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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.


Flames damage Grand Rapids Township home


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Investigators are expected to return to the scene of an overnight house fire that badly damaged a home's roof, and other parts of the building as well.

It happened around 10 p.m. Thursday off of Hoag Avenue, between 3 and 4 Mile Roads. That's just east of Grand Rapids. The homeowner called 9-1-1 after noticing smoke, but by the time firefighters showed up, flames were shooting from the building.

Investigators believe the flames began near the garage, where a bulk of the fire came from. There were no hydrants in the area, but there was plenty of mutual aid trucking water in. Firefighters say the bigger problem was Thursday night's heavy winds.

Everyone made it out of the home safely.

Kent Co. deputies find missing G.R. man


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police say a missing Grand Rapids man with dementia has been found and is being evaluated by doctors.

Richard Bertrand Ott, 76, was last seen around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when he left his northeast Grand Rapids home, according to a police news release.

Kent County deputies found Ott and his car on Broadmoor Ave. SE near Patterson Ave. around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Investigators say Ott was taken to an area hospital for a check because he had been without medication for diabetes.


Pearl Harbor veteran: 'We could hear the bombings'


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It has been 74 years since the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

On Monday, veterans gathered to pay tribute to the nearly 2,400 Americans killed on Dec. 7th, 1941, in Hawaii.

In a small chapel at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, Bill Campbell speaks to a group of veterans.

"Many of you will probably remember the phrase, 'Remember Pearl Harbor,'" Campbell said. "And that was because it was one of the biggest things to happen to our country to that point."

Campbell worries that Americans are forgetting the day.

"That is why I mention over and over again remember to remember Pearl Harbor ..." he added.

At least three people with ties to Kent County died in the attacks. This includes a pair of brothers who were misidentified.