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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.

Military Wall Of Honor at Coopersville High School

Military Wall Of Honor at Coopersville High School

Warren Warber, a recently retired teacher from Coopersville High School, has started a project of remembrance. Warren was the industrial arts teacher for many, many years at the school. Although he was never able to enter any of the military branches because of a broken back, he  wants to have members of the military who graduated from Coopersville,  remembered on a wall near the high school’s west entrance where students getting on and off the buses each day are made aware of the sacrifices of war.

The Coopersville Rotary along with several other veterans groups are working with Mr. Warber on this project. The wall has been erected and now it is just a matter of people submitting their photo and military records to be posted on the wall. Several veterans from World War II have already sent their information along. Information and photos should be sent to: Wall of Honor, Coopersville Area Public Schools, 198 East St., Coopersville, MI. 49404

2 hospitalized after rollover crash

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two men have been hospitalized after a rollover crash Monday evening on a West Michigan freeway.

Around 8 p.m., police and fire personnel responded to a crash on westbound I-96 past Alpine Ave.

They said one of the two vehicles involved had been stalled on the side of the freeway. The driver of the other vehicle apparently lost control, and his vehicle crashed into the stalled car. The second vehicle then rolled, and the driver was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

The driver of the stalled car was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Roundabout in Walker now open to drivers

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- West Michigan's newest roundabout is now open. Crews worked for months on the project at the corner of Wilson Avenue and Remembrance Road in Walker.

It opened to traffic about around 5 p.m. Tuesday. The Michigan Department of Transportation says the old configuration was prone to more crashes because it was not a traditional 90-degree angle intersection.

"This has been a unique intersection for a long time, the geometry is very challenging," says Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga.

The roundabout is intended to improve safety for drivers and pedestrians.

"We know that number one.....this is about safety," says Huizenga.

For those not familiar with roundabouts, MDOT has an instructional video on its YouTube channel. You can watch it below.

Holy Spirit Parish Community Festival, September 19th & 20th

Holy Spirit Parish Community Festival, September 19th & 20th

Holy Spirit Parish at 2230 Lake Michigan Dr. NW in Grand Rapids, MI is once again holding their Community Festival on Saturday & Sunday, September 19 & 20. Saturday hours are 7 – 10pm and Sunday is 12 Noon until 6pm. Everyone is welcome at this festival.

Saturday evening will feature a Euchre Tournament with a $10 entrance fee to be paid before the tournament begins. Many raffles held between games at no extra charge. 1st & 2nd place prize money payout to be determined by the number of players. You can sign up by calling the parish office, leave your name and phone number to reserve a seat. Seats will go fast. Ph: 616-453-6369.

Come and join your neighbors for good music, good food and games.

Standale Meijer holds back-to-school party for GVSU students

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Thousands of Grand Valley State University students descended on the Standale Meijer Tuesday night to get ready for the start of classes on Monday.

First-year students were bused to the Meijer Mania event, featuring a DJ, fashion show, contests, and giveaways.

The store director says it's a great way to connect with the students before the busy school year gets going.

The retailer says it estimates nearly 40,000 students will participate in Meijer Mania events across the Midwest this fall.