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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."

Never before seen Japanese art on display for spring


GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)—It may still feel like winter, but a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition at Frederik Meijer Gardens is moving into its spring phase.

Police search for vehicle in St. Patrick's hit and run


CASCADE TWP., Mich. (WZZM) Kent County Sheriff's investigators are looking for the vehicle involved in a hit and run with a bicycle that happened on St. Patrick's Day.

The crash happened on Burton Street between Spaulding Avenue and Kraft Avenue on March 17th at about 7:20pm. The vehicle, possibly a GM minivan, which was gold or tan, fled west on Burton from the scene. The vehicle would have suffered front passenger-side damage from the crash.

The bicyclist was taken to the hospital by ambulance and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff at 632-6357 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.

Meijer Gardens celebrates 9 millionth visitor


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is celebrated a milestone Wednesday morning: its nine-millionth guest.

Sara Benner of Clarksville received a complimentary one-year membership and two free tickets to one of the shows during the Fifth Third Bank Summer Concert Series. She says she is a frequent visitor to the park and was there Wednesday morning to see the Butterflies are Blooming exhibit with her son.

"We just love the beauty of it, even walking outside-- just a nice place to walk and take your time and stroll even the indoor gardens. We come during the winter sometimes just because there is so much cool stuff to see," Benner said.

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My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

KENT COUNTY, Mich.--- The Kent Intermediate School District is throwing its support behind a sales tax hike to fix Michigan’s roads and provide additional funding for schools and local governments.

Thursday, March 19, the Kent ISD Board approved a resolution in support of Proposal 1, which will be on the May 5 ballot.  In the resolution, the Board said Michigan ranks last in the nation in transportation spending per person.  The Board also noted money being siphoned from the School Aid Fund to higher education, since the previous sales tax proposal generating funding for schools did not include colleges and universities.

"Non-credible" threat called to Ford Airport


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Michigan State Police and the Kent County Sheriff's Department swept the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Wednesday morning after the airport received a bomb threat.

The airport received a bomb threat at 4:03 a.m. specific to the terminal building. As of about 7:20 a.m., the airport tweeted that police have done a thorough search of the terminal and curb front area with canine teams, and they found no threats. Flight operations are running as normal and passengers should follow the airport on social media for updates.

An airport spokesperson says that no flights were disrupted, but there is an extra police presence on scene. Officials are classifying this incident as a "non-credible" threat.

The FBI, Michigan State Police and Kent County Sheriff's Department all continue to investigate the incident.