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Pacers Junior Wheelchair Basketball Team looking for Donations

Pacers Junior Wheelchair Basketball Team looking for Donations

Grand Rapids Junior Pacers Wheelchair Basketball Team. This special group of people are looking for donations to support their cause.

On November 7 & 8, they will be playing basketball at the Rockford Middle School to make money to help with the expenses they incur when they travel as a team. This season they are traveling to Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Kentucky for national competition. Any money they make will go for equipment along with travel expenses.

This particular request comes from CJ Blackwell, 15 years old and one of the wheelchair players on the team. He is personally asking for your support. You can donate by contacting his Mom, Sandy Blackwell at 616-734-3204 or by e-mail at: silly-sandy@att.net.

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Trial begins for Wyoming mom charged in baby's death

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- The trial began today for a Wyoming mother charged in the death of her 18-month-old-daughter.

Rebecca Cotes is charged with involuntary manslaughter for neglecting the medical care of her adopted child. Her daughter, Hannah Hoag, died at Cotes' Wyoming home after her tracheal tube came out, cutting off her oxygen.

Police say Cotes either failed to put the tube in or didn't secure it properly. She claims it fell out while the baby slept.

Cotes faces up to 15 years in prison.

Girl, 8, dies after hit by car while crossing 28th Street

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- The 8-year-old Wyoming girl who was hit by a car Saturday on 28th Street has died.

Melissa Guzman was crossing the street near the intersection of Wyoming Avenue with her two, 11-year-old brothers just after 8 p.m. Saturday. Police say while the boys stopped in the center turn lane, Guzman continued and was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

The driver was a 54-year-old Wyoming woman, police said. Speed and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash.

Girl in critical condition after being hit by car

UPDATE: Wyoming Public Safety Officers say an 8-year-old girl is in critical condition after being hit by a car Saturday night. The accident happened at approximately 8:11 p.m. near the intersection of 28th St. SW and Wyoming Ave.

Investigators say Melissa Guzman was crossing the street from the South to the North with her two 11-year-old brothers. The boys stopped in the center turn lane, Melissa continued into the Westbound lanes when she was hit. She was hit by a 2003 maroon Chevrolet driven by a 54-year old Wyoming woman. Police say speed and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash.

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police in Wyoming say a young child is at the hospital after being hit by a car in 28th St. The accident happened between 8;00 and 8:30 Saturday night.

Investigators say the victim's condition is not know at this time.

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Grand Rapids company influences Hollywood takes on Netflix

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- For more than 25 years, the Grand Rapids-based Dove Foundation has reviewed movies to help parents decide which ones are family friendly. It's now starting a movie streaming service, which looks to compete with Netflix and Hulu.

Dick Rolfe, CEO of Dove Foundation, helped start the Dove Foundation when "a group of parents got together and decided we wanted to review movies before our kids watched them." The company now has more than 10,000 reviewed movies and gives the "Dove Seal of Approval" if a movie meets a family friendly criteria for language, violence, sexuality, nudity, drugs "and hold to certain values and tastes that caring families really are concerned about," Rolfe explains.

The company even has influence over some Hollywood movies. And sometimes, a movie will re-shoot scenes to get the Dove Seal of Approval.

Lt. Gov. Calley spends morning with G.R. preschoolers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Lieutenant Governor and West Michigan native Brian Calley was in town Monday. He talked with parents and kids at the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative on Vries Street SW in Grand Rapids.

The center got a new playground back in June, thanks to volunteers who built it in just a day. Monday's visit was all about dedicating the pre-school's new outdoor learning center.

"It might not be something that you can see as quickly as resurfacing a street, it's something that is so critically important, in fact I would argue the most important thing we can do is make sure our kids have the tools they need to be successful in the future," said Calley.

Lt. Gov. Calley talked with parents and read with the kids.

The Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative is a non-profit dedicated to vulnerable children.

3 additional suspects charged in skimming case

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police in Wyoming have arrested three more people they believe were involved in activity similar to a group Grand Rapids police arrested earlier this week.

Juan Galvez, 28, Micheles Gregori, 29, and Manuel Cabrera, 36, have all been arraigned on felony charges relating to unlawful possession of fraudulent financial transaction devices. They carried ID's and were driving cars linking them to Texas and Florida.

Police recovered evidence on Friday linking the three to the case, including what they call fraudulent financial instruments.

The case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call their local police department or Silent Observer. The Metropolitan Fraud and Identity Theft Team is a collaborative effort made up of investigators from Grand Rapids Police, Kent County Sheriff, Kentwood Police, and Wyoming Police.