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Small plane takes off from M-66 in Montcalm Co.


DAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Montcalm County Sheriff's deputies closed a stretch of M-66 Friday morning to allow a small plane to take off from the highway.

The crop duster had to make an emergency landing April 7 due to engine troubles. The plane had been parked a nearby apple orchard while engine repairs were made.

Around 10:00 a.m. Friday, authorities closed M-66 between Lake Montcalm Road and Cannonsville Road so the small plane could take off. The pilot was able to make a successful take off and the road reopened.

The crop duster is owned by Heritage AG Aerial Application in Lakeview.


Man pinned in vehicle for several hours


MONTCALM TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - A Gowen man was seriously hurt in a crash where he was left pinned in his vehicle for several hours.

The Montcalm County Sheriff's Department says they responded to a report of a one-car crash on Fitzner Road at about 7:30am on Sunday. They found Paul Hamilton, 53, still trapped in his vehicle. They believe Hamilton crashed several hours before and was not found until a passerby saw the scene at about 7:30am.

Deputies believe Hamilton was heading north on Fitzner when he lost control of his vehicle, left the road, overturned, and hit a tree. The crash remains under investigation.

Grattan Twp. home destroyed in explosion


GRATTAN TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - Investigators are still working to determine what caused a home in Grattan Township to explode over the weekend.

The home in the 12000 block of Woodland Park on Big Pine Island Lake was destroyed Saturday. No one was home and no one was injured.

The Grattan Township Fire Chief tells WZZM that the Michigan State Fire Marshall will visiting the scene on Wednesday.

Investigators suspect that the explosion was due to a gas leak, but more will be known after Wednesday.


BISSELL Pet Foundation Cleaning out Shelters with Grand Rapids FREE ADOPTION day!

 BISSELL Pet Foundation Cleaning out Shelters with Grand Rapids FREE ADOPTION day!

BISSELL Pet Foundation Cleaning out Shelters with Grand Rapids FREE ADOPTION day!

“Adoption Day Grand Rapids” FREE adoption event will be held April 25, 2015

          

GRAND RAPIDS – Spring is often the busiest time for shelters, but also the slowest season for pet adoptions.  BISSELL Pet Foundation and BISSELL Homecare, Inc. are teaming up to flip this figure on its head by turning April 25th into the biggest pet adoption day in Grand Rapids history! 

 

House fire closes M-44 near Belding


BELDING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Emergency crews fought a fire and explosion in a northwest Ionia County home.

The homeowners called 911 around 6:15 this morning to report a fire in the basement of their home on Belding Road (M-44) near Whites Bridge Road, just west of Belding.

Firefighters at the scene arrived to find the fire spreading through the home, then saw an explosion.

They have called in mutual aid from surrounding communities, including Greenville.

Everyone made it out of the house safely and M-44 reopened at about 11:00am.

Sen. Stabenow announces funding for new Greenville PD vehicle

Sen. Stabenow announces funding for new Greenville PD vehicle

News Release:

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for the Greenville Police Department in Montcalm County. This funding comes through the USDA's Rural Development Community Facility Grant program, which funds critical infrastructure in rural communities across the country. The $13,500 grant will be used to help the community purchase a new police vehicle.

“Police officers have to cover many miles to protect our families, homes, and communities,” said Stabenow. “This new police car for Greenville will help make sure there is always someone there to quickly respond in an emergency.”

Senator Stabenow is Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, which oversees the USDA and its Rural Development program.

My Town Belding: Community members address substance abuse issues

My Town Belding: Community members address substance abuse issues

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BELDING, Mich. (Ionia County Health Department)-- Residents of Belding, Encounter Community Church, Ionia County Substance Abuse Initiative (ICSAI) and Ionia County Health Department met Thursday for a candid conversation about substance use related concerns.

Over sixty-eight people attended the community conversation to share their experiences, ask questions, and learn what local substance use disorder (SUD) resources are available.