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Unresponsive child pulled from Kentwood pool


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) - A five year old boy was unresponsive after being pulled from the pool at Wingate Apartments on Sunday Night. Police were called to the pool around 7:20 p.m.

When the first officers arrived at the pool the boy the boy had already been pulled out by a resident. Officers and paramedics performed CPR on the five year old for 20 minutes before he was taken to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

Investigators say the five year old and his nine year old brother were in the pool at the time. Investigators think the boys jumped the fence to get into the pool area. The nine year old ran to get help when his brother was unresponsive. One of the neighbors called 911 while the other helped pull the boy from the water.


Bikers honor veterans in cemetery


Grand Rapids, Mich., (WZZM) - Members of west Michigan motorcycle clubs want people to know: there are good bikers out riding who aren't fighting and killing each other.

"
We are good bikers and we are good people,
"
explains motorcycle rider Tony Van Gessel.

Monday night Van Gessel and other members of the Patriot Guard Riders were placing flags on the graves of veterans at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Grand Rapids.

Kentwood leaders reject rezoning proposal for rehab center


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kentwood City Commission chambers were packed with parents Tuesday night, many of whom objected to a plan to put a drug and alcohol rehab center blocks away from a middle and high school.

The plan was ultimately rejected.

Guiding Light Mission had submitted a rezoning request to relocate its recovery program to the old Fielding's Furniture Showcase and Mattress Mart on Division south of 50th St. Commissioners say the issue was the proposal to zone the building for residential use, which leaders said doesn't fit the master plan in the commercial area.

The Kelloggsville School District opposed the request, saying the location is too close to Kelloggsville Middle and High Schools.

Guiding Light Mission leaders, however, said they screen all the men before accepting them into their rehab program.

Dave & Buster's opens Kentwood location


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- After much anticipation Dave & Buster's opens its first location for West Michigan Monday. The national gaming, restaurant, and sports bar chain is located at 3660 28th SE, near Lake Eastbrook Blvd. in Kentwood.

The 30,000 square-foot location features a sports bar, restaurant and more than 140 arcade games. The franchised gaming restaurant hopes to bring in adults to drink and play games, but it does offer something for the whole family, according to General Manager Randy Kerney.

"I think that we really have something for everyone," he said. "As far as children go, anyone under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult or a legal guardian here, because it does have a bar element to it, but we are really welcoming to everyone. I think we will be a fit for everyone in the west area market."

Sneak peek: Dave & Buster's opening May 18


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's a first for West Michigan: the national gaming, restaurant, and sports bar chain Dave & Buster's is opening in Kentwood in less than a week.

Dave & Buster's features food and alcoholic drinks, coupled with the latest in arcade games. The franchised gaming restaurant hopes to bring in adults to drink and play games, but it does offer something for the whole family, according to General Manager Randy Kerney.

"I think that we really have something for everyone," he said. "As far as children go, anyone under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult or a legal guardian here, because it does have a bar element to it, but we are really welcoming to everyone. I think we will be a fit for for everyone in the west area market."

Dave & Buster's has hired more than 250 hourly employees and 10 managers.

Oakdale Park CRC Celebrates 125 Years this Weekend

Oakdale Park CRC Celebrates 125 Years this Weekend

Leaders and parishioners from Oakdale Park Christian Reformed Church, a culturally-diverse place of worship in Grand Rapids, will celebrate the 125th Anniversary of their church with a service led by Senior Pastor Emmett Harrison. The Church service is Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 10:30am followed by a celebration dinner at 12:30pm.

This celebration dinner is open to all people and is free to attend. It will be catered by the LINC Up Soul Food Café and held at the church, located at 961 Temple SE in Grand Rapids, MI 49507. Oakdale’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has helped the congregation grow its’ ministries, community outreach and service programs. The church also helps other outside organizations by providing use of its facilities.

Oakdale Park CRC was founded in 1890 and has more than 400 parishioners and currently is led by Senior Pastor Emmett Harrison.

12-year-old will stand trial for murder of boy


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) A Kent County Judge has determined that a 12-year-old boy accused of killing another boy in Kentwood is competent to stand trial on murder charges.

Judge Paul Denenfeld of the Kent County Circuit Court issued his decision Wednesday afternoon after hearing testimony this week. Judge Denenfeld ordered that Jamarion Lawhorn's murder trial should begin in July.

Lawhorn is accused of killing 9-year-old Connor Verkerke on a playground in Kentwood in August 2014.

The court heard two experts this week, one who said Lawhorn was competent to stand trial and one who did not. In the opinion of the judge, the expert who argued for competence held a stronger argument.

We'll have more details on later editions of WZZM 13 News.

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