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GRPD looking for three armed robbers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are trying to figure out who robbed a party store on the city's northwest side.

It happened around 1 a.m. Thursday morning near the corner of Bridge Street and Pine Avenue at Sam's Party Store. That's just a block east of Lincoln Park.

Police are looking for three men who they say had a gun. When we talked with dispatchers there was no immediate description on those suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Grand Rapids Police Department at (616) 456-3400 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

2 Calvin students admit to 'white power' messages

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Calvin College officials say two students have admitted to writing in snow that apparent hate speech discovered in a campus parking lot Monday morning.

A photo circulating on Facebook with hundreds of shares shows the words "white power" and a swastika written in the snow. Officials said six cars had the message written on them.

Calvin College President Michael Le Roy published the following statement after the message was discovered:

Meijer Gardens features Christmas traditions

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The holiday lights are going up on trees and homes across West Michigan.

This year, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park has new additions to its annual display. As part of its 20th anniversary, more than 40 trees with special ornaments and decorations line the halls for the "Christmas Traditions from Around the World" exhibit.

Each tree represents a different country, from Russia to Finland and Switzerland.

In addition, the gardens unveiled five new landmarks on its "Railway Gardens" exhibit, representing Grand Rapids' five sister cities.

GR's Big Talent finale competition kicks off Saturday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Musicians, comedians, dancers and more will compete Saturday night at the Peter Wege Theatre at the Grand Rapids Ballet Co. for chance to at a $1,000 grand prize.

The event will showcase 16 finalists performing for a live audience and celebrity judges including "Gravy" from 105.3 HOT-FM, Steve Zaagman from WZZM-TV and others. Todd Chance of MLive is the emcee. The grand prize is $1,000.

One finalist also will be chosen to perform at the 105.3 HOT-FM New Year's Eve party in downtown Grand Rapids.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance at grsbigtalent.com or $15 at the door.

Peter Wege Theatre is located at at 341 Ellsworth Ave. SW.

Weekend Adventure: Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- In this Weekend Adventure, our weekend morning news team ventured to Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters.

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters is a wholesale coffee roasting shop. Every Saturday from 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., they open their doors for "The Saturday Experience".

"We invite the public to come in and sample coffees at no charge and learn about coffee, answer their questions about coffee and if they care to, we'll take any of our raw beans and roast them to order while they wait" said owner, Craig Patterson. "No one else does that in town. We're all about education so we'll have three different coffees and three different roasts every Saturday. What we're trying to do is educate the customer on how the roast affects the flavor of the coffee. "

The Saturday Experience also includes espresso shots & Americano's.

Rapid bus driver pleads guilty to assault

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids bus driver Alicia Miller pleaded guilty to assault and battery for fighting with a teenager.

Fluellen will be charged in juvenile court for her part in the fight.


"Pass the Gravy" food drive and concert

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hot bands, live music and all to help the hungry.

Gravy, from 105.3 Hot FM joined us in studio to talk about the "Pass the Gravy" food drive.

Patrons are asked to bring a non-perishable food items with them to the event as this will serve as their admission ticket into the concert.

Performers include pop artist Daya, who will be performing her pop hit "Hide Away".

Also performing is pop duo Tryon and Grand Rapids very own The Outer Vibe.

It happens on Saturday, November 7th at The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave SW in Grand Rapids.

Doors open at 7PM and the show starts at 8PM.