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G.R. police identify victim of deadly stabbing


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids police are identifying the victim of a deadly attack on the city's Southeast side.

Officers were called to Millbrook Apartments on Pastiche Drive, just off Eastern Avenue SE around 12:45 a.m. Friday. Inside one of the units, they found James Arthur Washington, 33, with multiple stab wounds. Washington died at the scene.

Officers arrested Washington's 36-year-old girlfriend in connection to the attack around 6:10 a.m. Friday at the apartment complex. Police say she had left the crime scene prior to their arrival, but officers located her in the area and took her into custody without incident. She's being held in the Kent County jail while the county prosecutor considers possible charges.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call police at (616) 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.


GRPD investigating shooting


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man's recovering after being shot Wednesday evening.

Grand Rapids police say they man showed up at the BP station on the 800 block of Franklin around 9:35 p.m. He had non-life-threatening injuries to his legs or buttocks, but police weren't sure if the man had been shot more than once.

The man said he had been walking on the 700 block of Prince when he was shot. He said he didn't know who shot him and couldn't provide any description.

No one was in custody as of 11 p.m. Wednesday night.


Moped driver injured after crashing with semi


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police say a moped driver was hospitalized after a crash with a semi.

It happened around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon on Wealthy near Indiana.

An officer on the scene told WZZM 13 the man's injuries are not life-threatening.


My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary invite the community to help rescued cats Wednesday, Aug. 27 by picking up a pizza.

Print a flyer from Crash's Landing's website and present it to employees at any of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations Wednesday to donate 20 percent of your total bill to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.  The benefit runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 27 and includes dine-in, carry out or delivery orders.

The flyer has the list and addresses of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations in the Grand Rapids area.

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Jumping ship: Why some local leaders are leaving the corporate world for the social sector

Jumping ship: Why some local leaders are leaving the corporate world for the social sector

By Melinda Clynes
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

Thriving cities benefit from a mix of for-profit and nonprofit leadership, and Rapid Growth is taking a look at some West Michigan leaders who have left the corporate world for work in the social sector.

New LINC housing in Madison Square neighborhood opens


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Subsidized housing options in southeast Grand Rapids have expanded. LINC Community Revitalization, a non-profit group, on Monday celebrated move-in day for a dozen or so families.

LINC helped build new apartments in the Madison Square area, part of an ongoing effort to strengthen the neighborhood.

One of the couples moving in was Terrell and Candace Dismuke. They have two children and had waited for the past year for the apartments to be finished.

"It changed my family; they gave us a home for my family. We went from a small place to a home," they said.

LINC says it's helped build 36 town homes and a new four-story mixed use building in Madison Square.

"This is quality rental housing -- something Grand Rapids needs more of as a community," said LINC's Jeremy DeRoo.


The Silver Line is rolling


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – The Rapid's Silver Line, the first hybrid-electric bus line in the state of Michigan, launched Monday morning.

At ceremonies at Rapid Central Station, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell told WZZM 13, "I think this is important today for symbolic reasons - what this says is this city, this partnership of cities that we know as the Rapid, is very progressive; we're the first in the state of Michigan to have bus rapid transit. We are looking toward the future - we're not stuck in the past; we're not even stuck in the present - we are looking toward the future, and this an exciting day."

The ten-bus fleet will feature free Wi-Fi, quicker transit times, updated waiting stations, and a fare card validator at every station, to make the boarding process more efficient.