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Weekend Adventure: Sky Zone hosts special Halloween event


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- As the weather turns colder, now is a great time to explore indoor options for family fun in West Michigan. In this week's Weekend Adventure Laura Hartman puts her jumping skills to the test at Sky Zone Grand Rapids on 29th St.

"Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park that is composed of courts," explains owner Brent Breems, "So we have a main court, which is a large area with multiple trampolines that you are allowed to move around and jump from one court to another. We have an area called the foam zone, so if you've never done a flip before we'd love to have you try one in a foam pit. We have dodge ball, probably our biggest attraction, is two full size dodge ball courts." And so much more!

Every jumper must have a waiver on file. Parents can sign on site for their kids, but it must be done online in advance if you are bringing someone else's children.

Diaper Drive

Diaper Drive

The month of October is almost through but before it passes you have an opportunity to help struggling young families, diaper their little ones.

Drop off any size new diaper packages to any of the five participating YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids during regular business hours on Thursday, October 29 or Friday, October 30 to help make a difference for those in need. 

Call: (616)632-1007 or visit: www.diaperdrivekent.org for more information.

Kentwood police identify man shot, killed by officer


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police have identified the armed man shot and killed late last Wednesday as 47-year-old Timothy Richard Arnold, according to a department news release.

Officers responded to Sutton Club Apartments, located near the corner of 60th Street and Kalamazoo Avenue, to check up on Arnold, who was a resident. A family friend had contacted police to say he was suicidal.

No one answered when two officers from the Kentwood Police Department knocked on the door. 

Carter was placed on administrative leave immediately following the incident and will be returning to an administrative assignment this week, according to the release.

The incident remains under investigation by the Kent County Sheriff's Department.


Grand Rapids celebrates National Chemistry Week


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's National Chemistry Week and Saturday is the perfect day to peak your little scientist's interest by bringing them to experience interactive chemistry demonstrations at Woodland Mall. It's happening from noon until 4:00 p.m. Saturday near the Macy's entrance.

Jim Krikke from Grand Valley State University brought in his beakers to do an experiment during the Weekend Morning News aligning with the theme of

"Chemistry Colors Our World."

The event will include demonstration booths sponsored by the Local American Chemical Society and chemistry clubs from Grand Valley, Hope College, Aquinas College and Grand Rapids Community College.

Kentwood FD: Carelessness contributed to fatal apt. fire


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kentwood Fire Department says its investigation has determined a double-fatal fire was caused by the careless use of smoking materials.

Two people died in an early-morning fire last Friday in a first-floor apartment in the Wingate Apartments near 32nd Street and Shaffer Ave.

Firefighters said they arrived to find a "relatively small fire" in the first floor unit. They were able to put it out quickly and keep it contained to the one apartment.

The victims have been identified as 51-year-old Mary Hopkins and 61-year-old Edward Newhouse. They shared the apartment. Neighbors say Hopkins used a wheelchair.

Friday afternoon, they were concerned about smoke detectors at the complex.  Hattie Lee said, "They never went off. The smoke alarms never went off."

Police shoot and kill armed man in Kentwood


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened late Wednesday night.

Police were called to the Sutton Club Apartments near the corner of 60th Street and Kalamazoo Avenue just before 11:15 p.m.

The call came from a family friend saying a 47-year-old man was suicidal. 

"So, we sent two officers out to check on the well-being of this individual," said Kentwood Police Chief Thomas Hillen.

When officers got there, they knocked on the door.  No one answered, Chief Hillen said, "and the officer went outside to see if they could see any activity in the apartment through the window. He radioed to the officer that was inside."

Medicare loss in Kentwood pill scam tops $64M


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A pill restocking fraud run by Kentwood Pharmacy cost Medicare more than $64 million; the biggest financial loser in a scam that resulted in more than a dozen arrests.

The second biggest loser was Medicaid; it took an $18.2 million hit in the restocking scam that ran between 2006 and 2010 and resulted in the closing of Kentwood Pharmacy locations in metro Grand Rapids.

Medicare is a federal health care insurance program for people aged 65 and over while Medicaid provides health care coverage for needy, aged and disabled people.

All told, $88.2 million in losses were suffered by the government and three other health care providers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, which pegged its financial loss at more than $4.7 million.

The final tally was disclosed in a restitution order approved this week by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker.