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My Town Greenville: AGA Marvel launching unprecedented collection of 'green' appliances

My Town Greenville: AGA Marvel launching unprecedented collection of 'green' appliances

GREENVILLE, Mich.—A Greenville company is leading the pack in launching a product line that meets and exceeds new national energy standards.

AGA Marvel is redesigning its entire line of household under-counter refrigeration systems in light of the stricter energy standards, which take effect Sept. 15.  The company claims the collection, which includes wine cellars and keg dispensers, will be the first and largest collection in the nation. 

AGA Marvel’s engineering director says the new models will also include greater storage configurations, smart temperature controls and quieter operation.   The products, which are engineered, hand-built, tested and inspected in Greenville, are slated for launch this fall.

Suspects in Ionia County burglaries arrested


BELDING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two men arrested Monday are accused of stealing from Ionia County homes and selling the stolen items to Grand Rapids-area pawn shops.

A task force including members of the Ionia County Sheriff's Office and the Michigan State Police helped identify the men as suspects in a recent string of home invasions and burglaries in northwestern Ionia County. Investigators say they found stolen computers, PlayStation consoles, power tools, and jewelry at a pawn shop after conducting surveillance of the suspects selling items to that shop.

Authorities later pulled the suspects over in Grand Rapids, finding more stolen goods and narcotics in the suspect vehicle.

The men were lodged in the Kent County Jail and have additional home invasion charges pending in Ionia County.

Investigators have not yet identified the suspects, pending arraignment.


My Town Greenville: Michigan National Guard celebrates armory upgrades

My Town Greenville: Michigan National Guard celebrates armory upgrades

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Michigan National Guard members in Greenville have a new place to cook up their meals.

A new kitchen is just one of the $1.7 million in upgrades at the Greenville Armory.  The renovations also include a physical training center, shower rooms, bathrooms and a supply room.  The Michigan National Guard held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the armory Monday morning.

The 22,000 square-foot facility at 319 S. Hillcrest houses five full-time staff members from the 1073rd Maintenance Company, which has been deployed as part of Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. 

The renovations are part of the Michigan National Guard's Strategic Plan to improve unit readiness, curb energy consumption and extend the life expectancy of its armories.  State and federal governments funded a significant portion of the project.

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

Crime spree suspect charged in Wyoming stabbing

Crime spree suspect charged in Wyoming stabbing

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) – A man accused of leading a cross-state crime spree, ranging from carjacking to assault, appeared in a courtroom Friday morning to face charges.

 

 

Daniel Leussenkamp is considered a habitual offender which means the charges could land him behind bars for the rest of his life.

 

Police say over a span of a few days, Leussenkamp robbed and stabbed a Wyoming man at a motel, carjacked an elderly woman in Greenville, and drove to Macomb County near Detroit where he committed an armed robbery.

 

Alcohol, speed factors in deadly M-57 crash


OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- One person was killed and three others injured in a two-vehicle accident that forced deputies to close part of 14 Mile Road (M-57) west of Greenville.

It happened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at 14 Mile and Wellman Avenue NE in Oakfield Township.

Michigan State Police say that a red Toyota Camry was heading east on 14 Mile Road when it used the right shoulder to pass another eastbound vehicle. The driver of the Camry lost control coming back onto the roadway and crossed into oncoming traffic, where it was hit by a westbound Chevy Traverse.

The driver of the Camry, a 21-year-old from Greenville, was pinned in vehicle and is currently in serious condition. Two passengers in the Camry were ejected and one of them, a 20-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other passenger is in stable condition.

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than three dozen organizations and agencies helping people get back on their feet are getting millions of dollars in support.

The Heart of West Michigan United Way awarded $3.3 million in grants to 39 agencies that reach out to the community-from offering home-delivered meals to senior to after school care.

 “We value our partnership and believe a community that takes care of its friends and neighbors is a good place to live. By investing in the basic needs of the community, we are working together to help the people that are the most in need,” says Maureen Noe, president and CEO of Heart of West Michigan United Way.  “If people have their basic needs met, such as food, shelter and a safe home situation, they are able to focus on the future and take the next steps to improving their lives. “

This year’s grant recipients are: