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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:

My Town Lowell: Utility phone scam sparks warning from police

My Town Lowell:  Utility phone scam sparks warning from police

LOWELL, Mich.--  The Lowell Police Department is warning residents about another utility scam making its rounds by phone.

 

A resident recently complained about a caller who claimed to be from Consumers Power.  Police say the suspects have an elaborate phone system set up, with recordings and prompts included.  In voicemail messages, the suspects will leave a call back number of 1-888-288-6909, extension 2 and tell you a technician is en route to shut off your electricity.  An officer who called the suspect’s number says the scammers became very outraged and threatened legal action, but when the officer identified themselves and asked for an address to send “a check”, the scammer hung up on them.

 

Police want to remind residents they should never give someone money over the phone.

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."

My Town: Gas prices plunge even closer to $2 per gallon

My Town: Gas prices plunge even closer to $2 per gallon

GREENVILLE, Mich.— Gas prices are closing in on the $2 mark in parts of Michigan, according to gasbuddy.com.

Drivers reporting on the website say regular gas at several stations in the Greenville area have dropped to $2.08 a gallon.  Lowell has the second lowest gas prices, at $2.10 a gallon at five stations.

According to the Associated Press, oil has now fallen 47 percent since reaching a peak of $107 a barrel in June this year. The prices are good news for consumers but there are also worries the recent plunge is a sign of a sickly global economy.

My Town: Protect your child - free car seat safety checks

My Town: Protect your child -  free car seat safety checks

LOWELL, Mich.—Two out of three child car seats are being used incorrectly, and with holiday travel ramping up in the coming weeks, now is the time to make sure your little one is protected on the road.

The Lowell Fire Department will be hosting a free car seat safety check this Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Officers and community volunteers will check each infant car seat and child booster seat to make sure they are correctly installed in your vehicle.  Qualified families can also purchase a discounted replacement seat, while supplies last.

The car seat safety check is part of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s Injury Prevention program. Similar events are planned for 2015 at the following times and locations:

My Town Lowell: Fallasburg schoolhouse decked out for Dec. 13 celebration

My Town Lowell: Fallasburg schoolhouse decked out for Dec. 13 celebration

LOWELL, Mich.—Christmas is coming early to the Lowell community.

The schoolhouse in Fallasburg is all decked out for this year’s celebration, which will take place Saturday, Dec. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Community members are encouraged to visit the schoolhouse for live holiday music by Hawks & Owls, refreshments, and food from Dottie’s famous Christmas buffet.  The evening will wrap up with a roaring bonfire in Fallas Field.

The event is free but the Fallasburg Historical Society is requesting a $20 donation from adults.

My Town Lowell: Police department repaid in kindness after viral video

My Town Lowell: Police department repaid in kindness after viral video

LOWELL, Mich.— The Lowell Police Department is getting repaid in kindness after posting a video of its officers giving gifts to drivers they pulled over.

The video posted Tuesday quickly went viral, with more than 220,000 views on YouTube by Wednesday afternoon.  According to the police department’s Facebook page, their campaign of kindness attracted attention from everywhere; the department has handled phone calls and messages from around the world.

The citizens of Lowell are also showing their appreciation. One person dropped off a box of doughnuts at the police station Wednesday morning, and three young people also left a cake and ornaments for all of the officers.

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