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Litter inspires Walker woman's fight to ban plastic bags


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) - Plastic micro beads are being phased out of some skin care products.  Now, a Walker woman wants to take it a step further by banning plastic bags. She took her crusade to the City of Walker.

"Lets for go for a run," Catherine Pearce says as she leaves her house for a favorite pastime for her and her dogs. While out two years ago, she began noticing plastic bags around her neighborhood. "It's usually along the trees along Richmond here."

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.

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.

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.

Hours:

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.