a partnership with AAA.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced the plan called Express SOS Connect at the AAA office in Kentwood Wednesday.

Customers at certain AAA locations will now have access to Secretary of State online services.

"It helps drivers because it's one-stop shopping," Secretary Johnson said. "They'll be able to get their insurance and then right away go online to get their tabs."

The AAA branch on East Paris is one of the locations offering Express SOS Connect.

The other branches are located in Detroit and Livonia.