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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.

RELATED: Mother of Jamarion Lawhorn charged with child abuse

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, a “blended” tuition-free public high school for students in grades 9-12, has been awarded accreditation from the national accreditation commission, AdvancED. The accreditation report praised Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids for its ability to: effectively use technology to align student schedules based on needs; provide students with immediate feedback on assignments; and to operate the school in an efficient manner for student success.

“Receiving the AdvancED accreditation demonstrates our commitment to excellence and the high quality of our school,” said Dan McMinn, Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids principal.

Leadership Training Programs at Davenport University

Leadership Training Programs at Davenport University

Managers of all levels are invited to participate in the “Leadership for Performance” and “Finance for the Non-Financial Manager” training programs provided by Davenport University. These 2-day programs will advance participants’ abilities to lead others, get tasks accomplished and acquire their organizations results.

The Leadership Performance program takes place on November 18 & 19 from 8:30am – 4:30pm and the Finance for the Non-Financial Manager program takes place on December 2 & 3 from 8:30am - 4:30pm. Both training programs will take place at the Davenport’s Peter C. Cook Center located at 45 Ottawa NW in Grand Rapids.

Visit: www.davenport.edu/ipex/business-skills-certifications for more information & to register.

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)