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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.

Grand Valley State to host cyber security workshop


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- A cyber security workshop for small business owners will be held at the Michigan Small Business Development Center at Grand Valley State University.

The school says protecting company information, mobile security, and what firms should do in case of a breach will be among the topics covered during the workshop Friday, Dec. 4 at the L. William Seidman Center in Grand Rapids. The event runs from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Trivalent Group, Inc., Chief Operating Officer John Hey is the keynote speaker. Trivalent Group is a Grand Rapids Internet service provider.

The program is developed by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

For more information and to register visit smallbusinessbigthreat.com or call (616) 331-7480.

West side bar takes Christmas to a new level


GRAND RAPIDS,Mich. (WZZM) -- One restaurant on the west side of Grand Rapids goes above and beyond to bring the holiday spirit to West Michigan with holiday decor from the floor to the ceiling.

The Broadway Bar has perhaps the largest Christmas decor collection in West Michigan.

In addition to the decor, Broadway Bar also serves up festive holiday cocktails and is home to one of the best burgers in town, called "The Broadway Burger". It comes with 2 patties sandwiched between Texas toast and piled with lettuce, onion, pickles, and mustard.

Broadway Bar is so popular during Christmas that reservations are required.

They are located at
740 Broadway Ave NW in Grand Rapids.

Their phone number is (616) 454-0565

GRPD looking for three armed robbers


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are trying to figure out who robbed a party store on the city's northwest side.

It happened around 1 a.m. Thursday morning near the corner of Bridge Street and Pine Avenue at Sam's Party Store. That's just a block east of Lincoln Park.

Police are looking for three men who they say had a gun. When we talked with dispatchers there was no immediate description on those suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Grand Rapids Police Department at (616) 456-3400 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.


2 Calvin students admit to 'white power' messages


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Calvin College officials say two students have admitted to writing in snow that apparent hate speech discovered in a campus parking lot Monday morning.

A photo circulating on Facebook with hundreds of shares shows the words "white power" and a swastika written in the snow. Officials said six cars had the message written on them.

Calvin College President Michael Le Roy published the following statement after the message was discovered:

Meijer Gardens features Christmas traditions


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The holiday lights are going up on trees and homes across West Michigan.

This year, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park has new additions to its annual display. As part of its 20th anniversary, more than 40 trees with special ornaments and decorations line the halls for the "Christmas Traditions from Around the World" exhibit.

Each tree represents a different country, from Russia to Finland and Switzerland.

In addition, the gardens unveiled five new landmarks on its "Railway Gardens" exhibit, representing Grand Rapids' five sister cities.