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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.

Gilda's Club to host West Side Walk

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- For nearly 15 years, Gilda's Club Grand Rapids has provided emotional support for those affected by cancer. And, this weekend it's starting a new movement to touch the lives of those in the community. Gilda's is holding an inaugural West Side Walk and Block Party this Saturday.

The event aims to highlight the growing success of the west side community as well as what Gilda's Club has accomplished in Grand Rapids.

Road closed after car crashes into Coca-Cola building

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- DTE crews were called to the Coca-Cola plant in Grand Rapids to take care of a gas leak after a car crashed into the building Thursday morning.

The accident happened around 7:15 a.m. at the plant on Butterworth Street SW near the John Ball Zoo.

Butterworth Street was closed between Wealthy and John Ball Park Drive while emergency crews worked.

Police on scene tell WZZM 13 only three people were inside the building at the time of the incident. No one was hurt and no one was evacuated.

Police are looking into the cause of the crash. The condition of the driver is unknown at this time.

Robber breaks into blind woman's home

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Police Department is looking for the man who broke into a blind woman's home early Monday morning.

It happened on Bristol near 10th Street, around 1 o'clock.

The victim told police she woke up to a man lying on top of her. He demanded money, made her lie down, and threatened to hurt her if she got up.

Hours later, the victim called a relative who called police.

Police say the perpetrator got into the house by cutting a hole through the screen in the window.

Anyone with information should contact Grand Rapids police at 616-456-3400 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or silentobserver.org.