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4 now charged in Medawar hold-up


DETROIT, Mich. (WZZM) - Four men have been indicted for the April 22 hold-up at Medawar Jewelers in Plainfield Township and a similar robbery that took place hours later in Bloomfield Hills.

Federal authorities say three men arrested last week and a fourth man nabbed in early September are members of a Philadelphia-based crime ring that targeted jewelry stores in the Great Lakes region.

One of the names may sound familiar: Nathaniel Pembrook was charged Sept. 3 for a hold-up at Tapper's Jewelry at Orchard Mall near Detroit. Police at the time said he was a primary suspect in the Medawar robbery.

Pembrook, 42, was indicted in Detroit on robbery charges, using a gun during a violent crime and conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery.

School of Choice for Teachers

School of Choice for Teachers

Thanks to Schools of Choice programs in Michigan, students are afforded the opportunity to choose a school environment that best meets their learning needs. These programs also offer our state’s educators opportunities to teach in environments that are best suited for them. Just as some teachers flourish in a traditional school, there are those who prefer teaching at a virtual public school, such as Michigan Connections Academy, the school where I teach.

I work with an incredible team of teachers – they are state-certified, specially trained in online learning, recognized as Highly Qualified under the guidelines of the No Child Left Behind Act—and live in Michigan. In fact, even though we teach in a virtual school, more than 60 teachers travel to the school’s office in Lansing every day to lead online instruction for more than 1,700 students across Michigan in grades kindergarten through 12.

Greenville tops Northview


GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Quarterback Kyle O'Connor helped lead Greenville to a 24-14 win over visiting Northview Friday night.

O'Connor rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

The Yellow Jackets went 5-4, while the Wildcats are playoff-bound at 6-3.


Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, a “blended” tuition-free public high school for students in grades 9-12, has been awarded accreditation from the national accreditation commission, AdvancED. The accreditation report praised Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids for its ability to: effectively use technology to align student schedules based on needs; provide students with immediate feedback on assignments; and to operate the school in an efficient manner for student success.

“Receiving the AdvancED accreditation demonstrates our commitment to excellence and the high quality of our school,” said Dan McMinn, Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids principal.

Fundraiser for Crash’s Landing & Big Sid Sanctuary

Fundraiser for Crash’s Landing & Big Sid Sanctuary

Make a difference on Wednesday, October 22 for the precious cats of Crash's Landing by visiting one of 14 different Pizza Hut’s.

Print the flier from Crash Landing & Sid’s Sanctuary web site. Present the filier to one of 14 Pizza Hut locations from 11am – 11pm for Dine-in, Carry-out or Delivery to get 20% of your bill donated to Crash’s Landing and Sanctuary for their assistance with stray cats.

Northview wins shootout with FHN


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Northview outlasted Forest Hills Northern 43-38 Friday night in a wild OK Bronze shootout.

The Wildcats earned the program's second playoff berth in three seasons with their sixth win of the season.

The Huskies have dropped two straight after a 6-0 start.

The teams combined for 66 points in the first half as Northview led 36-30.


Sable Homes Brings New Life to Oakfield Township Neighborhood

Sable Homes Brings New Life to Oakfield Township Neighborhood

Sable Homes Brings New Life to Oakfield Township Neighborhood

Energy efficient neighborhood centrally located between Rockford, Cedar Springs and Greenville Schools

 

ROCKFORD, Mich., Sept.  13, 2014 – Sable Homes is beginning construction on another neighborhood left unfinished during the recent recession. North Rockford Estates, located on 14 Mile in Oakfield Township between Ramsdell Drive and Harvard Avenue, can expect to see building beginning again by October.

 

The neighborhood was initially designed to be an energy efficient development consisting of 34 homes each on one acre lots. With only six homes currently built, Sable will build new homes on the remaining 28 lots to complete the community. The new homes are expected to earn a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) 5+ star rating.