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Home Break-ins on South End of Grand Rapids

Home Break-ins on South End of Grand Rapids

Two homes in the same development were broken into on Friday, October 24, 2014; one in the 200 block of Loch Lomond SE and the other in the 3300 Chevy Chase SE area. The break-ins occurred between 10am and 1pm while the homes were unoccupied.

After damaging doors to gain entry, the intruders spilled contents from drawers and cabinets, leaving the homes in a mess but nothing was taken.

A silver Chrysler van with black trim on the sides was seen in the area about the time of the break-ins. The vehicle may also have an Illinois license plate.

Anyone who may have information in regard to these crimes is asked to contact the Kent County Sheriff’s office at 616-632-6357.

Power is back on after a morning outage at East Kentwood High School.

KENTWOOD, Michigan (WZZM) - East Kentwood High School experienced a power outage this morning.

The Kentwood School District posted a Facebook message this morning, saying power was out as of 7:00 am at East Kentwood High School, the Freshman Campus, and Pinewood Middle School.

Here is the complete Facebook message:

Good morning:

Wyoming, Kentwood detectives honored as investigators of the year

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Two local police detectives, who helped solve a high profile murder case, are the winners of a statewide auto-theft prevention award.

Tuesday, the group Help Eliminate Auto Thefts or HEAT presented detectives Pam Keen and Mike Coval with the Investigator of the Year award. They solved two auto theft cases that led homicide detectives to the suspect in a double murder case from 2013.

Javonte Higgins was eventually arrested in Chicago and later found guilty in the murders of David and Vivian Bouwman of Kentwood.

"Auto theft crimes are not isolated incidents. It took those two detectives piecing together information that they had on a previous auto theft case, and turning it over to the homicide team. It not only solved the auto theft cases but it solved the homicides as well," said Terri Miller, executive director of HEAT.

School of Choice for Teachers

School of Choice for Teachers

Thanks to Schools of Choice programs in Michigan, students are afforded the opportunity to choose a school environment that best meets their learning needs. These programs also offer our state’s educators opportunities to teach in environments that are best suited for them. Just as some teachers flourish in a traditional school, there are those who prefer teaching at a virtual public school, such as Michigan Connections Academy, the school where I teach.

I work with an incredible team of teachers – they are state-certified, specially trained in online learning, recognized as Highly Qualified under the guidelines of the No Child Left Behind Act—and live in Michigan. In fact, even though we teach in a virtual school, more than 60 teachers travel to the school’s office in Lansing every day to lead online instruction for more than 1,700 students across Michigan in grades kindergarten through 12.

East Kentwood routs Grand Haven

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- East Kentwood clinched a share of the OK Red Conference title after Friday night's 56-17 road thrashing of Grand Haven.

The Falcons snapped an early 14-14 tie with 21 unanswered points in the second quarter.

Michael Ivy rushed for 185 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns.

Athletes involved in Kentwood school's Dad's Day

Kentwood, Mich. (WZZM) -- Former professional athletes took over some Grand Rapids-area schools Friday, for a special Fathers-Bring-Your-Child-to-School-Day event.

Kentwood elementary students invited their fathers or special persons to have breakfast and visit with some current and former professional athletes.

Former NFL player Reuben Riley was there. He played football at Creston High School and the University of Michigan. He talked about the importance of being involved in children's lives and influencing their future success.

We also used the opportunity to talk to him about the outcome of Saturday's Michigan-Michigan State game. He said he predicts a 27-17 victory for Michigan.

Mom of 12-year-old murder suspect heads to trial for child abuse

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The mother of the 12-year-old Kentwood boy accused of stabbing a 9-year-old to death has been bound over to trial on child abuse charges.

Anita Lawhorn and her husband Bernard Harrold appeared in court Thursday on charges they abused Jamarion Lawhorn in May 2013.

A judge ruled there is enough evidence to send Anita to trial.

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