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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.

My Town: City of Grand Rapids releases Water System Water Quality Report

My Town: City of Grand Rapids releases Water System Water Quality Report


Findings in the City of Grand Rapids’ Water System Water Quality Report for 2014 show that the agency continues to provide safe, quality drinking water that meets or exceeds national requirements.

According to Joellen Thompson, water system manager, the System is proud of its water quality and the steps taken to ensure the safety and reliability of the public water supply. She said the annual Consumer Confidence Report, which provides information and results of water quality monitoring for 2014 as required under the Safe Drinking Water Act, is currently being mailed to all Water System customers. The System provides residential and commercial water service to the cities of Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Walker, to the townships of Ada, Cascade Charter, Grand Rapids Charter and Tallmadge Charter, and to portions of Ottawa County.

Shawn Jarrett in court on murder charge

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- A convicted murderer, now charged in the death of a woman from Walker, was in court Wednesday.

Shawn Jarrett has a criminal record that dates back to the early 1980s. He was convicted in 1982 of raping and killing a woman in Pennsylvania. He was released from prison 30 years later. Then, just last month, Jarrett was convicted in the sexual assault of an elderly Grandville woman last June.

Jarrett was back in court Wednesday, facing a new murder charge. Witness testimony shed light on the case against Jarrett, who is accused of killing Yolanda Reyes last spring.

Reyes vanished from her job at Neal Mast & Son Greenhouses last year, where Jarrett also worked at the time.

The father of Reyes' children took the stand. So did her son, who identified his mother's broken cell phone case, which was found in the grass outside her workplace.

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward


Daylight Saving Time, the weekend of March 7-8, when everyone turns their clocks ahead, the American Red Cross reminds them to also take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.

The Red Cross and the Muskegon Heights Fire Department have formed a partnership for preparedness and prevention to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install smoke alarms where needed. On March 7-8 teams will be canvassing Muskegon Heights neighborhoods from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Please contact (231) 733-8893 to schedule a home visit.

“It’s important for everyone to make sure their household is ready,” said La Forice Nealy, Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Region. “A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time. We urge people to take these steps now and know what they should do if an emergency occurs.”

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. 

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to:

Laser treatments helping dog injured by trap

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A dog who was badly hurt after getting his leg stuck in a trap continues recovering.

A Grand Rapids family worked for weeks to catch Chuck, eventually luring him inside with bacon and eggs. Since then, he's been getting regular cold laser treatments at Kelley's Animal Clinic.

Vets say since last week Thursday, Chuck is already 75 percent healed and he'll only get better.

"He will probably fully recover," said veterinarian Dr. James Kelley. "He may have a pretty-good-sized scar over this area, but I think the hair will cover most of it, and you probably wont see it."

Dr. Kelley also said Chuck will be available for adoption.

"Oh, Chuck is a neat dog! Oh, absolutely a neat dog. I would have him in my house, but I already have too many dogs."

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125


Feb. 23, 2015-- The Consumers Energy Foundation announced today it has recently awarded 28 volunteer grants worth $14,125 to nonprofit organizations in Kent County and the surrounding area to recognize outstanding volunteerism by Consumers Energy employees and retirees. 

The foundation awards Volunteer Investment Program grants to encourage and reward volunteerism by those who work or have worked for Consumers Energy.

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy.  It provides funding for a variety of areas including education, community, civic and cultural development, social services, the environment, and emerging issues.

Michigan nonprofit organizations received more than $10 million in contributions in 2014 from Consumers Energy, its employees, retirees, its foundation and parent company CMS Energy.