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United flight makes emergency landing at Ford Airport

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A United Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing Wednesday morning at Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

The flight was heading to Traverse City from Denver. Airport officials say the pilot reported some sort of wing flap issue.

The plane landed safely around 2:15 a.m. No one was hurt.

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Independence Day message from your American Legion Clubs

Independence Day message from your American Legion Clubs

Happy Independence Day


This message is from your local American Legion Clubs all over our Nation:


We, as Americans, are blessed to live in the “Home of the Brave.” Join us this Independence Day in celebrating the freedoms we hold so dear, while thanking the brave men and women who fought at home and abroad, and their families who sacrificed along with them, to allow us this privilege.

On Independence Day and every day, display your American flag prominently and your American Legion Auxiliary membership proudly to spread your passion and dedication to our nation’s veterans and to the best and largest women’s patriotic service organization in the world!

May God bless America and each one of you. Happy Independence Day!

Ford airport gun charges dropped against two men

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Misdemeanor charges were dismissed this week against two men who had handguns in their carry-on luggage while passing through security screening at Gerald R. Ford International Airport this spring.

The men, arrested in separate incidents, were charged with bringing a weapon into a sterile area of the airport. The offense is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Investigators determined that in both cases, the men had no criminal intent, Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth said Thursday.

"It's usually someone in a hurry, pressed for time,'' Forsyth said. "They're as surprised as the screeners.''

Airport police on April 20 arrested 51-year-old James Brian Osterhaven after the Caledonia man passed through a security checkpoint with a loaded 9mm handgun in his backpack.

Record attendance at Meijer Gardens with Japanese garden debut

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Frederik Meijer Gardens had record attendance in June following the debut of its new Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden.

More than 80,000 guests visited Meijer Gardens in June, 25 percent higher than any other June on record, including 2010 figures during the Dale Chihuly exhibition and the 2004 opening of the Lena Meijer Children's Garden.

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DeVos Place is Celebrating 10 Years with an Open House for Everyone

DeVos Place is Celebrating 10 Years with an Open House for Everyone

DeVos Place, West Michigan’s Premier Entertainment Destination in Grand Rapids, MI. is celebrating their 10th Anniversary with a celebration for everyone. This event takes place Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 10am – 5pm.

This event will feature a Ferris wheel, carousel, fun, family activities and games, prizes, mascots and much more! Parking will be free under the convention center (as space allows) during the event.

The first 10,000 people inside the doors will received a FREE hot dog and Pepsi. Entertainment will feature music and entertainment from bands, Jump with Jill, a magician and more. You might be the winner of one of the gift cards or concert tickets to be given away hourly.

From 10am – 5pm the Northeast Stage will present acts from Alysha Sha, Jump with Jill, Freehand GR, Gabriel Estrada III “ El Charro Del Norte”, Jeremy Verwys, Lefty Malone and The Diemakers.

Japanese garden to open at Meijer Gardens

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- After years of work, the new Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is ready to open for the public.

Operators of the park will open the Japanese garden to the public on Saturday.

The project cost $22 million, with money donated Fred and Lena Meijer, the DeVoses, and more than 200 other people within the West Michigan community. Park operators say the garden was one of Fred Meijer's final requests before his death in November 2011.

Dr. Robert Marko, of Aquinas College, named 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Robert Marko, of Aquinas College, named 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Robert Marko, professor and chair person of the theology department at Aquinas College here in Grand Rapids, MI., has been named a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar for the fall semester at the Ukrainian Catholic University in L’viv, Ukraine.

“Aquinas is very pleased and proud that Dr. Marko once again has been recognized with this prestigious award,” said Aquinas Provost, Gilda Gely. “It is extremely competitive on an international scale, so it is exciting to Aquinas making its’ mark in this global space.” Dr. Marko was also awarded a Fulbright in 2008, focusing then on what the Eastern Christian theological tradition brings to the West.

The Fulbright Program, aiming to increase mutual understanding between the people of the world, is the flagship international educational exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. Government.