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GRPD investigating stabbing on city's northwest side


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are investigating a stabbing Tuesday afternoon on the northwest side of Grand Rapids.

It happened just before 3 o'clock in the 700 block of 6th St., near McReynolds Ave. The victim had non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

The suspect fled the scene, heading west. He's described as wearing dark clothing and a black stocking cap.

Shortly after the incident, nearby Stocking Elementary was dismissing students for the day, so police tell WZZM 13 they advised the school of their investigation and sent an officer to be there during dismissal.


GRPD officers nab would-be business burglars


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Two people are facing charges for an attempted break-in at a southwest Grand Rapids gas station, and another unlawful entry of a house.

It happened around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, when officers were responding to a burglar alarm at the Marathon gas station at 331 Franklin Street SW.

The officers parked down the street and walked toward the station, finding two broken windows and a suspect on the lot. The officers caught the 42-year-old suspect behind the station.

Police then spotted a second set of footprints in the snow, following them to a vacant home nearby on Franklin Street. Another officer and a police dog were called in to search the house. A 25-year-old man surrendered and walked outside after police warned him the dog would be sent inside.

Reed Kamyszek finishes his XC Running at Syracuse University

Reed Kamyszek finishes his XC Running at Syracuse University

This brings my CX running career at Syracuse University to an end except for Outdoor Track in the spring, so said Reed Kamyszek in a recent e-mail to me. Reed is in his 5th year at Syracuse on full scholarship & will go on to medical school next fall. He also tutors at Syracuse.

Reed was with the team at Nationals in Indiana over the weekend and Syracuse placed 5th in the Nation for the first time in 60 years and to quote Reed: “Who would have thought that a kid from Walker, MI would have been a part of taking the team to this level?” He is so proud of the entire team and has really enjoyed being a part of the team.

Reed is a graduate of Kenowa Hills High School, Class of 2010.

Explosion destroys wing of trucking business


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Investigators are looking into a natural gas explosion that destroyed a wing of a southwest Grand Rapids' trucking company's headquarters.

It happened around 4:30 a.m. on Freeman Avenue near Market Avenue SW.

Crews say no one was in the building at the time of the explosion, which was likely caused by a gas leak.

Firefighters say there was a small fire after the explosion, which they were able to put out quickly.

No one was injured, and there were no evacuations because the business was in an industrial area.


Donor makes G.R. pools free for kids next summer

Donor makes G.R. pools free for kids next summer


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A donation to the City of Grand Rapids will allow children to use city pools for free next summer.

Businessman Bob Sullivan is donating $50,000. Some of the money will be used to build a basketball court at Fourth Street Woods Park in Grand Rapids. The rest is for the city's swimming program, which should make admission free for children in 2015.

Four years ago, Sullivan donated money to have the Richmond Park pool open.


Sidewalk snow removal varies by community

Sidewalk snow removal varies by community


EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Many roads in West Michigan are still snow covered or icy because of the relentless snow over the past couple of days.

But there's also concern about sidewalks not being shoveled.

We looked into the issue and learned that policies vary from community to community. In Grand Rapids and Alpine Township property owners are required to clean their sidewalks.

In East Grand Rapids the city will do it but they can't plow down to the pavement.

"With a snow plow plowing the sidewalks we have to keep it one or two inches above the sidewalk or we'll be chipping the sidewalk and actually wrecking the vehicles in doing that," says Brian Donovan the City Manager for East Grand Rapids.

The United Way says they have been flooded with calls from people who need help shoveling.

Early storm leads to run on snowblowers


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Anyone fed up with shoveling their driveway is probably out of luck.

The winter storm has led to a run on snow blowers.

At Alpine Rent-All, the entire stock of snow blowers quickly disappeared off the showroom floor by Tuesday.

"We spoke with a person just five minutes ago -- we said, Come on down, we have three' -- and by the time he got here, we had one left," said manager Bob Cegelis. "To be sold out by November 30 or sooner is unprecedented for us."

Alpine Rent-All still has some snowblowers to rent and hopes to have more blowers to sell in the weeks to come.