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G.R. foresters removing trees with emerald ash borer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids crews are taking down ash trees along Fuller Avenue near Three Mile Road on the city's northeast side.

Those trees are infested with the emerald ash borer.

Foresters say around 3,600 ash trees on city property are now beyond saving.

The bugs have killed more than 30 million trees in Michigan since arriving from Asia in 2002. They tunnel beneath the bark, starting with the upper branches.

Foresters say Grand Rapids will spend at least $600,000 to remove infested trees in the next few years. A third of them will be removed this year.

More new housing coming to Belknap Lookout

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Development spurred by the Medical Mile - a portion of Michigan Street near downtown Grand Rapids - is jumping the freeway into the Belknap Lookout neighborhood.

Grand Rapids city commissioners on Tuesday supported incentives to develop an 86-unit apartment development called the Gateway at Belknap. The project would also include a restaurant and stores along Hastings Street and Clancy Avenue.

City Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss praised developer Orion Properties for integrating neighborhood input into its final designs.

"You all have been fabulous to work with and the neighborhood really appreciates that," she said Tuesday.

Other housing developments have already been started in other sections of the neighborhood, including a 66-unit project called Clancy Lofts, on Clancy.

Home opener Saturday for Grand Rapids Football Club

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The city's minor league soccer team plays its home opener this weekend.

Grand Rapids Football Club will host AFC Ann Arbor at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Houseman Field, near Fountain St. and Houseman Ave. NE.

Grand Rapids FC plays in the Great Lakes Premier League and carries a 1-1 league record into this weekend's match, beating Lansing United 1-0 on May 9 and falling to Oakland United 2-1 on May 23.

Grand Rapids FC has home matches scheduled through the summer, with the last one on July 31. The club travels to close its season August 1 against Muskegon Risers Soccer Club, whose home pitch is the Reeths-Puffer High School soccer field.

Learn more about Grand Rapids FC at this link.

220-mile bike ride honoring fallen Marines ends in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Marine Corps veteran spent his Memorial Day on the road, bicycling 220 miles.

Joshua Price and about a dozen other riders started the journey at midnight Monday morning in Marion, Indiana.

The ride honors 22 Marines who were killed in Fallujah, Iraq. Some were from Michigan.

The distance amounts to 10 miles for each Marine.

Other riders could join for as much or as little of the 220 miles as they wanted.

Four riders made it the entire distance.

Their journey ended Monday evening at the memorial at the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Center, on Monroe just south of Riverside Park.

Remodeled Corner Store Provides Creston Community with Convenient Amenities

Remodeled Corner Store Provides Creston Community with Convenient Amenities

Residents of Downtown Grand Rapids and the Creston neighborhood have a new, upgraded market located in the heart of their community with the re-opening of the new Creston Market. Located at 1403 Plainfield Ave NE, the market reopened this month after undergoing extensive remodeling to provide updated amenities, expand product selection and incorporate a variety of specialty items.

Cold case homicide from 2009 brings conviction

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – Kent County jurors deliberated for about an hour today before finding Teivariol Davonte-Darnell Moore guilty of the Sept. 2009 beating death of a Grand Rapids man on the city's Northeast Side.

Moore was found guilty Monday of second-degree murder for the death of 56-year-old William Parnell. Moore's trial before Kent County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Leiber got underway last week.

Moore, who has no prior felony convictions, faces any term up to life in prison when sentenced June 18 – just two weeks shy of his 27th birthday.

He will also be sentenced for lying to prosecutors under an investigative subpoena, a felony punishable by up to life in prison.

The Saginaw man had been on police radar for years, but it was five-year-old DNA evidence that lead to Moore's arrest last August by the Kent Metro Cold Case Team.

Creston-area revitalization to include new brewery

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- City planners this week approved plans for a new microbrewery at 1504 Plainfield NE. It would fill the building formerly used by DeKorne Furniture. It's just the latest investment in a corridor that's received plenty in the past year, and likely more in the future.

"I think the brewery's going to be a game-changer in the area," said Frank Heeringa Friday, the same day he opened his new take-out pizza place Swanky's Pizza on Plainfield.

The as-yet-unnamed brewery would open in late fall or early winter, said one of the developers, Scott Schultz. Schultz has brewed at two Grand Rapids breweries in the past. The site will include a restaurant, banquet hall, outdoor seating, and live entertainment.

616 Development has announced a pair of projects along Plainfield - bringing new apartments, retail and office space.