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Delayed sentence for dentist office employee who embezzled

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Kentwood dental employee convicted of embezzlement made a tearful apology to her bosses Tuesday and vowed to repay the more than $150,000 she took from Dental Associates of West Michigan.

Kathy Lynn Elenbaas, 53, choked up several times during a brief statement in Kent County Circuit Court. She earlier pleaded guilty to embezzlement of more than $100,000, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Kent County Circuit Judge Paul Sullivan lauded the compassion of Drs. Steven Conlon and James Vincelj, who hired Elenbaas seven years ago. Colon told Elenbaas she is forgiven, but added: "I am truly disappointed in you.''

"The saddest thing here is the money Kathy took from our practice we would have given her, if she had asked,'' Conlon told the court.

Elzinga & Volkers Reports Strong Results, Announces New Hires, Outpaces Industry Growth

Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, announced today strong growth for the first three quarters of 2014, driven by an increase in rising demand from a range of industries and building on the Company’s continued focus on delivering the highest quality construction management and consulting services to its customers. 

Through the third quarter of 2014, Elzinga & Volkers has grown 36.9 percent compared to the same time period last year and new construction and renovation projects have grown 53.3 percent.

Take your legislator to work day

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)-- Monday is "Take Your Legislator to Work" day and one Michigan senator was given a behind-the-scenes look at working with a disability.

Steve Abramson is a disabled employee at Kentwood Powder Coat, Inc. Senator Dave Hildenbrand was able to shadow him at work, which included meeting Abramson's coworkers and hear why employment is so important to him.

The trip is in effort to recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which shows how people with disabilities strengthen the workforce.

Senator Hildenbrand says the tour was an opportunity for him to get exposure on Michigan's effort to create an environment for people with all abilities to find work.

West Ottawa rallies to win thriller over OK

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- West Ottawa pulled off a thrilling comeback Friday night and upset state-state ranked East Kentwood 28-21.

The Panthers (5-1) trailed 21-6 in the third quarter, but rattled off 22 unanswered points for the win.

West Ottawa quarterback Caleb McNitt scored with less than 40 seconds remaining in regulation that snapped a 21-21 tie and proved as the game winner.

Kentwood invites Residents to Join in helping restore Trees

Kentwood invites Residents to Join in helping restore Trees

The City of Kentwood is still trying to recoup from the loss of so many large trees that were lost to the Emerald Ash Borer disease. The idea is to restablish some of the beautiful tree lined streets that were lost.

They have initiated a program called Residental Street Tree Program where they invite residents to contact them with a request for a tree to be planted in the boulevard by their homes, between the sidewalk and the street. The City will split the cost of the tree and installation, thereby costing the home owner approximately $200 per tree.

You are invited to contact Community Developement at 616-554-0707 for more on this program.


Schools Featuring Optimal Flexibility Hold Informational Events for Michigan Families

As families continue to seek school options featuring greater flexibility and control for their children’s education, Michigan’s leading virtual and blended learning schools – Michigan Connections Academy, Great Lakes Cyber Academy and Nexus Academy’s three campuses in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Royal Oak – have scheduled a variety of information events throughout October.

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

“We have seen a huge change in our son’s self-confidence and motivation to learn since

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.