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G.R. owner wants dozens of dogs returned


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The hearing continues for a woman who kept more than three dozen dogs in her Grand Rapids home.

Kim Savino is hoping a judge will force Kent County Animal Control officers to return her dogs. Savino says the city has no ordinance limiting the number of dogs you can have in a home and she takes good care of the animals.

However, an animal control officer testified Tuesday that the smell of urine and feces in Savino's home was bad, and the dogs were living in unsuitable conditions.

Savino is accused of keeping the canines in crates for up to 15 hours a day. Animal control officers first investigated her in November, when a former dog-sitter complained she had too many animals in the single-family home.

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My Town GR North: Back-to-school donation drive begins

My Town GR North: Back-to-school donation drive begins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Back-to-school shopping season is here, but hundreds of West Michigan children can't afford a trip down store aisles.

That's why D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s is holding its Backpack & School Supply Drive now through Aug. 15.  This is the eighth year for the event, which provides classroom necessities for more than 500 children who are recovering from abuse and neglect, or live in poverty.  Approximately 23 percent of children in Kent County live below the poverty line.

The donation wish list includes:

Cooking with Kal: Roll out the zucchini bread

Cooking with Kal: Roll out the zucchini bread

This is the season- zucchini is growing wild and people with gardens can barely keep up with the harvest of this vegetable.

I got a large one last week from Denise, here at work, and could not use all of it right away, but I did process and freeze it for future use. I have never done that before but thought, what have I got to lose? Hopefully, when the snow is flying and I feel like baking zucchini-apple bread, I will be all set.

In the meantime, the following recipe is wonderful. I made it recently but did not have any apples in the house, so I substituted with an approximate amount of crushed pineapple. I did not have any walnuts like I usually use, so I used toasted and salted sunflower seeds. I also added a bag of dried cranberries. It's easy to make changes in recipes, especially if you have made it before. I hope people will give this recipe a try; it is good and it makes three loaves, so you will have plenty to share or freeze. Enjoy!

Determining your home's value before selling

Determining your home's value before selling

Knowing the value of your home is critical before putting it up for sale.

There are several ways to determine the value of your home.  Online resources such as Trulia, Zillow, Realtor.com and Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) will provide you with an estimate of the value of your home or your local market overall.  Here are the links to these calculators:

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Two arrested after West Side burglary


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two suspects are in custody after a Thursday night burglary on the West Side of Grand Rapids.

GRPD told WZZM 13 the two are accused of burglarizing a home on the 1100 block of Elizabeth NW around 9:30pm.

The burglars fled the scene, and officers spotted the suspect vehicle near Leonard & Clancy NE.

Driver lands on another car, runs off


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are looking for a driver who crashed his car on top of another vehicle before running off.

Officers were called out to Guild Street near Coit Avenue NE around 2:20 a.m. Thursday. When they arrived, a car was on top of another car parked on the street, and a utility pole was knocked over. The driver ran from the scene.

Consumers Energy crews were called out to the scene to shut off power to the pole.

Police say they don't have any leads on a suspect at this time.


Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

LANSING, Mich.-- Fewer voters cast their ballots Tuesday than when Governor Rick Snyder was elected.

That's according to Fred Woodhams, spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office.  Woodhams says 1.3 million Michiganders visited the polls during the primary, accounting for approximately 20.3 percent of active voters. Active voters are defined by the Secretary of State as people who have voted within the last six years. Woodhams says approximately 17.9 percent of registered Michigan voters cast a ballot Tuesday, but that number may be skewed because people who have moved out of the state may still be registered to vote in Michigan.