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My Town: TV recycling no longer free in Kent County beginning Feb. 16

My Town: TV recycling no longer free in Kent County beginning Feb. 16

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GRAND RAPIDS – It seems most households now have flat-screen televisions these days, but many people may still have an older Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) television in their home. Kent County Department of Public Works (DPW) has collected 5.6 million pounds of electronics, including televisions, since 2001, without charging residents a fee. These items are processed by a third-party recycler. CRT televisions contains approximately 5-10 pounds of lead, a toxic component for our environment that can cause a variety of health issues. Due to the increasing cost of recycling televisions, Kent County DPW will begin charging a recycling fee starting February 16.

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Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

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The Meijer Simply Give program – held three times a year – generated nearly $6 million in 2014 for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation total to nearly $14 million since it began in November 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign, which ended in January, was the most successful holiday campaign in the program’s history, resulting in a total of more than $1.8 million for hungry families.

Wyoming officer remains on leave after officer-involved shooting


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- One of the Wyoming police officers involved in a deadly shooting last month remains on leave.

The shooting happened on January 29. Al James, 31, was shot after he shot officer Frank Hartuniewicz. Officer Hartuniewicz survived. James was taken off life support on Sunday.

It's standard procedure for officers to be put on leave after firing a weapon in the line of duty.


My Town: Specialty crop grant opportunity

My Town: Specialty crop grant opportunity

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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams today announced new opportunities for Michigan businesses thanks to the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Ag Marketing Services. The program is designed to enhance the competitiveness of Michigan’s specialty crops. Grant proposals must be received by MDARD no later than 3 p.m. on March 26, 2015 by submitting them to MDA-grants@Michigan.gov.

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Investigators: Bullet likely wasn't intended for VA clinic


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- The bullet that flew into a Veterans Affairs facility in the city of Wyoming Friday afternoon likely wasn't intended for that building or anyone inside, investigators said Monday.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Police is handling the case, which is still under investigation.

The VA facility at 5838 Metro Way was struck by the bullet around 2:40 p.m. and was locked down for about 45 minutes.

At this point, police say they believe the round did not come from the VA property or any adjacent property.

No arrests have been made.


My Town: Third annual Write Michigan Contest winners announced

My Town: Third annual Write Michigan Contest winners announced
--------NEWS RELEASE-------Kent District Library, Schuler Books & Music and Herrick District Library announce the winners of the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. More than 700 writers from across the state entered the contest: 215 adults, 426 teens and 104 in the youth category.

“We’ve had another successful year,” said KDL Assistant Director Michelle Boisvenue-Fox. “We are always excited to see and read so much great talent in Michigan. We are supported by 155 volunteer reviewers—librarians, booksellers and Friends of the Library—with over half of them returning from last year’s contest. Many people find this a fun way to support aspiring writers.”

Alan James dies after being taken off life support


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - Alan James, the man suspected of shooting a Wyoming Police Officer, has died after his family decided to take him off life support. James was shot twice during the incident.

A statement released by the family's attorney says James has undergone a number of surgeries and in the opinion of his doctor there is nothing more that can be done. The statement goes on to say, "Those who knew Alan know that his behavior in the time preceding the shooting was completely out of character for him, and that he had been actively seeking help for serious difficulties caused by a combination of medication that clearly should not have been prescribed in conjunction with each other."

Police were called to James Himes St. home on January 29th for a domestic situation. Police made contact with Jame's wife, who told officers there were several loaded weapons in the house.