Grand Rapids

1.30.15:  Police officer home recovering following shooting in Wyoming


A police officer from West Michigan is recovering at home following a shooting Thursday afternoon.

Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody, says officers were responding to a domestic dispute in the area of Himes and Jefferson, when a man shot at them, and they returned fire.

Neighbors say a number of shots were fired during the incident as the shooter fled the house on Himes and began firing as he ran through the neighborhood.  There are also reports that the suspect’s shots entered a home and caused minor injuries to a resident.

Officers hit the suspect and he was seriously injured.

The officer underwent surgery at Mercy Health St. Mary’s and was released to recover at home.

The shooter, who has a past criminal record,  was seriously injured.


1.30.15:  Authorities work to identify body found in Grand River


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are working to identify a body that was pulled from the icy Grand River in Grand Rapids.

The body was spotted Thursday afternoon near the Sixth Street bridge. A dive team went into the water to retrieve the body.

Police say the body was that of an unidentified male. Cause of death wasn’t available, pending the outcome of an autopsy.

1.29.15:  Drop in the number of serious crimes in Grand Rapids


The Grand Rapids Police Department released the full list of crime statistics for 2014.

Part 1 offenses, which are the most serious cases, were down 11% from the year earlier.

The biggest drop was in the number of murders.

Elsewhere, burglaries, rapes and larcenies were all down double digits at 27 percent, 13.2 percent and 12 percent respectively.

However, aggravated assaults, motor vehicle thefts and arson all saw increases at 12 percent, 25 percent and 10 percent respectively.


1.29.15:  No school choice program Thursday night for GRPS


(MLIVE)–Grand Rapids Public Schools Thursday, Jan. 29, cancelled its School Choice Expo planned for City High Middle School because of icy weather conditions.

The expo was scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. and expected to draw a crowd of families interested in learning about the 17,000-student district’s school choices for next year. Free dinner was to be provided along with a number of children’s activities.

Freezing rain has caused significant icing on roads and sidewalks this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 4 p.m. The inclement weather forced GRPS and other West Michigan schools to cancel class and other activities Thursday.


The School Choice Expo is being rescheduled. The application deadline for theme schools and other innovative schools through public-private partnerships, known as Centers of Innovation, is Feb. 27.

1.29.15:  Mythbusters live show coming to Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids



GRAND RAPIDS, MI (MLIVE) — The live touring show based on Discovery TV hit “Mythbusters” and featuring stars Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, is coming to Grand Rapids.

“Mythbusters: Jamie and Adam Unleashed” will take place at 7:30 p.m. April 16, 2015 in DeVos Performance Hall. Tickets are $42.50, $52.50, $62.50 and $72.50, and go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, via Ticketmaster.

A presale is happening now through 10 p.m. Feb. 5; use the code “UNLEASHED” to purchase tickets early. VIP tickets, which include premium seating and a post-show meet-and-greet session with Savage and Hyneman, are $147.50.

The live show features Hyneman and Savage taking part in “on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories,” according to the tour’s official website.

The Emmy-nominated TV series features the duo, former movie special-effects designers, using the scientific method and inventive build projects in an attempt to confirm the plausibility of urban and movie/TV myths. The show has aired since 2003, and is currently in its 13th season.

Hyneman and Savage first took “Mythbusters” on the road in 2011; the upcoming show will be their first stop in Grand Rapids. The current tour also features an 8 p.m. April 17 date in Kalamazoo’s Miller Auditorium.


1.29.15:  Rosalynn Bliss to run for Grand Rapids Mayor seat


Second ward Grand Rapids city commissioner Rosalynn Bliss announced Wednesday that she plans to run for the position of mayor.

Bliss filed paperwork to run for mayor as current Mayor George Heartwell, a major ally of the commissioner, cannot seek another term after voters approved a term limits bill this past November.

The only other candidate who’s filed is 24-year-old Jared Funk.

The deadline to submit a nominating petition to appear on the ballot is late April.

If elected, Bliss would follow in the footsteps of the only other female mayor in West Michigan, Wyoming Mayor Carol Sheets.



1.28.15:  Grand Rapids commission OKs spring test of police body cams


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Rapids City Commission has voted to equip some police officers with body cameras to see how well they work.

The commission voted Tuesday to start a process that could lead to all 300 police in the western Michigan city having body cameras by the end of 2015.

The plan calls for about 12 body cameras getting tested this spring and about 50 more going into service this summer. City Manager Greg Sundstrom says Grand Rapids plans to test four body cameras each from three manufacturers.

Body cameras are one of several recommendations for improving police-community relations. Sundstrom says the cameras and the other proposals will cost about $1.5 million.

The commission plans to discuss a policy for using the cameras March 10.

1.27.15:  Michigan township officials gather for annual conference


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — More than 1,100 elected and appointed township officials and staff are expected in Grand Rapids this week for the Michigan Townships Association Conference.

Events run Tuesday through Friday at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and DeVos Place convention center.

Officials are from across the state. Following the conference theme, “The Will to Lead,” the gathering aims to inspire and re-energize Michigan’s township leaders. There will be educational sessions, networking opportunities and displays from businesses.

Educational sessions offer information on statutory duties and core township services, as well as township trends and legislative updates. Course topics include creative community cooperation, emergency management, wireless technology and urban farming.


1.26.15:  Soup dinner to raise funds for God’s Kitchen Monday night


It is a fundraiser for God’s Kitchen.

Dozens of local restaurants will serve over 30 varieties of hot soups as the Catholic Charities West Michigan, hosts it 17th annual Soup’s On For All fundraiser Monday night at the B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids.

East guest will take home a hand-painted soup bowl as a reminder that hunger happens every day.

The funds raised will go to support the food and pantry programs of God’s Kitchen which provides free meals to those in need.


Click here for more information.

1.26.15:  A 4-year-old boy was hit by a car while sledding at Richmond Park


A 4-year-old boy is recovering after being hit by a car while he was sledding Saturday  night at Richmond Park in Grand Rapids.

The boy was with family members and slid down the hill.  Because of the slippery conditions he ended up on Richmond Street. The boy was then hit by a car but the driver did not stop.

Sunday the police found the car that ran over the boy but they are still searching for the driver.


Gabriel Castillo Jr., was hospitalized with a concussion, bruised lung, laceration on his spleen, two broken ribs and a broken collarbone.