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GRPD identifies suspect and victim in deadly stabbing


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids Police are identifying the suspect and the victim in a deadly attack on the city's southeast side.

Officers were called to Millbrook Apartments on Pastiche Drive, just off Eastern Avenue SE around 12:45 a.m. Friday. Inside one of the units, they found James Arthur Washington, 33, with multiple stab wounds. Washington died at the scene.

Officers arrested Janaya Aflower Johnson, Washington's 36-year-old girlfriend, around 6:10 a.m. Friday at the apartment complex. Police say she had left the crime scene prior to their arrival, but officers located her in the area and took her into custody without incident. She's being charged with a count of open murder, with arraignment scheduled for Tuesday. She's being held without bond in the Kent County jail.

GRPD investigating shooting


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man's recovering after being shot Wednesday evening.

Grand Rapids police say they man showed up at the BP station on the 800 block of Franklin around 9:35 p.m. He had non-life-threatening injuries to his legs or buttocks, but police weren't sure if the man had been shot more than once.

The man said he had been walking on the 700 block of Prince when he was shot. He said he didn't know who shot him and couldn't provide any description.

No one was in custody as of 11 p.m. Wednesday night.


Moped driver injured after crashing with semi


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police say a moped driver was hospitalized after a crash with a semi.

It happened around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon on Wealthy near Indiana.

An officer on the scene told WZZM 13 the man's injuries are not life-threatening.


New LINC housing in Madison Square neighborhood opens


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Subsidized housing options in southeast Grand Rapids have expanded. LINC Community Revitalization, a non-profit group, on Monday celebrated move-in day for a dozen or so families.

LINC helped build new apartments in the Madison Square area, part of an ongoing effort to strengthen the neighborhood.

One of the couples moving in was Terrell and Candace Dismuke. They have two children and had waited for the past year for the apartments to be finished.

"It changed my family; they gave us a home for my family. We went from a small place to a home," they said.

LINC says it's helped build 36 town homes and a new four-story mixed use building in Madison Square.

"This is quality rental housing -- something Grand Rapids needs more of as a community," said LINC's Jeremy DeRoo.


The Silver Line is rolling


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – The Rapid's Silver Line, the first hybrid-electric bus line in the state of Michigan, launched Monday morning.

At ceremonies at Rapid Central Station, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell told WZZM 13, "I think this is important today for symbolic reasons - what this says is this city, this partnership of cities that we know as the Rapid, is very progressive; we're the first in the state of Michigan to have bus rapid transit. We are looking toward the future - we're not stuck in the past; we're not even stuck in the present - we are looking toward the future, and this an exciting day."

The ten-bus fleet will feature free Wi-Fi, quicker transit times, updated waiting stations, and a fare card validator at every station, to make the boarding process more efficient.

GRFD: Borrowing power leads to house fire


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A family is safe after escaping an overnight house fire that broke out on the city's southeast side.

It happened just after 12 a.m. Monday on Delaware Street just west of Eastern Avenue.

Firefighters say the people inside were borrowing electricity from their neighbors, and the way they had it hooked up caused a system overload.

When crews arrived the building was filled with smoke and a desk was on fire. They put it out quickly and installed smoke detectors in the home, since it did not already have working detectors inside.


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