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Man run over after jumping from truck


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Investigators say a man is in critical condition after jumping out of a moving truck, which then ran over him.

It happened around 8:30 p.m. Thursday on Bridge Street near Seward Avenue NW in Grand Rapids.

Officers say the man was getting a ride home when he got into an argument with the driver.

The victim jumped out of the cab, then the truck hit him.

They say the driver did not intend to hit his passenger.


MSP: Trooper ended chase before motorcyclist crashed


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan State Police say the Rockford Post Trooper chasing a motorcyclist Wednesday evening terminated the pursuit before the motorcyclist crashed.

The crash happened on Leonard near Broadway, on the West Side, late in the 9 o'clock hour. Witnesses said the motorcycle had been speeding westbound on Leonard. The rider then crashed with a car waiting to turn onto Broadway. The motorcyclist went flying, according to witnesses, but appeared to be breathing when taken by an ambulance. The car's driver appeared to be fine.

State police say the three-mile chase started on northbound US-131 near Burton, when the Trooper spotted the motorcyclist speeding and initiated a traffic stop. The chase ended after the motorcyclist ran several red lights in heavy traffic. Dispatch later told the Trooper the motorcyclist had crashed.

Suspects rob men in car in northwest G.R.


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are looking for three men involved in an overnight armed robbery on the city's west side.

It happened around 11 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Fremont Avenue and 11th Street.

Two men told officers they were sitting inside their car when they were approached by the three suspects. Two of the suspects had guns.

Investigators set up a perimeter in the area south of Leonard St. and Alpine Ave. NW. A police dog lost track of the suspects' scent near Leonard and Muskegon Ave.

No one was injured in the robbery.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call the Grand Rapids Police at (616) 456-3400, or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.


Old GR home's demolition on hold


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Demolition of a 140-year-old home on the West Side of Grand Rapids on hold.

The Grand Rapids City Commission has placed an emergency moratorium on demolition. The home is located at 2500 Lake Michigan Drive NW.

The city is going to study whether it's worth saving as an historic site.

Covenant Village of the Great Lakes owns the property and wants to tear it down to create green space.

A committee will study the issue and make a recommendation to city leaders.


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GRPS considering creating a 'museum school'

GRPS considering creating a 'museum school'


Grand Rapids, Mich. (WZZM) Grand Rapids Public Schools is discussing plans to open a 'public museum' school.

Supporters of the project submitted an application Tuesday night to the school board's academic committee. They are proposing classrooms at the Van Andel Museum Center and the former museum site on Jefferson. It would be open to students from 6th through 12th grades.

Mike Posthumus is with the College of Education at Grand Valley State University, "The world we live in is ripe with learning opportunities and all we have to do is take advantage of what's there." he told school officials. Posthumus is encouraging the district to approve the plan.

If the idea moves forward, the proposal would go to the full school board in September and then to the Superintendent for consideration. Grand Rapids Public Museum School could open as soon as the fall of 2015.

GRPS Back to School Celebration moved indoors

GRPS Back to School Celebration moved indoors


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The wet forecast is forcing the Grand Rapids Public Schools district to move Tuesday's Back to School Celebration indoors.

Instead of John Ball Park, the venue will be City High Middle School on Plainfield Ave. NE.

The celebration offers free food, games, and a chance for parents and students to get their back-to-school questions answered.

"We have informational booths with of our school programs and services. There will be everything from transportation, to food service, early childhood, adult education and everything in between," said district spokesperson John Helmholdt. "So, parents, prospective parents come one and come all."

Helmholdt says last year more than 6,000 people attended the Back-to-School Celebration.