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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.


How investments in solar energy make for better business plans in West Michigan

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This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

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.

Mastercraft Pro Wakeboard Tour comes to Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Some of the best wakeboarders in the world have come to West Michigan to compete.

The Mastercraft Pro Wakeboard Tour is holding its final stop and competition series at Millennium Park this weekend.

The tour travels around the country, making stops in states like Florida, California, and Washington state.

It came to West Michigan last year, too.

And while the competitors are trying to win titles, they also like to have the people come to watch, according to wakeboarder Rusty Malinoski.

"It's not very often you get the best in the world at what we do. I think there's 32 of the best wakeboarders that will be here competing for the title. It's pretty cool," said Malinoski.

The pro men's quarterfinals begin at 10 Saturday morning at Millennium Park, and organizers say anyone is welcome to get tickets and come watch.

Prices increasing for GR yard waste tags

Prices increasing for GR yard waste tags


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids residents will pay more for some yard waste collections starting Friday.

The city has posted notice of a price increase on its yard waste services website at this link. Yard waste cart tags will cost $6.00 and bulk yard waste tags will cost $2.50. The prices are increasing from $5.25 and $1.50, respectively.

The city also sells yard waste bags, at $2.50 apiece.