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Goodwill opening boutique in Eastown


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Goodwill plans to open a retail boutique in the Grand Rapids Eastown neighborhood soon.

Interactive Marketing Manager Lynda Kistler joined the WZZM 13 News at 5 Friday to tell us about the shop, called Re--Blue.

See what she had to say in the video above. Learn more about Goodwill at this link.


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Masked men pistol whip, rob woman


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are trying to track down two men they say pistol whipped and robbed a woman.

It happened around 3 a.m. Friday on Cass Avenue near the corner of Hall Street SE. Police say after the masked men hit the woman, they made everyone inside the home get on the ground. One of the victims was treated for injuries.

Officers tried to use K-9 units to track down the suspects but could not find them. If you know anything about this incident you're asked to call Grand Rapids Police or Silent Observer.


Man arrested for 2013 Grand Rapids murder


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The Kent County Prosecutor has filed murder charges in a 2013 case.

Clifton S. Witherspoon, 38, is charged with Felony Murder, Felony Firearm, and Being a Habitual Offender in the murder of Rick Hammad on September 21, 2013.

Hammad, of Kentwood, was found lying outside his vehicle at Dickinson and Linden Ave. SE. Police determined that he had been shot and his death was ruled a homicide.

Witherspoon has been incarcerated with the Michigan Department of Corrections on unrelated charges. He is expected to be arraigned Thursday afternoon.

Benefit for Gabriel's Journey to a Miracle

Benefit for Gabriel's Journey to a Miracle

Gabriel Isaac Dehen, born October 16, 2014 at Metro Hospital, came into this world fighting and has a long journey ahead of him and his parents, David & Christina Dehen.

Gabriel was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around one of his arms that was completely limp. After ineffective respiratory efforts, he was placed on oxygen but then doctors noticed unusual movement of his arms that appeared to be symptoms of seizure activity. He was then transferred to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for the next 42 days.

Gabriel was diagnosed with Severe Epilepsy & Neuro-Degenerative Disease, meaning his brain cells were diminished from his brain as well as his brain stem. He is now on 3 different seizure medicines.

Both David and Christina never planned to have her off from work for so long; her job granted her 6 weeks paid and 6 weeks unpaid leave for baby bonding time. Since that time she is only able to work a few hours a week due to Gabriel’s needs and care.

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DTE holds job fair at Calvin College


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) DTE Energy will be looking for customer care representatives Wednesday when it hosts a job fair at Calvin College.

The company will be at Calvin's Prince Conference Center on the East Beltline from 1:00pm until 7:00pm.

The positions available start at $12.20 per hour with the potential to earn $14.50 per hour, plus incentives and benefits.

Applicants must have a high school degree or its equivalent and experience working with customers is preferred.


GRPD lockdown neighborhood during search


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police put a southeast Grand Rapids neighborhood on lockdown overnight after what they thought was a shooting.

It started with a traffic stop near Union Avenue and Franklin Street around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. The driver ran off, then officers heard what sounded like a gunshot.

Backup officers from around Grand Rapids and surrounding cities soon arrived, including investigators with police dogs and tactical officers.

They tracked down the driver from the traffic stop after he ran into a nearby house.

Investigators also determined it wasn't a gunshot they heard -- the driver's car had some sort of explosion.

The driver is now in custody. His name is not being released.


Kentwood Community Church to Sponsor Wyoming Summer Concerts

Kentwood Community Church to Sponsor Wyoming Summer Concerts

The Wyoming Community Enrichment Commission (WCEC) announced today that Kentwood Community Church (KCC) has agreed to an exclusive Title Sponsorship agreement for the 2015 Concerts in the Park Series. In recognition of their support, the series will be renamed to "Concerts in the Park, presented by Kentwood Community Church" for the 2015 season.

Kentwood Community Church is the first full-season sponsor for the Concerts in the Park series.  In addition to renaming the series, the church will also provide activities and entertainment during all 11 concerts scheduled for this year.  Each concert night will have various events, such as family games, kids inflatable equipment, face painting, temporary tattoos, and lots of giveaways, all at no charge.  Follow the series on Facebook (Facebook.com/WyomingCEC) to get up-to-date information on events for each concert night.