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Arrested party-goers file complaint with GRPD


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Six of nine people arrested at a house party in Grand Rapids Saturday night have filed an official complaint with the Grand Rapids Police Department.  The group showed up at the police station on Monday morning to file a report with the internal affairs department. They say the GRPD used excessive force.

It happened in the 1900 block of Giddings Ave. SE just before 11 p.m. Saturday. Officers responded to complaints from neighbors about loud music, a light show, and a large bonfire. When officers arrived, they say there were more than 100 people there. They say the resident refused to turn down the music or ask anyone in attendance to leave.

Pregnant woman describes devastating fire


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids woman is thankful for several firefighters for saving her dog from a fire.

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s a story WZZM 13 News first told you about Wednesday. Destaniey Watson, 26, says she's glad her dog, Bella, is okay. Now, she's trying to rebuild her life after the fire. She's nine months pregnant with her first child. The day of the fire, she was at a doctor's appointment.

"Someone called me and said my house was on fire," Destaniey said. "They were kicking-in the door."

GR firefighters rescue small dog; pictures shared hundreds of times


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Several Grand Rapids firefighters are being called heroes after they were photographed giving CPR to a small dog.

Jordan Roberts was walking by the fire with her children on Sigsbee Street. She says there appeared to be firefighters working on a small dog.

"I always teach my kids to be compassionate towards animals, so that was cool for them to see," she said.

The fire broke out in an upstairs apartment Tuesday afternoon. The resident was not there, but her small dog was laying by the door. According to the Grand Rapids Fire Department, the dog was barely breathing, so firefighters took him outside and started CPR.

One person shot during armed home invasion in G.R.


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are looking into a home invasion and shooting that injured a man early Monday morning.

It happened around 1 a.m. on Ottillia Street Southeast. That's near the corner of Burton Street and Kalamazoo Avenue. The homeowners say at least one person broke in and fired a shot after being confronted. The male victim was shot in the hand.

A preliminary investigation reveals that the victims were asleep at the time of the incident. The suspect(s) ran away before police arrived and have not been located.

The 23-year-old victim was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

G.R. police searching for 4 suspects in Sunday shooting


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are investigating a shooting on Grand Rapids' Southeast side after a victim showed up at the hospital.

Police say it happened near the intersection of Quigley St. and S. Division around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Early reports indicate that the 20-year-old victim was with two other men in a car when they were approached by four black men on foot. After a verbal confrontation, one of the suspects fired a gun into the car, hitting the victim in the chest.

The driver, who was uninjured, drove to an area hospital, where the victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The suspects fled and have not been located.

The Department's Major Case Team is investigating the incident. If you have any information, please call 456-3400 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.


Appeals Court tosses life sentence for Grand Rapids teen killer


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A teen sentenced to life in prison for a 2013 gang-related murder will be resentenced following an Appeals Court ruling that juries — not judges — must decide whether someone under 18 gets life in prison without parole.

In an opinion published today, the state Court of Appeals says Devonte Warren is entitled to a new sentencing hearing because he was 17 when prosecutors charged him in the Grand Rapids shooting death of a rival gang member.

The Jan. 2013 murder of Gregory J. Woods on Neland Avenue near Thomas Street SE was to avenge a gang-related slaying that took place two years earlier.

Warren is the first person in Kent County to be sent back for re-sentencing in wake of a Michigan Court of Appeals decision in late August which rewrites the rules for life sentences involving teens convicted of murder.

GRPD: Body found on Elm St., no foul play suspected


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids police are investigating a death on Elm St. between Division and Buchanan.

GRPD tells WZZM 13 they were called to the scene around 8:30 a.m. Police are looking into the cause of death. No foul play is suspected.

Initial investigation reveals a 54-year-old man was drinking with friends on the porch when he began coughing up blood. Emergency crews were called, but by the time they arrived, the man was dead.