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Man died in Grand River from accidental drowning


OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - The man whose body was found in the Grand River Sunday died accidentally.

The autopsy was performed Monday. The body was found Sunday afternoon in the river near the 300 block of Baldwin Street. The autopsy determined the man drowned accidentally.

The man's identification has not yet been determined.

The man's body was found by kayakers.


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Body discovered in Grand River


GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department recovered the body of a man near the Grand River in Jenison. Deputies say it was near the 300 block of Baldwin Street.

Sunday afternoon two kayakers reported seeing human remains near the river. A dive team was called in to recover those remains.

Deputies say the body was too decomposed to get a positive identification. There is also no indication of how the man died.

A full autopsy will be performed Monday.


My Town: Survey underway to help Ottawa County be healthier

My Town: Survey underway to help Ottawa County be healthier

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OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (Ottawa County Health Department)Ottawa County residents, 18 years of age and older, have an opportunity to give input about local health related needs and concerns.

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

GRAND RAPIDS – Starting this week, people in Kent County will be receiving letters and phone calls asking families to take part in the 2014 Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

This health survey is the largest-conducted telephone survey in the world. The survey will help the KCHD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to track critical health issues, as well as creating and evaluating public health programs in Kent County. Issues and Answers, a phone marketing research firm, will be conducting the survey on behalf of the Kent County Health Department (KCHD).

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Jenison woman located after being reported missing


GEORGETOWN TWP., Mich. (WZZM) The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says an elderly woman reported missing has been located.

Capt. Mark Bennett says investigators learned around noon Friday that Geraldine Willard, 85, had checked herself into medical care.

Members of her family reported Willard missing Thursday, after having not heard from her for more than a day.

They and deputies went to her home in the Waterview Court area off of Port Sheldon and found nothing suspicious, but her personal effects and vehicle were gone.


My Town: Restaurant Week GR to include specials from 66 restaurants

My Town: Restaurant Week GR to include specials from 66 restaurants

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Restaurant Week is about a month away, but you can start making your plans by salivating over the menus.

The 5th annual event runs from Aug. 13 to Aug. 24 at 66 Grand Rapids restaurants. This year, the theme is "Perfect Pairings" to showcase beverages that pair well with foods.

Restaurants are now taking reservations for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids. This year, 44 restaurants will offer 3-course locally inspired menus for $28 per person, including:

 

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Michigan Works! offering help to laid-off Lamar workers


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- There are new developments on the job search for hundreds of Lamar Construction workers who were laid off last week.

On the job sites and off, construction workers consider themselves a tight-knit community.

"Construction is a family," says Paul Lemley, chairman of the Associated Builders and Contractors of West Michigan.

In some ways, that makes the good times even better and the bad times even worse.

"I feel very disrespected first and foremost of how they did the layoffs," former Lamar Construction worker, James Lepior told WZZM 13 last week.

"Our first reaction was, 'These are our brothers and sisters that are out of work right now, and we need to help them,'" says Lemley.