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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.

GRFD puts fire out quickly, minor damage to home


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Emergency crews responded to a house fire on the city's west side Tuesday morning.

The home on Broadway Ave near 9th St. NW, by American Seating contains three apartments.

Everyone inside was able to get out safely.

The fire started in the attic and was put out quickly by the Grand Rapids Fire Department. Initial investigation suggests this was an electrical fire.

There was minor fire, smoke and water damage to one upstairs apartment.


Taste of Grand Rapids underway this weekend


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The annual

Taste of Grand Rapids brings local cuisine and free live entertainment to John Ball Park Friday and Saturday.

About 25 area restaurants are on-hand, offering visitors everything from Italian to Jamaican, Middle Eastern to barbecue. Attendees can once again buy food tickets to use for popular dishes from each restaurant.

Family-friendly bands will perform both days, with classic rock acts on Friday and country performer Drake White on Saturday.

Teenager evacuates sister and pets from burning home


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A Gteenager says he was afraid the fire department would be too late.

When he saw his house on Underhill Avenue SW was on fire, Markell Green, 16, says he called 911 and then ran into the burning building to evacuate his sister and two dogs.

"The whole front porch was on fire," he recalled. "Flames and smoke everywhere. I was like 'Oh, crap! My sister is in there.'"

The fire Tuesday afternoon did major damage to the rental home, but the teenager made sure his sister 13-year-old sister Kayla and their pets got out safely
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"When I got into the house there were flames everywhere and smoke," he said. "It was dark and I couldn't see. But I had to get her up and get her out."