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Pepper spray evacuates Lee HS

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - Lee High School was evacuated for a short time Wednesday after students and staff reported a strong odor inside the school.

Wyoming Police and Fire personnel responded just after 9:00am and found the school had already been evacuated. Investigators were able to determine that the smell was from pepper spray and was isolated to a small area of the school. The school was ventilated and students and staff returned to a normal school day.

There are no suspects at this time but police and school continue to investigate.

Anyone with information is asked to call Wyoming Police at 530-7300 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.

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My Town: Kent ISD Board names new superintendent

My Town: Kent ISD Board names new superintendent

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The search for Kent Intermediate School District's next leader is over.

Grandville Superintendent Ron Caniff will replace Kevin Konarska, who is retiring.  Caniff was the lone finalist left after West Ottawa Superintendent Tom Martin withdrew his application for the job.  Caniff's final interview with the Kent ISD Board was held Tuesday.

“The Board is thrilled to welcome Ron Caniff as the next leader of Kent ISD,” said Kent ISD School Board President Claudia Bajema. “He brings 15 years of experience and the strong support of his peers.

“We are confident that the transition from Kevin to Ron will be very smooth, and that Ron will lead with the talent, energy, and interpersonal skills that we have enjoyed for the past nine years under Kevin’s leadership. We also wish Kevin all the best in the next phase of his life,” she added.

Godwin Heights celebrates Championship

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- One by one, the Fighting Wolverines climbed the ladder and cut the net, section by section. Two days after winning the school's first-ever state basketball championship, the team was center stage at a Monday afternoon student assembly led by principal Chad Conklin.

"It's awesome - it's a great victory for our team. I'm really proud of coach Whittemore - really proud of the players, the effort they gave and the way they represented us during this deep tournament run," Conklin said.

Conklin coached the team until this year; he stepped aside this fall after his son suffered a serious injury. That son, Carson, is now recovering.

Conklin says he's optimistic Godwin Heights can look forward to another great season next year. They will graduate five seniors, but he says they have plenty of other talent that will return.

My Town: Kent ISD superintendent candidate withdraws application

My Town: Kent ISD superintendent candidate withdraws application

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent Intermediate School District will continue screening its lone finalist for superintendent.

Monday, West Ottawa Schools Superintendent Tom Martin announced he is withdrawing his application for the job.  Martin was one of two finalists for the position with Kent ISD. 

In a statement released to WZZM 13 Monday, Martin said, “After talking with West Ottawa’s board president who urged me to stay and hearing the same support through numerous emails, notes and phone calls, I’ve decided to withdraw from the Kent ISD search. We have come so far in this district, and with the continued support of staff and community, we can and will build on that improvement for all of our students. College, career and life ready is a vision that’s becoming a reality, and I look forward to continue being a part of that success.”

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Man sentenced to probation in fatal crash

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - A Jenison man was sentenced to two years of probation and community service for his role in a fatal crash last September.

Max Jurewicz, 22, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge in February in the crash that killed Christian Goudy, 19. He was sentenced Monday morning.

Jurewicz drove a jeep through a red light at 44th Street SW and Burlingame at about 7:30pm on September 13, when he slammed into Goudy's vehicle. Goudy was killed and his passenger suffered non-life threatening injuries.

A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that alcohol was a factor in the crash. In court Monday, the judge indicated that neither alcohol, drugs, nor distractions were involved.

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves:

My Town GR Central: Dash down Division in your pajamas March 28

My Town GR Central: Dash down Division in your pajamas March 28

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--Support area children while wearing pajamas in public during this dash down Division Avenue Saturday, March 28.

This brisk run begins at  9 a.m. at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center, located at 2500 S. Division.  The dash ends in Alger Heights. There is also a Jammie Jog fun run for kids age 12 and younger after the 5K race. Teddy bears can come along.

Packet pick-up is Friday, March 27 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on race day, starting at 7am.  To register or for more details, visit  www.dashdowndivision.com.