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28th Street reopens following rollover crash


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- 28th Street has reopened following a three-vehicle crash Tuesday morning.

Grand Rapids police say around 8 a.m. three vehicles collided and one rolled over. One person was pinned inside and suffered serious injuries. The two other drivers were not seriously hurt.

The road was closed from Eastern to Kalamazoo Avenue for about two hours, it reopened just after 10 a.m.


Mixed-use development planned in G.R.'s Eastown


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Developers have broken ground on a new project in Grand Rapids.

Eastown Flats will be built in vacant lots on opposite sides of Wealthy Street between Lake and Fuller.

The project includes ground-floor retail space and apartments in two three-story buildings.

Officials say this will help Eastown grow and better connect the surrounding neighborhoods.

"It really allows the neighborhood to find a more walkable atmosphere, to connect the residential component of the neighborhood to the business component of the neighborhood," says Ryan Kilpatrick of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. "It's a perfect transitional use."

The new development could create up to new 20 jobs.


Mother enters plea in suffocation death of infant son


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - A young mother whose infant son suffocated in a plastic bag last summer pleaded no contest today to involuntary manslaughter.

Diva Bonita-Louise Robinson entered the plea Monday morning, the day her jury trial was set to begin before Kent County Circuit Court Judge Mark Trusock.

Her son, five-month-old Jaiven Ke'are Tyler, was left alone Aug. 21, 2013 and came in contact with a plastic bag, which led to his death by suffocation.

The death occurred at Robinson's home on Lafayette Avenue SE near Sycamore Street.

Grand Rapids police say Robinson, 20, left the house while her son was unattended on the floor. When she was pulled over about 3 a.m. for a traffic violation, she did not tell officers her son was at home alone.

Children jump from roof of burning house


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – It was a terrifying morning for a family who had to jump off the roof after their house caught fire.

The fire happened around 4:15 a.m. Monday on Boston Street just east of Kalamazoo Avenue SE. The smoke was so thick inside the family of eight, which was sleeping upstairs, couldn't get out.

Neighbors say a mother, her boyfriend, and six children live in the house. One child, a 14, year-old girl had to rescue her siblings and get them on the second story roof. They had to jump to safety, including the youngest, who is just three-year-old.

"One of the neighbors, he ran around there with me and she tossed the baby out of the second floor window and we caught them. She jumped out and we caught her too," said a neighbor.

Crews fight fire at apartment complex garages


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) Several fire crews are on the scene of a garage fire at a Grand Rapids apartment complex.

The fire is in the apartment complex in the 4200 block of Castle Ridge SE. Several garage units are involved and the structure did collapse.

Smoke could be seen from miles away, including from our Walker tower camera.


Grand Rapids call center adding 100 new jobs


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A call center in Grand Rapids plans to add new jobs.

Teleperformance announced 100 new positions during an event at its offices Thursday.

The jobs are for people with sales and customer service backgrounds.

Training classes have begun and continue to the end of the year.

When the facility opened last year, it began with 50 employees. Now, it has nearly 400.

"Unemployment has been a challenge in Michigan and so, as Teleperformance has been in this market for about a year, we've been able to provide steady jobs, growing jobs, career-based jobs -- and that always leads to positive things for our company and for our client," said the company's Mike Lewis.

Masked men pistol whip homeowner in Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police say three masked men pistol whipped a homeowner in southeast Grand Rapids overnight Thursday.

It happened on Fuller Avenue between Hall and Fisk Streets at around 12:30 Thursday morning. Police say the homeowner thought he recognized the voice of a man knocking at his door.

But when he opened it up, three masked men were on the other side, and one had a gun. The armed man hit him with the handle of the gun before the suspects stole money police say the family was saving up to get one of their relatives out of jail.

The victim is recovering from minor injuries this morning. A woman and a 4-year-old were also home at the time. They were not hurt.