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Man found on G.R. street dies after gunshot to chest


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are investigating the death of a man found shot in the chest Thursday morning.

The victim was discovered unresponsive around 6:45 a.m. in the 500 block of Howard Street SE, between Madison and Eastern avenues.

A bystander administered CPR but the man died a short time later at the hospital, police say.

Investigators are withholding the victim's name until family is notified. They say he is in his 20s.

Police are not sure what led up to the shooting and say there are no known suspects.

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GR considers 2 lanes for bikes, 1 for cars on Jefferson


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- With plans for rebuilding or repaving Jefferson Avenue from Burton to Hall streets in Grand Rapids, there's an idea under consideration to paint a bike lane in each direction on the street when it's done next year.

In order to keep on-street parking, too, the city says the concept would require having both directions of motorized traffic share a single lane in the center.

Drivers would need to yield to bicycles before moving into the bike lane to avoid oncoming cars.

The construction work is set to start this summer and last into next summer, so the new markings for the bike lanes, if approved, would be painted in 2016.


No one hurt when wind brings tree down on car


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Storms that moved through West Michigan Tuesday afternoon downed trees in different areas, including on Cherry at Packard in Grand Rapids.

A Grand Rapids fire chief on the scene told WZZM 13 that around 5:30 p.m., a tree fell on a car with a woman inside. She wasn't hurt and was able to back up and safely get out of the car.

The tree also brought down some power lines.

The street was closed while crews cleaned up.


1 shot on Banner SW in Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids police are investigating after one person was shot at 51 Banner SW, near Division and Alger, Tuesday evening.

Officers responded to the report of a shooting around 6 p.m.

Investigators say it appears the victim, a 20-year-old man, was shot in his back on the porch at that home. He was conscious and speaking when taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police initially said they were looking for two suspects, but later said there was only one, described only as a black man in his 20's and about 5'11". He ran from the scene, and a canine search failed to find him.

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Dr. Robert Marko, of Aquinas College, named 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Robert Marko, of Aquinas College, named 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Robert Marko, professor and chair person of the theology department at Aquinas College here in Grand Rapids, MI., has been named a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar for the fall semester at the Ukrainian Catholic University in L’viv, Ukraine.

“Aquinas is very pleased and proud that Dr. Marko once again has been recognized with this prestigious award,” said Aquinas Provost, Gilda Gely. “It is extremely competitive on an international scale, so it is exciting to Aquinas making its’ mark in this global space.” Dr. Marko was also awarded a Fulbright in 2008, focusing then on what the Eastern Christian theological tradition brings to the West.

The Fulbright Program, aiming to increase mutual understanding between the people of the world, is the flagship international educational exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. Government.

GRPD: Argument escalated to drive-by shooting


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are investigating a shooting in the 800 block of Adams Street SE.

One person was grazed in the stomach around 1:45 p.m. Monday at a home on the corner of Adams and Marshall Avenue, that's just east of Eastern Avenue.

Police said that young man was just walking in the area and got hit by a ricocheting bullet.

Police said multiple shots were fired at the home. It appeared the shooting was in retaliation for an argument earlier in the morning. Several hours after the argument, shots rang out. One person inside the home returned gunfire, police said.

Officers were searching for a vehicle that left the shooting scene.

A neighbor said she heard what she thought was fireworks, then scooped up her young children when she realized it was gunshots. She said it was about teen boys fighting. "From fist fight to gun fight," she said.

Woman drives through fence into empty pool


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A car ended up in an empty pool after the driver back through a fence. The accident happened around 2:30 Sunday afternoon. The woman was in the CVS parking lot near 28th St. and Eastern Ave. SE, when she backed through the fence.

The car came to rest inside an empty pool. Grand Rapids Police say the woman was not injured. A special tow truck was being called in to get the car out of the pool.