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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.

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.