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Man, arrested after standoff, charged in stolen vehicle case


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man who prompted a police standoff on the northwest side of Grand Rapids Thursday afternoon has been charged.

Matthew Hendrik Vandyken, 38, was arraigned Friday on a charge of receiving and concealing a stolen motor vehicle, a 10-year felony. He's held on $10,000 bond.

Police investigating a possible housing violation at Vandyken's home on Garfield near Atlantic say they found that stolen vehicle out back. When investigators with a search warrant made contact with Vandyken, he first tried fleeing before running back in his home and refusing to come out. Officers arrested him a few hours later.

His next court date is November 5.


GRPD: Man holes up in home after housing violation investigation


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- An investigation into a possible housing violation on the northwest side of Grand Rapids Thursday afternoon led to a noticeable police presence in that area.

The Grand Rapids Police Department says officers were investigating the housing violation complaint in the 900 block of Garfield, south of Walker, around 3:45 p.m. They found car parts and a stolen vehicle on the property, so they called in the combined auto theft team. That team got a search warrant for the home.

Officers say that when they tried speaking with the 38-year-old man who lives there, he tried to flee before running back inside and refusing to come out.

GRPD says it apprehended the man by about 7 p.m.

Pedestrian hit on Grand Rapid's Northwest side


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids Police are investigating an accident involving pedestrian and a car. It happened shortly after 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of Lane and Chatham on the city's Northwest side.

Investigators believe there was a fight between the 21 year old pedestrian and the people inside an SUV. Police say the SUV drove around the block, came back, and hit the man in the street. He was found conscious in the street and taken to Butterworth Hospital. He is listed in critical condition, with life threatening injuries. The driver took off before police arrived.

Police closed part of Chatham during the investigation.

GRPD is looking for the SUV and the driver. They say it's large and dark colored, possibly a Chevy Suburban. It may have damage from the incident.

Taste of Greece November 6th & 7th in Grand Rapids

Taste of Greece November 6th & 7th in Grand Rapids

Friday, November 6, 2015 from 11am – 8pm and Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 9am – 1pm is the Annual Taste of Greece at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. This group is known for their Souvlaki at the Festival of Arts and Yassou Greekfest.

There will be delicious food for dining in or take out all day long. A great menu of Greek Style Lasagna, Salad, Spinach Pie/pita, fresh baked breads and Greeks pastries will be available.

There will be pastries and imported gifts to purchase throughtout the day along with beer & wine available after 5pm.

The church is located at 330 Lakeskide Dr. NE in Grand Rapids, MI., across from Romence Gardens Greenhouse. A donation of $12 for the dinner is appreciated.

Additional information can be found at 616-454-6563 or check them out on Facebook at YassouFest or www.GRGreekfest.com

Taste of Greece November 6th & 7th in Grand Rapids

Taste of Greece November 6th & 7th in Grand Rapids

Friday, November 6, 2015 from 11am – 8pm and Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 9am – 1pm is the Annual Taste of Greece at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. This group is known for their Souvlaki at the Festival of Arts and Yassou Greekfest.

There will be delicious food for dining in or take out all day long. A great menu of Greek Style Lasagna, Salad, Spinach Pie/pita, fresh baked breads and Greeks pastries will be available.

There will be pastries and imported gifts to purchase throughtout the day along with beer & wine available after 5pm.

The church is located at 330 Lakeskide Dr. NE in Grand Rapids, MI., across from Romence Gardens Greenhouse. A donation of $12 for the dinner is appreciated.

Additional information can be found at 616-454-6563 or check them out on Facebook at YassouFest or www.GRGreekfest.com

GRAAA Offers Public Observing Saturday Night

GRAAA Offers Public Observing Saturday Night

The Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association invite the public to experience the amazing night sky the 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month through October 24. This is the opportunity to view a close-up of craters on the moon, the rings around Saturn and other night sky objects through several large & fully equipped telescopes.

The current public observing night is Saturday, October 10 from 7:30pm – 10:00pm with the opportunity to see Uranus, Neptune, Cluster’s & Galaxies. The 2015 Schedule is pictured below showing there is one remaining Public Observing Night left after this Saturday for the year.

Public Observing Night takes place at the James C. Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE in Lowell Township brought to you by the Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association.

Bark in the Dark

Bark in the Dark

You & your dog can join in this special Glow-in-the-Dark 5K walk/run to benefit the animals at the Humane Society of West Michigan.

Bring your glow gear & lace up your athletic shoes at Riverside Park located at 2001 Monroe Avenue NW in Grand Rapids on Saturday, October 10 at 7:00pm.