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Grand Rapids woman, 82, honored as 50-year crossing guard

Grand Rapids, Mich. (WZZM) - She has been a school crossing guard in Grand Rapids for 50 years, 44 of them at the corner of Buchanan And Griggs Streets in front of Buchanan Elementary. 

And at age 82, Lilly Rinvelt says she has no plans to retire.

“It keeps me young,” she explains with a laugh. “It’s just so great I can do this for the kids. I enjoy working with the kids.”

“Miss Lilly”, as the kids call her, began working as a crossing guard in 1965. 

“I just didn’t like sitting at home,” she recalls.  “I was looking in the paper and saw school crossing guard.  I thought that seems like a good job.”

Monday there was a ceremony to honor and thank Lilly for her years of service.

5 shot in multiple locations across Grand Rapids

Update: This story has been updated as of 9:30 a.m. with the latest information from the Grand Rapids Police Department.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids police are investigating three separate shootings Saturday night, which left five people hurt -- one in serious condition.

An area hospital contacted police just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday to alert that they were treating a 19-year-old male with a gunshot wound, according to a news release. It is believed that shooting was self-inflicted.

His condition is described as non-life-threatening.

Police responded around 2:25 a.m. to the 1400 block of Grandville Avenue SW on reports of another overnight shooting. By the time they arrived to a residence, a 25-year-old victim had already been taken to an area hospital. His injuries are described as serious but stable.

GRPD: Good Samaritan brings missing woman to hospital

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Police Department says a good Samaritan spotted a missing woman Friday evening and brought her safely to a hospital.

Carole Jean Blum, 74, had last been seen around 6:20 p.m. Friday in the 3900 block of Whispering Way Dr. SE, near Burton St. and East Paris Ave. Police said she might have been heading to the 900 block of Lake Dr., near Eastern Ave., where she used to live.

Shortly after 9 p.m., police announced she had been safely found.

Brewery Vivant wins sustainability award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A local brewery is getting honors from regional business leaders for its efforts to save energy and reduce waste.

Brewery Vivant is being named as the "Sustainable Business of the Year" by the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum. It sends less than 1-percent of its waste to incinerators, donates profits and volunteer time to local charities, and purchases electricity generated from renewable sources.

The brewery itself is in a LEED certified building -- and is the first brewery to be in that type of building in the U-S.

Kava House sold, moving in "new direction"

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A popular coffee shop in Grand Rapids' Eastown neighborhood has been sold and will move in a "new direction," the owners have announced.

Mother and daughter Pam Murray and Leigh Vander Molen announced the sale in a statement Tuesday evening. Kava House has been open for 23 years.

Murray and Vander Molen said little at this point about what's planned for the property, which sits on Lake Drive between Robinson and Wealthy, but they did say the new tenant is a joint venture between Rowsters Coffee and chef Joel Wabeke. Wabeke formerly worked at Terra GR before most recently working as chef de cuisine at Detroit's Wright and Company.

Kava House's last day will be Friday, November 20.

1 shot during robbery attempt in G.R.

The Grand Rapids Police Department tells WZZM 13 a 43-year-old man has non-life-threatening injuries after being shot in the 2900 block of Marshall Ave. SE, near Park Place Apartments in the area of Eastern Ave. and 28th St. The shooting happened during an attempted armed robbery; during a scuffle, the would-be robber's gun fired. The victim was struck twice in the leg. He was taken to a hospital.

The suspect ran away from the scene.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information should contact the GRPD at 616-456-3400 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or www.silentobserver.org.

G.R. crews free worker pinned by steel beams

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Emergency crews responded to a Grand Rapids business where an accident trapped a man under several beams Tuesday evening.

Around 7:30 p.m., a worker called 911 saying he'd been trapped by several steel beams at 1222 Burton St. SE. That's the address of the Armada Group's headquarters. The Armada Group's website says it's a collection of manufacturing, construction, and real estate companies, including Steel Supply & Engineering.

The fire department brought in special equipment to lift the beams off the trapped man. Medical personnel were also brought in to begin treating the man while workers continued freeing him. He was trapped for about an hour, getting freed around 8:40 p.m. He was communicating with emergency workers throughout the process. The extent of his injuries are this point are unknown. He was hospitalized.