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Woman charged in boy's death 'felt the truck rise'


STANTON, Mich. (WZZM) -- As 4-year-old Talos Bills, accompanied by his 16-year-old cousin, rode a red scooter in a crosswalk east across M-57 in downtown Greenville, a woman stopped at the red light watched in horror as a 2012 Chevy Silverado ran over the boy and headed north on M-91, according to testimony Monday.

"I watched the little boy pass my car and then I watched the driver come around very tight,'' Erin Molly Rogers testified through tears. "I watched the little boy hit first and then he kind of flipped. We watched him go under and the tire went over him.''

West Michigan church vandalized: 'God is a lie'


EUREKA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Montcalm County deputies are trying to find those responsible for vandalizing a church just south of Greenville.

Deputies were called to the Belgreen Seventh Day Adventist Church on Nov. 18 to assess the damage. Upon arrival, they found orange graffiti spray-painted on the east side of the building. The incident is believed to have occurred sometime late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

At this time, deputies believe this is a religiously biased crime.

If you have any information, please call the Montcalm County Sheriff's Office at (989) 831-7590.

Elderly unlicensed driver charged in death of 4-year-old


GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Weeks after a 4-year-old boy was struck and killed in Greenville, the elderly unlicensed driver police say is responsible is now facing felony charges.

Susan Rieckman, 69, of Cedar Springs, is charged with driving on a suspended license causing death.

Just before noon Sept. 14, police say 4-year-old Talos Bills and a 16-year-old family friend were crossing South Lafayette at Washington on the way home.

Rieckman turned left, injuring the 16-year-old and killing Talos.

The family of Talos says they harbor no hatred for the driver, but says she needs to answer for her mistake.

"Because, I mean, he lost his life," points out Pamela Bills, the boy's grandmother. "She didn't have a license and she shouldn't be driving."

Driver with suspended license charged in boy's death


STANTON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A driver now faces a felony charge in the Greenville crash that killed a 4-year-old boy last month.

Autopsy performed in Belding shooting case


BELDING, Mich. (WZZM) -- An autopsy completed Thursday morning at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing will help the Ionia Co. prosecutor determine whether any crimes were committed in a Belding man's shooting death early Wednesday morning.

Wednesday evening, Belding police identified the shooting victim as Eric Harrington, a 35-year-old Belding resident. The alleged shooter, whose name has not yet been released, is known to be Harrington's girlfriend.

Police had responded to a home around 5 a.m. Wednesday in the 1000 block of Oakwood Street following reports of a shooting, according to Ionia Central Dispatch.

Michigan State Police assisted Belding Police at the scene.

Taste of my town: Klackle Orchards


GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- For the last several weeks, we've been featuring apple orchards and pumpkin farms during our Taste of My Town stories. This weekend, we wrap up this special fall series with a trip to Klackle Orchards in Greenville, to learn about the process of pressing fresh apple cider.

"The orchard we're on now used to be a potato farm that my grandparents purchased in the 60s and then planted fruit trees on," explains Natalie Klackle. "In the 70's my dad took over and that's when we got into the retail agra-tourism business by selling fruit on a wagon on the side of the road. In the early 80's we started taking people through the orchard on wagon rides for pick your own fruit and it's gotten bigger and bigger and bigger," said Natalie.

1 dead, 2 injured in Mecosta Co. crash


BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Greenville man is in critical condition after a crash that killed another driver.

It happened around 7 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of M-66 and 4 Mile Road in southeastern Mecosta County.

Deputies say a 47-year-old Greenville man driving a pickup northbound on M-66 crossed the centerline and hit a southbound car.

The driver of the car, a 24-year-old Owosso man, was killed. His passenger, a 22-year-old woman from Owosso, and the pickup driver were flown to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids with life threatening injuries.

Investigators say alcohol was a factor in the crash.