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2 men wearing ski masks rob gas station

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two men who robbed a gas station on the city's Southeast Side still are on the run, police say.

The suspects held up the Mobil gas station at Burton Street and Breton Road SE just after 11:30 a.m. Saturday, according a Grand Rapids police sergeant. They fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Both of the men were wearing a dark colored hoodie and ski masks.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Grand Rapids Police Department at 616-456-3400.

Police: April homicide suspect already in prison

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police suspect Demario Antwan Chandler, 30, is the shooter in an April homicide on Grand Rapids' Southwest Side.

German Antonio Rodriguez-Duarte, 34, was found laying between houses early in the morning of Saturday, April 18, in the 500 block of Hall Street SW, near Caufield Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a news release published Wednesday afternoon, Grand Rapids police say Chandler will be brought back to Grand Rapids for arraignment on Rodriguez-Duarte's death.

Chandler currently is held in Jackson's Cooper Street Correctional Facility on two weapons-related offenses.

GRPD, FBI search SE homes for wanted man

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A tip led to a heavy police presence in parts of the southeast side of Grand Rapids Monday afternoon.

Members of the GRPD Major Case and Special Response teams, as well as members of the Grand Rapids FBI Task Force, were searching for 24-year-old Fredrick Desean Gibbs, who's wanted on a felony parole absconding warrant and a felony warrant for committing perjury on a life offense.

Investigators searched homes in the 2000 block of Kalamazoo Ave. SE, near  Burton St., and in the 1100 block of Marshall Ave. SE, near the Eastern and Hall intersection. Police said the people who live in those homes were extremely cooperative and consented to having their homes searched.

Officers didn't find Gibbs, though.

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.