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Tesla charging station opens in Cascade


CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- You might not be able to buy a Tesla car in Michigan, but you can now charge one in Grand Rapids.

The electric car maker opened its first "Supercharger" station in West Michigan on Monday at the Meijer on 28th Street in Cascade Township.

The station has eight stalls and will stay open 24-hours a day. Tesla owners can recharge their cars quickly while traveling long distances. The automaker partnered with Meijer to provide stations in the midwest.

"Naturally for all of our supercharger stations, we would want to put them where it's convenient for our owners to stop and take a restroom break, grab a bite to eat, maybe do a little shopping," said James Chen of Tesla Motors Inc. "So we've been looking at not traditional rest stops, but locations where there are restaurants, shops."

Ladies Pint Out caters to Beer City women


CASCADE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Good brew and good food are the focus of the first-ever Ladies Night Out planned Wednesday evening at Watermark Country Club.

Ladies Pint Out will include beer and food pairings. Its creation follows the quarterly Wine Down series of wine nights. Organizers say it'll be a great way to learn about beer; you don't have to be a beer connoisseur to go. You'll get to ask questions and learn, while enjoying some great food. Wednesday's event will also feature a beer float made from Saugatuck's Palazollo's ice cream and Schmohz Brewing's Pickle Tink Ale or Bone Crusher Stout.

Kasie Smith from West Michigan Woman and Amy Sherman of Behind the Mitten join Jennifer Pascua on Monday's WZZM 13 News at 5 to talk about the event. See what they had to say in the video above.

New Business, New Jobs, coming to the Cascade, MI area

New Business, New Jobs, coming to the Cascade, MI area

A popular metro Detroit Restaurant known for its’ Coney dogs and Greek specialties is expanding to West Michigan. Get ready for some of the best Hot Dogs around; Leo’s Coney Island is coming to Cascade, MI. The news store is to be located at 6080  28th St. SE, formerly the Family Video storefront.

This is a great opportunity for a job in a fun atmosphere. Leo’s is looking for managers, line cooks, prep cooks, dishwashers, bussers, servers and cashiers. These positions offer flexible schedules, no late nights, competitive pay and opportunities for advancement. Resumes may be sent to LeosConeyIslandGR@gmail.com

“Grand Rapids has one of the best economies in Michigan and across the nation,” said Bill Krall, owner/operator of Leo’s Coney Island. “Not only did we see this as an opportunity to tap into a booming market but also the chance to give a new community a dining option it currently doesn’t have.”

Ground broken on project to transform Ada


ADA, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Ada community has taken a major step to make its master plan a reality. Wednesday afternoon, the village broke ground on an ambitious project that, once done, will introduce a whole new Ada.

Following nearly a decade of planning, construction is kicking off on the first phase of a large-scale initiative that will transform the area. The development is set to add dozens of new retail, restaurant, and residential spaces to the village, as well as provide widespread access to the Thornapple River via a large riverfront park and amphitheater.

"I really never dreamed that would happen," said township supervisor George Haga. "I've been township supervisor for a long time, and to get a interfaced with a major partner to do this and invest in the community -- this is really exciting, not just for me but for the entire community."

Midwest Wheelchair Tennis Championships in G.R.


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Some of the best tennis players in the world are in Grand Rapids this weekend. The Midwest Wheelchair Tennis Championships are taking place at MVP Athletic Club on Crahen Avenue.

This is the largest USTA wheelchair event in the Midwest, including several players trying to qualify for the Olympics next year. Teams are from as close by as Mary Free Bed in Grand Rapids and from as far away as Australia and Japan.

"We have almost 80 athletes from all over the world," said tournament director, Erin Fouty. "It's very important for them not only from an athletic standpoint to stay active and healthy, but also it's a great community to be a part of."

The tournament wraps up Sunday, with the finals going from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.


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.

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.