The Kent County Sheriff Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating a bank robbery that occurred today, Friday, August 14, 2015, at 9:40 AM at the Chase Bank located at 7 N. Main, Cedar Springs. A suspect robbed the bank at gunpoint of an undisclosed amount of money and fled westbound toward the White Pine Trail. The suspect is described as a skinny black male, short hair, with a small amount of facial hair on his chin We are releasing pictures from the bank surveillance video and asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff Department at 616-632-6357 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.
The Michigan Maritime Museum invites you to the 2nd Annual Boat Walk fundraiser! This event takes place Saturday, August 15th from noon to 4pm. Like a Home Tour, you get the chance to tour 12-15 privately owned vessels above and below decks. While walking between each of these beautiful boats ranging from powerboats to sailboats in the picturesque South Haven harbor, explore the Harbor Walk–markers that are placed along the Black River detailing some of South Haven’s fascinating maritime history–in the heart of the Maritime District. Be prepared to remove your shoes as you climb aboard each vessel and greet the captain with your ticket. Participation in the Boat Walk is restricted to those ages 13 and up. Walkers should check in at the Museum first, and pick up their official Boat Walk program and map. Once finished with your walk, all ticket holders are invited to come back to the Michigan Maritime Museum campus to enjoy some light refreshments. Tickets are $15 per person and are available in the Michigan Maritime Museum Ship Store, the Visitors’ Bureau, the Chamber of Commerce, or online at: www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org/store/ All proceeds will benefit the Michigan Maritime Museum fundraising effort. The Michigan Maritime Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Michigan Great Lakes waterways, maritime history, and culture. Located at the drawbridge in South Haven, the museum is a 501 (C3) organization and donations are tax deductible. For more information call 1-800-747-3810 or visit michiganmaritimemuseum.org.
As a result of a massive mosquito surveillance project conducted by the environmental health division at the Kent County Health Department (KCHD), this season’s first positive specimen of West Nile Virus (WNV) has been discovered. THIS IS NOT A HUMAN CASE. The positive sample was found in a pool of tested mosquitoes from the zip code 49504 in the city of Grand Rapids. The sample that yielded the positive result was collected between Tuesday July 28th and Thursday July 30, 2015. The Kent County Health Department has been capturing and testing mosquitoes in 11 traps strategically placed throughout the county since early June. The traps, known as a Gravid trap, were placed in the 49503, 49504, 49507 and 49519 zip codes. That work will continue until Labor Day. “This finding is significant because this is our first alert to the presence of West Nile as it begins to surface at this time of the year,” says Adam London, Administrative Health Officer with KCHD. “The fact that we have found West Nile in only one area does not mean that it is confined to that Zip Code. We expect West Nile to be present to some degree until the first frost. We want people to be aware that they can greatly reduce their own risks by taking some simple precautions.” Prevention is critical in the fight against WNV an illness that can be deadly in some people, especially those with weakened immune systems and the elderly. The Kent County Health Department recommends wearing a mosquito repellant that contains 10 – 35% DEET, wearing light colored clothing and staying indoors during dusk. You can help stop mosquitoes from breeding by removing any standing water in your yard and keeping your lawn and shrubs cut. West Nile Virus was first detected in the United States in 1999. Since the first case was diagnosed in Michigan in 2001 more than 1100 people have been diagnosed with the disease. 92 people have died. In 2001 and again in 2012, Kent County had the second highest number of West Nile cases in the state. More about West Nile Virus can be found here.
Ken Fletcher, Advocacy Specialist for the American Lung Association in Michigan, issued the following statement in response to the Clean Power Plan announced today by President Barack Obama: “The American Lung Association in Michigan welcomes the Clean Power Plan as a vital tool for protecting Michigan residents from the burden of air pollution, including the carbon pollution from power plants that causes climate change. Nationwide, the Clean Power Plan will prevent up to 90,000 asthma attacks and 3,600 premature deaths each year starting in 2030. That’s important for Michigan’s more than 214,000 children with asthma and 798,000 older adults, who face greater health risks from air pollution and climate change.” “Today’s announcement marks a crucial step forward, but the fight against climate change is far from over. Under the Clean Power Plan, Governor Snyder is charged with developing a plan to reduce our state’s power plant carbon pollution. Taking steps to cut carbon pollution will also reduce other dangerous pollutants linked to asthma attacks, heart attacks and premature death, making the Clean Power Plan a win-win protection for our health, as well as a powerful, flexible tool against climate change.” “With clean renewable energy options on the rise, we are confident that Michigan can meet our targets more quickly than the plan requires, ensuring even greater health benefits for Michigan residents. We look forward to working with Governor Snyder to ensure speedy implementation and maximum health benefits. Anything less shortchanges our children and communities.”
Wolverine Worldwide will host its fifth annual Mega Sample Sale on Thursday, August 27, from 8:00am to 6:00pm ET. All proceeds will go to the Heart of West Michigan United Way to support the West Michigan community. Last year, Wolverine Worldwide raised over $300,000 through the sale. “Wolverine Worldwide is excited to once again host our annual sample sale benefiting the Heart of West Michigan United Way, “ said Michael Bohnsack, National Sales Director for Hush Puppies and United Way Cabinet Representative for Wolverine Worldwide. “This sale will be an amazing opportunity for our consumers to give back to the West Michigan community, while also enjoying incredible discounts on footwear and apparel for the entire family.” The sale will feature footwear for all ages from Wolverine Worldwide’s family of brands, including Bates, Cat Footwear, Chaco, Cushe, Harley-Davidson Footwear, Hush Puppies, HyTest, Keds, Merrell, Saucony, Sebago, Sperry, Stride Rite and Wolverine. In addition to traditional sample sizes (7.0 women’s and 9.0 men’s), the sale will include a range of sizing. Footwear prices will range from $5.00 – $40.00, with apparel prices ranging from $7.00 – $35.00, offering an incredible savings of 60%-80% off suggested retail pricing. The sale will be held in tents adjacent to the water tower at the Wolverine Worldwide corporate office at 9341 Courtland Drive, Rockford, MI. In addition to the sample sale, Sprint will be onsite to introduce Sprint Direct 2 You. For media inquiries, please contact Ainslee Neitzel. Ainslee.Neitzel@wwwinc.com 616-863-4770