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Toys for Tots donations arrive at distribution site


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hundreds of toys are ready to find their way under Christmas trees in Grand Rapids.

The Marines and Toys for Tots unloaded the trailer of toys at the distribution site at Saint Peter and Paul Catholic School on Hamilton Ave.

The toys will be distributed Saturday starting at 8 a.m. at Knox Church and the school. Toys for Tots coordinators say they are pleased the community has stepped up to help them meet their need for toys this year.

RELATED: Behind the scenes of the WZZM 13 Toys for Tots School Spirit Challenge

Gunman robs gas station, GRPD investigating


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for the gunman who robbed a gas station on the northwest side of Grand Rapids Thursday evening.

The Grand Rapids Police Department tells WZZM 13 the robbery was reported around 9:30pm at the BP gas station at 2035 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, near Covell. A man armed with a pistol robbed the business and fled, running to the north.

Police searched the area with a canine but were unable to locate a suspect.

The suspect is described as a black man, possibly in his 20s, about 5'6" to 5'8" with a thin build, wearing a blue bandana over his face, blue pants, and a dark blue jacket with gray fur.

Anyone with information on the case should call Grand Rapids police at 616-456-3403 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.


My Town: Looking for a job? Head to Grand Rapids, survey says

My Town: Looking for a job?  Head to Grand Rapids, survey says

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids is where the jobs will be in 2015, according to survey results published by Forbes.

Every quarter, Manpower surveys employers in each market to determine who will be hiring and who will be firing. The biggest jump in employment is expected to happen in the Cape Coral, Florida area, where 32 percent of surveyed companies said they planned to hire new staff in the first quarter of 2015.  McAllen, Texas ranked second for jobs, with an estimated 29 percent of companies hiring; Grand Rapids tied with Deltona, Florida for third place, with approximately 26 percent of businesses planning to add positions. For the complete rankings, visit Forbes’ website.

Founders Brewing gets Spanish partner


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Founders Brewing now has a foreign investor.

The local craft brewer announced Wednesday morning that they have formed a partnership with Mahou San Miguel, Spain's leading brewing company for 125 years. Mahou will be a minority investor with 30% ownership in the brewery.

Founders owners say that the partnership with Mahou will help Founders grow through Mahou's international distribution network. The company says both Mahou and Founders are focused on long-term strategic growth and that "Founders will remain Founders."

Kent ISD superintendent announces retirement

Kent ISD superintendent announces retirement


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)—After more than three decades helping to educate hundreds of thousands of children, the superintendent of Kent Intermediate School District is leaving his post.

Tuesday, Kevin Konarska announced his plans to retire at the end of the school year. Konarska has worked for Kent ISD for nine years, helping the agency navigate through the Great Recession and deep funding cuts by the state, all while opening new education programs and a laboratory school.

"It will be very hard to see Kevin leave," Board President Claudia Bajema said in a news release to WZZM 13. "He has made such a difference in the schools we serve and in the opportunities available to the more than 100,000 students throughout our service region."

Police seek stabbing suspect & victim


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are asking hospital workers to let them know if someone shows up with a stab wounds after an overnight attack.

It happened around 1 a.m. Monday on Lexington Avenue between Lake Michigan Drive NW and Fulton Street W.

Investigators say a woman called 911 and reported she had been stabbed, but when officers arrived there was no one there.

Officers searched the area for the suspect and the victim, and brought in a forensics team to recover evidence.

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


Jingle bell walk & run raises money to support arthritis


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)-- Jingle bells will be ringing through the streets of Grand Rapids this morning, during the Jingle Bell Run/Walk. The race starts at 9:00 a.m. at Grand Valley State University's Downtown Campus Eberhard Center located at 301 W Fulton St.


7 year old Owen Barrett is the honoree at the holiday race aimed at raising awareness for arthritis.