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West Side Walk raises money for Gilda's Club

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- At least 100 people braved windy and cool weather on Saturday, for the inaugural West Side Walk for Gilda's Club.  The pledge walk highlighted the growing success of the west side community as well as what Gilda's Club has accomplished in Grand Rapids.

They also hosted a block party at their property on Bridge Street after the walk that started at Noon.  WZZM 13's Jennifer Pascua was the emcee for the festivities.

In addition to the first ever walk, Gilda's is teaming up once again the American Cancer Society for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Bra Decorating Event.

That will take place between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at Gilda's Club Grand Rapids. That is located at 1806 Bridge St. NW. Gilda's invites anyone living with or supporting someone with breast cancer to attend.

Man crossing street injured by car in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 53-year-old man suffered serious injuries Friday afternoon after being hit by a car while crossing Front Avenue near 6th Street in Grand Rapids.

It happened around 2 o'clock.

Investigators say the Grand Rapids man was hit when he crossed in front of a southbound vehicle. The driver was not speeding.

Police are not releasing the name of the victim or driver at this time.

Shop accused of offering body art without license

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police and the Kent County Health Department have shut down a shop accused of offering body art without a license.

The shop in question is VIP2 at 456 Leonard St. NW, just west of US-131. In an announcement that only gave the address Thursday afternoon, the health department said its personnel and members of the Grand Rapids Police Department had earlier in the day brought a second cease-and-desist letter to the shop, in addition to putting a sign on the building making people aware. Additional legal action is pending, authorities said. VIP2 advertises clothing and accessories, not tattoo services, but the health department says it received a tip.

Gilda's Club to host West Side Walk

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- For nearly 15 years, Gilda's Club Grand Rapids has provided emotional support for those affected by cancer. And, this weekend it's starting a new movement to touch the lives of those in the community. Gilda's is holding an inaugural West Side Walk and Block Party this Saturday.

The event aims to highlight the growing success of the west side community as well as what Gilda's Club has accomplished in Grand Rapids.

Road closed after car crashes into Coca-Cola building

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- DTE crews were called to the Coca-Cola plant in Grand Rapids to take care of a gas leak after a car crashed into the building Thursday morning.

The accident happened around 7:15 a.m. at the plant on Butterworth Street SW near the John Ball Zoo.

Butterworth Street was closed between Wealthy and John Ball Park Drive while emergency crews worked.

Police on scene tell WZZM 13 only three people were inside the building at the time of the incident. No one was hurt and no one was evacuated.

Police are looking into the cause of the crash. The condition of the driver is unknown at this time.

Robber breaks into blind woman's home

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Police Department is looking for the man who broke into a blind woman's home early Monday morning.

It happened on Bristol near 10th Street, around 1 o'clock.

The victim told police she woke up to a man lying on top of her. He demanded money, made her lie down, and threatened to hurt her if she got up.

Hours later, the victim called a relative who called police.

Police say the perpetrator got into the house by cutting a hole through the screen in the window.

Anyone with information should contact Grand Rapids police at 616-456-3400 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or silentobserver.org.

Smoke from garage fire seen for miles in G.R.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Emergency crews were called to Sibley St. NW between Lane and Seward for a garage fire Friday afternoon.

Heavy smoke was seen near Grand Valley State University's downtown campus just after 2 p.m.

Early investigation reveals there were fireworks in the unattached garage at the time of the fire. It is unknown at this time if the fireworks started the fire, or just made the problem worse.

No one was injured. The cause remains under investigation.