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Life EMS donates ambulance to Greenville DPS

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – Life EMS Ambulance will donate a fully operational ambulance to the Greenville Public Safety Department on Tuesday, May 12 as part of a "drive it forward" initiative that breathes new life into retired ambulances.

Life EMS retires vehicles when they reach between 300,000 and 350,000 miles. Most are sold or salvaged, but Greenville Public Safety plans on restoring a 2007 Ford E350 ambulance with 347,000 miles that Life EMS is donating to the department.

The ambulance is valued at between $3,500 and $4,000.

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

49 million people face hunger every day, including 16,000 million children. The month of May is time for the Stamp Out Hunger Drive sponsored by the Postal Service.

You have a chance to make a difference for those in need & put smiles on faces this Saturday, May9! Place non-perishable food items in a bag or box by your mailbox for the letter carriers in your area to pick up, while they drop off your mail.

These food items will be sorted & delivered to area food banks or pantries for families less fortunate.

Visit www.usps.com for more information.

Deputy, two others suffer minor injuries in crash

EVERGREEN TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - Three people, including a Montcalm County Sheriff's deputy, suffered minor injuries in a crash Saturday afternoon.

The crash happened on M-66 near Colby Road at about 4:45pm.

Investigators say that the deputy was responding to a report of a two-car crash at the intersection of M-66 and Sidney Road. The deputy was heading south on M-66 with lights and siren activated when the deputy pulled into the northbound lanes to go around traffic that was slowed or stopped for the crash. While doing so, another southbound car that was stopped turned left into the path of the deputy's vehicle. They collided and went off the east side of the road.

The two people in the car, a 19-year-old Sheridan man and a 17-year-old Sheridan woman were taken to the hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and released. The 28-year-old deputy was also treated and released.

Rainbow Child Care Center Introduces Kids for Canines Program to Support Animals in Need

Rainbow Child Care Center Introduces Kids for Canines Program to Support Animals in Need

Each year thousands of animals are surrendered to local Humane Society shelters in Michigan. These Humane Society shelters rely solely on donations to sustain their operations, making the need for essential pet supplies substantial.

To aid these animals in need, Rainbow Child Care Center, a leading early childhood education provider, is introducing its Kids for Canines program. Rainbow is teaming up with humane societies across the state, including the Humane Society of West Michigan locally, to collect essential pet supplies for dogs waiting to be placed in their loving forever homes.

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.

7 counties ‘granted’ opportunity to better connect veterans, benefits

7 counties ‘granted’ opportunity to better connect veterans, benefits

News Release:

More than 22,000 veterans in seven counties will find it easier to file a federal benefits claim with an accredited county veterans service officer, thanks to County Incentive Grants awarded by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA).

This is MVAA’s second round of one-time grants, and funds awarded include:

 $10,000 for Clare County Veterans Services to increase the accredited county veterans counselor to a full-time position.

 $20,000 for Crawford County to establish a county department of veterans affairs and hire a full-time accredited county veterans counselor.

 $10,000 for Dickinson County Office of Veterans’ Affairs to hire an additional part-time accredited county veterans counselor.

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.