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Diving coach charged with sex crimes against 15-year-old


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A former high school diving coach is now facing seven charges related to an alleged relationship with a 15-year-old student athlete.

Don Glass, 34, faces three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, and two other felony charges.

Glass was formerly the men's diving coach at East Grand Rapids High School, the women's coach in the Forest Hills school district, and a manager and coach for the Grand Rapids Diving Club.

Investigators say the alleged victim was a student at East Grand Rapids High School. At the time, Glass was her diving coach at the GR Diving Club.

Animal rights group protests GFS


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A national animal rights group protested Gordon Food Service in the Grand Rapids area today.

Last month, Mercy for Animals launched a harsh video campaign against GFS, even using popular actress Pamela Anderson to get its message out.

The group has been pressuring the Grand Rapids-based company to find a new supplier for its chicken ever since claims surfaced last month that hidden camera video shows the mistreatment of animals at an animal plant that supplies GFS.

Mercy for Animals has been circulating video claiming it shows sick and diseased birds arriving at Wayne Farms slaughterhouse in North Carolina, where they say most are abused before being killed. Wayne Farms is a major supplier for GFS.

Ada Township Parks & Recreation Department News & Updates

Ada Township Parks & Recreation Department News & Updates

News Release:

 

Registrations are open for Summer Youth Programs and the Kids’ Garden:

Summer is coming and registration for Ada Parks Summer Youth Programs and Kids’ Garden are open! Nine weeks of summer programs are offered starting June 16 and continuing through August 13. There will be 3-day camp adventures for ages 6-11 with exciting themes such as "Arts in the Park", "Sports Spectacular", "Eyes on Survival" and others. Half-day programs for ages 3-11 include biking and fishing days as well as "Wiggly Worms" and "Water Fun" programs for pre-schoolers and parents.

Allegiant: Court order should block pilot strike


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Following the threat of pilots going on strike, Allegiant Air says it has secured a court order that should prevent that.

The strike was threatened to take place during spring break, the busiest travel time at Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

The Teamsters Local 1224 notified Allegiant Air on Wednesday it intends to take labor action against the company.

Following word of a possible strike, Allegiant said a possible strike could disrupt holiday travel plans at all of its destinations. Later Wednesday evening, Allegiant released the following statement:

We are pleased to report that Allegiant have been successful in receiving a court order to stop the Teamsters intended strike. We have every reason to believe that the Teamsters will honor the court's instructions, and we will operate our weekend schedule as planned.

My Town: Kent ISD Board names new superintendent

My Town: Kent ISD Board names new superintendent

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The search for Kent Intermediate School District's next leader is over.

Grandville Superintendent Ron Caniff will replace Kevin Konarska, who is retiring.  Caniff was the lone finalist left after West Ottawa Superintendent Tom Martin withdrew his application for the job.  Caniff's final interview with the Kent ISD Board was held Tuesday.

“The Board is thrilled to welcome Ron Caniff as the next leader of Kent ISD,” said Kent ISD School Board President Claudia Bajema. “He brings 15 years of experience and the strong support of his peers.

“We are confident that the transition from Kevin to Ron will be very smooth, and that Ron will lead with the talent, energy, and interpersonal skills that we have enjoyed for the past nine years under Kevin’s leadership. We also wish Kevin all the best in the next phase of his life,” she added.

Firefighters put out flames at Cascade business


CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Cascade Township metal business is cleaning up after a fire started inside a workshop.

It happened at Best Metal Products, on Raleigh Drive near 36th St., Tuesday evening.

A welding filter caught fire. The flames were so far inside the building a lot of firefighters were needed to get through the heavy smoke to get the fire under control.

No one was hurt.


Donation helps put more AEDs in schools


CASCADE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Thanks to a large donation, three West Michigan schools will be equipped with automated external defibrillators to help in emergencies.

The West Michigan Officials Association presented a $4,000 donation Monday night to the Wes Leonard Heart Team.

In 2011, 16-year-old Wes Leonard collapsed on the basketball court and died from cardiac arrest, due to an enlarged heart.

His mother receive the donation from the WMOA Monday night.

WMOA's Brad Brunet said cardiac emergencies can happen to anyone at a sporting event, and the AEDs could save lives.

"It could affect a coach, it could affect an official, it could affect a fan, a player, at any of these contests," Brunet said, "so we figure the more these AEDs are in these schools, the better off everybody's going to be."