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Meijer Gardens' "Splendors of Shiga" exhibition features iconic Japanese art


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is showcasing a new art exhibition being described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It's called "Splendors of Shiga: Treasures from Japan"

and it is the first time most of the exhibition has been seen in the United States.

"Almost, all of these works have never been seen outside of Japan. Many of them are considered national or state treasures. It is a real honor that they worked with Meijer Gardens and they wanted to present this to Michigan and really to America through Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park," said Joe Becherer, the chief curator and vice president for Meijer Gardens.

Man charged for threatening bus driver with hatchet


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A Grand Rapids man was formally charged Friday morning for threatening a Rapid bus driver with a hatchet.

Timothy McCann was arrested for felonious assault Wednesday evening after getting off the bus on Michigan Street near Barclay NE.

He was arraigned Friday morning on charges of Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Resisting or Obstructing an officer.

His preliminary hearing will be February 17. He is currently being held on $20,000.


G.R. City Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss running for mayor


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids City Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss says she would not be running for mayor if incumbent George Heartwell wasn't term limited and unable to run for reelection.

"If Mayor Heartwell would have run again, I would have gladly supported him," says Bliss. "He has done a great job leading our city."

But Mayor Heartwell must leave office at the end of the year, so on Wednesday Commissioner Bliss announced she is running to replace him.

"I believe the city is on a positive trajectory," she says. "We are the bright spot in this entire state. Maintaining that is going to be critical."

UPDATE: Missing teen now home safe, say police


UPDATE AT 12:15 A.M. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids Police have ended their search for a missing Rockford teenager after she was found safe.

Investigators issued a statement around 12:15 a.m. Thursday, stating Serena Dunbar was found at her home in Rockford. They say she is well.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A missing teen might be in danger after running away from a Grand Rapids facility Wednesday night.

Officers say Serena Dunbar, 15, was last seen around 8:34 p.m. when she left network180, 790 Fuller Ave. NE.


Crews blame house fire on electrical problem


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Crews say an electrical problem is to blame for an overnight house fire near Grand Rapids' Medical Mile.

It happened around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday on Lafayette Avenue just south of Michigan Street NE.

Firefighters tell us they arrived in time to find a small fire in the wall of the the multi-story house.

It took crews about 15 minutes to put out the fire.

Investigators couldn't tell us how many people were inside the home but they all made it out safely.


Several people hurt after pickup hits city bus


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash that hurt a pickup truck driver and several people aboard a city bus Tuesday night.

It happened around 11 p.m. near the corner of Leonard Street and Coit Avenue on the city's northeast side.

Officers on the scene say the bus had stopped and was picking up passengers when the truck rear-ended it. The bus lights were flashing and police say the driver did nothing to cause the crash. The truck sustained heavy front-end damage.

One witness who called WZZM 13's Information Center told us the collision made her whole house shake.

The pickup driver was taken to the hospital where he is being treated for minor injuries. Crews say those injured on the bus are expected to be okay. They could not say exactly how many people were affected by the crash.


Amash calls for changes in Washington

Amash calls for changes in Washington


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Congressman Justin Amash says Washington D.C. needs changes. Amash added that he doesn't think House Speaker John Boehner is the right man to lead the changes.

Amash made those remarks during a town hall meeting at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Saturday morning. This was his first meeting with the public since the new congress convened on Tuesday.

The Republican from Michigan's 3rd Congressional says despite the fact that he likes House Speaker John Boehner, he wants to see more get done. Amash said, "unless someone really wants to go out on a limb it's very hard to change the system, and I think unfortunately Speaker Boehner is not willing to do what it takes to change the system, and that is the biggest problem we have right now. We need someone in there who will go there and say I don't care if I upset a bunch of special interest."