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Roof collapses in business fire, neighbors helping out


TALLMADGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Workers at two Ottawa County companies watched helplessly Wednesday morning as their office building went up in flames.

It started around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday at Kleyn Electric on 1st Avenue NW near Lake Michigan Drive, just west of the Ottawa County line. It was so severe that firefighters had to pull back as the building's roof collapsed.

Now, some neighboring businesses have stepped in to help the employees who lost their building. Those neighbors are offering them office space.

The fury and destruction was difficult to watch, but it was also hard to look away for Nicholas Kleyn, who recorded video of his company's building going up in flames.

"That's when your heart sinks, because you can't do a thing about it," Kleyn said of watching the fire. He owns Kleyn Electric.

Meijer spinach recalled for listeria risk


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Some spinach distributed by Meijer is being recalled because it may be tainted with Listeria.

Twin City Foods, Inc. is recalling 16 oz. packages of frozen Meijer Organics Chopped Spinach. The recalled food has a UPC code of 41250 02362 and a best by date of February 2017 50415.

The spinach was distributed to warehouses in Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. Two other spinach brands sold outside of Michigan are also on the recall list, posted on the Food and Drug Administration's website.

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

KENT COUNTY, Mich.--- The Kent Intermediate School District is throwing its support behind a sales tax hike to fix Michigan’s roads and provide additional funding for schools and local governments.

Thursday, March 19, the Kent ISD Board approved a resolution in support of Proposal 1, which will be on the May 5 ballot.  In the resolution, the Board said Michigan ranks last in the nation in transportation spending per person.  The Board also noted money being siphoned from the School Aid Fund to higher education, since the previous sales tax proposal generating funding for schools did not include colleges and universities.

Teens escape injury after vehicle catches fire


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- It was a scary evening for a young driver and her passenger.

They pulled over and got out of their vehicle on the westbound I-96 ramp to northbound Alpine when they saw smoke coming from the engine. Moments later, the vehicle was engulfed in flames.

It happened around 7:30 Thursday evening.

No one was hurt.

The ramp was shut down briefly so emergency crews could put the fire out.

The driver told our crew at the scene she had taken the car in just Wednesday for maintenance.

The Kent County Sheriff's Department said the Michigan State Police are handling the incident.


Construction on Walker roundabout starts next month


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- The city of Walker is getting ready to make a big change to one of its busiest areas.

The intersection of Wilson and Remembrance will have a roundabout installed.

Wednesday night, the city held a public hearing to show off the plans.

City Engineer Scott Conners said it will improve traffic flow and increase safety.

"When an accident occurs, you usually have one of the vehicles going at least 50 or 60 miles an hour," Conners said. "One of the beauties of the roundabout is that we should see speeds of 15 to 20 miles an hour through the roundabout, so if you do have accidents, they're typically side-swipes."

Construction will begin early April with the project expected to be complete by August.


County looks for more land for Millenium Park


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) Kent County is working on getting a grant from the Department of Natural Resources to buy wetlands area near Millenium Park.

The finance committee approved their submission today. The grant would pay for 60% of the land purchase.

If approved, the county would extend trails through the area in the summer of 2016.

The grant proposal goes to the full board next week.


Meet the Humane Society shelter's longest resident


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Rescuing, treating, and finding a home for a stray or abandoned animal can be a long, expensive process.

That's why the Humane Society of West Michigan is about to embark on its biggest yearly fundraiser.

While the organization is always looking for generous financial gifts, one of the biggest gifts they could get is a family for their longest-tenured guest, a pit mix named Bunny.

A shelter is not a home; for the roughly 40 dogs and dozens more cats at the Humane Society of West Michigan at any given time, it's a layover. It's a safe respite on their journey to a permanent home with a loving family.

For Bunny, though, it has become an extended-stay residence.

She arrived in December 2010, when a woman drove her there from Battle Creek in the hopes of giving her the best possible chance.