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Man crashes into utility pole, knocks out power


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Dozens of people in Walker are without power after a van crashed into a utility pole.

It happened Sunday morning on Alpine Avenue near Hillside Drive. Police tell us the driver lost control and hit the pole.

He suffered minor injuries, but was taken to the hospital.

Crews are working to restore power. They expect to have it restored by 3 p.m.

West Side neighbors concerned about 2nd shooting this week


GRAND RAPID (WZZM) -- People in a West Side neighborhood were woken up by gunfire for the second straight night early Wednesday morning, and police are trying to figure out who the shooter is.

Bullets were fired around 3:30 a.m. on McReynolds Ave. between 7th and 9th St. Police say the shooter fired at one home.

No one was hurt.

They don't believe the shooting is related to the one from late Monday night, but it happened in the same block of McReynolds. Two people were injured in that shooting, and police never found a suspect.

On Wednesday, neighbors expressed concern about an increase in crime in that area. GRPD doesn't believe that's the case.

"We're obviously concerned about the shootings because it is a violent crime," said Capt. Matt Ostopowicz. "But, the location and time is coincidental right now."

GRPD: 2 injured by gunfire on northwest side


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are investigating after gunfire injured two people on the northwest side of Grand Rapids Monday evening.

Officers responded to the 900 block of McReynolds Ave. NW, south of 11th St., shortly after 10 p.m.

Police said the victims are a man and a woman, each of whom was shot in the leg. They were taken to a hospital, and police said they believe their injuries are non-life-threatening.

One of the victims was shot in the 900 block of McReynolds. The other was shot in the 900 block of Muskegon. Police are still investigating whether the victims have any connections to each other.

Officers brought in a canine unit to look for the shooter, who hasn't been taken into custody.

GRFD puts fire out quickly, minor damage to home


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Emergency crews responded to a house fire on the city's west side Tuesday morning.

The home on Broadway Ave near 9th St. NW, by American Seating contains three apartments.

Everyone inside was able to get out safely.

The fire started in the attic and was put out quickly by the Grand Rapids Fire Department. Initial investigation suggests this was an electrical fire.

There was minor fire, smoke and water damage to one upstairs apartment.


Lookout Park get a Facelift

Lookout Park get a Facelift

Universal Forest Products, along with Orion Construction, took the time to make some significant improvements to Lookout Park, located at 801 Fairview NE in Grand Rapids, MI. Lookout Park occupies hilltop property that was once part of the city’s old waterworks and overlooks the City of Grand Rapids. The park was aquired in 1911 for $4800.

Many improvements were made to the park, the grounds and some surrounding landscape areas.

We thank Jason Wheeler, PR Coordinator for Orion Construction, for bringing this great community project to our attention.

Taste of Grand Rapids underway this weekend


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The annual

Taste of Grand Rapids brings local cuisine and free live entertainment to John Ball Park Friday and Saturday.

About 25 area restaurants are on-hand, offering visitors everything from Italian to Jamaican, Middle Eastern to barbecue. Attendees can once again buy food tickets to use for popular dishes from each restaurant.

Family-friendly bands will perform both days, with classic rock acts on Friday and country performer Drake White on Saturday.

Summer Festival at St. Joseph Church in Conklin, August 9th

Summer Festival at St. Joseph Church in Conklin, August 9th

It is Festival Time once again at St. Joseph’s Church in Wright Township on Sunday, August 9, 2015  from 12 Noon until 5:00pm.

A great Country Style BBQ Chicken Dinner will be served from Noon until 4:00pm. Dinner is $8.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Children ages 5 – 12 years of age. Under 5 will eat FREE!

Along with live music, there will be games for children through teenagers, a Grand Raffle, quilt and mini raffles, craft booths, bake sale, a grocery wheel with home grown produce as prizes and a Vegas Tent.  A little bit for everyone!

St. Joseph’s Church is located at 18760  8th Ave, Conklin, MI.  Take I-96 West to the 8th Ave. Exit #25 and proceed North for 5 miles.  Ph: 616-899-2286