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Olympian remembers winning silver in '68

JENISON, Mich. (WZZM) - On Friday, the world will gather in London for the Summer Olympic Games. More than 10,000 athletes will begin looking for gold.

One West Michigan resident is turning back the clock 44 years, remembering the pageantry surrounding the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

Pam Kruse was a member of the United States' Women's Swim Team that year. She held four world records heading into those summer games:

- 440 Yard Freestyle - 1966

- 400 Meter Freestyle - 1967

- 400 Meter Freestyle - 1967 (Broke Previously Held)

- 200 Meter Freestyle - 1967

"United States was a powerhouse in swimming," said Kruse, who co-owns the Village Bike Shop with her husband in Jenison. "One of our goals [in 1968] was to sweep the podium in the freestyle events."

Have You Used Mango Languages?

Have You Used Mango Languages?

Don’t forget about the Mango Languages contest going on at KDL!

Based on the stories we have received, our Mango Languages database has helped someone communicate with a new addition to the family, prepare for a family move overseas, improve their job skills and so much more! If you have used Mango, make sure to share your story using this form before July 31.

Hudsonville wins baseball and softball state championships

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Hudsonville High School Eagles made history last month, becoming the first team in Michigan to win a Division 1 State Championship in both baseball and softball.

Hudsonville baseball head coach Dave VanNoord and softball head coach Tom Vruggink talked with WZZM 13 Sports Director Tom Clyde at Hudsonville's football stadium on Monday about their dream playoff runs.

Man faces charges for Grandville flag burnings

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Wyoming man accused of burning American flags in Ottawa County is facing new arson charges in Kent County.

William Howerton is accused of setting an American flag on fire at a Grandville Comerica Bank and inside a store at RiverTown Crossings mall.

Howerton was first arrested earlier this month for flag burning cases in Ottawa County. One incident was at Hudsonville city hall, while the other was in front of the road commission garage in Georgetown Township.

Investigators say Howerton is angry at the federal government and believes it is responsible for the September 11th attacks.

Nominate Your Favorite Librarian

Nominate Your Favorite Librarian

Has a KDL librarian made a real difference in your life? Have they gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide top-notch customer service and excellent programming? Show your appreciation by nominating them for a meaningful award!

Nominations for the national Carnegie Corporation of New York / New York Times I Love My Librarian Award will be accepted through September 12 and must be submitted online.

The award invites library users nationwide to nominate librarians in public libraries, as well as those in school and academic libraries. It is an opportunity for patrons to share how librarians improve the lives of people in their communities.

UPDATE: Grandville Police investigating overnight homicide

UPDATE (3:15 p.m.)- According to an updated news release, there were five people in the apartment at the time of the incident. A male visitor was the homicide victim, sustaining a single gunshot wound to the head.

Police also say that one of the men who lives in the apartment is the suspect and will be held at Kent County Correctional Facility. Charges are pending review from the Kent County Prosecutors' Office.

The name of the victim will not be released until his family has been notified.

The case is still being investiaged by the Grandville Police Department.

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)- The Grandville Police Department says it is currently investigating a homicide that happened early Sunday morning.

It happened at Wimbledon Apartments in the 4200 block of Wimbledon in Grandville.

Grandville wins District 9 softball title, 17-3 over Hudsonville

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - Unlike Thursday night's nail-biter at Pinery Park, when Grandville had to use the late innings to rally to win, Friday night's rematch wiith Hudsonville was decided in the first inning.

Grandville beat Hudsonville, 17-3, sending the 9 & 10-year old softball all-stars to the state tournament.

Grandville scored 4 runs in the first inning. Hudsonville would score twice in its half of the first, but that was as close as they'd get.

Grandville tacked on 4 more runs in the 2nd inning, then put the game out of reach with a 9-run, 3rd inning to take a 17-3 lead.

The mercy rule was in effect in the 4th inning. Hudsonville needed to score a minimum of 4 runs to keep the game going, but could not do it.