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Lowell Account to appear in court on embezzlement charges

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) Lowell accountant Carrie Fisher will appear in court Tuesday for preliminary hearing on embezzlement charges.   Fisher is accused of taking $98,588 from the Lowell Area Schools Athletic Boosters Club.  She is charged with embezzlement, forgery and using a computer to commit a crime.   Fisher came under suspicion after the club started receiving complaints that bills had not been paid and requested an audit in March of 2011.  Fisher is scheduled to appear in court at 11:30a.m. Wednesday in 63rd District Court on the East Beltline.   For more information on this story click on the link to the Lowell Ledger.  

Lowell woman gets prison for deadly DUI crash

Lowell woman gets prison for deadly DUI crash

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A Lowell woman will serve two and a half to 15 years in prison for a drunk driving accident that killed a college student from Ada.

Marilyn Fitzgerald, 39, wept during Thursday afternoon's sentencing hearing, during which the parents of the victim, 19-year-old Caitlin Baker, addressed the court.

Baker's father told the court he and his wife had forgiven Fitzgerald, but their other children had not.

On December 15, Fitzgerald crossed the centerline on M-21 near Cumberland Dr., hitting Baker's car head on.

It took two months for prosecutors to file charges against Fitzgerald because she was injured and investigators were not sure at first who was at fault.

Fitzgerald pleaded guilty in April to a charge of operating while intoxicated - causing death.

Police searching for missing Lowell Twp. teen

Police searching for missing Lowell Twp. teen

LOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kent County deputies have ended their search for the night after a Lowell Township teenager left home on her own.

Leah Ann Drake, 15, walked away from her home on Lockewood Dr. SE around 6:30 a.m.

Lowell Police Chief changing careers

Lowell Police Chief changing careers

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) After 24 years in law enforcement Lowell Police Chief James Hinton says it's time for something new.  Hinton turned in his resignation on March 17th.  He tells WZZM 13 News he will miss the people he works with but is ready for a new career. Hinton has been with the Lowell Police Department for more than 18 years, spending the last 2 and half years as chief.

Chief Hinton has been pursuing a business degree since 2003 from Northwood University. He says he plans to work part time while completing his degree. 

Hinton will be replaced by Barry Getzen who lives in Lowell Township.  Getzen is a retired Major from the Michigan State Police force. Chief Hinton's resignation takes effect April 15th.  

Suspect Arrested for a Series of Break-ins in the East Metro Area

Suspect Arrested for a Series of Break-ins in the East Metro Area

A suspect has been arrested for a series of break-ins in the East Metro Area of Grand Rapids and Kent County.

Earlier this week, My Town reported on tools being stolen during a break-in of a shed on the 5600 block of East Fulton SE in Ada.  On March 31, 2011, two Kent County deputies interviewed a male suspect for that break-in.  While interviewing the suspect they determined that he was involved in five home invasions in the eastern part of Kent County and Grand Rapids.

Police investigate break-in at First Baptist Church in Lowell

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) Lowell police are investigating a burglary Sunday at the First Baptist Church on Main Street in Lowell. Police Chief James Hinton tells WZZM 13 News the suspect broke into the church around 3:25pm Sunday afternoon and stole a tv and dvr.

Hinton says Grand Rapids Police are investigating similar incidents at other churches in the county.

Lowell Police looking for man who broke into the Lowell Dollar General

Lowell Police looking for man who broke into the Lowell Dollar General

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) Lowell Police are looking for a man who broke into the Dollar General store on Main Street over the weekend.

Police Chief James Hinton tells WZZM 13 News a man busted through one of the store's front doors around 3:45am Sunday Morning. Hinton says the man then went inside and stole a $30.00 electronic device. Surveillance video shows the man is between 5'2" and 5'5" tall and weighs between 130 and 150 pounds.

Chief Hinton says they are still trying to access the video so they can download a picture of the man.  He describes the breaking and entering as a isolated incident.

If you have any information about the incident call Lowell Police at 897-7123.