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Owners to renovate Duthler's Family Foods at Madison & Hall

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Owners of Duthler's Family Foods in Grand Rapids say they're planning a multi-million-dollar renovation for their Madison Avenue store.

The family behind the grocery store now owns the shopping center where it operates at Madison and Hall Street.

According to our partner the Grand Rapids Business Journal, the renovations will include a new roof, parking lot, and landscaping.

The project will also expand the store's produce, frozen foods, and pharmacy sections.

Police chase driver through two counties

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are searching for a driver involved in an overnight high-speed chase through two counties.

It started around 1 a.m. Thursday in Allegan County.

Dispatchers tell us tribal police officers spotted a newer model Dodge sports car speeding. They chased the driver north on U.S. 131, at speeds of up to 120-miles an hour.

Officers called off the chase when it reached 44th Street and Kalamazoo in Grand Rapids, because of heavier traffic on city streets.

Investigators say the car was registered to someone in Kalamazoo County.

My Town: Local Little League team to play for state title Wednesday

My Town: Local Little League team to play for state title Wednesday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- Western Little League Minors are following in the footsteps of the league's senior baseball team, with a run for the Little League State Championship title.

The 9/10 division beat South Portage Tuesday night in the state semi-final game, 11-4.  Western remains undefeated in the state tournament (5-0) with an overall record of 12-1.  Western will take on Essexville-Hampton for the state title  at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the Southern Little League’s East Field, located at 2525 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Grand Rapids.

The 9/10 year old division of the Little League State Tournament began Friday, July 25 with 16 teams.  Detroit Red Wings’ Luke Glendening, who is a former Southern Little League player, helped kick off the competition.

GRPD investigating armed robbery at shoe store

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for the robbers who held up a business on the southeast side of the city Tuesday evening.

Two men, one of whom showed a handgun, robbed a shoe store called Sneakrjeanus on the 1500 block of Kalamazoo Ave. SE around 6:30pm.

The store owner's fiance told WZZM 13 the robbers were looking for the cash register, but the store doesn't keep one. The robbers then took clothes and sneakers before fleeing.

No shots were fired in the incident.

Investigators on the scene believe the suspects fled in a silver Pontiac Grand Am.

Former Kent Co. commissioner convicted of assault running again

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A former Kent County commissioner, convicted of domestic violence and assault several years ago, wants his old job back.

James Vaughn is again running for commissioner in the county's 17th District. He lost that seat after going to jail for attacking a former girlfriend during a three-way sexual encounter involving another woman.

He says he has 16 years of experience with the board, including 10 years on the Finance and Resources Committee.

"We need somebody down at the board now with this kind of experience, like I have, to make a difference to get some things done," Vaughn told WZZM 13.

That was before going to jail for 30 days and then losing a 2010 re-election bid.

Ida Mae Cross said in 2008 that Vaughn and another woman beat her up when she decided not to have sex with them.

Man arrested for Grand Rapids home invasion

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids Police have made an arrest in a home invasion last week.

The incident happened at about 4 a.m. on July 25 in the 400 block of Prospect Ave. SE. The victim told police that she was awoken by an intruder, who she then confronted. The intruder assaulted the woman with a knife, causing a minor injury. Another resident yelled at the intruder while the victim fought back. The intruder fled and the victim called 911.

Police did not find the intruder, but were able to get a fingerprint at the scene that led them to a suspect.

Police arrested Curtis Lee Hopkins, 48, Monday on probable cause and a parole violation. The Kent County Prosecutor has issued charges of 1st degree home invasion and assault with intent to commit murder.

Grandwich top 10 sandwich finalists announced

Grandwich top 10 sandwich finalists announced

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) and Neighborhood Ventures are pleased to announce the top 10 finalists who will compete to win the title of Grandwich 2014.


On July 8, over 30 restaurants entered their sandwich creations into a competition to determine the best Grand Rapids sandwich of 2014. For almost three weeks, the public was encouraged to visit participating restaurants in Grand Rapids, try the sandwiches entries, and vote for their favorites. Public vote determined the top 10 sandwiches, which are listed below in alphabetical order.