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Silver Line coming in under budget, ahead of schedule


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- In just over a month, public transportation will change the core of West Michigan.

The Rapid says the Silver Line is a week ahead of schedule and under budget.

Rapid public outreach coordinator Michael Bulthuis says the $39 million project is now running 10 percent under budget. MDOT is contributing $8 million and the Federal Transit Administration is covering the rest. Bulthuis is unsure where the savings will be absorbed.

The Silver Line will still open on its originally-scheduled day of August 25th, with eight Bus Rapid Transits (BRT) starting out.

The Silver Line promises to get you places 40 percent faster than the current route, thanks to dedicated lanes.

If you haven't noticed the BRTs running along a 9.6 mile stretch of Division Avenue yet, keep your eyes peeled for the green buses.

Police: one mugged outside Eastown restaurant

Police: one mugged outside Eastown restaurant


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are investigating an armed robbery in the Eastown neighborhood.

It happened around 2:15 Monday morning on Wealthy Street near Atlas Avenue in front of the Pizza Hut, which was closed at the time. Dispatchers tell WZZM 13 the suspect pistol whipped his victim and stole money before taking off on a bicycle.

The victim called police from Mulligan's Pub, down the street from the restaurant. Police searched for the suspect throughout the night in the area but could not find him.

The suspect is described as a 6-foot tall black man wearing a blue and pink plaid shirt and blue jeans. If you know anything about the robbery you're asked to call Grand Rapids Police (616) 456-3400 or Silent Observer (616) 774-2345.


Brothers shot in Grand Rapids overnight


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Grand Rapids Police are investigating an overnight shooting. Investigators say two brothers showed up at an area hospital with gun shot wounds around 3:30 am Sunday.

They told police they were walking on Griggs St. SW when they were shot. One of the men was hit in the leg, the other in the shoulder.

The two men in their 20's told police they didn't get a look at the shooter.


Man shot overnight in Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids Police are investigating after a man showed up at a hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.

Police got the call at 1:40 a.m. Saturday. They say the 28-year-old told officers he was walking down the street when he was shot on the 1000 block of Bemis Street. Police say he was shot in the shoulder and lower leg, but his injuries are non-life threatening.

Police say the victim's story is not matching up with with initial investigation and that he is not cooperating.


Pregnant girlfriend found dead in murder suspect's trunk


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A pregnant woman was found dead in the trunk of a car driven by a man suspected of killing her boyfriend.

Wyoming police identify the suspect as Brady Oestrike, 31, of Wyoming.

The body of 18-year-old Brooke Slocum, who was eight months pregnant, was discovered late Thursday in a car that crashed into the guardrail on the Burton Street on-ramp to northbound U.S. 131.

My Town: Gaslight Village retailer welcomes new name and location

My Town: Gaslight Village retailer welcomes new name and location

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Gaslight Village shop is getting a new name and location.

Beginning next month, the owners of Hot Mama will be switching the shop’s name to Evereve. 

“Hot Mama will always be my baby, but the company is growing up, and the name Evereve reflects that,” says CEO and founder Megan Tamte. “To us, Evereve means life, and we are devoted to helping all moms to feel fully alive, to live in the moment, as well as to look and feel their absolute best.”

The retailer recently changed its website evereve.com.

Hot Mama has four locations throughout Michigan, including a store in Gaslight Village.  That boutique will be moving to a larger new space in Breton Village mall in September.

N.O.B.L.E. marches for fallen officers


(WZZM) - More than 100 law enforcement officials from across the country participated in a "Memorial March" Wednesday morning. The men and women in uniform marched through the streets of Grand Rapids to honor this year's fallen law enforcement officers. The march is one of the events wrapping up this week's conference at DeVos Place for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, or NOBLE.

"It was beautiful," said one spectator, Kevin Evans. "It was just a beautiful sight to see going through the neighborhood." The march began at the Grand Rapids Ford Academic Center and headed down Delaware.

Covenant House Academy Principal Doreen Mangrum stopped to see the march on the way to work. "I heard about it on the news this morning and thought, this is something I should belong to...I love these guys and ladies and they've been great to us!"