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Grand Rapids gearing up for ArtPrize 7 awards event


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The ArtPrize 7 awards ceremony is t

Jimmy John's robbed at gunpoint, suspect at large


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for the man who robbed a Jimmy John's on Grand Rapids' North Side Thursday morning.

The Grand Rapids Police Department tells WZZM 13, the armed robbery happened before 7 a.m. at the restaurant on Leonard Street NE at Fuller.

Police say there was one employee inside the store at the time of the incident. The worker was able to get away unharmed.

The robber took off on foot before police arrived. A canine unit attempted to track him, but was unsuccessful.

The suspect is described by police as a black man under the age of 30, wearing a dark colored hoodie and blue jeans.

If you have any information, please call the GRPD at (616) 456-3400.


3 arrested for GR church parking lot shooting


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Three people have been charged in connection to last week's shooting in the parking lot of St. Isidore Catholic Church.

Yancy Keymon Nash, 17, is charged with assault with intent to murder, armed robbery and felony firearm. Dylan Micheal Egan Shearer, 17, and Dominic Antonio Sandoval, 19, are charged with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

All were arrested Friday following the Sept. 29 incident, in which a 21-year-old man was shot in the stomach. His injuries were non-life-threatening.

Woman arrested for stabbing man in G.R.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police say a woman is behind bars after stabbing a man on the northeast side of the city early Sunday morning.

It happened just after 12:30 on Caledonia Street between Taylor and Plainfield Avenues. A police lieutenant says the two were fighting when the woman stabbed the man in the chest. His injury is described as a "small puncture wound." He is expected to live.

The woman's name has not been released. The incident is still under investigation.


Man dies in G.R. motorcycle crash


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are investigating a motorcycle crash on the city's west side that left one man dead.

It happened just before 7 p.m. Thursday near Shawmut Boulevard and Wendover Road NW.

Witnesses tell police the 26-year-old motorcyclist was heading north on Shawmut at a high rate of speed when he lost control and crashed. The man later died at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital.

Officers are withholding the name of the motorcyclist until they have notified his name.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the Grand Rapids Police Special Services Unit at (616) 456-3771, or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.


G.R. breaks ground on city's largest storm water project


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The largest storm water control project in Grand Rapids city history is underway.

Crews broke ground for the $1.2 million project at the entrance to Mary Waters Park Monday morning.

The city plans to install an underground storage facility to hold 720,000 gallons of storm water. The goal is to prevent flooding at the new Creston Plaza Apartments nearby on Clancy Avenue. It will also prevent contaminated runoff from entering the Grand River.


New chapel at Cornerstone University now open


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A brand new chapel is now open at Cornerstone University.

The first chapel service in the new building was held Monday morning to kick off the university's 75th anniversary. The anniversary will be celebrated throughout the year, with events each month including concerts, academic speakers and artists.

"75 years this university has been here in Grand Rapids, equipping students to influence their world for Christ," said Bob Sack with Cornerstone. "For 75 years the chapel aspect has been nomadic. Five-six different locations where students worshiped over the years, so to have this arrive for the 75th anniversary is very special."

Community and alumni can attend an open house and service at the new chapel Monday at 7:30 p.m.