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GR Catholic Central tops Ottawa Hills


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Catholic Central beat Ottawa Hills 7-0 at Houseman Field.

The only score was in the fourth quarter.


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South Christian secures OK Gold title


MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- South Christian defeated host Middleville 35-23 Friday night and in the process accomplished a pair of goals.

The Sailors clinched the OK Gold Conference title and secured a playoff spot with their sixth straight win.


Home Depot volunteers build Habitat homes for local veterans


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Veterans in Kent County are had their homes repaired Friday, thanks to hundreds of Home Depot volunteers from West Michigan.

Team Depot partnered with Habitat For Humanity to renovate houses for six local veterans. The project is part of the Home Depot's fourth annual Celebration of Service, where Team Depot volunteers transform more than 1,000 homes for veterans across the country, from September 11 to Veterans Day, November 11.

Friday's project in Grand Rapids included the future home of Army veteran Lawrence Smith. After 30 years of renting the same apartment, the 62-year-old veteran will finally have a home of his own.

"I really appreciate it. It's one of the most humbling experiences I've ever had in my life," said Smith.

"Everyone is so alive. It's so powerful I've already shed a few tears, so many people coming together for one common goal," said volunteer Mary Buikema.

Woman raped, robbed at gunpoint in Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are searching for the man who reportedly raped and robbed a woman at gunpoint Thursday night.

The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. in the area of Euclid Avenue and Hall Street Southeast--that's just east of Division Avenue.

A woman told police she was walking in the area when she was approached from behind and a gun was held to her head. Then man walked her to a secluded area and sexually assaulted her then demanded money and ran from the scene.

Anyone with information about crime is asked to call the Grand Rapids Police Department at (616) 456-3604 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345. Silent Observer can also be contacted confidentially at www.silentobserver.org.

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Woman convicted of lesser charge in boyfriend's murder


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - A woman charged with killing her boyfriend was convicted Thursday of a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter for the May 27 homicide on the city's Southeast Side.

Kenyia Townsend bounced up in down in her chair with a broad grin as the verdict was read. Had she been convicted of second-degree murder, she could have faced up to life in prison.

With a jury verdict of voluntary manslaughter, the 34-year-old mother of three faces a term of up to 15 years. Kent County Circuit Court Judge Donald Johnston set sentencing for November. Family members called out "we love you'' as a smiling Townsend was escorted from the 11th floor courtroom and returned to Kent County Jail.

Opinion: This is the Way I see It-Government Cell Phones

Opinion: This is the Way I see It-Government Cell Phones

Free Cell Phones; what will the next giveaway be?

I, along with a lot of other people, often wonder why the government ever decided to give away free phones to people. I can’t even begin to imagine the cost that is shared by every working person in the United State of America.

I see people who are covered with tattoos, smoking cigarettes, buying beer & booze and have a nice vehicle with these phones and wonder, if they can afford all these things, why can’t they afford a phone? Don’t they have family members that can be of help to them? Family are supposed to help their own.

I grew up in a large family who took care of themselves. We didn’t have a phone in our home until it was almost time for me to graduate from high school but we all seemed to survive. If it was something really important, we had a neighbor who was gracious enough to let us use their phone but that was rare.

Former Calvin professor dies in bike crash


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The Calvin College community is remembering a popular English professor who died last week in a bicycle accident.

Dale Brown, 65, was a Calvin College English professor from 1987-2007. He died on Friday, October 10 after suffering injuries in a bicycle crash earlier in the week in Bristol, Tennessee.

According to theCalvin College website, Brown had left Calvin in 2007 to live closer to family in Tennessee.