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My Town: New role for former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land

My Town: New role for former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land

GRANDVILLE, Mich.-- After a failed run for the senate, Terry Land has found a new leadership role.

The former Secretary of State recently joined the board of directors for Legacy Trust and the Legacy Trust Holding Company.  The company is an independent, locally-owned trust bank focused on wealth management.  Land will lend more than two decades of experience in leadership, management and public service to the 11-member board of business leaders and executives.

“We are very pleased to welcome Terri to our board,” said William Walker, CEO of Legacy Trust.  “She has strong roots in West Michigan and solid connections throughout the state.  A committed public servant and business leader, Terri brings tremendous expertise and insight to her new role with us.

“As we look to continue Legacy’s growth, Terri will be able to provide the direction and leadership we need to expand our successes.”

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My Town: 'Super heroes' trade in capes for children's books

My Town: 'Super heroes' trade in capes for children's books

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— A group of "super heroes" traded in their capes for children’s books this week to promote literacy during March is Reading Month.

The heroes were the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives of Vista Charter Academy students.  They visited classrooms Tuesday morning to read to children for the school’s Super Hero Read-In.  

Vista Charter Academy, operated by National Heritage Academies, is a free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Former GRPD cop bound over on 3 rape charges

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - A former Grand Rapids police officer on Wednesday was bound over on four felony charges; if convicted, Ryan Bruggink could spend the rest of his life in prison.

In district court, a former girlfriend of the Byron Center man testified he raped her at her home, as her seven-month-old infant lay nearby on the same bed. The woman said Bruggink also assaulted her on a couch after forcing his way into her home last November.

She said in testimony that she "was afraid that he was gonna fall on the baby, or if I started pushing him off he would fall on the baby, so I told him 'let's go in the other room.'"

She said she had not been dating Bruggink for months when he came to her home that night. She said he raped her at knifepoint.

Asked by the prosecutor if she called police after the attack, the alleged victim said, "No, I was scared to call the police."


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My Town: Elzinga & Volkers hosts 'Alive 365: Safety Week'

My Town: Elzinga & Volkers hosts 'Alive 365: Safety Week'

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals Wednesday announced it will kick off its second annual Alive 365: Safety Week with a safety symposium at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 13 at The Pinnacle Center.

Representatives from Associated Builders and Contractors of West Michigan, American Subcontractors Association, Inc. and The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be on hand to discuss various industrial safety topics. Keynote speaker Dr. John Austin, an internationally recognized expert in proving behavior-based solutions to organizational challenges, will discuss the importance of safety leadership within organizations.

During Alive 365: Safety Week 2015, training sessions will be held throughout West Michigan on the following topics:

Second-graders learn about TV news

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A group of Wyoming students on Tuesday got a behind-the-scenes look into the TV news business.

WZZM 13 weekend anchor Amir Abbas and producer Erin Zacek spoke to the second-grade class at West Godwin Elementary school.

Both Amir and Erin explained their duties and responsibilities as journalists. Then, the students got the chance to read a news story out loud.

Their presentation was part of National Reading Month.

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward


Daylight Saving Time, the weekend of March 7-8, when everyone turns their clocks ahead, the American Red Cross reminds them to also take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.

The Red Cross and the Muskegon Heights Fire Department have formed a partnership for preparedness and prevention to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install smoke alarms where needed. On March 7-8 teams will be canvassing Muskegon Heights neighborhoods from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Please contact (231) 733-8893 to schedule a home visit.

“It’s important for everyone to make sure their household is ready,” said La Forice Nealy, Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Region. “A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time. We urge people to take these steps now and know what they should do if an emergency occurs.”