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Federal, local officers make Grand Rapids drug bust

Federal, local officers make Grand Rapids drug bust

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Federal, state, and local agents and officers took part in a drug bust in southwest Grand Rapids Tuesday night.

Neighbors say it started around 8 p.m. when a Grand Rapids police car stopped a black sedan in the 100 block of Baylis St. SW, near Division Ave. S.  They say the passenger ran out of the car and into a house.

More officers, state police troopers, and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration arrived at the scene and began searching a home on Baylis St.

A public information officer for the DEA's Detroit field office confirms agents were taking part in a "joint law enforcement operation" on Baylis Tuesday night, but would not provide further details because it's an ongoing investigation.

The driver of the black sedan was detained by state troopers, but was later allowed to drive away from the scene.

Arson suspect's move to suppress statements denied

Arson suspect's move to suppress statements denied

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A judge will let an accused arsonist's in-court apology -- and other statements made to detectives -- be submitted as evidence in his trial.

On Thursday, Circuit Court Judge Donald Johnston ruled against a suppression motion made by the lawyer for Joseph McIntyre, the 24-year-old man charged with setting fires in homes mainly in southeast Grand Rapids and Kentwood from July to October of last year.

McIntyre's attorney was seeking to have any incriminating statements his client made to police excluded from the arson trial, which is scheduled to begin on June 27.

One statement McIntyre made was during his initial court appearance after his arrest on October 17.  During the October 18 arraignment, McIntyre said, "I apologize and I'm sorry."

Prosecutors believe McIntyre set at least nine house fires in the area around Woodland Mall.  He was the subject of an investigation that involved Grand Rapids and Kentwood police, sta

My first TEDx experience

My first TEDx experience

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -  I just attended my first TEDx session and it was an eye-opening experience.  TEDx Grand Rapids drew a sold out crow of 600 people to the Civic Theatre downtown. 

A diverse group of 16 speakers from different areas of expertise shared their ideas on innovation.

Suspect Arrested for a Series of Break-ins in the East Metro Area

Suspect Arrested for a Series of Break-ins in the East Metro Area

A suspect has been arrested for a series of break-ins in the East Metro Area of Grand Rapids and Kent County.

Earlier this week, My Town reported on tools being stolen during a break-in of a shed on the 5600 block of East Fulton SE in Ada.  On March 31, 2011, two Kent County deputies interviewed a male suspect for that break-in.  While interviewing the suspect they determined that he was involved in five home invasions in the eastern part of Kent County and Grand Rapids.

Planned Parenthood Collects Goods for Domestic Violence Shelters to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Planned Parenthood Collects Goods for Domestic Violence Shelters to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

News Release:

MICHIGAN – In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of non-violence, helping those in need, and giving back to our communities; Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) is collecting donations for domestic violence shelters in our local communities throughout the month of January. Together with Planned Parenthood affiliates across Michigan, PPWNM is participating in this special project in honor of the late Dr. King Jr.’s birthday, January 15, and national holiday, January 17.

“We see the result of domestic violence and sexual abuse at our Planned Parenthood health centers on a regular basis, so we want to show our support for victims with this project,” said PPWNM Vice President of Medical Services Bridget White. “Often women fleeing from domestic violence situations leave with nothing.