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Tutor: Teen threatened to kill himself


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The tutor on trial for having sex with one of her students took the stand in her own defense Friday afternoon.

Abigail Simon is accused of assaulting the then-15-year-old Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School student. The defense has claimed that Simon was the victim of assault from the teen.

"Why did you tell the detective that you didn't engage in sex," asked a defense attorney.

"Because I didn't," Simon testified.

"Can you elaborate on what that means?"

"I didn't engage in sex with him."

"What happened?"

"He forced me to have sex with him."

My Town: Reality show featuring Kentwood manufacturer to air Nov. 21

My Town: Reality show featuring Kentwood manufacturer to air Nov. 21

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) – The producers of an Animal Planet reality show are moving up the air date of an episode featuring a Kentwood manufacturer.

“TANKED” features Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Acrylic Manufacturing, who build exotic fish tanks for celebrities.  In September, both stars visited Stiles Machinery in Kentwood for three days to record an episode featuring a 12-foot fish tank. The tank, which holds 700 gallons of water and weighs 7,000 pounds, showcases the Grand Rapids skyline. Stiles donated the piece to the Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center.

The episode will now air on Animal Planet Friday, Nov. 21 at 10 p.m., which is a week earlier than originally planned.

My Recipe of the Month

My Recipe of the Month

I don't know about the rest of the world but I love apple butter on my toast or on a fresh slice of homemade bread.

For the first time, I have found a recipe to make this delicious spread in a Crock-Pot! It turned out so good and with very little fuss on my part. It is just a matter of assembling the ingredients, letting the Crock-Pot do its thing and then enjoying the results.

My mom made this when I was a kid and I have carried the tradition on with my kids. It's always a treat. Maybe it will be for you too.

HOMEMADE APPLE BUTTER

Makes about 6 cups

  • 5 ½ pounds of apples, peeled and cut up (I use a variety)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

 

Put all the apples in a Crock-Pot and top with the remaining ingredients and stir to coat the apples.

Cher cancels Grand Rapids stop, remainder of D2K Tour


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) --The remainder of Cher's Dressed to Kill Tour has been scrapped, including an already rescheduled Jan. 11 date at the Van Andel Arena.

The 68-year-old superstar announced Thursday she was canceling the remaining 29 dates on her D2K Tour due to ongoing recovery from illness. She had previously hinted the tour will be her last.

The tour launched in March, and Cher completed 49 sold-out shows before taking a scheduled break in July. Shortly before returning to the road in September, she was sidelined by an infection that affected her kidney function and forced her to postpone some dates, including an Oct. 25 show at the Resch.

"While her progress has been consistent, Cher's doctors have advised her to take more time to ensure a complete and total recovery,'' her publicist said in a statement.

My Town EGR: Philanthropist's generosity continues even after death

My Town EGR: Philanthropist's generosity continues even after death

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Even in death, philanthropist Peter Wege is finding a way to give back to the West Michigan community.

Wege passed away in July.  The East Grand Rapids native was 94 years old. The Air Force veteran was also passionate environmentalist, coining the term “economicology.”  He donated $20 million to the LEED certified Grand Rapids Art Museum, and was the lead donor of the Wege Center at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s.  He also supported Grand Rapids Public Schools and The Grand Rapids Ballet.

My Town: AT&T to hire 112 additional workers in Michigan

My Town: AT&T to hire 112 additional workers in Michigan

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—AT&T is expanding its workforce in Michigan.

The telecommunications company plans to hire 112 additional workers in the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Southeast Michigan areas.

“AT&T continues to expand its customer base in Michigan and invest in our network to ensure we are providing the high level of service customers have come to expect," said Jim Murray, president of AT&T Michigan. “As part our commitment to this level of customer service and to support our growth in Michigan, we are pleased to have the opportunity to welcome more than 100 residents to the AT&T family.”

 The new jobs include part-time and full-time openings that come with benefits.  For more information, visit AT&T’s website.

Tree lighting ceremony held outside GRAM


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- An annual Christmas tree lighting was held in downtown Grand Rapids Thursday night near Rosa Parks Circle.

The tree outside the Grand Rapids Art Museum was donated by a private owner in Missaukee County, east of Cadillac. The 40-foot blue spruce was delivered last Friday and is decorated with 40,000 LED lights.

At the lighting ceremony, dancers from the Grand Rapids Ballet also performed, to celebrate their upcoming performance of "The Nutcracker."