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March Hot Titles at the Wyoming Library

March Hot Titles at the Wyoming Library

If you want it, we’ve got it! At KDL, we are committed to providing the popular materials you want to read, listen to or view. Look what’s new this month:

Loving by Karen Kingsbury
The Thief by Clive Cussler
Force of Nature by C.J. Box
The Muppets (DVD)

The importance of athlete heart screenings

(WZZM) - Keeping our young athletes safe goes beyond helmets and knee pads. It also means checking their heart.

Metro Health is the second West Michigan hospital to provide free heart screenings for student athletes.

They're holding a "King of Hearts" challenge for area schools.

It's aimed at preventing the sudden cardiac death of a student athlete by providing more students with EKG's to detect those who are at risk.

To help raise money for the screening. Each school can sell t-shirts or come up with their own fundraising idea.

The challenge runs through April 20th. Dr. K with Metro Health talked with us about the importance of athlete heart screenings.

Click on the video link to watch the segment.




How churches protect themselves from embezzlement

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- There are two churches dealing with alleged embezzlement in Kent County. The first is Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Grand Rapids. The other is St. John Vianney's in Wyoming.

13 On Your Side talked to a financial expert about how to prevent something like this from happening. Ed Carey is the Chief Financial Officer of the Diocese of Grand Rapids. He oversees 100 parishes.

"If you have a dedicated crook, who wants to take money, they're going to find a way to do that," says Carey.

Carey's job is to make it as difficult as possible for the crook. He refers to a fraud triangle. On one side, there is "need"; the other is "rationalization". For example, "I'm underpaid or I deserve it". The third side is opportunity. Carey says, "We can't control need, we can't control rationalization. But the third part is opportunity and we can manage opportunity through checks and balances."

Two West MI soldiers injured in Afghanistan

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) - Five Michigan Army National Guard Soldiers were injured Sunday by an explosion in the Kunduz Province of Afghanistan.

The soldiers are part of the 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment based out of Flint.  The Soldiers were posted at an entry control point Sunday when an explosive device was thrown at their location and detonated.

Among the injured are Private 1st Class Jon Brancheau of Wyoming, Specialist Justin Skaggs of Grand Rapids, Jeremiah Eberly of Charlotte, Specialist Michael McNichol of Mt. Pleasant, and Ed Fuentesbueno of Phoenix, Ariz.

The injured soldiers were transported from the incident site to military medical facilities at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan for treatment, said Capt. Aaron Jenkins, Director of Public Affairs, Michigan National Guard.

Church finance manager charged with embezzlement

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) The man trusted with watching over the finances of a Kent County church appeared in Wyoming District Court Thursday morning to faces charges of embezzlement. 

54-year old James Kulfan is accused of stealing $135,000 from Saint John Vianney Catholic Church. Kulfan turned himself in this morning and was charged with one count of embezzlement of more than $100,000.  Beginning in December of 2009 court documents show Kulfan wrote checks to himself without permission, and also took cash from the church.

The church fired Kulfan as finance manager in December and turned the investigation over to the police. Today he entered a not guilty plea. His bond was reduced to $10,000. He posted the required 10% and was released.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 14th.  He could face a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Road rage murder suspect called 'quiet and friendly'

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Residents at the Wyoming apartment complex where she stayed with her grandmother say Jeannette Davis is a quiet, friendly neighbor.

"Just nice every time I see her," says neighbor Steve St. Amant, "but sometimes the quiet ones are the ones who explode."

Prosecutors say Jeannette Davis, 24, is a cold-blooded killer who murdered a Grand Rapids man because of road rage. 

She is accused of shooting Lance Byers, 42, last Tuesday morning.

Police say there was a fender-bender between the SUV her brother was driving and Byers' vehicle near the intersection of Layfayette Avenue and State streets.  The men exchanged angry words and Davis, they say, ended the argument with a gunshot.

"We believe Jeannette Davis got out of the vehicle and, without any warning, fired one shot striking Lance Byers," says Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk.

West Michigan welcomes Leap Day babies

(WZZM)- Leap Day only happens once every four years, and a West Michigan couple will likely never forget this one.

Sarah Kleyn was admitted to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids on Monday. After waiting more than a day, her doctor scheduled a Cesarean section. Kleyn finally gave birth to twins Samuel and Luke Wednesday.

Kleyn says she was surprised when her doctor told her she was having twins.

"[Steven and I] got married in 2000. We tried to have kids for a while and looked into adoption. Then all of a sudden, we got these," she said, indicating the twins. "They are our little blessings from God."

At birth, Samuel weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz.; Luke weighed 8 lbs. 13 oz. The new family is expected to leave the hospital Saturday.

Interestingly, Steven Kleyn says he is a twin himself.

West Michigan is home to many Leap Day babies: