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Kentwood company moving toothbrush production back from China


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) - A company that outsourced some of its manufacturing to China years ago is bringing work back to West Michigan.

Ranir is headquartered in Kentwood. The company makes oral care products for consumers around the world.

Senior VP of Marketing and Business Development Greg McCormick says the company moved some of that back to Michigan this month. He says they were challenged by one of their current customers to make their electric brush heads in the USA.

"Walmart challenged all their vendors to look at the opportunity for made-in-the-USA manufacturing. They felt like it was an important initiative for them and their consumers to bring jobs back to the U.S."

Arson suspected in Kentwood business fire


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Investigators believe someone broke into a Kentwood comercial complex and intentionally set a fire early Thursday morning that destroyed one business and damaged four others.

Crews were called to the building on Eastern Avenue south of 44th Street SE around 1:45 a.m. after receiving a report from a witness who had seen smoke coming out of the building.

Kentwood police say when they arrived on the scene they found the bottom of a glass door was broken and landscaping stones nearby were possibly used. Employees say the door was intact when they left at 10:30 p.m.

The fire was set on a wood shelf, investigators said.

One of the building's businesses was gutted by fire, while the surrounding businesses sustained smoke and water damage.

Kentwood investigators say the building has no fire suppression system.


Battle Creek Air Show and Balloon Festival July 1 - 5

Battle Creek Air Show and Balloon Festival July 1 - 5

Battle Creek will play host to the Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo team July 1-5, 2015. This is only 1 of 19 events during this time.

The Air Show will show the best of the best when civilian performers fill the sky July 3 – 5 with aerobatic maneuvers that make the fastest roll-a-coaster seem like a merry-go-round.

“Even more excitement has been added to this year’s Air Show,” stated Barbara Haluszka. “We are not only going to have pyro during the Night Air Show but during the actual Air Show itself,” she said. Spectators will love the explosions and the 750 ft. Wall of Fire!

Air Show at its best! Join us at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival.

For more info, contact the Battle Creek Field of Flight Office at 269-962-0592 or go to www.bcballoons.com

Free Day at the Kalamazoo County Parks on June 17, 2015

Free Day at the Kalamazoo County Parks on June 17, 2015

The regular county park fees are only $5 per vehicle or $25 for an annual pass but on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at all the Kalamazoo County Parks, it’s a free day for everyone. The county is trying to encourage people to get outdoors and explore nature. You can even enter for a chance to win a 2015 Annual Vehicle Entrance Pass.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will also be held at River Oaks County Park on this special day at 11am to celebrate the grand Opening of the new splash pad and dog park.

“Many people don’t realize all the opportunities for recreation at the parks in Kalamazoo and this is a great way to kick off summer and see what all the parks have to offer,” said David Rachowicz, Parks Director.

For additional information, including park locations and maps, go online at www.kalamazoocountyparks.com

Former assisted living worker accused of abusing resident


GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 21-year-old Gaines Township man has been charged with stalking and abusing a elderly woman.

Tyler Malone was arraigned on charges of second-degree vulnerable adult abuse (a four-year felony) and stalking (a one-year misdemeanor) on Friday, according to the Kent County Sheriff Department. Bond was set at $25,000.

Investigators say Malone was a resident assistant at Life House Crystal Springs, an assisted living facility on 68th St. between Eastern and Kalamazoo, between March 2014 and August 2014. During that time, he allegedly threw shoes and water at an 86-year-old woman who lived in the facility and repeatedly called her phone.

Malone was fired by Life House Crystal Springs and later hired by American House Senior Living Communities on Eastern near 60th in Kentwood.

Boy, 5, critical after Kentwood near-drowning


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- A five-year-old boy remains hospitalized in critical condition after after he was found unresponsive in an apartment complex pool Sunday evening.

Aaron Kamara and his nine-year-old brother were visiting their grandmother, who lives in Wingate Apartments near 32nd Street SE and Shaffer Avenue.

Police believe the boys jumped over a fence to get into the pool area. The older brother ran to get help when he saw his brother drowning in the pool.

A neighbor called 911 while another person pulled Aaron from the water.

Paramedics performed CPR on the boy for 20 minutes before he was taken to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

Kentwood police and Child Protective Services continue to investigate the incident.

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.