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Stranger approaches students on playground


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Parents are being asked to be on the lookout for strangers at an elementary school playground in Grand Rapids, after two girls there were approached by a man with two short-hair dogs.

The girls were playing at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic school, in the area of Burton and Plymouth, around 6pm Monday evening, when there were also games going on at the nearby athletic field.

The man allegedly invited the girls to pet his dogs and then took them to his car.

When two older children found them, they saw the man changing his shirt, and he had put his hat on one of the girls. The older children told the girls to go back to their parents.

CRC headquarters receives clean energy award


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Christian Reformed Church's office in Grand Rapids is being recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Thursday, the church office became the second denominational building in the U.S. to receive Energy Star certification.

Church leaders started pursuing the certification while transforming the building from a large printing facility to an office environment in 2009.

They replaced the boilers and most of the lighting, and worked on the building's water and air handling systems.

The improvements reduced the energy usage by the equivalent of what's used by 400 homes in one year.

Remodeled Corner Store Provides Creston Community with Convenient Amenities

Remodeled Corner Store Provides Creston Community with Convenient Amenities

Residents of Downtown Grand Rapids and the Creston neighborhood have a new, upgraded market located in the heart of their community with the re-opening of the new Creston Market. Located at 1403 Plainfield Ave NE, the market reopened this month after undergoing extensive remodeling to provide updated amenities, expand product selection and incorporate a variety of specialty items.

Study shows Kroc Center's financial impact on GR


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A recently-released study, commissioned by the Salvation Army, shows how the Kroc Center has had a financial impact on Grand Rapids and the 25 other communities that have a Kroc Center.

The Grand Rapids Kroc Center, located on South Division Avenue, accounts for more than $8 million dollars of an annual $258-million dollar impact made by Kroc Centers nationwide.

Kroc Centers are typically found in under-served communities. The people behind the centers say they enhance the quality of life in those areas by offering a safe environment with an emphasis on fitness and health.

Wealthy Theatre hosts Failure:Lab


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's an event celebrating failure: the third-annual Failure:Lab was sold out Friday night at Wealthy Theatre.

Six speakers shared their biggest mistakes and the often-harsh consequences that followed.

The audience was then left to decide their own lesson from the stories.

"Our differentiator, our magic ingredient, is that they are not sharing lessons, so we're inviting the audience to crowd-source their lessons, which then get shared online," said Failure:Lab co-founder Jonathan Williams.

"We're celebrated for our achievements, we get awards, and that's wonderful, but nobody ever hears the story behind it, and what did it take to get here," said speaker Jeanne Englehart.

Failure:Lab started in Grand Rapids and has since grown internationally. Learn more here.

GRPD arrests suspect in stabbing aboard Rapid bus


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man police say stabbed another man aboard a Rapid bus Monday is in custody.

It happened near the intersection of Kalamazoo Avenue and Elliot Street SE.

Police say the suspect walked over to the victim, stabbed him once in the head, and ran from the bus. Officers found the suspect a short time later and took him into custody.

The 41-year-old man will be charged Tuesday with assault with intent to commit great bodily harm and being a habitual offender. His name will be released following arraignment.

The victim's injury is not life-threatening.

Grand Rapids Police looking for suspect in stabbing


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Grand Rapids Police are looking for the suspect in an early morning stabbing. Investigators say a man was stabbed in the neck around 6:15 Saturday on Andre St. SW between Division and Buchanan. Police say the suspect, Louis Havier Perez Montijo, then left the scene.

Montijo is a 5'3" bald, Hispanic man, with tattoos and face piercings. He has two piercings under his lip and one in his eye brow.

Police have not released the name of the victim but say his injuries were non-life threatening.