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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.

Man enters plea in Walker motel meth cook, explosion

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) – A Kentwood man with a history of drug abuse admitted to running a methamphetamine lab at a Walker motel that resulted in an explosion and small fire that left him with burns to his hands.

Jason Edward Vroma appeared in Kent County Circuit Court today where he pleaded guilty to operating a methamphetamine lab. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped a habitual felony offender charge.

The methamphetamine operation took place in a bathroom at America's Best Value Inn & Suites at Alpine Avenue and Three Mile Road NW.

Myers ran out of the bathroom Feb. 24 with his hands on fire and extinguished the flames in a snowbank, according to earlier testimony. Myers and a co-defendant were on the run until police caught up with them a month later.

Diaper Drive

Diaper Drive

The month of October is almost through but before it passes you have an opportunity to help struggling young families, diaper their little ones.

Drop off any size new diaper packages to any of the five participating YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids during regular business hours on Thursday, October 29 or Friday, October 30 to help make a difference for those in need. 

Call: (616)632-1007 or visit: www.diaperdrivekent.org for more information.

Man, 70, arrested on child porn charges in Kent Co.

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 70-year-old Mecosta man has been arrested on child pornography charges in Kent County.

Richard Adams Patton was arraigned for felony possession of child sexually abusive material and using a computer to commit a crime.

The incident remains under investigation.

If you have any information related to this case, please call Walker police at (616) 453-5441.

Become a Bone Marrow Donor; Save a Life

Become a Bone Marrow Donor; Save a Life

While volunteering this past weekend with WZZM13 and our “Make a Difference Day” event on the GVSU campus in Allendale, I was surprised to realize how little I really knew about bone marrow transplants. I’m sure a lot of you feel the same.

The main thing I learned was that 75% of the time, if you needed a bone marrow transplant, your immediate family would not qualify, meaning they would not be a match. That is when you turn to a place such as Michigan Blood. They are also connected to the National Registry.