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Police seek driver who hit 4-year-old sledder


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids police are investigating a hit-and-run crash involving a Buick that hit a four-year-old boy who was sledding in Richmond Park.

Witnesses say two white men in their early twenties were in the vehicle that hit Gabriel Castillo Jr. around 7 p.m. Saturday. A witness got the license plate information, and officers found the car about an hour later at the registered owner's Walker home. Police are now looking to question the car's owner and the person who was driving during the accident.

Gabriel is expected to recover.

"He is a four-year-old boy, he didn't deserve that," said Sarah Alflen, the boy's mother, shortly after the accident. "You could have stopped and at least made sure he was okay."

Alflen told WZZM 13 that her son suffered several broken ribs, a concussion, and a broken collarbone.

City's risk manager reviews sledding hill after accident


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - On Saturday, a four-year-old boy sledding at Richmond Park veered off course into the street and was struck by a car. It's prompted questions from parents and residents about the safety of a hill so close to a busy street not having barriers to prevent such an accident.

Gabriel Castillo Jr. is now recovering at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, but his accident has raised some questions.

Craig Coulson is the risk manager for the City of Grand Rapids. One of his jobs is to minimize risk on the city's properties, including parks. Since the accident he has visited Richmond Park.

"When someone gets hurt in a park, if and when it is reported, we will review it with staff," explains Coulson. "We will try to do some problem solving and some corrective action."

Standoff in Grand Rapids ends with no injuries


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A police standoff near the intersection of Courtney and Garfield in Grand Rapids is over. Investigators say around 6:15 Sunday evening there was a family dispute, one of the people involved claimed a shot was fired.

Grand Rapids Police say the initial investigation shows the weapon involved was a BB Gun. They are in the process of talking to everyone involved, and have not made a decision if anyone will be charged.

Investigators say no one was injured during the incident, and they left the area around 8:00 p.m.


WinterWest wraps up at Richmond Park


GRAND RAPIDS, (WZZM) - WinterWest wrapped up Sunday evening at Richmond Park. Some of the highlights of the event included a pond hockey tournament and the Crazy Cardboard Sled Race.

Saturday night officials suspended play in the pond hockey tournament because of poor ice conditions. The remaining games will be rescheduled, with an announcement on when coming in the next week.

The sled race on Sunday afternoon featured dozens of people using homemade cardboard sleds. WinterWest highlights many of the natural attractions at Richmond Park.


WGRD's Pond Hockey Classic underway this weekend


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hockey players are hitting the ice at Richmond Park this weekend, as part of WGRD's Pond Hockey Classic.

Teams of six to eight players from all over Michigan are coming out to compete.

Co-ed teams are new for this year's event.

It's the tournament's fourth year, and the first time it's being held on the west side of Grand Rapids.

Organizers are hoping for the community to come out to support the teams, according to events manager Angela Paasche.

"We're really just trying to get the spectators out here. We're really just trying to get the community feel for this. These men and women set aside their whole weekend for this, and they love for people to come on down and cheer them on."

The tournament wraps up with a championship game on Sunday afternoon.


GR firefighters respond to flames at apartment building


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids firefighters have responded to flames at a northwest-side apartment building.

Around 3:25 p.m. Friday, crews were dispatched to a building in the 1500 block of Alpine Ave. NW, just south of Richmond St., on reports of smoke filling an apartment.

Scanner traffic indicates that firefighters found flames in a wall; our crew on the scene reports firefighters were rushing in with axes.

Crews closed Alpine from Richmond south to Webster as part of the response.

Police investigating Molotov cocktail incident in Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids police are trying to figure out who's responsible for setting off a Molotov cocktail outside a Grand Rapids home overnight.

It happened on Watson Street near the corner of Fulton and Lane Avenue around 2:00 Monday morning. Neighbors told police they heard an explosion and noticed a brief fire on the front porch. That fire was out by the time firefighters arrived.

There were five people inside the home at the time but none of them were hurt.

Police are also trying to figure out what motive the suspect might have had to throw the Molotov cocktail.