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Metro Cruise expected to bring thousands to Grand Rapids area

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Car lovers from across the country are on their way to West Michigan as the 28th Street Metro Cruise returns for a sixth year.

The event attracts more than 300,000 visitors and 15,000 vehicles to Grandville, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grand Rapids, and Cascade Township.

On Thursday, organizers stopped by our studios to showcase just a couple of the classic cars that will take part in this year's Metro Cruise.  They say the two day event is good for the local economy and fun for everyone.

"I just absolutely love people and just watching those cars come in and the excitement that everyone has," says Denise Hughes. "Everybody has a car that they had, their first car they fell in love with or a car they wish they always had everyone can be a part of this."

What's Happening: August 27-29

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - You can take in some art or you can celebrate polish heritage. There's several events going on this weekend.

Party in the Parking Lot to Strike Out Cancer is Friday at Park Lanes Bowling Alley in Wyoming. The event goes from 3 - 10 p.m.

Friday is the 27th Van Andel Institute Community for a Cure event. There will be a model car display, bowling, and a drive-in movie. Proceeds benefits cancer research.

The Polish Festival is Saturday at Rosa Parks Circle. Participants can enjoy authentic food, music and beer. The event it's free.

15,000 cars are expected to be at the 28th Street Metro Cruise. Just head over to Woodland Mall, Rogers Plaza and other host sites along 28th Street from Grandville to Cascade. The cruise is Saturday and Sunday.

Man convicted of felony murder in 2008 Grand Rapids gang-related attack

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A 22-year-old Grand Rapids man now faces life in prison following his conviction for felony murder in what prosecutors say was a gang killing.

A Kent County jury found Jeremy Lopez guilty Thursday for his role in the November 2008 robbery and murder of Abelino Ramos, 17.

Prosecutors say Lopez was the getaway driver in the gang-related attack on Ramos.  They say he also aided the man who allegedly shot Ramos to death, Mike Torres-Zuniga, 19.

The shooting happened on November 21, 2008.  A neighbor reported hearing gunshots on Shamrock St. SW, around 2 a.m.  Officers found Ramos' body in a driveway, with multiple gunshot wounds to his abdomen and head.  An autopsy also determined Ramos had been beaten before his death.

Lopez will be sentenced for the murder on September 23.

The murder trial against Torres-Zuniga is scheduled to begin on August 30.

Baby-Ready Pets workshop hosted by Humane Society of Kent County

From: http://www.hskc.org

Sept. 4
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Baby-Ready Pets
Humane Society of Kent County
The Humane Society of Kent County offers a workshop to help prepare your pet for the arrival of your bundle of joy. With a little training and assistance, you can make it a safe and (relatively) stress-free experience for the whole family. To register for Baby-Ready Pets, please contact Jennifer Self-Aulgur, Humane Education Coordinator, (616) 791-8066 or jennifer@hskc.org.

Believe2Become encourages teens to graduate

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- A new neighborhood initiative kicks off Thursday to help students in Grand Rapids succeed in school, work and life.

Lighthouse Communities is spearheading a series of conversations with the goal to find ways to close the academic achievement gap in the areas in southeast and west Grand Rapids. The non-profit organization says there is only a 52% graduation rate in those areas.

That is why they're reaching out to community members and parents to talk about those barriers preventing students from graduating high school and figure out what can be done to change that statistic.

SUV plows into Grand Rapids shop

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- A Grand Rapids business owner is cleaning up after an SUV plowed through his storefront.

It happened around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday at a tailor shop located in the 1100 block of Giddings Southeast. The impact of the crash shattered a window and busted the brick wall, but no one was hurt.

Officers are still trying to determine what caused the driver to lose control.

Grand Rapids B&B owners turn misfortune into opportunity

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- While the country continues to try to rebound from the housing market crash a West Michigan family is finding a way to turn their misfortune around.

Paul DeVos joined with family members and friends to partner together to start a real estate business right when the market hit rock bottom. Determined not to be defeated, they came up with a plan to help themselves by serving others.

"I thought a bed and breakfast. Why not? And from that point on we kept thinking of more ideas on how to make it work," said DeVos.

The Bed and Breakfast is a 7,500 square-foot historic home nestled in the quiet Heritage Hill community. It's called The Leonard at Logan House

"It an old house. It is. 96 years old now," said DeVos.

Built in 1914, the house offers visitor turn of the century charm with all the modern amenities. But DeVos says it offered them a way out of a bad situation.