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Pastor's ouster has the attention of state Supreme Court

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court wants to hear more about a dispute between a Grand Rapids church and its former pastor.

The Rev. Arthur Pearson Sr. says he was illegally removed at Pilgrim's Rest Baptist Church in 2012. He sued the church, but two courts say Pearson's contract claim can't be heard.

Pearson says church leaders removed him amid financial questions, although the congregation supported him. In April, the state appeals court said it would be improper for courts to intervene in religious matters.

But in an order released Thursday, the Supreme Court says it will hear arguments and decide whether to accept an appeal or take other action.

Man shot in chest at Grand Rapids gas station

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound to the chest at the Marathon gas station on Franklin Street SW, located just west of U.S. 131.

Police at the scene said the man, aged in his late teens to early 20s, was in some sort of altercation with another individual on the sidewalk. The other person then shot the victim.

The shooting happened just after 2 p.m. Saturday.

A nurse was driving nearby the gas station when she noticed what had just happened and tended to the man, police said. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male, about 40-50 years old. He has a husky build with grey hair and was last seen wearing a baseball hat, blue flannel shirt and jeans. He was seen driving a white Ford Explorer as he fled west on Franklin Street.


Records ID man killed in Grand Rapids fire

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police identified the man killed in a house fire last month as Devin Lomax-Dagley, according to a news release.

Lomax-Dailey, 20, was found on the first floor of a burned home on Sunday, Nov. 22, in the 1400 block of Madison Avenue SE as firefighters worked to clear the building after a fire. The cause of death was determined as smoke inhalation. 

Dental records were used to make the identification, police said.

Corner store worker charged in alleged assault

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A corner store worker has been charged after allegedly assaulting a customer in October.

A customer claimed she was attacked by an employee at Fannie's Corner on Eastern Ave. after she tried to return some pizza. Some neighbors protested after the woman reported the incident.

The Grand Rapids city attorney is charging the employee, 40-year-old Mittermann Singh, with misdemeanor assault. It's punishable by up to 90 days in jail and up to a $500 fine.

The Kent County prosecutor declined to press charges in this case.

The store owner says he fired Singh following the incident with the customer.

Man, 58, killed after hitting pole on 28th Street

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 58-year-old motorist was killed early Friday when his vehicle crossed the center lane of 28th Street SE and stuck a utility pole near Kalamazoo Avenue.

The crash occurred about 2:38 a.m. as Jack Louis Palecki was travelling west on 28th Street at a high rate of speed and crossed the eastbound lanes, striking a pole on the south side of the road in front of a Meijer store.

The impact knocked down the utility pole. Utility crews were called out to tend to downed power lines while police blocked off 28th Street between Kalamazoo and Eastern avenues. Police closed the intersection for several hours, but it reopened for Black Friday shoppers about 7:30 a.m.

Grand Rapids police are asking people with information on the crash to call the department at (616) 456-3771 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

Multiple vehicles, semi truck crash on US 131

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan State Police and Grand Rapids Police are investigating an overnight crash involving multiple vehicles and a semi truck.

Police say the accident happened Sunday at 1:30 a.m. on Southbound US-131 between Hall and Burton streets.

The accident did cause one vehicle to roll over.

Police are not sure what led to the crash, but no one involved sustained any serious injuries.

Police did shut down several lanes of the freeway as crews worked to clear the scene.

EatPlayGrow class teaches kids the importance of nutrition

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Nutrition is key to leading a healthy lifestyle and it's never too early to start learning the basics.

The Grand Rapids Public Library's EatPlayGrow series helps parents teach their kids the importance of good nutrition.

EatPlayGrow combines the latest science and research to teach children,ages 2-5, and their parents how to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices.

The workshop incorporates art-making, storytelling, music and movement activities into fun, hands-on educational lessons about the importance of making positive choices in areas that most affect health: nutrition, physical activity, and sleep.

The next class is Saturday, November 28 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Seymour Branch at 2350 Eastern SE in Grand Rapids.