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Red Kettle campaign kicks off Friday


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's a familiar sound and a holiday tradition when you begin to hear Salvation Army bell ringers around West Michigan.

The organization is kicking off its annual red kettle campaign Friday at noon at the D&W store at Knapp Street and the East Beltline.

The campaign is a big fundraiser for the Salvation Army, which uses the money to help families during the Christmas season, and the run its programs year-round.

The goal for this year's campaign is $1.6 million.

Fall Pottery Show starts this weekend


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- You can get a jump start at holiday shopping with an event that's happening this weekend. The 32nd annual Fall Pottery Show is happening at the Cultural Center at St. Nicholas Church.

It is a two day show running on Friday, from 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

There will be over 40 different ceramic artists at the show.

For more information, visit the West Michigan Potters Guild website.


GRPD investigating teen's death


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating a teen's death.

GRPD says officers were called to the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital around 4:30 Thursday afternoon. Their investigation so far indicates a 17-year-old boy had been on a school bus around noon, after class at the Kent Career Technical Center on the East Beltline near Leonard, when he started having trouble breathing.

Paramedics were called to the bus and took the boy to the hospital, where he died.

The cause of death is unknown, and investigators are awaiting autopsy results.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact police at 616-456-3400 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or www.silentobserver.org.


Shots fired at Grand Rapids police cruiser


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are trying to figure out who fired a gunshot at one of their cruisers early Wednesday morning.

It happened around 3:40 a.m. near the corner of Michigan Street and Eastern Avenue. Two officers were finishing their break at a restaurant, and found a bullet had hit their vehicle.

Investigators arrived to search the area for evidence and, at one point, closed down Michigan Street to look for clues. It reopened after about 20 minutes.

No one was in the vehicle when it was hit.

13-point buck strolls into G.R. body shop


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Some deer hunters sit in the woods for years and never see a 13 point buck.

Workers say it was a big surprise when a 13 pointer walked into a Grand Rapids auto body shop.

"That is the best deer I've ever seen," exclaimed body shop painter Jason Scheid. "Huge rack. It was beautiful."

The big buck walked into the CarStar auto body shop on busy Plainfield Avenue about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

He ran downstairs to the basement and couldn't find his way out.

"He was running back and forth trying to find the door he came in," explains Scheid. "He was scared."

Police and Department of Natural Resources officers came, tranquilized the deer and took it to a less dangerous location. But not before the workers in the body shop recorded lots of cell phone video.

1 dead, another rescued after concrete porch caves in


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- One man is dead after a concrete porch caved in during a trenching operation, a fire official says.

A second man was rescued from the trench around 2:10 p.m. Saturday, placed on a gurney and taken to an ambulance, reports WZZM's Meghan Bunchman. He was transported to a Grand Rapids hospital in stable condition.

The men were caught in the pit just before 1 p.m. near the intersection of Taylor Avenue and Grove Street NE while working on a sewer line. It is not yet known whether the men were professional workers or had lived at the home, the official said.

Their names have not been released.

More than a half dozen fire trucks responded to the scene, including at least one crew from Walker's technical rescue team.

Traffic crash causes morning back up on SB U.S.-131


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Traffic was backed up on SB U.S.-131 Friday morning after a crash involving a semi truck. It happened near Ann Street. Dispatchers say multiple cars and the semi were involved. Grand Rapids Police say no one was seriously hurt.