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Grand Rapids job fair to welcome veterans first


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Local veterans can get early access to a job fair tomorrow, featuring more than 1,300 jobs.

Veterans can arrive at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, to start speaking with employers before the general public is welcomed a half-hour later. It runs until 11:30 a.m.

Representatives from the manufacturing, hospitality, health care, retail and telecommunications industries will be there.

The fair will be held at the Michigan Works! Westside Service Center, located at 215 Straight Ave. NW.


New Holland breaks ground for GR's 'Knickerbocker' pub


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- One of West Michigan's most popular breweries is moving forward with plans to build its new location in Grand Rapids.

Construction has officially begun on New Holland Brewing Company's new brewpub, distillery and restaurant. It's located at the corner of Bridge Street and Broadway Avenue, on Grand Rapids' West Side.

The brewery's main location is on 8th Street in downtown Holland.

It will include a gin and whiskey cocktail bar, private rental spaces, food to go, more than 25 taps and a retail store.

New Holland plans to hire 150 employees for the new location.


Carly Glanzman Chosen as Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Carly Glanzman Chosen as Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Carly Glanzman has been chosen as the 2015 SHAPE Michigan Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Board of Directors of the Society of Health and Education Educators.

Working on her eleveth year as a physical education teacher at Kenowa Hills, Glanzman provides students with a nurturing, positive & safe learning experience. She is also a mentor for other physical education specialist and an alumni, guest speaker for GVSU to name a few.

John Ball Zoo holding annual Halloween event


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- People of all ages can get a jump on celebrating Halloween this year at John Ball Zoo.

The annual Zoo Goes Boo event happens both this and next weekend.

This year, it will feature a number of attractions for people of all ages. We're talking dancers, drum circles, pumpkin carvers, magicians and more!

As for the animals, they'll get special treats to celebrate.

Admission to Zoo Goes Boo is $8, but you can pick up a $1 off coupon at participating Meijer stores.

For more information, visit the John Ball Zoo website.


Man, arrested after standoff, charged in stolen vehicle case


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man who prompted a police standoff on the northwest side of Grand Rapids Thursday afternoon has been charged.

Matthew Hendrik Vandyken, 38, was arraigned Friday on a charge of receiving and concealing a stolen motor vehicle, a 10-year felony. He's held on $10,000 bond.

Police investigating a possible housing violation at Vandyken's home on Garfield near Atlantic say they found that stolen vehicle out back. When investigators with a search warrant made contact with Vandyken, he first tried fleeing before running back in his home and refusing to come out. Officers arrested him a few hours later.

His next court date is November 5.


GRPD: Man holes up in home after housing violation investigation


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- An investigation into a possible housing violation on the northwest side of Grand Rapids Thursday afternoon led to a noticeable police presence in that area.

The Grand Rapids Police Department says officers were investigating the housing violation complaint in the 900 block of Garfield, south of Walker, around 3:45 p.m. They found car parts and a stolen vehicle on the property, so they called in the combined auto theft team. That team got a search warrant for the home.

Officers say that when they tried speaking with the 38-year-old man who lives there, he tried to flee before running back inside and refusing to come out.

GRPD says it apprehended the man by about 7 p.m.

Pedestrian hit on Grand Rapid's Northwest side


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids Police are investigating an accident involving pedestrian and a car. It happened shortly after 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of Lane and Chatham on the city's Northwest side.

Investigators believe there was a fight between the 21 year old pedestrian and the people inside an SUV. Police say the SUV drove around the block, came back, and hit the man in the street. He was found conscious in the street and taken to Butterworth Hospital. He is listed in critical condition, with life threatening injuries. The driver took off before police arrived.

Police closed part of Chatham during the investigation.

GRPD is looking for the SUV and the driver. They say it's large and dark colored, possibly a Chevy Suburban. It may have damage from the incident.