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FBI: Bank robber made small-talk during hold-ups


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Federal agents say a convicted bank robber who held up two more banks in the Grand Rapids area made small talk with tellers as he was waiting for their money.

Michael Winbush, 53, is now being held for November robberies in Grand Rapids and Wyoming. He has a prior conviction for a Flint-area bank robbery.

In court documents, an FBI agent says Winbush talked to a teller about her Thanksgiving holiday as he was robbing a credit on South Division in Grand Rapids on November 27.

The agent says three days later, he apologized to a teller as he robbed her bank on 44th Street in Wyoming.

School holds Right to Life event


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WZZM) -- 43 years ago Friday, a decision by the Supreme Court on the Roe vs. Wade case legalized abortion in the United States.

On this 43rd anniversary, students at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School lit luminaries to remember the victims of abortion.

This is the 16th year the school has held their peaceful protest. School leaders say just because abortion is legal, it does not make it moral. 

"It's a serious event but there's joy in our hearts because we have hope. And hope says someday we wont have to do this," said Colleen Lowe, Marketing and Recruitment Director at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School.

Men hurt in explosion identified


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Police Department has released the names of two men hurt in an explosion at a marijuana grow operation.

Five cars involved in chain reaction crash


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Five cars were involved in a crash on Knapp Street, west of East Beltline Thursday.

Witnesses say a Rapid bus had pulled out from Celebration Cinema in front of a car, causing that car to swerve and crash into another vehicle, which caused a chain reaction.

The bus driver did not stop but witnesses believe the bus driver probably did not see the car.

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.