9.30.14:  15-year-old hit by car


Police say a 15-year-old from Muskegon suffered critical injuries Monday night after being struck by a vehicle along a Crockery Township roadside.


Cameron Smallegan had been walking with a group of friends along State Road when the group was approached by a westbound Plymouth neon.  The car was driven by a 50-year-old woman from Muskegon.


Cameron was taken to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

9.30.14: Anglers find woman’s body floating in Grand River


OLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A woman’s body was found in the Grand River near Coopersville.


Ottawa County sheriff’s Capt. Mark Bennett says two anglers were launching their boat Monday morning when they saw the body floating in several feet of water in Ottawa County’s Polkton Township.


The area often is used to launch boats and is popular with anglers.


Monday afternoon police got a call from an area man saying his mother was missing from a residence on Ann Street in Coopersville.  The victim in the water ended up being the missing woman.  She was identified as 72-year-old Sharon Roersma.


Her death was ruled as a homicide.  Police say she was struck and died before she was put into the river.  She body had not been in the river long before it was discovered.



9.29.14:  Number of bad weekend accidents in West Michigan


-59-year-old Douglas Deridder died when his motorcycle hit the guardrail along I-196 near Lake Michigan Drive in Grand Rapids. Alcohol could have played a role.


-4 people were injured in a head-on crash southeast of Hastings.  The at-fault driver had a suspended license.  He crossed the center line and hit a van.


-A bicyclist was hit along Hanna Lake Avenue in Gaines Township when a vehicle turned into the path of the 48-year-old man from Kentwood.


-A 17-year-old from Coopersville was hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle at Conran Drive and West Randall.


-A 67-year-old bicyclist was killed following a collision with a mini-van near Augusta.

9.25.14:  Driver who fatally struck cyclist dies in crash


MERRILL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash in western Michigan was the driver in a summertime crash that killed a Grand Rapids bicyclist.


The Grand Rapids Press reports that 61-year-old Steven Jones was killed Wednesday morning while walking in Newaygo County’s Merrill Township. Undersheriff Brian Boyd said there were no witnesses and the vehicle left.


Boyd confirmed Jones was the SUV driver in the July 9th crash along Egypt Valley that killed Jeff Dykehouse, an area photographer.


Jones had been held overnight at the Kent County Jail on suspicion of drunken driving. Officials say a recently completed toxicology report found no drugs or alcohol in his system.


Boyd says police aren’t jumping to conclusions that “this is retribution” but will “look at every aspect of this.”

9.23.14:  Carter: Civilian risk if US bombs Islamic State


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP)€” Former President Jimmy Carter says a U.S. bombing attack against the Islamic State forces in Iraq could end up killing more civilians than militants unless there are American spotters on the ground.


The 39th president and his wife Rosalynn spoke for about 45 minutes Monday as part of Grand Rapids Community College’s Diversity Lecture Series.


The 89-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner addressed a range of topics and answered student questions.


Carter says U.S. bombers attacking a city controlled by the Islamic State “are very likely to kill more civilians than ISIS members.” He says it’s important to have U.S. spotters for such bombings.


Carter has written 28 books, including “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.” It was released in March.

9.22.14:  Jimmy Carter to visit Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter is to appear in Grand Rapids at a lecture and book signing.


The 39th president and his wife, Rosalynn, are scheduled to visit Monday as part of Grand Rapids Community College’s Diversity Lecture Series. It’s the 20th anniversary of the series and the college’s 100th anniversary.


The 89-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner is to lecture for about 45 minutes before a question-and-answer session.


He has written 28 books, including “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.” It was released in March.


The lecture is free to attend but tickets need to be reserved in advance. Tickets for the signing are $28 and include a copy of Carter’s book.

9.18.14:  Gala set for Western Michigan’s new medical school


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A celebration is planned for Thursday in honor of the opening of Western Michigan University’s new medical school.


The gala celebrating the Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is to include performances by the university’s Bronco Marching Band and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra as well as a keynote address by Doctor A. Lorris Betz, chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ board of directors.


The Stryker Medical School recently welcomed its inaugural class of 54 students. The Kalamazoo school is named for Stryker Corp. founder Homer Stryker.


The number of medical schools in Michigan doubled from three to six in recent years, largely in response to a shortage of doctors in many areas.

9.18.14:  Michigan university gets $1 million stained glass


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Christian university in West Michigan has hired a Danish artist to construct four stained glass windows valued at $1 million for its new chapel.


Cornerstone University on the East Beltline in Grand Rapids, commissioned the windows from Peter Brandes to be the hallmark feature of the chapel, scheduled to open in fall 2015. The windows will be funded through donors and completed in about eight months under supervision of the artist.


Brandes says the red, blue and yellow light will invigorate worshippers when the sun fills the room with color. The university president says the windows will serve as a reminder of Cornerstone’s commitment to Christ.


The university is also making a documentary about the windows that will be shown at the chapel.


9.17.14:  Gun found at Muskegon School


Muskegon High School was locked down for 2 hours Tuesday afternoon after a loaded handgun fell out of a student’s pants during a fight between two freshmen.


The fight took place after lunch when the students were walking back to the freshman building.  It started verbally and then became physical.


A teacher took the gun and turned it over to police.  They found that the gun had been reported stolen to the Muskegon Police Department earlier this year.

9.17.14:  Area lawyers visit 5th graders


Today, September, 17 is Constitution Day.


In honor of the 227th Anniversary of our nation’s founding document, attorneys from the Grand Rapid Bar Association will volunteer their time to educate students about the U.S. Constitution.  They will visit more than 1,400 5th grade students in 47 classrooms.


The law requires any school receiving federal money to education their students about the Constitution on or around Constitution Day.  GRPS students have the opportunity to learn first-hand from attorneys about the U.S. Constitution and how it impacts their everyday lives.