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Woman honored for decision to buckle up

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Seatbelts save lives. It's a proven fact, yet still there are some people who refuse to buckle up.

If you're one of them, this just might change your mind.

Police say 23-year-old Ashley Peet is alive today because she put on her seatbelt.

In April of this year, Ashley was riding in the rear seat of a friend's car when another vehicle slammed into them at the intersection of M-57 and Northland Drive.

Ashley spent 19 days in intensive care and has gone through several surgeries, but is expected to be okay.

Her decision to buckle up is being attributed to her father's passion, always encouraging people to use their seat belts.

Her dad, Jack Peet, spent 40 years in traffic safety with the Michigan State Police and AAA spreading the word.

Carly Glanzman Chosen as Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Carly Glanzman Chosen as Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Carly Glanzman has been chosen as the 2015 SHAPE Michigan Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Board of Directors of the Society of Health and Education Educators.

Working on her eleveth year as a physical education teacher at Kenowa Hills, Glanzman provides students with a nurturing, positive & safe learning experience. She is also a mentor for other physical education specialist and an alumni, guest speaker for GVSU to name a few.

Kent Harvest Trails through the Month of October

Kent Harvest Trails through the Month of October

October is upon us and it’s that favorite time of year to experience the incredible flavors of fall. There are 20 farms throughout Kent County participating and it’s a great family opportunity to visit these farms & farm markets.

At The Barn - 8183 Herrington Avenue NE, Belmont, MI

Blok Orchard - 6365 4 Mile Road NE, Ada, MI

Bos Greenhouse & Farm- 1674 Spaulding Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI

Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm - 3025 6 Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids, MI

Walker leaders to discuss public safety plans

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- We could learn more Tuesday about proposed changes to the Walker Department of Public Safety.

Under the new plan, current Public Safety Chief Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom would retain her current title and salary but would not directly oversee daily operations. Instead, the fire and police departments would be divided into separate operations with separate chiefs.

Garcia-Lindstrom, who has gone on record as opposing the change, would become a long-term planner.

She and the police and fire chiefs would all report to the city manager.

A meeting to discuss the changes is planned for Tuesday at noon.

Grand Rapids, MI Pulaski Days in full swing this coming Weekend

Grand Rapids, MI Pulaski Days in full swing this coming Weekend

Pulaski Days in Grand Rapids, MI will kick off on Thursday evening, October 1st for some of the Polish Halls. Officially, this event kicks off about Noon, Friday, October 2nd  and goes through Sunday, October 4th.

There will lots of Polish food and dancing. A bussing schedule is available also for people traveling from hall to hall. I am attaching a schedule for all the halls along with a map. All the halls are open to the public for the weekend.

Enjoy a Polish Weekend in Grand Rapids!

Walker leaders vote to reinstate police, fire chiefs

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- The City of Walker has voted to restructure its public safety department and reinstate police chief and fire chief positions.

In 2010, the department heads were combined into one position, the director of public safety. Commissioners voted Monday night to reverse that decision.

The move will allow current public safety director Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom to focus on longterm planning, instead of what goes on day-to-day.

"It was my impression...when I became the public safety director that at some point the city might choose to go back," she said.

"This will still allow the public safety director to still have responsibility for special projects, and working with them, and maintain that brain trust," said Mayor Mark Huizenga.

The final vote was four to three. Members of Walker's police and fire departments will now come up with a plan to move forward.

Murdered woman's cause of death couldn't be determined, doctor testifies

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Testimony resumed Wednesday in the murder trial of Shawn Jarrett. He's charged with killing co-worker Yolanda Reyes in April 2014 and dumping her body at a Walker construction site.

Among those testifying Wednesday was Dr. David Start, a forensic pathologist who said he couldn't determine the cause of death in this case since the victim's body had been run over by a bulldozer.

Prosecutors accuse Jarrett of killing Reyes on April 24. Her body was discovered a month later, near a greenhouse where they both worked.

ID=72275352The trial is expected to run all week.