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Hair raising event at Vanguard Academy

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM)- On Wednesday more than 20 students will cut their hair for Locks of Love.

It's all part of the Vanguard Charter Academy's hair raising event. Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that collects donated hair to make free wigs for those experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment or other illnesses.

Five local stylists will be at Vanguard Academy to cut the girls and boys' hair.

The event will run from 1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.  

UPDATE: Student charged with drunk driving after deadly crash

UPDATE 5/22/12 (WZZM)- A Wyoming Park High School student faces up to 15 years in prison after crashing a car - killing two of his fellow classmates.

Takunda Mavima, 17, was charged this morning with four counts of drunk driving including two counts of drunk driving causing death.

He's being held on $50,000 bond.

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- The halls at Wyoming Park High School are quiet and somber -- many students stayed home after learning that drinking and driving played a role in the deaths of two classmates: Timothy See, 17, who was to graduate soon; and Krysta Howell, 15, a freshman.

Three other teenage boys who were in the car were injured, and will soon be released from the hospital.  The boys are: Dylan Stanaway, 16; Trenton Lambright, 18; and Huy Nguyen, 18.

The driver, Takunda Mavima, 17, is awaiting charges.

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Sex offender to face new charges

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM)- A registered sex offender was in court again today on accusations of accosting a boy.

Benjamin Walcott, 30, is charged with criminal sexual conduct. Walcott is accused of putting an 8-year-old boy's feet on his chest, groin and thighs.

Kent County Deputies say the incidents happened at the victim's home and at a Grand Rapids Township Park. Walcott has worked at football camps in the past and was convicted of a sex offense back in 2002.  He was put on the sex offender registry, but was able to get around it by using an alias, to obtain work as a coach.

He will be back in court for a preliminary hearing, May 30th. 

Student drowns days before graduation

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Wyoming school district is offering counseling to students after the drowning of a classmate in Lowell.

It happened around 3:15 p.m. Sunday at Stoney Lakeside Park off Bowes Road.

Lowell Police say Dominque Florez, 19, was at the park with friends on Sunday, and was swimming when he began struggling in the water.  Florez's friends told officers he called for help, then went under the water.

It took friends, bystanders, and emergency personnel 15 minutes to find Florez.  He was given CPR, but could not be revived.

Police say they are awaiting autopsy results before closing their investigation, but Florez's death is considered to be an accidental drowning.

The superintendent of Godfrey-Lee Public Schools issued a statement Monday afternoon on the death of Dominque Florez:

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Wyoming Park High school mourns loss of two students

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Wyoming Police say alcohol was the cause of a crash that killed two teenagers early Sunday morning.

The crash happened on the exit ramp from eastbound I-196 to Chicago Drive just after 4 a.m.

Authorities say the car was traveling too fast for the turn. The car flipped over multiple times before landing on its roof.  A 15-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy died at the scene.  A third teenager was seriously injured. The other three people suffered minor injuries.

Police have not released the names of the victims, but say they were both students at Wyoming Park High School.

"Kids think they're invincible and we try to tell them not to drink and drive, not to drink, not to get into a vehicle with other people that have been drinking, so it's a tragic day," said Captain Kim Koster.

Wyoming Police are working with the school and counselors will be available to students on Monday.