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8.21.14:  Kalamazoo area bottle tampering

 

Portage police say that someone has been going to a local Meijer store and buying up vitamins bringing them back in re-sealed packages and putting them back on the shelves.

 

Some of the bottles that have been returned included candy, chocolate chips, and walnuts.  Some also had cat food in them.  Others had prescription drugs inside including cumadin and 800 mg Ibuprofen.

 

The primary victim that has been affected in Mega Red Ultra Strength Omega-3 Krill Oil.

 

Investigators say you should check your vitamins if you bought them at a local Meijer store and check with the retailer.


8.21.14:  Construction set for western Michigan outlet mall

 

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Tanger Outlets Factory Outlet Centers Inc. is ready to break ground on its third Michigan mall.

 

Construction is set to begin Thursday in Kent County’s Byron Township, near Grand Rapids. The groundbreaking ceremony is expected to include Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and company President and Chief Executive Steve Tanger.

 

Tanger Outlets in Grand Rapids is scheduled to open in fall 2015 and will feature more than 80 stores and 1,000 full- and part-time workers.

 

Greensboro, North Carolina-based Tanger operates 45 outlet malls across the country and Canada. Its two Michigan outlets are in Howell Township and West Branch.


8.20.14:  Police in standoff with bank robber

 

The man suspected of robbing the credit union at St. Mary’s Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids was arrested Tuesday night.

 

The robbery took place Monday.  Police received several tips after releasing pictures of the bank robber.  The man was linked to a house on Grand Avenue NE and when police approached the house, the suspect refused to leave.

 

Two people inside the house safely evacuated and the suspect eventually surrendered without incident around 9 p.m.


8.19.14:   Fatal accident near Hudsonville

 

Ottawa County authorities were on the scene of a fatal accident near Hudsonville early Tuesday morning.

 

Around 4:30 a.m. police were called to the scene of a crash along I-196 near the M-6.  Police report that the man was traveling eastbound when he veered off the road and struck an overpass abutment at highway speed.  The car then caught fire.

 

The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from his vehicle.  Police say the victim was a 46-year-old man from Wyoming but no name has been released yet.


8.19.14:  GRPS moves celebration indoors

 

The Grand Rapids Public Schools are planning to hold their Back-to-School Celebration tonight inside.

 

Organizers say there is a good chance of rain in the forecast and they have decided to move the activities inside City High Middle School from 4-8 p.m.  The schools is located in the former Creston High School building.

 

Families attending will enjoy food, giveaways, and live entertainment as well as a number of children’s activities.

 

School uniform providers also will be at the event so that families can purchase uniforms, which will be required for elementary and middle school students in the fall.


8.18.14:  GRPC holds Back-To-School event this week

 

Grand Rapids Public Schools will hold their annual back-to-school celebration at John Ball Park Tuesday from 4-8 p.m.

 

School will resume on September 2nd and the event is meant to create a carnival-like atmosphere and encourage parents to take advantage of informational booths to learn more about their school choices and services that are provided.

 

Families also will be reminded to purchase school uniforms.  This year uniforms will be required for elementary and middle school students.

 

There is rain in the forecast for Tuesday and if the event is rained out a rain-date has been set for Wednesday, August 20th.


8.18.14:   Michigan teen, Good Samaritan hospitalized

 

BLENDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Ottawa County officials say two people including a Good Samaritan have been hospitalized after being hit by a car on a roadside.

 

51-year-old David Pierson of Zeeland was in critical condition and 17-year-old Samantha Brown of Hudsonville was in serious but stable condition after the accident late Saturday.

 

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department says 18-year-old driver Jenna Esterley had tried to pull over to check her GPS but went into a ditch. Brown was her passenger.

 

Authorities say Pierson stopped to help. Brown had gotten out and was talking with Pierson when they were hit.

 

Police say 22-year-old driver Jeremy Vedders of Hudsonville says he didn’t see them or the car until the collision. They say the disabled vehicle didn’t have any lights on.


8.18.14:  Grand Rapids boy hospitalized for pit bull attack

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An 11-year-old boy has been treated for injuries following a pit bull attack in Grand Rapids.

 

Grand Rapids Police Lt. Mark Ostapowicz says the boy was walking down a street Sunday when the dog broke loose of its chain and bit him.

 

Ostapowicz says the boy suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He required stitches on some lacerations, including on his arms.

 

Ostapowicz said Kent County Animal Control hadn’t removed the pit bull by Sunday evening. It’s unclear if its owner was contacted.


8.15.14  Man Arraigned for Police Standoff/Domestic Violence

A Mecosta County man was denied bond after facing several charges related to a police standoff this week. Brandon Clements was arraigned Thursday by video at the Mecosta County Jail where he is being held since holding police at bay for several hours on Wednesday. Clements is charged with unlawful imprisonment, malicious destruction of property, felonious assault, misdemeanor domestic violence, and theft of an auto. Most of those charges are related to an incident earlier this year.


8.15.14  One Man Injured in Thursday Shooting

Grand Rapids Police say one man was injured after being shot. Police were in the area of Grandville Avenue and Crofton after the shooting was reported before eight o’clock. Investigators believe the man was in the area of Vries when he was shot but that the suspect may have fled to Crofton Avenue. The victim reportedly gave conflicting accounts about the alleged shooter.