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My Town: Dozens of new troopers now on the job

My Town: Dozens of new troopers now on the job

LANSING, Mich.—Dozens of new State Police troopers are now on the job throughout Michigan.

Governor Snyder served as the keynote speaker during the 127th Trooper Recruit School’s recent graduation ceremony.  During the event, Tpr. David Williams was recognized with the Academic Achievement Award.

Man sentenced for fatally stomping on cat's head

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Cedar Springs man found guilty of animal cruelty after killing a cat could go to prison for up to eight years.

Michael Stackhouse is a two-time felony offender who was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to 16 to 96 months in prison.

In April, he threw a cat out of his home and then stomped on its head. He says he didn't mean to hurt the cat when he threw it, but because the cat was hurt he then wanted to put it out of its misery.

Defense trying to show tutor charged with CSC was actually victim

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The defense says the alleged victim of a former tutor accused of molesting him was violent and not a virgin despite claims to the contrary.

Abigail Simon, 35, faces charges related to claims that she sexually abused a student who was 15 at the time. Simon's defense is trying to show that the alleged victim in this case is not a victim at all. They say the teen forced himself on Simon.

Tuesday in court, the jury was brought in as the defense asked the alleged victim about his sexual experience before he met his then-33-year-old tutor. The prosecution objected to the questions, citing the rape shield law. Typically, a victim cannot be asked about his or her sexual past. The defense claims the prosecutor already broke that rule by claiming the alleged victim was a virgin.

Sordid details emerge in tutor sex trial

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The trial of a high school tutor continues today with the judge trying to determine whether claims the victim was a virgin are accurate or admissible in testimony.

Abigail Simon, 33, is charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Catholic Central student while acting as his tutor. Simon claims that she was assaulted by the teen. Both admit to having a sexual relationship.

Tuesday morning, the judge in the case heard arguments that he will have to determine if evidence that allegedly shows the 15-year-old was not a virgin would be admissible in court. He is allowing some questions about the teen's virginity to be presented. The teen admitted to joking about having sex with others and having gone to porn web sites.

On the stand, the teen maintained that he was a virgin. He said that Simon liked rough sex, but the defense hinted that was the teen's idea.

OPINION: Snow Storms bring out Crazy Drivers

OPINION: Snow Storms bring out Crazy Drivers

We have crazy people out there today!!!!

Why is it that so many people just do not seem to think ahead, especially when the first snow storm arrives, like the one in progress right now as I am writing?

Driving to work today was quite an eye opener. I saw so many people stuck in the end of driveways at both homes and businesses. People who just plain refuse to clean their vehicles off just make driving so hazardous for both the driver and the people following behind them with all that extra snow blowing backward. One driver pulled out of a street half way up a hill on Bristol NW, expecting to travel up the rest of the way, only to get stuck in the middle of the hill, causing a backup of cars. Are these people who have never driven in snow before?

Celebrated Service: The top business picks by patrons

Celebrated Service: The top business picks by patrons

ADA, Mich.—Six small businesses that have won over patrons will soon be honored on the big screen.

Celebration Cinema recently announced the winners of its 2015 Celebrated Service Award.  The latest winners include Wolfgang’s Restaurant in Grand Rapids, Sweet Spot Disc Golf in Muskegon and Crow’s Nest restaurant in Portage.  Other honorees include Hair Innovations & Day Spa in Benton Harbor, Golden Harvest in Lansing and Mitchell’s Gourmet Deli & Market in Mount Pleasant.

Celebration Cinema says the public cast 36,400 votes for this year’s finalists. 

Morning commute hazardous due to snow

Morning commute hazardous due to snow

(WZZM) - The morning commute around West Michigan was treacherous to say the least.

Dozens of slide-offs and accidents were reported around the area. Most area highways were running well below posted speeds.

Trash pickup has been canceled in the city of Grand Rapids today. It is delayed one day.

US-131 has been closed southbound at Howard City. SB I-196 is also closed after Blue Star Highway in Allegan County. I-94 in Calhoun County has a lane closure due to a hazmat spill. Other highways have had lane blockages or short closures.

Click here for the latest WZZM Traffic Map: http://www.wzzm13.com/traffic