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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.

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.


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.

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.