Our network

Man critically hurt in marijuana grow explosion, fire


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two men were injured, one critically, in an explosion that lead to a house fire on the city's South Side.

The explosion happened around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 1400 block of Sigsbee St SE.

The Grand Rapids Police Department was called to assist the fire department after learning the fire started in a marijuana grow operation.

GRPD: Man arrested after pointing gun at wife


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police have arrested a 23-year-old man who they say pointed a gun at his wife before briefly barricading himself inside a Grand Rapids home Thursday evening.

Responding officers said they saw the man's wife, also 23 years old, leaving the home when they arrived. She told them her husband had fired the weapon and was threatening suicide. Officers surrounded the house and made announcements urging the man to come out of the house, which he did without incident shortly before 6 o'clock. At that point, police tweeted he'd been taken into custody.

GRPD: Shot fired during gas station robbery


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for the person who robbed a southwest Grand Rapids gas station Wednesday night.

Shortly after 9 o'clock, officers were called to Clyde Park Fuel, police said, on Clyde Park at Alger (along the border with the City of Wyoming).

A single shot was fired during the robbery. No injuries were reported.

We're gathering more details on this developing story.

2 men wearing ski masks rob gas station


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two men who robbed a gas station on the city's Southeast Side still are on the run, police say.

The suspects held up the Mobil gas station at Burton Street and Breton Road SE just after 11:30 a.m. Saturday, according a Grand Rapids police sergeant. They fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Both of the men were wearing a dark colored hoodie and ski masks.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Grand Rapids Police Department at 616-456-3400.

Police: April homicide suspect already in prison


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police suspect Demario Antwan Chandler, 30, is the shooter in an April homicide on Grand Rapids' Southwest Side.

German Antonio Rodriguez-Duarte, 34, was found laying between houses early in the morning of Saturday, April 18, in the 500 block of Hall Street SW, near Caufield Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a news release published Wednesday afternoon, Grand Rapids police say Chandler will be brought back to Grand Rapids for arraignment on Rodriguez-Duarte's death.

Chandler currently is held in Jackson's Cooper Street Correctional Facility on two weapons-related offenses.

GRPD, FBI search SE homes for wanted man


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A tip led to a heavy police presence in parts of the southeast side of Grand Rapids Monday afternoon.

Members of the GRPD Major Case and Special Response teams, as well as members of the Grand Rapids FBI Task Force, were searching for 24-year-old Fredrick Desean Gibbs, who's wanted on a felony parole absconding warrant and a felony warrant for committing perjury on a life offense.

Investigators searched homes in the 2000 block of Kalamazoo Ave. SE, near  Burton St., and in the 1100 block of Marshall Ave. SE, near the Eastern and Hall intersection. Police said the people who live in those homes were extremely cooperative and consented to having their homes searched.

Officers didn't find Gibbs, though.

Pastor's ouster has the attention of state Supreme Court


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court wants to hear more about a dispute between a Grand Rapids church and its former pastor.

The Rev. Arthur Pearson Sr. says he was illegally removed at Pilgrim's Rest Baptist Church in 2012. He sued the church, but two courts say Pearson's contract claim can't be heard.

Pearson says church leaders removed him amid financial questions, although the congregation supported him. In April, the state appeals court said it would be improper for courts to intervene in religious matters.

But in an order released Thursday, the Supreme Court says it will hear arguments and decide whether to accept an appeal or take other action.