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Police investigate NE Grand Rapids shooting

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are on the scene of an early morning shooting on Grand Rapids' northeast side.

It happened around 5 a.m. Friday at a building at the Oakview Apartments on Burke Avenue NE.

Officers say one person was injured in the shooting. He was taken to a local hospital by a family member.

The victim told investigators he was robbed outside of his building, but police are still trying to piece together what happened.

U.S. Census Bureau looking for Field Representatives

U.S. Census Bureau looking for Field Representatives


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Winter Jam Tour Spectacular Returns to VanAndel Arena January 4th

Winter Jam Tour Spectacular Returns to VanAndel Arena January 4th


Skillet Heads All-Star Lineup as the Annual Tour Celebrates 20 Years 

My First Visit to the Blue Dog Tavern

My First Visit to the Blue Dog Tavern

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to visit the Blue Dog Tavern, formerly the Kopper Top Bar, for the first time. The tavern is located on the corner of Stocking & 4th St. NW in Grand Rapids, MI.

What a change from the former bar. I never knew there were windows on the side of the building but now those have been opened up to let the outside in. It is so wide open and inviting. The barback is especially neat; it looks like metal but I was told it is wood. Tables have receipts under glass from way back when, from years of 1936 on up, that the waitresses actually wrote out for customers orders. These were found when the new owner/owners started cleaning out the upper floor in the building.

$6 million Creston development will include 40 apartments

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A new $6 million development is planned for the Creston business district — a project developers and neighborhood organizers hope will transform the area along Plainfield Avenue.

Wednesday morning, 616 Development announced plans to tear down the former Club North building at 1359 Plainfield Ave. NE to make way for a mixed-use building. It will include 40 market-rate apartments and 2,600 square feet of retail space.

The Creston Heights Market, also on Plainfield Ave. will be renovated and Red Jet Café will also get a roof-top patio.

Lawrence Duthler, co-owner of Sun Title, says the announcement culminates investment and confidence that has taken ten years to build.

"The more and more renovations and investments that are done, the more in turn it feels like a neighborhood," Duthler told WZZM 13.

No Bullying in Gov. Snyder's Campaign Ads

No Bullying in Gov. Snyder's Campaign Ads

I don't usually get too involved in politics but felt I had to point out the fact that Micigan's present Governor seems to be the only politician that can run a campaign on his merits not by slandering and bullying his oponent. To me, this shows he's a businessman moreso than a politician.

What he says is so true. Anyone who has been in the position Michigan was in a few years ago knows you cannot turn the State around overnight. It's kind of like people who have gained a lot of weight; the weight did not go on overnight so it's going to take time for the weight to drop off with a lot of work and determination.

I for one, admire the campaign Gov Snyder is running and feel he will do all the things he has promised but again, it won't happen overnight and not everyone will agree with his methods.

We can't have our cake and eat it too; there has to be trade-offs for us to get back to the great self-sustaining State of Michigan we used to be.

School bus slides on wet leaves; driver hurt

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A school bus driver suffered minor injuries Tuesday morning when her bus struck a tree.

The crash happened in the 1600 block of West Kentview Drive. Police say that the bus slid on wet leaves while turning a corner.

The female driver suffered minor injuries. There were two autistic kids in bus restraints on board and they were not hurt.