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Man who fatally shot himself at G.R. bank identified


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- On Monday, Aug. 3, police responded to a bank on the West Side of Grand Rapids where a man shot himself.

Sgt. Terry Dixon told WZZM 13 a man walked into the Fifth Third Bank at Alpine and Leonard around 4 p.m. and fatally shot himself in the chest with a 9mm handgun.

Police have identified the man as Michael James Webber, 41, of Grand Rapids. Webber reportedly said something unintelligible before shooting himself.

No one else was injured. One customer and two employees were in the bank at the time.

Grand Rapids police are working with bank officials to determine more details about the shooting. If you have any information, please contact the police at 616-456-3604 or Silent Observer.

GR restaurant fed up with break-ins


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - A Grand Rapids restaurant is pleading with the community for help. Tacos el Cuñado on Bridge Street has been broken into seven times over the past three years.

After the most recent break-in, the owner put a sign on the front door asking the community for help.

The sign reads: "Dear consumers: Tacos el Cuñado Bridge St. is a family owned business and has been for 3 years in this location. This is the seventh time that someone tried to break in and steal from us, which hurts our family. If you see any criminal activity please contact to the police department. We love our job and our customers like family and our business is our heart."

Celtic Festival in Sparta on Saturday, August 8th

Celtic Festival in Sparta on Saturday, August 8th

Whether you are Irish or not, Sparta, MI is the place to be on Saturday, August 8th for their Celtic Festival. The party begins at 10:45am at Rogers Park with the blessing of the Bagpipes!

The Festival will feature 5 Irish Bands, one of them being Pet in the Creel with Toby Bresnahan, five Dance Troupes, Celtic Food & Craft Vendors and a children’s area from noon until 5pm. At 9pm, Paddy’s Road takes the stage to close the festival.

Rogers Park is located at 75 N. Union St. Events will also take place at Balyeat Park, located at 208 Olmstead St.

Del Shannon Days Celebration this Week

Del Shannon Days Celebration this Week

The 25th Annual Summerfest Celebration featuring Del Shannon Days in Coopersville, MI unofficially started on Saturday, August 1st with “Quilts and their Stories” Show. There are more than 140 different quilts to view on display. Officially the festival was renamed the “Del Shannon Days” in 2014.

Antique tractors go on display at the Farm Museum on Tuesday, August 4th. Del Shannon Days officially kicks off from 4 – 8pm Wednesday, the 5th with “Kids Fest,” held at the corner of Main & Mason St.  The Teddy Bear Parade starts at 5pm. There will be plenty of different games and events for children throughout the celebration.

Friday Night, the 7th, features the Annual “Car Cruise” starting at 6pm throughout the Village ending at Keyser Manufacturing for the after-cruise party. Saturday, the 8th will feature more than 600 show cars, trucks and motorcycles. The show runs all day beginning at 7am.

School Supply Santa collecting again

School Supply Santa collecting again

The School Supply Santa all started eight years ago, thanks to Denise Kooiker of Byron Center, MI. Once again she is asking for your donations for kids in the Grand Rapids areas to start the upcoming school year.

Donations are distributed to administrators at schools in Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming, Kelloggsville, Godwin, Godfrey-Lee and Vista Charter Academy. Adding to the list this year are Rockford and Grandville schools.

Donations of backpacks and all school supplies can be dropped off at all the Kent District Library branches, local Starbucks and Biggby coffee houses, Talsma Furniture stores, Macatawa Banks, Byron Community Recreation and Gaines Township Hall. The drive runs from August 1 – 28. More information is available at the School Supply Facebook page at Facebook.com/SchoolSupplySanta.

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."