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Ribbon cutting planned for newly-renovated Klingman Lofts


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A $22-million renovation of a historic building in downtown Grand Rapids is complete.

Developers will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Klingman Lofts, located on Ionia near Wealthy, next week Thursday.

Rockford Construction began renovations on the 118-year-old building in the spring of 2014. It was formerly Klingman's warehouse, and had been empty for years.

The newly-renovated facility features 83 apartments on four floors.


'Suspicious man' arrested on weapons charge has criminal past


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids police have arrested a suspicious man who was hanging around a school near Plymouth and Burton. 

Terry Ward, 53, is accused of luring two girls to his car back in May.  It happened at a playground near Immaculate Heart of Mary on Plymouth.

"This is the kind of case that has all of us concerned,” said GRPD's Sgt. Terry Dixon.

According to the girls, the man had two dogs. They went to his car, where he changed his shirt and put a hat on one of girls. Some older children showed up and told them to go back to their parents.
  
"We have individuals, someone doing suspicious activity around youth. We take seriously be careful of."

At the time, Grand Rapids Police investigated, but closed the case due to lack of evidence.  

Robbers hold up G.R. chicken restaurant


(GRAND RAPIDS) -- Police want to find the men who went into a Grand Rapids restaurant known for fried chicken and fish -- and walked out with its money.

It happened around 9 p.m. Monday at the Chicken Coop on Eastern Avenue SE, between Burton and Ardmore streets.

Investigators tell us two men walked into the the business -- one of them with a gun -- demanded money, then ran off.

Officers brought in a police dog to try and track the robbers down, but couldn't find them.

No one was injured.


Firefighters tackling blaze on GR's Southeast Side


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids firefighters are working to extinguish a structure fire on the city's Southeast Side.

The fire engulfed the Guevara Auto Repair building, located on the 1600 block of Blaine Ave. SE, according to a WZZM photographer at the scene. Employees reported the fire started from a car being worked on, and they could not put it out themselves.

By the time firefighters arrived, flames were through the roof, they said.

A plume of smoke was seen on WZZM's tower cam in downtown Grand Rapids shortly after the fire started around 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Six people inside the building were able to escape unharmed.

This story will be updated with additional information as it develops.

Police: Man uncooperative after Grand Rapids stabbing


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are investigating a stabbing on the city's Southeast Side, but the victim isn't providing much insight, they say.

The victim, a 37-year-old man, was stabbed twice in the abdomen in an area near Union Avenue and Hall Street, Grand Rapids Police Lt. Matthew Ungrey confirmed. Police responded to the scene just before 8 a.m. Sunday.

The man was taken to Mercy Health Saint Mary's Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the man isn't being cooperative, and they aren't exactly sure where the stabbing occurred nor have they identified any suspects.

Anyone with information about the incident can call the Grand Rapids Police Department at 616-456-3337.

Cat's rescue from tree leads to several more rescues


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A cat rescued from a tree back in June has led to several more being rescued from a Grand Rapids neighborhood.

"We started to seeing a lot of stray cats walking around in the neighborhood," said Emily. Some of them were feral, while others were friendly and potentially adoptable. "We noticed a mom and nine kittens living down the street. The man was allowing them to live there, but he wasn't the owner."

Emily and her friend Kim Grant gathered up as many of the stray cats as they could find. They started a cat rescue, called the Fair Street Project.

"We worked out a partnership with Cascade Animal Hospital to oversee their adoption program. So, the cats are there, which is great," said Kim.

Downtown Market honored for Urban Excellence


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Downtown Market in Grand Rapids is celebrating a new honor. The market Thursday was presented with the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Silver Medal.

The presentation took place inside the Downtown Market's greenhouse.

The award is given out every other year to urban places known for they quality design, along with social, economic and contextual contributions to the urban environment.