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Dave & Busters coming to Kentwood


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) - A major restaurant player is coming to Kentwood.

The city is moving forward with plans from a developer to bring a Dave & Busters to the former Barnes & Noble site on 28th Street across from CenterPointe Mall.

This would be the third Dave & Busters in Michigan and the first in West Michigan. Dave & Busters is a restaurant with full arcade and games included.

Kentwood has recommended a liquor license for Dave & Busters to the state Liquor Control Commission.

The restaurant has submitted permits for demolition of part of the Barnes and Noble building.


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East Kentwood remains perfect with win over Jenison


JENISON, Mich. (WZZM) -- East Kentwood is off to its first 5-0 start in five years after Friday night's 42-7 road win over Jenison.

The Falcons led 21-0 at the half on a 5-yard run by Michael Ivy and a pair of touchdown passes from Kyle Friberg to Kevin Smith.

Ivy added two more scores in the third quarter, while Friberg connected with Joseph Gomez on a 16-yard touchdown strike..

The Wildcats dropped to 1-4 on the season.


Plans to create independent airport authority advance


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A proposal to create an independent airport authority to run Gerald R. Ford International Airport moved forward Thursday morning, when the Kent County Board of Commissioners accepted the current airport board's recommendation for the idea.

The airport is currently run by a county department. The proposed independent airport authority would take over running the airport and setting airport policies.

The resolution approved at the county commission's September 25 meeting authorizes the county administrator and the head of the county's aeronautics department to develop plans and recommendations to execute the transition. Those recommendations would then be considered by the Board of Commissioners and the airport board. The Board of Commissioners would consider final approval at the county level once a plan, timeline, and budget have been determined, along with a lease and operating agreement.

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.