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Godwin Heights on verge of ending 26-year playoff drought


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Every year, 256 teams make the state playoffs, and for 26 years, Wyoming Godwin Heights hasn't been one of them.

"Man, that's a while. It'll be great, like we never had it," said senior running back Reggie Thompson.

Football had been a struggle for the perennial basketball powerhouse school. So much so that head coach Andy Dent decided to cancel the varsity season in 2012, to give the young team a chance to compete and rebuild a stronger program later.

"Our freshman then, now are seniors. These were the players that we rebuilt the program with. Coach Dent, I think that was the toughest decision he had to make as a coach," said assistant coach Jeff Corey, "And I'm here to tell you that was the best decision that Coach Dent has made."

Employee celebrates 50 years at Country Fresh


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- We'll he's certainly paid his dues and then some.

Terry Lehigh is an employee at Country Fresh in Grand Rapids. On Thursday, he celebrated for 50 years of service. Lehigh says he first started working in the handpacking mill, back when they only sold half gallon containers in glass bottles.

Back then, the average production was 15, 000 half gallons versus the 120, 000 gallons they produce today.

"I went through this plant when I was twelve years old," said Lehigh. "I always remember going through the ice cream department and eating ice cream and thinking man, it would be great working at a place like that and making ice cream all the time and little did I know about six years later I'd be working here."

Terry is 69-years-old and says he still plans on working another two or three years.


Firefighters extinguish Wyoming house fire


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Three people safely escaped a house fire Saturday evening in Wyoming.

The blaze, first reported shortly before 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the 3100 block of Hubal Ave. SW, started in the home's kitchen and spread into the attic, the owner told WZZM.

Lt. Joseph Jones from the Wyoming Fire Department confirmed it was a grease fire. Damage is estimated at $35,000 to $40,000.

Initial dispatch reports indicated two people needed medical assistance at the scene for smoke inhalation.


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.

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.