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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.

GR restaurant fed up with break-ins


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - A Grand Rapids restaurant is pleading with the community for help. Tacos el Cuñado on Bridge Street has been broken into seven times over the past three years.

After the most recent break-in, the owner put a sign on the front door asking the community for help.

The sign reads: "Dear consumers: Tacos el Cuñado Bridge St. is a family owned business and has been for 3 years in this location. This is the seventh time that someone tried to break in and steal from us, which hurts our family. If you see any criminal activity please contact to the police department. We love our job and our customers like family and our business is our heart."

Man crashes into utility pole, knocks out power


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Dozens of people in Walker are without power after a van crashed into a utility pole.

It happened Sunday morning on Alpine Avenue near Hillside Drive. Police tell us the driver lost control and hit the pole.

He suffered minor injuries, but was taken to the hospital.

Crews are working to restore power. They expect to have it restored by 3 p.m.

West Side neighbors concerned about 2nd shooting this week


GRAND RAPID (WZZM) -- People in a West Side neighborhood were woken up by gunfire for the second straight night early Wednesday morning, and police are trying to figure out who the shooter is.

Bullets were fired around 3:30 a.m. on McReynolds Ave. between 7th and 9th St. Police say the shooter fired at one home.

No one was hurt.

They don't believe the shooting is related to the one from late Monday night, but it happened in the same block of McReynolds. Two people were injured in that shooting, and police never found a suspect.

On Wednesday, neighbors expressed concern about an increase in crime in that area. GRPD doesn't believe that's the case.

"We're obviously concerned about the shootings because it is a violent crime," said Capt. Matt Ostopowicz. "But, the location and time is coincidental right now."

GRPD: 2 injured by gunfire on northwest side


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are investigating after gunfire injured two people on the northwest side of Grand Rapids Monday evening.

Officers responded to the 900 block of McReynolds Ave. NW, south of 11th St., shortly after 10 p.m.

Police said the victims are a man and a woman, each of whom was shot in the leg. They were taken to a hospital, and police said they believe their injuries are non-life-threatening.

One of the victims was shot in the 900 block of McReynolds. The other was shot in the 900 block of Muskegon. Police are still investigating whether the victims have any connections to each other.

Officers brought in a canine unit to look for the shooter, who hasn't been taken into custody.