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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.

Woman found dead in Walker feared for life

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman found dead this past weekend in Walker had filed a personal protection order against her ex-boyfriend.

Kristin Sidlauskas, 39, filed the PPO back in October 2014. Since then, her body was dumped near a home on Hillside Drive in Walker.

On May 16, neighbors called 911 just after 7 p.m. One of the neighbors, Jerry Bajema, said at that time, there was a kids' party going on at the end of the street. The kids were playing outside, behind their homes.

"The kids were back there, playing by the creek, and they discovered the body there," Bajema said.

"At this point, the medical examiner has deemed it a homicide," Walker Public Safety Director Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom has said

Trevor P. Slot Foundation receives donation

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Walker Police Department accepted a donation to the Trevor P. Slot Foundation Wednesday in honor of Officer Trevor Slot. He's the officer killed in the line of duty in October 2011.

The $11,700 donation will go toward scholarships for students who want to major in law enforcement or criminal justice.

The money was donated by the Women Who Care organization.

"This will really help us keep this legacy going for years," said Det. Jason Frank. "We have a golf outing and 5K, and neither will raise this much at once, so this is huge to us."

This year, four students were chosen for the scholarships and they will get $750 each.

The foundation hopes to get more donations and raise that amount every year.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry Passes 150 Mark in Donated Items To Community

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., MAY 14, 2015--Since 2007, an informal group of women from St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish has been knitting and crocheting hand made shawls, lap robes, afghans, hats, mittens, scarves and similar items to give veterans, infants, middle schoolers, hospitalized persons, those in nursing homes, parish members and community friends comfort.  Now in its eighth year, the group--known as the Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry--has passed a major milestone of donating 150 items to persons in the lakeshore community and as far away as Haiti.

Reed Kamyszek, former Kenowa Hills Track/CC Star, still Running

Reed Kamyszek, former Kenowa Hills Track/CC Star, still Running

Syracuse runner Reed Kamyszek hopes to continue athletic career at graduate school

By Sam FortierAsst. Sports Web Editor

5 days ago

Reed Kamyszek’s dad knew something big had happened. His son had never been one to get very excited.

Human Interest Story - What a Difference a Letter can make

Human Interest Story - What a Difference a Letter can make

In this day and age, a personal letter from someone seems to be a rarity. Not so though with my friend and former neighbor, Sally Howard.

Sally has a hobby of collecting autographs from “Potentially Famous People” and has done it for years, knowing that one day one of these autographs will pay off, whether in notoriety or value. She has hundreds of them filed away in order.

Just recently, Sally told me a story about an unusual experience she had and how it turned out. This is her story:

Sally attended the Michigan State Diving Championship meet in March of this year being her grandson, Cameron, a sophomore, was diving for Grandville High School. She said, “While I was attending, I got the chance of a lifetime to experience the true meaning of what it takes to be outstanding in performance and character. Sally is referring to Will Brenner who is a senior at Huron High School in Ann Arbor, MI.

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

49 million people face hunger every day, including 16,000 million children. The month of May is time for the Stamp Out Hunger Drive sponsored by the Postal Service.

You have a chance to make a difference for those in need & put smiles on faces this Saturday, May9! Place non-perishable food items in a bag or box by your mailbox for the letter carriers in your area to pick up, while they drop off your mail.

These food items will be sorted & delivered to area food banks or pantries for families less fortunate.

Visit www.usps.com for more information.