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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.

Shots fired in SW Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are trying to figure out who fired shots on the city's southwest side during an investigation into a disturbance.

Police were called out late Tuesday night to Dickinson Street just east of Buchanan Avenue on that disturbance call. They have not yet released any details on the disturbance.

During the police investigation, shots were fired on Dickinson Street near the corner of Feakin Avenue. It's not clear who those shots were fired at, if anyone. No one has been reported injured, and the police department said Wednesday it appears the shots were not targeting police.

Grand Rapids police have talked to witnesses to try and figure out what happened.

EPA to clean up poisons in closed Grand Rapids factory

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A team from the Environmental Protection Agency is coming to Grand Rapids to remove thousands of gallons of acids, solvents and other chemicals from a closed factory.

Drums and open vats full of toxic, poisonous chemicals were left behind when the city seized Hard Chrome Plating Co. on Blaine Avenue for not paying taxes.

The Kent County Land Bank bought the building with plans to sell it to another business.

But first the EPA must remove the poisons.

"According to the reports we got there are about 25 highly toxic corrosive chemicals in this building right now," says Land Bank executive director Dave Allen. "In its current state, if left undisturbed, none of this is dangerous right now. If it is disturbed, then it becomes dangerous."

Allen says EPA estimates it will take months to remove the chemicals and clean up the site.

Protestors picket Grand Rapids grocery

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Protesters in front of Fannie's Corner Market on Eastern Avenue in Grand Rapids say they will continue their demonstration until one of two things happen: Fannies closes and goes out of business, or the store owner and staff start treating customers with respect.

Customers say they have always had to endure high prices and poor service at the store, but when a woman was hit by an employee while trying to return some pizza last month, they say that was the last straw.

"For years this has been going on here," said protester Ladonna Norman. "They have gotten accustomed to mistreating us and we have gotten accustomed to accepting it and we are not going to tolerate it anymore."

Girl, 7, hit by car in Grand Rapids crosswalk

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 7-year-old girl is recovering from injuries after being hit by a car near a Grand Rapids elementary school.

A group of kids were walking in the crosswalk near Burton Elementary School in the 2100 block of Buchanan Avenue SW when the girl made an attempt to catch up to her brother, police said in a news release.

Thereafter, a southbound vehicle went through the crosswalk. The girl was struck in the head by the driver's side mirror, which knocked her to the ground.

The girl was alert at the scene and was taken to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. 

Police cited the driver.