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Suspicious Walker death ruled a suicide


Editor's note: WZZM 13 has a policy of not reporting suicides, but because the nature of the police investigation has changed, we are updating this story.

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Walker police say the death of a 39-year-old woman appears to be the result of suicide, not homicide as previously thought.

Children discovered the body of Kristin Louise Sidlauskas Saturday, May 16, while playing in a wooded area on Hillside Drive NW, near West River Drive and I-96.

The Kent County Medical Examiner's Office continues to analyze test results to determine her exact cause of death.


Woman found dead in Walker feared for life


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman found dead this past weekend in Walker had filed a personal protection order against her ex-boyfriend.

Kristin Sidlauskas, 39, filed the PPO back in October 2014. Since then, her body was dumped near a home on Hillside Drive in Walker.

On May 16, neighbors called 911 just after 7 p.m. One of the neighbors, Jerry Bajema, said at that time, there was a kids' party going on at the end of the street. The kids were playing outside, behind their homes.

"The kids were back there, playing by the creek, and they discovered the body there," Bajema said.

"At this point, the medical examiner has deemed it a homicide," Walker Public Safety Director Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom has said

Trevor P. Slot Foundation receives donation


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Walker Police Department accepted a donation to the Trevor P. Slot Foundation Wednesday in honor of Officer Trevor Slot. He's the officer killed in the line of duty in October 2011.

The $11,700 donation will go toward scholarships for students who want to major in law enforcement or criminal justice.

The money was donated by the Women Who Care organization.

"This will really help us keep this legacy going for years," said Det. Jason Frank. "We have a golf outing and 5K, and neither will raise this much at once, so this is huge to us."

This year, four students were chosen for the scholarships and they will get $750 each.

The foundation hopes to get more donations and raise that amount every year.


Ridge Cider Co Grand Opening Saturday May 16th

Ridge Cider Co Grand Opening Saturday May 16th

The Ridge Cider Co. in Grant Michigan on M-37 is celebrating their Grand Opening with live music, food, and hard cider from noon to 11pm on Saturday May 16th.  Blessing of the Bikes travelers are welcome to visit and gather in the nice big parking area to for your tour North.  Live music by the "Bear Creek Brothers" will entertain crowds as they fuel up with BBQ pulled pork.  Fifty cents of each food plate purchase will be donated to St Ann's Senior Nutrition Program in Baldwin, MI.  Ridge Cider is located at 351 W 136th in Grant - right on M37.  For more info, contact Matt DeLong at (231) 519-2402.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry Passes 150 Mark in Donated Items To Community

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., MAY 14, 2015--Since 2007, an informal group of women from St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish has been knitting and crocheting hand made shawls, lap robes, afghans, hats, mittens, scarves and similar items to give veterans, infants, middle schoolers, hospitalized persons, those in nursing homes, parish members and community friends comfort.  Now in its eighth year, the group--known as the Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry--has passed a major milestone of donating 150 items to persons in the lakeshore community and as far away as Haiti.

Reed Kamyszek, former Kenowa Hills Track/CC Star, still Running

Reed Kamyszek, former Kenowa Hills Track/CC Star, still Running

Syracuse runner Reed Kamyszek hopes to continue athletic career at graduate school

By Sam FortierAsst. Sports Web Editor

5 days ago

Reed Kamyszek’s dad knew something big had happened. His son had never been one to get very excited.

How Often would you ever see a Sign like this

How Often would you ever see a Sign like this

I received this picture on my grandson Andrew’s Facebook page today.

How often has anyone ever seen anything like this? I just traveled that bridge last week with my son while visiting in Maryland.  I think it’s a Hoot.