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Ford Airport unveils $20M water treatment system

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- After years of planning, Gerald R. Ford Airport cut the ribbon on its new storm water treatment system today.

Airport officials came up with a plan to deal with water runoff contaminated by the use of deicing fluids from airplanes.

The poisonous liquid is blamed for killing fish and other wildlife in nearby Trout Creek.

The water treatment system will remove the deicing agent from the storm water runoff and reroute the water to the Thornapple River.

"It's a great day in West Michigan," Ford Airport director Brian Ryks said. "It's a great day for the communities that surround the Ford Airport.

"This system has been 6 or 7 years in the making, and we are finally here today. The system is turned on. It's going to be fully functional, and it's going to do the job."

The water treatment system cost $20 million dollars.

Trader Joe's celebrates opening with Hawaiian theme

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- The very first Trader Joe's grocery store in West Michigan held it's grand opening festivities Friday morning in Kentwood.

The store opened at 8 a.m. and WZZM 13's Meredith TerHaar was there. She said people started lining up as early as midnight for the event.

In true Trader Joe's fashion, nothing was typical. There wasn't a ribbon cutting, but rather a lei cutting. Customers filed in to receive a lei before they began shopping.

Employees were wearing Hawaiian shirts, giving the store an adventurous feel, while celebrating it's Grand Rapids identity with handmade signs and other decor. The store offers items you can't get anywhere else because 80% of the items are under the stores's private label, and are free of preservatives and artificial ingredients.

$1M lottery ticket found among Kentwood woman's old mail

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) - A Kentwood woman who won a $1 million lottery prize didn't know about it for months, after leaving the ticket in a pile of mail.

Lottery officials say Linda Tuttle stepped forward Tuesday with a winning ticket from the May 26 Mega Millions drawing.

Tuttle told officials she recently found the ticket at home among some old mail. She didn't search until a clerk at a local store mentioned that it had sold a $1 million winner in May.

Tuttle plans to use some money to visit former exchange students in China.

Rep. Huizenga: Send Syrian refugees to military bases

KENTWOOD, Mich (WZZM) -- We now know the United States government will increase the number of refugees accepted each year by 30,000 over the next two years. The belief is most of the refugees will come in from war-torn Syria. Right now refugees are capped at 70,000 but that will go up to 100,000 by 2017.

One of the main reasons the U.S. government decided to raise the cap is because of the on-going war in Syria where 250,000 people have died and 12 million have left the country in the past four and a half years.

"This step that I am announcing today, I believe, is in keeping with the best tradition of America as a land of second chances and a beacon of hope," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.

But some of our representatives have some deep concerns about the vetting process that will happen to make sure the people who are allowed in from Syria are not going to cause trouble.

Jury finds Jamarion Lawhorn, 13, guilty of first degree murder

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Jurors have found Jamarion Lawhorn, 13, guilty of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a younger boy at a Kentwood playground last August.

The verdict was delivered Friday afternoon in Kent County Circuit Court.

Lawhorn was charged as an adult. He's been held at Kent County's juvenile detention facility since his arrest last August.

A Kent County judge this summer ruled that Lawhorn was competent to assist in his own defense for the slaying of Connor Verkerke at the Pinewood Village mobile home park.

In December, a state psychiatrist determined that Lawhorn understands the charges against him and can assist in his defense. That prompted defense attorney Charles Boekeloo to ask for a second, independent evaluation.

Jamarion Lawhorn's mind 'slipped out' doctor says

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- As jurors begin deliberating the fate of 13-year-old Jamarion Lawhorn, both sides on Thursday focused on whether the accused killer has the intellectual capacity to understand the wrongfulness of what transpired on a Kentwood playground 13 months ago.

"His mind slipped out,'' contends Dr. Priya K. Rao, a clinical psychologist hired by Lawhorn's defense team to evaluate his mental state during the Aug. 4, 2014 stabbing death of Connnor Verkerke at Pinewood Village.

"He was scared, he knew he was in a great amount of trouble and something in his mind slipped out,'' she told jurors. "Anything could trigger this emotional storm.''

The prosecution this afternoon called a rebuttal witness who, based on three interviews with Lawhorn, says he is capable of understanding the charges against him.

I've got a problem with anger, accused child killer says

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Squalid living conditions, healed-over wounds and a preoccupation with self-harm – including placing his head in a toilet, are among myriad red flags indicating the troubled childhood of Jamarion Lawhorn.

Those revelations played out in court Wednesday at the prosecution rested its case, giving attorneys for the 13-year-old a chance to convince jurors he should not be held responsible for felony murder.

"I've got a problem with anger,'' the boy told a child abuse specialist at Spectrum Health Butterworth, according to testimony Wednesday on the third day of his jury trial in Kent County Circuit Court.