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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.

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.

It happened around 4:15 on Snow Road just south of 28th Street. By the time our crews arrived on the scene firefighters had already put out the flames.

CASCADE TOWNSHIP (WZZM) -- Fire crews from two departments had a relatively easy time putting out flames inside an attached garage Monday morning.

It happened around 4:15 on Snow Road just south of 28th Street. By the time our crews arrived on the scene firefighters had already put out the flames.

A passerby called 9-1-1, originally telling dispatchers there were cars in the driveway but no one answered knocks on the door. But paramedics told our crew on the scene everyone made it out safely.

It's not yet clear what caused the fire or how much damage was done.

Second victim dies of injuries from Knapp St. crash

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Authorities said Thursday that a second victim has died of injuries from a May 11 crash on Knapp St. NE just west of Egypt Valley Avenue.

Rex Baird, 93, died at the scene of the serious two-vehicle crash. His wife, Frances Baird, was flown by Aero Med to a hospital but has since died.

Deputies say wet roads caused an 18-year-old Ada man to lose control of his Ford pick-up and hit the Bairds' Chevy Silverado.

The other driver had serious but non-life-threatening injuries, investigators said.


Woman, 66, dies in Cascade Rd. crash

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 66-year-old woman died after her minivan crossed the center line and struck a tree Tuesday morning.

The single-vehicle accident happened around 9:10 a.m. in the 8200 block of Cascade Road SE, between Buttrick Avenue and Cherry Lane Avenue SE.

Kent County Sheriff's deputies say Kathryn Ann Bush of Plainfield Township was westbound on Cascade when her Chrysler Town and Country drifted off the road.

It's not yet clear what caused Bush to lose control of her vehicle.

Deputy: No serious injuries when car, school bus crash

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kent County Sheriff Department says there were no serious injuries when a car and a school bus crashed Tuesday afternoon at Fulton and Ada Drive.

The crash happened around 3 p.m.

No students were on the bus.