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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.


Police: Medical emergency sends driver into house


LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- Investigators believe a driver suffered a medical emergency before driving into a house in Lowell Monday night.

It happened shortly before 8 o'clock in the 600 block of N Monroe. Police say an 18-year-old was driving with another teenager in the car. The passenger told the homeowner the driver had a seizure, so she took the wheel to try to steer the car off the road.

The impact was enough to shift the house off its foundation.

Homeowner Ronald Steffens was working in the driveway when it happened.

"All of a sudden, we heard an engine rev and tires squealing," he said. "We look up, and this kid comes flying up my driveway and hits my house...It was so instant we didn't even have time to react."

The driver and passenger have minor injuries.

No one in the home was hurt.

City hall receives payment to demolish burned-out house


LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- We have an update to a story we first told you in March, about a family in Lowell who has been living next to a burned-out house for more than a year.

The house on Lincoln Lake Road caught fire in March 2014.

Neighbors say that was the fourth time the house caught fire, and Lowell police have since started a criminal investigation into the situation.

Lowell city officials tell us they have just received the check to pay for the demolition. The demolition should happen within the next couple of weeks, leaders said.


Hudson Street Bridge to Close for Rehabiliation Thursday, May 21

 Hudson Street Bridge to Close for Rehabiliation Thursday, May 21

News Release:

The Hudson Street Bridge will be closed for rehabilitation beginning Thursday, May 21. The project will include removal of the top portion of the bridge’s deck surface, replacement of bridge expansion joints, and placement of a new driving surface.

The Hudson Street Bridge was built in the mid-1960s, and this deck preservation project will extend its service life.

During construction, the bridge will be closed with a posted detour (below). The project is scheduled to be completed by Thursday, July 2.

Those with questions regarding the project may contact the representatives, below:

 

C.A. Hull

Contractor

(248) 363-3813

 

Wayne Harrall
KCRC Deputy Managing Director of  Engineering
(616) 242-6914

 

Michael TenBrock
KCRC Project Manager
(616) 242-6901 ext. 6926


 

Lowell YMCA looking for Summer Camp Staff

Lowell YMCA looking for Summer Camp Staff

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids has something for everyone & they are looking for summer staffers at the Lowell YMCA.

Adults, 18 years of age or older who work great with kids, have high energy, who are game to have fun and go on field trips including swimming are invited to apply. This summer long program takes place at Cherry Creek.

Call: (616)897-8444 for more information or contact Staci Chambers at schambers@grymca.org.

Visit www.grymca.org for more YMCA information.

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

49 million people face hunger every day, including 16,000 million children. The month of May is time for the Stamp Out Hunger Drive sponsored by the Postal Service.

You have a chance to make a difference for those in need & put smiles on faces this Saturday, May9! Place non-perishable food items in a bag or box by your mailbox for the letter carriers in your area to pick up, while they drop off your mail.

These food items will be sorted & delivered to area food banks or pantries for families less fortunate.

Visit www.usps.com for more information.