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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.


School hosts "Day of the Dog" celebration


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's a special day honoring man's best friend. And it's happening in Grand Rapids this weekend.

Hundreds of dog lovers are expected to turn out for the inaugural "Day of the Dog" celebration Sunday. The event is a tradition in Nepal celebrating dogs' relationships with humans.

If you're not a dog owner, or you want to adopt another pet, there will be adoptable dogs at the event.

This inaugural celebration will be held at Stepping Stones Montessori at 1110 College Avenue NE. It runs from 2 to 4 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but if you go you're asked to bring toys or treats to donate to the shelter dogs.


GRPD investigating overnight shooting on Knapp St.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 31 year old woman is dead in an overnight shooting on Grand Rapids' northeast side.

Officers got the call at 4:08 a.m. Friday from the driver of a street-sweeping truck, who reportedly found the victim lying in the road at Knapp Street and Truxton Drive, just west of Fuller Avenue.

The street sweeper told police he saw the suspect shoot the woman then leave in a dark colored vehicle.

Police have found evidence tied to the shooting. They're canvassing the neighborhood to try and find out if anyone nearby saw something.

Investigators say they're looking for a dark colored vehicle, but they're getting conflicting reports from neighbors about what type of vehicle it was.

The woman's identity is being withheld until her family is notified. 

Popeye's opens Alpine location


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Popeye's has opened its second location in Grand Rapids.

The restaurant held its grand opening this week on Alpine just north of Ann Street.

It's the first new construction to be completed in front of the former Lear Plant.

NAI Wisinski of West Michigan represented the buyer in the purchase of the land.


Grove of trees planted, dedicated to Mayor Heartwell


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Supporters of Grand Rapids parks Thursday dedicated a grove of trees to Mayor George Heartwell, who is leaving office at the end of the year.

Heartwell has been a backer of efforts to maintain and add to the city's urban forest.

Thursaday, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks planted a new grove of trees at Lookout Park on Fairview NE.

Volunteers began planting the trees at 9:30 a.m. and held a dedication ceremony at 11 a.m.


Two arrested for Grand Rapids armed robberies


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The two men arrested in connection with a pair of robberies on the north side of the city have been arraigned.

Eric Deshawn Flowers (left), 27, was charged with multiple armed robbery counts and felony firearm. He faces a mandatory 25 years to life in prison. Flowers' bond was set at $500,000.

Antonio Joseph Cepeda-Mulholland (right), 24, was charged with multiple armed robbery counts. He could serve up to a life sentence. His bond is set for $300,000.

A preliminary exam for both is scheduled for Nov. 5.

The first robbery happened around 8:15 p.m. Sunday at Ron's Quick Stop on Bridge Street NW near Lincoln Park. One man entered the building with a gun and left with property from the store.

The second hold-up happened at a Subway restaurant on Plainfield Avenue NE around 8:45 p.m. Again, one man entered the business.

616 Lofts to hold open house at Medical Mile development


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Developers of an upscale apartment building in Grand Rapids are getting ready for their first renters.

There's an open house planned this weekend for 616 Lofts on the corner of Michigan and Eastern. The $22-million development is accepting applications and deposits for future renters. The new building offers 54 market-rate apartments.

Renters will begin moving in by the beginning of January.