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Walker fall is 4th workplace fatality since June 16


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Kentwood man who fell to his death Wednesday at a Walker industrial plant is the fourth on-the-job fatality in West Michigan since mid-June.

Walker Police responded to Profile Industrial Packaging, 1990 Avastar Parkway NW, about 9:50 a.m. on a report that a worker suffered critical injuries in a fall. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The death comes one day after 57-year-old Wanda Jean Holbrook of Grand Rapids died in an industrial accident at Ventra Ionia Main – the former American Bumper & Manufacturing Co. in Ionia.

Holbrook was trapped in robotic machinery at Ventra, 14 N. Beardsley St. at 2:20 p.m. Co-workers pulled her from the machine but she was pronounced dead at the scene. Holbrook worked there for 12 years in the maintenance department.

The facility once housed American Bumper, where two workers were fatally crushed in a press in 1991.

Walker house fire ignited by smoldering charcoal


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Smoldering charcoal in a garbage can ignited a home in Walker Saturday morning.

The fire broke out on the 4000 block of Shannon Street.

The Walker Fire Captain tells WZZM 13 the coals were used Friday night and dumped into the trash can on the side of the home.

The coals started on fire Saturday morning in the garbage and spread to the home, causing extensive roof damage.

No one was injured.


Concerns voiced about Walker motel


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's a dangerous place and is a threat to their neighborhoods, concerned Walker neighbors said Monday night about a motel that's been the scene of several crimes.

People who live near America's Best Value Inn and Suites shared their concerns Monday night with city council members. They said they want something done about violent crime that's happened in that motel at the corner of Alpine and Three Mile.

In February, a meth lab exploded. A man was killed there in December, and another man was killed there in August 2010 when the location was a Motel 6.

The current owner of the motel said illegal activity hurts him the most and he plans to increase security. There have been patrols overnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Now, security guards will be there more often during the week.


Summertime Blues Series moves location, adds beer


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- The popular "Blues on the Mall" concert series has moved locations and changed its signature name. The opening concert kicks off Wednesday night at the Delta Plex.

The 97LAV Summertime Blues Series' new location allows attendees more space for parking, roaming the area and enjoying new brews. This is the first time beer will be served in the 23-year-old concert series.

In the past, the concerts closed during inclement weather, but officials say the new location will allow the series to move indoors during rain.

All concerts are scheduled to start each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

June 17 - Jarekus Singleton

June 24 - Wayne Baker Brooks

July 15 - Larry McCray Band

July 22 - Nick Moss

Thief assaults clerk at Walker store


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are searching for the suspect they say assaulted a convenience store worker early Monday morning.

Officers were called out to the Speedway station near the corner of Alpine Avenue and 3 Mile Road about 10 minutes before 2 a.m. on a report of retail fraud.

They say a man shoved the clerk before running north toward the America's Best Value Inn and Suites across the street. There's no word on whether he was able to get away with anything from the store.

Police never found the suspect. The clerk was able to provide a vague description of the man, saying he was a black man around 6-feet tall wearing a grey hoodie and black pants.

If you know anything about the assault you're asked to call Walker Police or Silent Observer.


Suspicious Walker death ruled a suicide


Editor's note: WZZM 13 has a policy of not reporting suicides, but because the nature of the police investigation has changed, we are updating this story.

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Walker police say the death of a 39-year-old woman appears to be the result of suicide, not homicide as previously thought.

Children discovered the body of Kristin Louise Sidlauskas Saturday, May 16, while playing in a wooded area on Hillside Drive NW, near West River Drive and I-96.

The Kent County Medical Examiner's Office continues to analyze test results to determine her exact cause of death.