10.24.16:  One injured when shots fired in dorm


CALEDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A student at a western Michigan college has been shot and wounded by a slug fired through a wall during a fight in a residence hall.

Kent County sheriff’s officials say two Davenport University students were involved in the altercation about 2:30 a.m. Sunday with four people who don’t attend the Caledonia Township school.

One of the non-students fired the shot that penetrated the wall and struck the student who was not involved in the fight. The wounded student was treated at a hospital and released.

The shooting is under investigation.

Caledonia Township is southeast of Grand Rapids.


10.24.16:  Small plane crash near Norton Shores




NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — A small plane has crashed while landing at Muskegon County Airport in western Michigan.

The four-seat plane was on a training flight from Purdue University in Indiana and was being flown by a student pilot when it crashed Sunday afternoon.

The pilot was not injured, but the aircraft’s nose was ripped off as it skidded after touching down at the airport in Norton Shores.

Only the pilot was aboard the plane. The cause of the crash is under investigation.


10.24.16:  G.R. Job Fair at Wealthy Theatre




(Mlive)–Grand Rapids officials anticipate as many as 300 city positions opening over the next three years due to retirements.

To prepare for the transition, the city is hosting a free recruitment symposium at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 at the Wealthy Theatre. Attendees will receive an overview of the various positions open now, or set to open in the near future.

“We are building the city’s future together,” said City Manager Greg Sundstrom. “Those recruited and hired today will shape policy, services and programs for years to come.”

City personnel will spend the two-hour job fair detailing upcoming openings and explaining the application and testing processes.

Human resources staff will discuss benefit packages that include paid sick leave and vacation, tuition reimbursement, career training and education, job security and competitive salary ranges.

Registration for Monday’s event can be done online via an Eventbrite page. For more information on city career opportunities, visit the city’s jobs page.

“If you want to work for the city of Grand Rapids, there has maybe never been a better time,” Sundstrom said. “We are hiring in jobs all across the organization. I’m encouraging you to consider a career with the city of Grand Rapids.”


More info.:  grcity.us/jobs

10.21.16:  Park development discussion shocks Ferrysburg




FERRYSBURG, Mich. (AP) — Ferrysburg City Council members have discussed the possibility of developing a local nature preserve, causing confusion among residents who thought the fight to save the land was over.

MLive reports that council members discussed the possibility of advertising the 40-acre Ferrysburg Nature Preserve to developers at their meeting Monday night.

Resident Heather Hawley says the conversation shocked some in the community who were under the impression the land was going to remain preserved after city council members made it a park in 2002 at the request of residents who feared possible development.

Ferrysburg City Manager Craig Bessinger says the topic was brought up while talking about the sale of another city-owned property adjacent to City Hall. Bessinger says no developers have reached out with proposals.



10.19.16:  Kids’ Food Basket in need of sacks



-The Kids’ Food Basket provides sack suppers for students that need a ready-to-eat meal to eat when they go home from school.

Decorated Sack Supper bags provide kids with an extra touch of love.

They are hoping to reach a goal of 75,000 decorated bags by October 22nd.

Organizers say brown or white paper sacks work best ( can be purchased at Sam’s Club and GFS Stores in bulk).  Please keep in mind that many Sack Suppers will be going to public schools and therefore cannot contain religious or political messages.


The bags can be dropped off during regular business hours or Saturday, October 22, from 10 am to 1 p.m. at one of their special drive-through, drop-off locations:


-2055 Oak Industrial Dr. NE, St.C, Grand Rapids

-1011 2nd St., Muskegon

-389 James St., Holland


10.19.16:  XQ Super School Bus tour comes to Grand Rapids


-Wednesday, October 19, XQ Super School Project will make a stop in Grand Rapids to celebrate the Grand Rapids Public Museum School being awarded $10 million dollars as one of the 10 winner out of nearly 700 proposals.

The money will be used to further develop a Museum School for High School students at the former Museum location , 54 Jefferson.

The event will take place from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Public Museum School, 272 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids.

Events include a community art project, food trucks, and opportunities to explore some of the learning that will take place at the Public Museum High School.  The public is invited.



10.14.16:  2-year-old fires gun in home




DALTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old boy found a rifle in a closet at his western Michigan home and fired several shots, wounding his 4-month-old sister in the arm.

The sheriff’s department responded Thursday night to the home in Muskegon County’s Dalton Township and found the girl with what was described as a graze wound. She was treated at a hospital and released. Investigators say the children’s mother was at home at the time of the shooting.

Sheriff’s deputies seized the .22-caliber rifle. Prosecutors will review the case and Child Protective Services investigators are involved in the investigation.


10.13.16:  Silver Ring Thing comes to Grand Rapids Sunday




-The Silver Ring Thing will be in Grand Rapids Sunday evening.

The 2 hour live stage performance aims to challenge students to make a commitment to purity and gives them the opportunity to wear a ring as a symbol and reminder of that decision.

A parent’s session is also held to educate them about what is happening in today’s youth culture and how they can encourage and support their children.

This year’s theme is “Raising the Bar. Refusing to Conform.”

The event has been around for the last 20 years and changing lives of young people.


The Silver Ring Thing will be held, Sunday, October 16th from 6-8 pm at the 3 Mile Project, 3050 Walker Dr. NW, Grand Rapids.


More information:  silverringthing.com

10.13.16:  Jury deliberations start in ‘Baby Kate’ trial; dad charged




LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — A jury in northern Michigan has gone home without a verdict after a few hours of deliberations in the trial of a man charged with killing his 4-month-old daughter.

Jurors will return Thursday to the courthouse in Mason County.

Sean Phillips is charged with killing Katherine Phillips, known as “Baby Kate,” although her body hasn’t been found. She disappeared five years ago in the Ludington area.

Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday. A judge said there’s not enough evidence for a first-degree murder charge, leaving the jury with second-degree murder or a lesser charge to consider.

The evidence included a letter written by Phillips that says Kate is in a peaceful place. But defense attorney David Glancy says there’s not enough evidence to show that Kate is dead.


10.12.16:  Fatal shooting by officer in Michigan justified




WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor has ruled that the fatal shooting of a man suspected of stealing a semi-automatic pistol from a gun store in the Grand Rapids area was justifiable.

The shooting happened Sept. 7 in Wyoming, a city near Grand Rapids, about two hours after the theft. Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth issued his decision Tuesday, saying video from the officer’s in-car camera and witness statements corroborated the officer’s account.

Police say 25-year-old Sadiq Bishara-Abaker Idris, a native of Sudan, was confronted by an officer because of what looked like a gun in his back pocket.

Police say the man took out the gun and pointed it at the officer. Forsyth said the officer had no way of knowing that the gun that was pointed at him was unloaded.