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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.

Harmony Hall opens on Grand Rapids' West Side


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The city's newest brewery opened its doors Tuesday.

Harmony Hall now is serving up a mix of local brews and and eats, located at the site of the former Little Mexico restaurant at 401 Stocking Ave. NW on the city's West Side.

It complements Harmony Brewing Company's existing location in Eastown. Owners say they chose the new location to bring life into the neighborhood.

"Grand Rapids is an awesome place to be in the beer industry because everybody is kind of sharpening each others' skills," co-owner Barry Van Dyke said.

The Hall is open from 11 a.m. to midnight.


Suspect sought in Grand Rapids robbery


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for the robber who held up a Grand Rapids grocery store at gunpoint over the weekend.

The Super Mercado Labendicion II, 957 Davis Ave. NW, was robbed shortly before 7 o'clock Sunday evening. Police described the suspect as a black man in his early to mid-20's, about 6', 170 lbs., with a goatee. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, and black and white shoes. He took cash and fled, running south down Davis.

A K9 track failed to find the robber.

The GRPD's Major Case Team is investigating. Anyone with information on the case should contact police at 616-456-3400 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or www.silentobserver.org.


GRPD identifies man killed in motorcycle crash


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The 27-year-old man killed in a Grand Rapids motorcycle crash last week was from Mount Pleasant but had family ties to West Michigan, according to police.

The Grand Rapids Police Department on Monday identified Spencer Tracy Snyder as the man who died in the October 1 crash near Shawmut Blvd. and Wendover Rd. NW.

Authorities said it appears excessive speed was a factor in the crash. They're still investigating and want to speak with any witnesses who haven't yet come forward. People with information on the crash should contact the GRPD Special Services Unit at 616-456-3771 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or www.silentobserver.org.

Pedestrian dies from injuries after being hit by car in GR


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 53-year-old man has died after being hit by a car while crossing Front Avenue near 6th Street in Grand Rapids.

Police say Lorenzo Blair, from Wyoming, Mich., was crossing the street around 2 p.m. Friday when he was hit. Blair crossed in front of a southbound vehicle. The driver was not speeding and alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

Blair was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was pronounced dead two days later, on Sunday, Oct. 4.

The incident remains under investigation. If you have any information, please call the Grand Rapids Police Department at 616-456-3771 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.


West Side Walk raises money for Gilda's Club


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- At least 100 people braved windy and cool weather on Saturday, for the inaugural West Side Walk for Gilda's Club.  The pledge walk highlighted the growing success of the west side community as well as what Gilda's Club has accomplished in Grand Rapids.

They also hosted a block party at their property on Bridge Street after the walk that started at Noon.  WZZM 13's Jennifer Pascua was the emcee for the festivities.

In addition to the first ever walk, Gilda's is teaming up once again the American Cancer Society for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Bra Decorating Event.

That will take place between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at Gilda's Club Grand Rapids. That is located at 1806 Bridge St. NW. Gilda's invites anyone living with or supporting someone with breast cancer to attend.

Shop accused of offering body art without license


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police and the Kent County Health Department have shut down a shop accused of offering body art without a license.

The shop in question is VIP2 at 456 Leonard St. NW, just west of US-131. In an announcement that only gave the address Thursday afternoon, the health department said its personnel and members of the Grand Rapids Police Department had earlier in the day brought a second cease-and-desist letter to the shop, in addition to putting a sign on the building making people aware. Additional legal action is pending, authorities said. VIP2 advertises clothing and accessories, not tattoo services, but the health department says it received a tip.