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My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

KENTWOOD, Mich.—As the busiest shopping day of the year approaches, police are offering 10 ways to protect yourself and your vehicle from thieves.

 

Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (H.E.A.T.) works with Michigan law enforcement agencies to track down suspected car thieves and those suspected of auto theft-related insurance fraud.    Shoppers are encouraged to follow these tips:

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Rare Ford Mustang sold in Grandville


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)—Fewer than 2,000 50th anniversary Ford Mustangs exist in the world, but one of them was sold right here in West Michigan.

The new owner picked up his prized vehicle Friday at Borgman Ford in Grandville. The exclusive limited edition model is based on the GT coupe. It has a five liter V8 engine with 19 inch wheels, upgraded tires and brakes.

"It's quite an opportunity to be able to have something that looks like this, and the history in and of itself behind the Mustang… [We] Ford dealers take a lot of pride in our products, and this is probably the nicest most special unit we've been able to have here," said sales professional Justin Skipper.

Ford made 1,964 of the exclusive models, in honor of 1964-- the year the Mustang was born.


My Town: West Michigan home to three of most dangerous Mich. places

My Town: West Michigan home to three of most dangerous Mich. places

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich.—West Michigan is home to three of the 10 most dangerous places in the state, according to Movoto Real Estate.

The company based its rankings on cities with populations of 10,000 or more that also ranked high in murder, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes, based on the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report.  Flint topped the list, followed by Benton Harbor, Detroit, Highland Park, Muskegon Heights, Harper Woods, Inkster, Flint Township, Ypsilanti and Kalamazoo. Grand Rapids came in at No. 16, Holland ranked 26th,  Walker took 32nd place, Grandville ranked 41st, Norton Shores landed at No. 42, Kalamazoo Township was 45th and Grand Haven came in at No. 50 among the 102 qualified communities.  To see the entire list, visit Movoto’s website here.

Kent ISD superintendent announces retirement

Kent ISD superintendent announces retirement


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)—After more than three decades helping to educate hundreds of thousands of children, the superintendent of Kent Intermediate School District is leaving his post.

Tuesday, Kevin Konarska announced his plans to retire at the end of the school year. Konarska has worked for Kent ISD for nine years, helping the agency navigate through the Great Recession and deep funding cuts by the state, all while opening new education programs and a laboratory school.

"It will be very hard to see Kevin leave," Board President Claudia Bajema said in a news release to WZZM 13. "He has made such a difference in the schools we serve and in the opportunities available to the more than 100,000 students throughout our service region."

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My Town Jenison: Culver's restaurant changing hands

My Town Jenison: Culver's restaurant changing hands

JENISON, Mich.—A popular Jenison restaurant is changing hands.

According to the Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce, Mavis Byers will be handing over the keys to Culver’s on Dec. 30.  Byers opened the restaurant just over a decade ago.  In that time, she has also become a pillar in the community, creating the Jenison Street Dance, organizing the Memorial Day Parade, and serving as a board member for the Grandville Jenison Chamber and Kenowa AMBUCS.

Driver looking at phone nearly hits crossing guard


GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man who admits to being distracted behind the wheel nearly crashed into a school crossing guard.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says authorities responded to a single-vehicle crash around 8:45 Wednesday morning on Port Sheldon St. near Brookfield Dr., in front of Alward Elementary School.

The driver, a 28-year-old Hudsonville man, had been eastbound in his pickup truck and pulling a trailer. He was also looking at his phone, and while doing so, the truck and the trailer jumped the curb on the right side of the road.

The truck and the trailer crashed into a school crossing sign and into a mailbox, nearly hitting a crossing guard. Authorities say there were no kids in the crosswalk at the time, although some were walking toward it.

The driver was cited for careless driving.


Biblical sign removed from Jenison park


JENISON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A local park is the center of the latest dispute over religious signs in Ottawa County. County officials have removed a Bible verse from Hager Park in Jenison, after receiving complaints from a newly-established group.

The religious sign had been mounted in the park since the 1960s. Some park officials say they didn't even know about the sign until they received complaints, and within about 24 hours it was removed from its location near a quiet stream.

The sign was "talking about God's handiwork in the beautiful spot that it is," says John Schotlz, director of the Ottawa County Parks Department.

Scholtz decided to take down the religious sign after receiving complaints.