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Indian Mill Creek Bridge Replacement

From: The city of Walker: 3 Mile Rd will be closed at Indian Mill Creek from September 1st - December 12th for a bridge replacement project.

The project will address the 90 year old structure that carries 3 Mile Rd over Indian Mill Creek.  The work will begin 250’ west of Indian Mill Creek and extend 600’ east to the west side of the Coopersville/Marne Railroad bridge.  The new bridge will be wide enough to accommodate a future 5 lane roadway section.  The project corridor will also have new sidewalk installed as required.  The existing railroad bridge will not be adjusted or modified as part of this project.

The official detour will be Fruit Ridge Ave and Walker Ave to I-96.  Local traffic may also take advantage of alternate routes.

Baby-Ready Pets workshop hosted by Humane Society of Kent County

From: http://www.hskc.org

Sept. 4
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Baby-Ready Pets
Humane Society of Kent County
 
The Humane Society of Kent County offers a workshop to help prepare your pet for the arrival of your bundle of joy. With a little training and assistance, you can make it a safe and (relatively) stress-free experience for the whole family. To register for Baby-Ready Pets, please contact Jennifer Self-Aulgur, Humane Education Coordinator, (616) 791-8066 or jennifer@hskc.org.

Jack Jacqmain captured out of state after Walker murder

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) - A multi-state manhunt for a West Michigan murder suspect has come to an end. Walker Police confirm Jack Howard Jacqmain, 52, was arrested early Wednesday morning near St. Louis, Missouri.

Jack Jacqmain continues to elude police

 
WALKER, Mich. (AP) -- Police in Walker say a stabbing suspect's common appearance is hampering their ongoing search for him.

Police Capt. Jason Howe tells The Grand Rapids Press that investigators field dozens of reported sightings daily of Jack Jacqmain and all have turned out unsubstantiated or to be different people.

The 52-year-old Jacqmain is a balding, middle-aged man with a belly.

Authorities say he's a suspect in a fatal stabbing in a motel parking lot and has been missing for a week.

Howe tells the newspaper for a story Wednesday that police are "kind of chasing our tails," because Jacqmain "blends in and looks like a lot of other guys."

Jacqmain is suspected in the Aug. 18 death of 31-year-old Matt Moore of Indianapolis.

Witnesses describe Motel 6 murder

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) - Two women who were staying at the Motel 6 in Walker last Wednesday say they witnessed the murder of 31 year old Mark Moore and the escape of suspected killer Jack Jacqmain.

"Jack had him around the throat and was stabbing him," says Joan; making a slashing motion with her arm. "The victim is screaming for help," adds her roommate Deb.  "Somebody please help me. It was worse than a horror flick."

Because the killer is still not in custody the witnesses asked us not to release their last names.

Joan and Deb say 52-year-old suspect Jack Jacqmain was deliberately provoking guests on the first floor by spitting and pouring water on them from the second floor balcony.

They say Mark Moore, a visitor from Indianapolis, was murdered when he went upstairs to speak with Jacqmain.

"To confront him and tell him to knock it off," says Joan.

High school boys soccer is underway

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The 2010-2011 high school sports seasons are beginning this week all across West Michigan.

A large crowd turned out at East Grand Rapids High School Tuesday night to watch the Pioneers' varsity soccer team blank Kenowa Hills, 7-0.

Jamey Cunningham and Tyler Duflo were among the goal scorers for East Grand Rapids.

Meantime, on the northwest side of Grand Rapids, West Catholic entertained Middleville Thornapple Kellogg Tuesday night.  It was a tight game throughout, but Middleville got a second half goal and ended up beating West Catholic, 1-0.

 

Walker auto repair shop helping murder victim's family

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM)- An auto repair shop in Walker is reaching out to a Kent County family whose loved one was murdered.

Quality Express Car Care Center on Alpine Avenue is taking donations for Alex Dawson and his brother, Kevin. The boys' mother, Julia Dawson was murdered by their father in 2004. Their grandparents, who live in Sparta, spent years trying to gain custody of the boys. Ron Donalson says donations to his shop will help cover the family's legal fees.

"Every month we sponsor a different child," says Donalson. "Whether it's for medical needs, education, disadvantaged youth, wanting a school trip, every month we do that. It's just another way for us to give back to the community."

The fundraiser will run for two months. Express Car Care Center is also accepting donations at its other location on the corner of 44th Street and Division Avenue.