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Homeless man's death ruled a homicide


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Grand Rapids Police have determined that the man found dead by a construction crew died of internal injuries and the case is now a homicide.


Joseph Herbert Chenier, 56, was found September 25th
in Ann Street Park, a little-used park west of the Grand River near the ramp to US-131. Chenier had been homeless.

Police say that the Kent County Medical Examiner's Office determined that Chenier died as a result of internal injuries. Based on that information and the statements of witnesses, the case was upgraded to a homicide investigation.

Plainfield Township Farmers Market Open Until October 9th

Plainfield Township Farmers Market Open Until October 9th

Frontline Church on the corner of Plainfield and 5 Mile Rd. NE is the location of the weekly Farmer's Market. It is open on Tuesday and Thursday from Noon until 6:00pm and will run through Thursday, October 9, 2014.

The Market has room for 100 vendors and plenty of convenient parking. It's time to get those fresh vegetables, fruits, baked goods, meats and even hand made crafts.

Billboards ask for help with unsolved murders


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- His family is certain there are people in the community who know who murdered 22-year-old Lamar Ivy in 2011.

"
Somebody knows who killed Lamar,
"
says his father, Steve Burrell.
"
A whole lot of people know.
"


Relatives are hoping those with knowledge will come forward after they see a new billboard now up on Plainfield Avenue in Grand Rapids.

Fire contained at Grand Rapids company


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Crews are cleaning up a fire at a Grand Rapids factory.

The fire broke out around noon at Hutchinson on Fuller NE near I-196. The fire was contained, but some employees experience smoke inhalation.

Traffic was backed up on Fuller for a short time.


Police identify man found dead in Grand Rapids park


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police have identified the homeless man found dead Thursday afternoon near the Grand River.

Construction workers discovered the body of 56-year-old Joseph Herbert Chenier around noon in Ann Street Park, a little-used park west of the river and near the northbound U.S. 131 ramp.

Neighbors have been complaining about homeless people in the area for weeks. Ann Street Park was shut down by the City of Grand Rapids years ago but over the past month, neighbors say homeless people moved in and were using the corner to panhandle.

They would then camp-out at the park at night.

"They're here all day long. A couple of Saturdays ago, a couple of them were passed out in front of the area. You can call non-emergency, but it's an on-going problem," said neighbor Kim Kordeck.

Construction begins on new Medical Mile apartments


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Construction is underway on a new $15 million mixed-use building on the Medical Mile.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the 616 lofts was held at the corner of Michigan and Eastern this morning. The new four-story building will have 54 apartments and nearly 10,000 square feet of retail space.

The building is the first all-new construction effort undertaken by 616 Development, which specializes in urban community development.


Mixed-use Belknap development moves forward


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Developers say their plan for a mixed-use project in the Belknap neighborhood of northeastern Grand Rapids is moving forward.

Orion Construction says the Grand Rapids City Commission on Tuesday night gave unanimous approval to the Gateway at Belknap, a 98,741 sq. ft. complex. The project includes 4,770 sq. ft. of retail space and 7,500 sq. ft. of restaurant space, with the remainder being 86 residential units and 86 parking spots.

The project is planned for the two city blocks along Hastings from Coit to Clancy and north on Clancy to Trowbridge. That site is just north of I-196.

With the city commission's approval, Orion says it can proceed with the project, but the start date and the completion date remain undetermined as of Wednesday afternoon.