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Mel Trotter gives away Christmas food boxes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's the season of giving and Mel Trotter Ministries is giving back in a big way. On Thursday, they held their annual Christmas food box giveaway. Boxes contained a frozen turkey and all the trimmings of a traditional holiday meal.

In all, Mel Trotter provided about 650 meal boxes to families in need.

The frozen turkeys were donated by the community during the annual Mel Trotter Ministries' Turkey Drop in November.

Mel Trotter provides emergency shelter for men, women and families, food, clothing, free clinics, biblical studies, computer-based learning and work training for adults.

For more information, visit www.meltrotter.org or call (616) 588-8754.

Cancer patient, 5, donates to DeVos Children's Hospital

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It was a very merry Wednesday morning at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, as Dawson, a 5-year-old cancer patient, and his family dropped off hundreds of gifts for other patients.

The entire Hopkins school district got involved in the toy drive.

They filled up an entire school bus with holiday cheer worth more than $8,000. This is the largest toy donation the hospital has ever received.

It was last year that Dawson was diagnosed with leukemia and although he is in remission, he says his stuffed monkey, Spikey, is what helped him get through some of the rougher nights at the hospital.

That is what lead Dawson to this toy drive. He wanted to bring that same comfort to others.

Manager: Suspect called clerk a terrorist before shooting him

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The manager at a liquor store where a clerk was shot in the face says the victim was called a terrorist shortly before the suspect fired the gun.

It happened around midnight on Sunday at Bottlenecks Food and Drink shop at 2355 Fuller Avenue NE.

The manager at the store says the suspect came in just before they closed and asked the clerk for money. After giving him cash, she says the clerk was ordered into the back room.

While there, she says the suspect put a gun into the victim's mouth and told him he was a terrorist. She says he went on to say that the victim was told that he was involved with ISIS. The clerk was shot in the cheek, suffering non-life-threatening injuries.

GRPD: Reported sexual assault under investigation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids police seek help while they investigate a weekend sexual assault.

The incident happened around 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, in the area of Plainfield Avenue and Rupert Street NE, according to a Grand Rapids Police Department news release.

Police describe the suspect as a white male, about 5-foot 8-inches tall with a slim build, aged 20-40 years. He was wearing a dark coat, with the lower half of his face covered by a dark scarf.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Grand Rapids Police Department at 616-456-3400. Silent Observer can be reached at 616-774-2345 or silentobserver.org.

Grand Rapids store clerk robbed, shot in face

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are searching for the man who shot a Grand Rapids store clerk in the face and robbed the store.

It happened just after midnight at Bottlenecks Food and Drink Shop on Fuller Avenue. Officers say the suspect came into the store with a gun, pointed it at the 34-year-old clerk's face, and demanded money. After making a statement, the suspect shot the clerk in the cheek and took off with an unknown amount of money.

The clerk was taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury.

Police are still looking for the suspect. He is described as a black male, around 6 feet tall. He was wearing a black mask, a black hooded sweatshirt, a quilted flannel shirt and black pants.

Anyone with information should call 456-3400 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or visit www.silentobserver.org.

Man shot in chest in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 33 year old man is in stable condition after being shot in the chest in Kalamazoo.

The shooting happened just before 4 a.m. Sunday in the 800-block of Woodbury Avenue, just off Westnedge.
Police responding to a report of multiple gun shots say they found the man with a gunshot wound to the chest.
He was taken to Bronson Hospital where he is listed in stable condition.

Detectives are currently investigating the case.
Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

Last chance to get rid of fall yard waste in GR

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- If you live in the city of Grand Rapids and have leftover yard waste to get rid of, Saturday is your last chance.

Yard waste collection ended Friday morning, but the free drop off site will stay open until Saturday at 4:45 p.m.

It's located on Butterworth Street Southwest between O'Brien Road and Maynard Avenue.

For more information, visit the City of Grand Rapids' website.