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2 injured in stabbing at GR gas station

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police have taken a man to jail following a stabbing at a Grand Rapids gas station Friday night.

The stabbing was reported around 10:30 p.m. at the Admiral gas station on Kalamazoo Ave. just north of 44th St.

Investigators tell WZZM 13 the two people involved were acquaintances and in a car together at the gas station when they started arguing. One of them produced a knife -- police said they aren't yet sure who -- and both received stab wounds in the fight. One of the men was hospitalized with serious injuries. The jailed man had superficial injuries.

Investigators are still determining how exactly the men are acquainted and why their fight started. Officers said there's no danger to the public.

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City raid of backyard recycling operation spurs lawsuit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – For 40 years, William and Patricia Peterson have enjoyed living in their 133-year-old house, recognized by the City of Grand Rapids as a Cherry Hill Historic Home.

Neighbors stroll by, offering compliments to their well-tended flower garden on the north side of Cherry Street across from James Avenue SE. It's what's in back of the house that's causing Peterson trouble.

Aluminum siding, bike tires, typewriters, milk crates – even a bucket of batteries. If it can be recycled or reused, you'll likely find it in Peterson's backyard or garage.

The city of Grand Rapids – for the fifth time – has hauled Peterson into court, charging him with violating a zoning ordinance prohibiting backyard recycling operations in a residential area.

Independence Day message from your American Legion Clubs

Independence Day message from your American Legion Clubs

Happy Independence Day


This message is from your local American Legion Clubs all over our Nation:


We, as Americans, are blessed to live in the “Home of the Brave.” Join us this Independence Day in celebrating the freedoms we hold so dear, while thanking the brave men and women who fought at home and abroad, and their families who sacrificed along with them, to allow us this privilege.

On Independence Day and every day, display your American flag prominently and your American Legion Auxiliary membership proudly to spread your passion and dedication to our nation’s veterans and to the best and largest women’s patriotic service organization in the world!

May God bless America and each one of you. Happy Independence Day!

GRPD: 3 injured in overnight shooting

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are investigating an overnight drive-by shooting that left three people injured, with one leaving the scene in critical condition.

It happened around 2:20 a.m. Thursday near the corner of Madison Avenue and Brown Street SE.

Officers say the gunman was in a car, and opened fire before driving away northbound on Madison.

They say one of the victims was hit in the abdomen, while two others were hit in their legs.

Police are working on a description of the gunman. There's no word on the conditions of the victims.

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Beer, Bands and BBQ start the Celebration July 3rd in Grandville for the 4th of July

Beer, Bands and BBQ start the Celebration July 3rd in Grandville for the 4th of July

July 3rd starts the celebration for the 4th of July in Grandville, MI when the 2nd Annual Beer, Band and BBQ kicks off in downtown Grandville, near the Library parking lot from 4:00 – 11:00pm.

People of all ages are welcome to join in with the live music and dinner served from 4:00 – 8:00pm with a variety of BBQ food items from $2.00 - $10.00. The live music will continue until 11:00pm but you must be 21 years of age to be in the Beer Tent after 8:00pm. Feel free to bring along a lawn chair to sit around the outside of the tent.

A variety of beer, wine coolers and Osgood Brewing will offer Sol Seeker and Journey. One hundred 2015 Beer, Band and BBQ decorative mugs will be sold for $5.00. VFW Post 702 will have flags and jewelry available for small donations for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

$7 million mixed-use development opens in Eastown

GRAND RAPIDS - From vacant to vibrant: that's how Orion Construction describes its Eastown Flats project.

Officials on Tuesday cut the ribbon on the mixed-use development that features 35 apartments and retail space. Orion says 80 percent of the apartments are leased, as is the retail space.

The two buildings on either side of Wealthy Street replace a parking lot on one side and a crime-ridden car wash on the other.

City leaders gathering for Tuesday's celebration said it was "an exciting project" they were delighted to see go up.

One of the businesses, Sacred Expressions, is expanding to Grand Rapids from Holland. Owner Joshua Trudgeon said Eastown has "a great feel great people we wanted to be a part of that energy so we decided to come down here and set up our space."

The glass blowing and custom tattoo store should be open in two weeks.

GRPD: Child abduction story was a hoax

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Police Department says an alleged attempted abduction reported Monday evening was a hoax.

In a news release early Tuesday morning, officers say the alleged victim admitted the story was not true, and that nothing had actually happened.

The original report report alleged a juvenile male was approached by a would-be abductor around 7:20 p.m.in the 3900 block of Whispering Way SE, near Burton and East Paris. The boy said a man chased, caught, and held him at knife point until a van with two other people pulled up moments later and stopped. The boy told officers he managed to get free and ran away.