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MDOT plans public meeting on US-131 project in GR


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- MDOT will hold a public meeting in Grand Rapids next week to review plans for construction on US-131.

The project includes resurfacing and joint replacement on the freeway's southbound lanes between Ann and Pearl streets. Crews will also build a connector lane to join the the interchanges of Ann and Leonard. It will be similar to the lane built in 2013 on the northbound side.

The meeting runs from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. next Tuesday at MDOT's Grand Region office.

Firefighters pull woman out of burning GR home

Neighbors reported seeing a woman hanging out a back window, calling for help. The first crew to arrive pulled her out; then, the second team of firefighters worked to control the fire. They were able to put it out within minutes.

First responders began resuscitation efforts as soon as they brought the woman outside.

Specifics of her condition weren't immediately available.


Police chase results in roll-over crash


KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- A roll-over crash on westbound I-196 concludes a police chase across the Grand Rapids metro area.

Kent County Sheriff's Department deputies had stopped a vehicle just before 10 a.m. Saturday near the Comfort Suites hotel, which is located just off Plainfield Avenue in Comstock Park, according to police dispatch reports. 

The male suspect took off at a high rate of speed and bypassed several red lights. A witness told WZZM 13 "tens of" police cars, including Michigan State Police, pursued the vehicle.

The suspect's vehicle crashed and rolled over around 10:15 a.m. on westbound I-196 at Market Avenue. Dispatch reports initially indicated a one-pot meth lab was inside the vehicle, but an investigation is ongoing to make a determination, police said.

He was taken into custody shortly after crashing.


11-story, mixed-use development planned for near Founders


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- In just a few years, downtown Grand Rapids will likely look very different than it does today.

Maplegrove Development, LLC, has announced plans for a new 11-story high-rise at 234 Market Avenue, just west of Founders Brewing.

The mixed-use building is planned to have 260 new apartments and 60,000 square feet of commercial space.

Construction is expected to begin next August and wrap up in early 2018.


YMCA receives donated computer lab


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The David D. Hunting YMCA's after school program for at-risk teenagers now has state-of-the-art technology to use, thanks to a $20,000 donation.

The YMCA near downtown Grand Rapids received a technology suite from IGT, to put together a computer lab for after school programs, including a 55-inch TV and 10 new computers.

They held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon to open the new lab. The computer lab will be available after school and as part of the Y's TeenZone program.


Trial delayed for GR woman charged with ethnic intimidation


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A judge has postponed the trial of a Grand Rapids woman charged with ethnic intimidation.

Police say 56-year-old Judy Syrek threatened three black people with a pellet gun near her home on Jackson Street over the summer.

Her trial was scheduled to begin Monday, but a judge adjourned the proceedings to give lawyers more time to review evidence. Investigators say Syrek was upset because the group's dog had defecated on her lawn.

The ethnic intimidation charge carries a two year prison sentence. 

Syrek also faces an assault charge, which is worth four years in prison.


Ugly Sweater Run Returns

Ugly Sweater Run Returns

For the fifth year, celebrate the upcoming holidays by joining thousands of others in the national merriest walk/run in your ugliest festive sweater.

Don’t miss out on a merry good time at Calder Plaza located at 250 Monroe Avenue NW #50 on Saturday, December 5 at 12pm/noon. Register today for this roughly 3.1 mile trek through the city streets & scenic parks with holiday themed stations at every mile.

Register at www.theuglysweaterrun.com & for more details.