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New charges for foot fetish sex offender

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A Hudsonville man is charged with two counts of accosting a minor for immoral purposes and attempted criminal sexual conduct-second degree.

Charges were issued against Benjamin Walcott, 30, after an eight-year-old boy disclosed Walcott had the boy place his feet on Walcott's hands, chest and groin.

Investigators say other charges are pending in Wyoming, where Walcott is expected to appear in court next week.

Walcott is in the Kent County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Walcott is a registered sex offender, dating back to a 2001 crime.  In 2010, he pleaded guilty to violating sex offender guidelines by coaching a football camp on school grounds in Ionia County.  He also faced charges of accosting a minor in Kent County, but a judge dropped that charge.

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The Biggest Bicycle Rally in Greater Grand Rapids

WZZM (GRAND RAPIDS) - If you haven't had a chance to break out your bike yet for Active Commute Week, Friday is the day.

A week of activites have set the stage for Bike to Work Day.

The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition has rallies planned from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. across the area.

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell will jump on his bike and commute to work as well.

Rally Stops:

Ada Bike Shop - Fulton Store & Common Ground Coffee - 1311 E. Fulton St., East Fulton District

Alger Bikes - 120 28th St. SW, Wyoming

Central District Cyclery - 52 Monroe Ctr. NW, Downtown (breakfast, snacks, and coffee)

East Hills Center of the Universe - Corner of Lake Dr. & Diamond Ave., East Hills

Grand Rapids Community College - Sneden Hall - 415 E. Fulton St. (at the bus pull in), Heritage Hill

Metro Health & Family Fare - 2275 Health Dr. SW, Metro Health Village

Wyoming Concerts In The Park Announces 2012 Lineup

The Wyoming Community Enrichment Commission (WCEC) unveiled the lineup for its annual Concerts in the Park series today.  This schedule includes a variety of family-friendly performances from a diverse lineup of entertainers.  The nine week concert series kicks off with the Mustang Band, a local group that features a mix of new country and great rock and roll hits, June 12 at Lamar Park (2561 Porter Street SW, Wyoming, Michigan) and continues through August 7.  The free Concerts are offered every Tuesday evening from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.


Mix of new country and great rock and roll hits

A variety of rock, blues, roots, folk, soul, & funk

Country, Swing, & Comedy

8-part, A Cappella ensemble, singing Americana music

San Juan Diego Academy Family Festival

San Juan Diego Academy Family Festival

Visit http://www.sanjuandiegoacademy.com/ for additional information.

Democrats bitter over Schmidt's GOP switch

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Republican leaders say they are glad to see State Representative Roy Schmidt join their party for his re-election race in the 76th District, but Michigan and Kent County Democrats say his switch on the filing deadline day is "dishonest" and "desperate."

Schmidt, a long-time moderate Democrat who previously served as a non-partisan Grand Rapids city commissioner, announced his switch to the GOP late Tuesday. In an statement emailed to WZZM 13's Peter Ross, Schmidt said he will still be dedicated to serving Grand Rapids, not partisan politics.

"The simple truth is, extreme Democratic Party bosses like Mark Brewer are unwilling to listen to ideas or accept my positions on issues that matter to me and Grand Rapids," Schmidt said in the statement.

Brewer, who is chairman of the state Democratic Party, issued his own statement on Schmidt's switch late Tuesday, saying the move was a "desperate, craven deed."

Flush your neighbors with the Purple Potty

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - Cancer affects millions of Americans. In fact nearly 40% of us will get cancer at some point in our lifetime. But when someone you love becomes a statistic well, it's personal and you'll fight it any way you can.

That's what Matt Van Essen is doing with his Purple Potty Project.

When his mother-in-law was diagnosed with liver cancer in November of 2010, he decided raising money to find a cure was the best way to fight it.

So he painted a potty purple and in the dark of night, strategically places it on random front lawns in the Wyoming area.

Then he waits for the phone call where he tells the surprised homeowner he'll remove it for a $20 donation to the American Cancer Society, "I found that most people don't like a purple potty in their yard so they'll pay up the $20 to have it moved to another place."