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Become a Bone Marrow Donor; Save a Life

Become a Bone Marrow Donor; Save a Life

While volunteering this past weekend with WZZM13 and our “Make a Difference Day” event on the GVSU campus in Allendale, I was surprised to realize how little I really knew about bone marrow transplants. I’m sure a lot of you feel the same.

The main thing I learned was that 75% of the time, if you needed a bone marrow transplant, your immediate family would not qualify, meaning they would not be a match. That is when you turn to a place such as Michigan Blood. They are also connected to the National Registry.

Bissell Howl-O-Ween Hoof and Woof

Bissell Howl-O-Ween Hoof and Woof

Rain or shine the community with their families and four legged friends are invited out for an afternoon of Howlin' good times, while raising awareness for animal adoption.

Take a trip to Gainey Field located at 1661 East Paris Avenue SE in Grand Rapids on Saturday, October 24 for an afternoon, from noon - 3:00pm to experience fun-filled activities.

Ribbon cutting planned for newly-renovated Klingman Lofts


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A $22-million renovation of a historic building in downtown Grand Rapids is complete.

Developers will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Klingman Lofts, located on Ionia near Wealthy, next week Thursday.

Rockford Construction began renovations on the 118-year-old building in the spring of 2014. It was formerly Klingman's warehouse, and had been empty for years.

The newly-renovated facility features 83 apartments on four floors.


GRAAA offers Final Veen Observatory Public Night

GRAAA offers Final Veen Observatory Public Night

The Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association invite the public to experience the amazing night sky for the last time until next April. This is the opportunity to view a close-up of craters on the moon, the rings around Saturn and other night sky objects through several large & fully equipped telescopes.

Don’t miss the final public observing night on Saturday, October 24 from 7:30pm – 10:00pm for the opportunity to see Uranus, Neptune & Gibbous Moon.

Public Observing Night takes place at the James C. Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE in Lowell Township. These Observing Nights are brought to you by the Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association.

Note: The Parking area is at the bottom of a quarter mile uphill walk. Ask parking lot attendant about available assistance. Public Observing Nights take place only when skies are clear on Saturday evening.

'Suspicious man' arrested on weapons charge has criminal past


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids police have arrested a suspicious man who was hanging around a school near Plymouth and Burton. 

Terry Ward, 53, is accused of luring two girls to his car back in May.  It happened at a playground near Immaculate Heart of Mary on Plymouth.

"This is the kind of case that has all of us concerned,” said GRPD's Sgt. Terry Dixon.

According to the girls, the man had two dogs. They went to his car, where he changed his shirt and put a hat on one of girls. Some older children showed up and told them to go back to their parents.
  
"We have individuals, someone doing suspicious activity around youth. We take seriously be careful of."

At the time, Grand Rapids Police investigated, but closed the case due to lack of evidence.  

Robbers hold up G.R. chicken restaurant


(GRAND RAPIDS) -- Police want to find the men who went into a Grand Rapids restaurant known for fried chicken and fish -- and walked out with its money.

It happened around 9 p.m. Monday at the Chicken Coop on Eastern Avenue SE, between Burton and Ardmore streets.

Investigators tell us two men walked into the the business -- one of them with a gun -- demanded money, then ran off.

Officers brought in a police dog to try and track the robbers down, but couldn't find them.

No one was injured.


Firefighters tackling blaze on GR's Southeast Side


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids firefighters are working to extinguish a structure fire on the city's Southeast Side.

The fire engulfed the Guevara Auto Repair building, located on the 1600 block of Blaine Ave. SE, according to a WZZM photographer at the scene. Employees reported the fire started from a car being worked on, and they could not put it out themselves.

By the time firefighters arrived, flames were through the roof, they said.

A plume of smoke was seen on WZZM's tower cam in downtown Grand Rapids shortly after the fire started around 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Six people inside the building were able to escape unharmed.

This story will be updated with additional information as it develops.