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GRR to launch TSA Pre-Check enrollment


CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Travelers flying out of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport will soon be able to save time during security check-ins.

The Transportation Security Administration's Pre-Check program will allow folks to speed through the airport's screening process by leaving on their shoes, light jackets, and belts; and leaving laptops and compliant liquids in carry-on bags.

Flyers can enroll in the program online starting Dec. 7 through Dec. 11.

Passengers will still need to bring proper documentation proving their identity and citizenship status. The application process requires fingerprints for a background check and costs $85.

After completing enrollment, successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number that is valid for five years.

2 people ejected from vehicle in Kentwood crash


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two people were ejected from their vehicle in an accident Sunday morning, Grand Rapids police say.

The crash occurred just before 11:30 a.m. near Breton Road SE and 32nd Street SE in Kentwood. Police at the scene report two people were thrown from the vehicle, which ended up on its roof.

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."