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Police interview suspect in attempted abduction


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police say they have interviewed the suspect in an attempted abduction.

The incident happened Monday afternoon on the northwest side of Grand Rapids. A 13-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl were walking dogs along Alpine near Sylvia, north of Richmond, when a man in a pickup truck approached them. He started asking them questions and then told them to get into the truck.

The kids ran away and called police.

Tuesday evening, police said the investigation is ongoing and authorities are still determining what they'll do.

GRPD investigating attempted abduction


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids police are trying to find a man they say tried to lure two kids into his vehicle Monday afternoon.

Investigators say that around 2:20 p.m., the man pulled his pickup up to two kids, a 13-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, who were walking their dogs on the sidewalk near Alpine NW and Sylvia, north of Richmond. He then asked them several questions and told them to get in the truck. The kids ran away and called police.

Police described the suspect as white, 55 to 65 years old, with receding white hair, white spots on his face, dark eyes, and a deep voice. He's heavy-set and wore a white t-shirt. His pickup is an older, white truck with rust along the bottom. It was quiet but dirty, and the bed was empty.

Fulton closed for construction between Seward & Winter


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Crews have shut down Fulton St. between Seward and Winter, just west of downtown Grand Rapids, to work on the railroad line.

The road won't re-open until Thursday morning.

Eastbound drivers must detour from Seward to Lake Michigan Dr. to Mount Vernon.

Westbound drivers cam take Winter to Lake Michigan Dr. back to Seward.


Cherry Health holds back-to-school fair


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Classes start in about a month for most West Michigan schools, and one organization wants help students get a healthy start.

Cherry Health held a back-to-school health fair Friday at its Westside Health Center.

The event brought families from Grand Rapids' West Side together for games, healthy snacks, and even a school supply giveaway. The goal is to help teach children and parents about healthy habits heading into a school year, said Cherry Health's Marsha Hazen, teaching about "things like the importance of brushing your teeth, the importance of ready everyday and just having your well-child checks regularly, and all those preventative health screenings that kids need to have a healthy start to their school year."

Woman to face trial on ethnic intimidation, assault charges


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids woman will go to trial on charges including ethnic intimidation.

Police say 56-year-old Judy Syrek threatened three people with a pellet gun and shouted racial insults near her home on Jackson Street. All three were African American.

Syrek appeared in court Friday. She waived her hearing, sending her case directly to trial. Investigators say Syrek was upset because a dog owned by the three soiled her lawn.

Syrek also faces assault charges.

Man killed in G.R. motorcycle crash


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A man is dead after crashing his motorcycle into a parked car on the city's southwest side overnight.

It happened just before 9:45 p.m. Wednesday at the corner of Logan Street and Grandville Avenue SW.

Police believe the man was speeding west on Logan when he lost control and crashed. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The rider was not wearing a helmet when he crashed, according to officers.

The victim's name will not be released until his family is notified.


Man who fatally shot himself at G.R. bank identified


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- On Monday, Aug. 3, police responded to a bank on the West Side of Grand Rapids where a man shot himself.

Sgt. Terry Dixon told WZZM 13 a man walked into the Fifth Third Bank at Alpine and Leonard around 4 p.m. and fatally shot himself in the chest with a 9mm handgun.

Police have identified the man as Michael James Webber, 41, of Grand Rapids. Webber reportedly said something unintelligible before shooting himself.

No one else was injured. One customer and two employees were in the bank at the time.

Grand Rapids police are working with bank officials to determine more details about the shooting. If you have any information, please contact the police at 616-456-3604 or Silent Observer.