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Missing 14-year-old Gaines Twp. girl found safe


GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)--- A 14-year-old girl missing for three days has been found safe, family members say.

Mckinzie Joy Locklin was found Tuesday near her home. She was reported as a runaway on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. after walking from her home in the 7300 block of Sunview Drive SE. Her family says she has a learning disability and left home without a cell phone.

Kent County Sheriff's deputies upgraded her case to a missing person Monday night.

Locklin had run away in 2010 and 2013, but was safely located at a gas station and on Pine Rest property.


My Town: Need for life-saving blood donations doesn't take a vacation

My Town: Need for life-saving blood donations doesn't take a vacation

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Many families are celebrating summer by taking a trip, but the need for life-saving blood donations does not take a vacation.

The American Red Cross says during the summer season, each of its blood drives falls short of meeting the needs of patients by approximately two donors.  Further complicating the issue is the short shelf life of red blood cells and platelets, which are no longer good after 42 days and five days respectively.

The American Red Cross is accepting much-needed donations during the following drives:

Boy accused of killing 9-year-old to undergo psych exam


GRAND RAPIDS (Detroit Free Press) -- The 12-year-old Michigan boy who is being charged as an adult for the stabbing death of an 8-year-old boy waived his preliminary exam and was ordered today to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Prosecutors, however, today said there are no plans to change the charging decision in the case.

"I do not see any reason to change the (adult) charging designation. It's a serious offense the community needs protection," said Kent County senior attorney Vicki Seidl, who runs the juvenile division for the Kent County Prosecutor's Office. "Right now we're not going to change what we're doing."

Mother of boy accused in Kentwood killing: 'I'm so sorry'


KENTWOOD, Mich. (Detroit Free Press) -- Two families are suffering on different ends of the same tragedy. One family is devastated and in profound pain, grieving the loss of 9-year-old Michael Connor Verkerke, who was stabbed on a playground in Kentwood last Monday and later died.

Determining your home's value before selling

Determining your home's value before selling

Knowing the value of your home is critical before putting it up for sale.

There are several ways to determine the value of your home.  Online resources such as Trulia, Zillow, Realtor.com and Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) will provide you with an estimate of the value of your home or your local market overall.  Here are the links to these calculators:

Child murder suspect wanted to die and "take somebody with him"


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The 12-year-old accused of stabbing and killing a 9-year-old boy on a Kentwood playground says he'd been planning the murder for over a year.

Court documents filed Friday also indicate Jamarion Lawhorn didn't know Connor Verkerke before using a steak knife to stab him in the back a still unknown number of times. The 26-page file contains the reports from the Kentwood police officers who investigated the Monday evening murder.

According to witnesses and statements made to police, Lawhorn wanted to kill himself and "take somebody with him." Lawhorn claimed he swallowed half a dozen pink pills he found in his family medicine cabinet, took an eight inch steak knife from the kitchen and walked a half mile to the small playground in the nearby Pinebrook Village neighborhood.

Plane reports landing gear problems, lands safely at GFIA


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A midsize regional plane that left Gerald R. Ford International Airport for Detroit Thursday evening reported problems and had to turn around.

Airport spokeswoman Tara Hernandez told WZZM 13 that Delta flight 1312 reported landing gear issues around 6:36pm and headed back to the airport.

The airport fire department mobilized in response.

The plane was able to land safely at about 6:54pm, Hernandez said, and mechanics began inspecting it.

The airport tower initially said 40 people were on-board, but Hernandez says the plane was actually carrying 151 people, including crew members.

Details about the problems weren't immediately available.