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EF-0 tornado confirmed in Alto overnight


BOWNE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The National Weather Service confirms a tornado touchdown overnight in southeastern Kent County.

The storm, rated an EF-0, stuck around 1:15 a.m. in the area of 84th Street & Morse Lake Rd SE near Alto. It had winds estimated to be 75 to 85 mph, cutting a .8-mile path about 50 yards wide. The tornado damaged the roof of one home, the National Weather Service said, and snapped or uprooted trees and caused extensive damage to a corn field.

No tornado watch or warning was posted at the time; however, Kent County was under a severe thunderstorm warning.

There were power outages overnight affecting more than 2,000 Consumers Energy customers along Fuller Avenue south of I-196 in Grand Rapids, 2,100 customers in the Cutlerville area, nearly 600 customers in Alpine and Plainfield townships, and more than 900 customers in the Rockford area.

Oversize vehicle damages Fallasburg Bridge


VERGENNES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A commercial driver is facing possible charges for damaging the historic Fallasburg Bridge near Lowell.

Authorities say that on June 12 a driver trying to make a delivery attempted to maneuver his oversize vehicle across the 144-year-old wooden bridge. The Sheriff's Department says that caused about $10,000 in damage.

The driver faces possible charges of operating a commercial vehicle with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident.

In 2013, another driver was fined $5,500 for damaging the bridge when he crossed it in his 31-ton cement truck.


Two arrested for Lowell vehicle thefts


LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- Lowell police have arrested two men and identified a third person in connection with seven vehicle larcenies.

The crimes involved vehicles that were left unlocked in driveways or parking lots. In one case, the suspects took a vehicle and then brought it back.

Items taken from the vehicles included money, tobacco, and electronics.

After receiving several tips, police arrested Casey HeyKoop from Lowell, Timothy Petraroi from Georgia; they face charges of auto theft and felony larceny. Petraroi was arrested at the Greyhound Bus depot in Grand Rapids as he was trying to leave the state.

Mother of two, fighting cancer with husband, dies


(WZZM) -- A Caledonia mother of two, fighting cancer alongside her husband, has passed away.

Shelby Offrink died Sunday, June 28 at the age of 31. She was battling stage four glioblastoma, a rare and an incurable form of cancer in her spine and brain.

ID=22972245Offrink was diagnosed shortly after giving birth to her second daughter, Hazel who's now 18 months old. She had an older daughter, Maeve, 4.

Her husband Ben is also fighting Hodgkins lymphoma for the third time. He is undergoing experimental chemotherapy treatment in hopes of going into remission so he can undergo a bone marrow transplant.

Man killed while working at King Milling Co. in Lowell


LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- Emergency crews spent most of the day Saturday on the scene of a fatal accident at a milling company in Lowell.

Police tell WZZM 13 the victim is a white male in his thirties. He was an independent contractor for Michael Bosveld Inc. in Grand Rapids.

"A contractor that was doing some work for King Milling in town here was doing some power-washing on one of the silos," said Lowell Detective Gordy Lauren. "The equipment he was on made contact with one of the power lines and he was essentially electrocuted."

Lowell Light & Power customers targeted by phone scam


LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are warning of a phone scam targeting Lowell Light and Power customers.

The scam is causing numerous phone calls by folks worried about their power being shut off and owing money.

The scammers say they are from Lowell Light and Power and tell customers if they don't pay, services will be shut off.

Scammers leave a call back number that connects them to "George," who claims to be from Lowell Light & Power.

According to Lowell police, the city does not have an employee by that name. This is purely a scam trying to get money from customers. Police say do not send any money.

If you have any questions about your bill, call Lowell Light and Power or Lowell City Hall.


DeVos Place is Celebrating 10 Years with an Open House for Everyone

DeVos Place is Celebrating 10 Years with an Open House for Everyone

DeVos Place, West Michigan’s Premier Entertainment Destination in Grand Rapids, MI. is celebrating their 10th Anniversary with a celebration for everyone. This event takes place Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 10am – 5pm.

This event will feature a Ferris wheel, carousel, fun, family activities and games, prizes, mascots and much more! Parking will be free under the convention center (as space allows) during the event.

The first 10,000 people inside the doors will received a FREE hot dog and Pepsi. Entertainment will feature music and entertainment from bands, Jump with Jill, a magician and more. You might be the winner of one of the gift cards or concert tickets to be given away hourly.

From 10am – 5pm the Northeast Stage will present acts from Alysha Sha, Jump with Jill, Freehand GR, Gabriel Estrada III “ El Charro Del Norte”, Jeremy Verwys, Lefty Malone and The Diemakers.