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Man arrested after fleeing G.R. traffic stop


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police arrested a man who fled a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon on the southeast side of Grand Rapids.

The man drove away from an officer who was trying to pull him over in the area of Hall and Division. Police didn't chase him at that point, but witnesses pointed officers in his direction. Officers say they found that the man smashed into at least one other vehicle and a pole at Griggs and Jefferson after fleeing.

After crashing, the man, who had a young child in the car with him, pulled the child out of the vehicle and ran. He left the child near Dickinson Elementary, where officers found the child safe.

Authorities found the man a few minutes later in the 500 block of Storrs. He was taken into custody, and police say he'll likely face a fleeing-and-eluding charge -- and possibly others.


No Bullying in Gov. Snyder's Campaign Ads

No Bullying in Gov. Snyder's Campaign Ads

I don't usually get too involved in politics but felt I had to point out the fact that Micigan's present Governor seems to be the only politician that can run a campaign on his merits not by slandering and bullying his oponent. To me, this shows he's a businessman moreso than a politician.

What he says is so true. Anyone who has been in the position Michigan was in a few years ago knows you cannot turn the State around overnight. It's kind of like people who have gained a lot of weight; the weight did not go on overnight so it's going to take time for the weight to drop off with a lot of work and determination.

I for one, admire the campaign Gov Snyder is running and feel he will do all the things he has promised but again, it won't happen overnight and not everyone will agree with his methods.

We can't have our cake and eat it too; there has to be trade-offs for us to get back to the great self-sustaining State of Michigan we used to be.

Shots fired on Grand Rapids SE side


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) Grand Rapids Police are currently on the scene of a shooting on the southeast side.

Police are blocking the intersection of Eastern and Sherman SE. They are currently recovering shell casings in the street.

We have a crew on the scene and we'll have more details when they become available.


GR Catholic Central tops Ottawa Hills


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Catholic Central beat Ottawa Hills 7-0 at Houseman Field.

The only score was in the fourth quarter.


South Christian secures OK Gold title


MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- South Christian defeated host Middleville 35-23 Friday night and in the process accomplished a pair of goals.

The Sailors clinched the OK Gold Conference title and secured a playoff spot with their sixth straight win.


Home Depot volunteers build Habitat homes for local veterans


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Veterans in Kent County are had their homes repaired Friday, thanks to hundreds of Home Depot volunteers from West Michigan.

Team Depot partnered with Habitat For Humanity to renovate houses for six local veterans. The project is part of the Home Depot's fourth annual Celebration of Service, where Team Depot volunteers transform more than 1,000 homes for veterans across the country, from September 11 to Veterans Day, November 11.

Friday's project in Grand Rapids included the future home of Army veteran Lawrence Smith. After 30 years of renting the same apartment, the 62-year-old veteran will finally have a home of his own.

"I really appreciate it. It's one of the most humbling experiences I've ever had in my life," said Smith.

"Everyone is so alive. It's so powerful I've already shed a few tears, so many people coming together for one common goal," said volunteer Mary Buikema.

Woman raped, robbed at gunpoint in Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are searching for the man who reportedly raped and robbed a woman at gunpoint Thursday night.

The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. in the area of Euclid Avenue and Hall Street Southeast--that's just east of Division Avenue.

A woman told police she was walking in the area when she was approached from behind and a gun was held to her head. Then man walked her to a secluded area and sexually assaulted her then demanded money and ran from the scene.

Anyone with information about crime is asked to call the Grand Rapids Police Department at (616) 456-3604 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345. Silent Observer can also be contacted confidentially at www.silentobserver.org.