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Kentwood police investigating bus shootings


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for three people, possibly teens, accused of shooting at Rapids buses Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights in the Kentwood area.

No one has been injured in the incidents, but police said at least two buses have been damaged, as has a bus stop near 44th and Breton.

Following the latest incident in the 4500 block of Walma, police told WZZM 13 they believe the shots are being fired with a pellet gun or a .22. Police searched that area with a canine unit, but lost the track.

The incidents that have been reported are:

Sunday, March 22 - Sometime over the weekend, two windows on the south side of Crestwood Middle School were shot out.

Cause of death undetermined for child at Kentwood daycare


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kent County Medical Examiner's office says it wasn't able to determine what caused a 3-month-old baby's death at a Kentwood daycare.

Cooper Fales passed away on February 19 at Bridges Day Care. His father picked him up at the end of the day and when he arrived home, the child was unresponsive. He was later pronounced dead.

Kentwood police say Cooper's death certificate lists the cause of death as undetermined. The investigation is now complete and it has been turned over to the Kent County Prosecutor to determine possible charges.

After the child's death, the state found 11 violations at Bridges Day Care and revoked its license.

My Town: Airport celebrates spring break with party for passengers

My Town: Airport celebrates spring break with party for passengers

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is preparing for its busiest time of year by bringing back a travel favorite.

Passenger Appreciation Days returns to the airport’s Grand Hall Thursday, April 2. Airport Executive Director Brian Ryks says the celebration serves as a way to thank the community for supporting the airport.  Travelers who pass through the area can pick up free refreshments, food and freebies and enter prize drawings and contests.  The bon voyage celebration will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day through Saturday, April 4.

Ryks reminds travelers passing through the airport during spring break to give themselves extra time.  More passengers mean fewer parking spots and longer lines at security checkpoints. The Transportation Security Administration is urging travelers to arrive at the airport at least two hours before their plane leaves.

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

KENT COUNTY, Mich.--- The Kent Intermediate School District is throwing its support behind a sales tax hike to fix Michigan’s roads and provide additional funding for schools and local governments.

Thursday, March 19, the Kent ISD Board approved a resolution in support of Proposal 1, which will be on the May 5 ballot.  In the resolution, the Board said Michigan ranks last in the nation in transportation spending per person.  The Board also noted money being siphoned from the School Aid Fund to higher education, since the previous sales tax proposal generating funding for schools did not include colleges and universities.

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Congressman Bill Huizenga is looking for student artwork to adorn the U.S. Capitol.

Now through April 17, high school students from the Second District are encouraged to submit their entries in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  Each student may only submit one entry to Congressman Huizenga’s office, located at 4555 Wilson Ave. SW in Grandville.

"The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent platform for young artists to challenge themselves and explore their artistic ability as well as their creativity,” said Huizenga. “Students from across West Michigan have impressed thousands of visitors to the U.S. Capitol with their artwork and I cannot wait to see what this year’s competition has in store.”

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

Whether learning online or in a traditional classroom, keeping your student motivated is important—it offers the opportunity for innovation and powerful learning experiences.

Alexandra Negrete, a teacher at statewide virtual public high school Great Lakes Cyber Academy, shares three tips to help challenge students to reach their highest potential.

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

OKEMOS, Mich.-- As families continue to seek school options featuring greater flexibility and control for their children’s education, one of Michigan’s statewide virtual schools – Michigan Connections Academy – has scheduled a variety of information events throughout March.

Interested families are encouraged to attend upcoming events to learn more about how virtual learning works, meet teachers and familiarize themselves with the schools’ award-winning curriculum.