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Man hit, killed by vehicle on Wilson Avenue

Update: Walker police identified the victim as 84-year-old Walker resident Russell Schumaker. 

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- An 84-year-old man was hit and killed by a passing vehicle Tuesday evening on Wilson Avenue.

The man, whose name has not been released pending notification of family, was struck just before 6 p.m. near the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Richmond Street, police at the scene confirmed. He was found in the roadway.

Authorities say the driver is a 19-year-old Walker resident. 

Wilson Avenue was closed between Remembrance Road and Richmond Street while police investigated.

Speed nor alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash, police said. They added, however, that limited visibility at night might have played a role in the crash.


Trump rally draws supporters, protesters

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Outside of the DeltaPlex Monday night, it was quite the scene with protesters and supporters both voicing their positions.

"I came here because I don't promote hate," said one protester.

But there were many people who like Donald Trump and believe he would make a good President.

"I think it makes sense because he's a businessman and our economy is treated a lot like a business these days," said a Trump supporter.

Some people outside even saw the Trump visit as a business opportunity; they were selling hats, t-shirts, and buttons. After the speech, some said they didn't like some of the language used by the GOP front runner.

"There was kids in there and he would swear, I don't think our President should do that," said one man after the speech.

Others liked what he said about policy.

Christmas Light Show

Christmas Light Show

For the 19th year, the public is invited to drive thru West Michigan’s largest animated light show thru January 2nd.

Bring the family to the Fifth Third Ballpark located at 4500 West River Drive in Comstock Park from 6pm to 9pm to experience over 50 animated displays with 40,000 lights, stretching out over a mile.

After 4 decades of police service, Walker police chief to retire

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Walker Police Chief Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom, who broke barriers when she became the first woman to head a city of Kent County police force, announced today she is retiring from the position she's held for 15 years.

"I feel really blessed for the time and experience I've had with the city and its residents,'' she said today. "I'm ready to move forward with a new chapter in my life.''

Her retirement, announced in a joint statement with the City of Walker, takes effect Feb. 1. Garcia-Lindstrom will remain as a consultant through 2016 to assist in the transition of leadership.

"Bottom line is we're moving forward and I'm waiting for the city to sign the documents,'' she said.

Walker church serves Thanksgiving dinner to motel residents

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) - A Walker motel that's been the scene of criminal activity over the years is trying to improve with help from a local church.

America's Best Value Inn is under new ownership, and it's formed a partnership with Orchard Hill Church.

Thursday afternoon, residents were invited to the church for Thanksgiving dinner.

"I appreciate the church doing this," said Katie Davis. She and her boyfriend are living at the motel. "Even though we're in the predicament we're in, I still believe in people. I still believe we are wonderful humans that need to come together, and I appreciate the church doing this."

"We wanted to find a way to show hospitality and share God's love. We said there's a really great community down the road, so why not reach out there," said Laura Claus, the church's outreach coordinator.

Free Meals for Military Personnel for Veteran's Day-2015

Free Meals for Military Personnel for Veteran's Day-2015

Brann’s is offering a free 6oz.  Sirloin and two sides on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11th.

Bob Evans-Free Breakfast all day for Veteran’s and Active Military. Choose from 5 different plates.

Golden Coral-Appreciation for Veterans and Active Military: Dinner is free November 11th from 5 – 9pm.

Applebee’s will be serving 7 different free meals to Veterans and Active Military on Wednesday, November 11th.

Red Robin Restaurants will be offering a free Tavern Double Berger with Bottomless Steak Fries at all of its restaurants on November 11th. They will also be offering a 20% discount at participating restaurants from November 12 – December 31.

Red Lobster is offering a free appetizer and dessert from Monday, November 09, 2015 to Thursday, November 12. They have put together a special menu for both items.

DeltaPlex Hosts 2nd Annual Home Design and Remodeling Show

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- The 2nd annual Home Design and Remodeling Show is happening at the DeltaPlex in Walker. If you are looking for a little inspiration to finish that "Do It Yourself" project, then look no further.

A representative from TruMedia joined the WZZM 13 weekend morning news team to explain the latest in SMART home technology, which allows you to control your whole house from an iPad or iPhone.

Organizers say with vendors ranging from flooring, furniture to ideas for the DIYer, the Home Design and Remodeling Show is a one stop shop.


Saturday, November 7th: 10:00am – 7:00pm

Sunday, November 8th: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Admission is $7.