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Grand Rapids employees collect water for Flint


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – Members of the Grand Rapids Employees Independent Union held a water drive Saturday to collect fresh drinking water for Flint residents.

“It’s important to us as city employees that produce water for West Michigan, clean safe drinking water, for us to step up to the plate and do something right for Flint,” said Doug Bentz, the event organizer.

President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency in Flint on Saturday, releasing federal financial aid and assistance to help with this man-made public health crisis.

Missing Grand Rapids woman, 40, found safe


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Police Department say they have located Ma-Josefina Ramirez-Munoz.

The 40-year-old woman was considered missing and endangered by the GRPD. Ramirez-Munoz left her home on Dorchester Ave SW on Sunday afternoon. She had not been seen since and suffers from mental illness.

Ramirez-Munoz was last seen wearing a black coat, gray sweater and black dress pants. She may be carrying a white plastic grocery bag containing her medicine.

10 car accident reported in Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Up to ten vehicles were reported to be involved in an accident on Grand Rapids' Northwest side Tuesday morning.

Grand Rapids police told WZZM 13 the accident was called in around 8 a.m. on Lake Michigan Drive at Maynard Ave.

Fundraiser held to help Mitten brewer


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A fundraiser Thursday night collected money to help a popular West Michigan brewer recover after he was badly hurt in an accident.

The Mitten's Alexander Atkin was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in Guatemala in late November.

Half of the money from food sales Thursday night at the Mitten is going to help Atkin. There was also a silent auction and live music.


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.