8.28.15:  Area moms organize community march for Saturday



A group of mothers from Grand Rapids are planning to hold a “Stop the Violence” community march, Saturday, August 29th.

They will gather at 3 p.m. at Martin Luther King Park.


The group  says they are fed up with the violence in the city and that guns and violence are not a solution to problems.  There have been a number of shootings over the last few weeks.

They are holding the march in an effort to spread a message of peace and unity.

8.28.15:  Area colleges dedicate new facility while GRCC breaks ground for another



Grand Valley State University is celebrating its new science building.

They will host a dedication event Friday afternoon on the Allendale campus for the 55 million dollar facility.

The 4 story building is located next to the university’s field house and will provide additional class and lab space to help meet the current demand for science programs and accommodate anticipated growth.


Meanwhile, Grand Rapids Community College broke ground Thursday on a new building for its pre-school program.

It will be used as an actual daycare facility that is managed by professionals and serve as a learning environment for students in the early childhood education program.

8.28.15:  40,000 expected for Labor Day walk across Mackinac Bridge



ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — More than 40,000 people are expected to take part in this year’s Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge.


Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will kick off the 5-mile walk between the state’s two peninsulas at 7 a.m. Sept. 7. Walkers can start their trek after Snyder and up until 11 a.m.


The Michigan Department of Transportation is asking people participating to share photos and video on social media, with one person chosen at random to get a tour atop the Mackinac Bridge.




8.28.15:  Pilot dies in small plane crash at Michigan airport



BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say the pilot of a small plane has died after a crash at a southwestern Michigan airport.

The plane crashed Thursday evening at Battle Creek’s W.K. Kellogg Airport, killing its lone occupant.

Broadcasters report the pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings.

Authorities haven’t released the identity of the pilot or additional details of the accident.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating. The airport was closed late Thursday and early Friday.



8.28.15:   Vintage WWI cannon swiped from outside Michigan VFW post



BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Veterans of Foreign Wars official in southwestern Michigan fears a stolen WWI cannon may be sold for its metal.

The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reports Thursday that the vintage military hardware was hauled away earlier this week from outside the VFW Post 1137 in Benton Township, southwest of Grand Rapids.

The building has been closed since October.

Post adjutant quartermaster Robert Williams told the newspaper the cannon may be headed to a scrap yard and adds: “Who’s going to put it in their yard?”

The 12- to 14-foot-long cannon has a heavy metal barrel, wooden wheel spokes and sat on a concrete slab. It had been displayed at the post since 1976.

Police says recycling and scrap yards will be notified to look out for the cannon.


8.28.15:  Man surrenders to police in crash that killed bicyclist



MONTAGUE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 26-year-old western Michigan man faces charges in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 50-year-old Detroit-area bicyclist.

Ronnie Jo Claflin of Muskegon Township surrendered Thursday to police. He had been sought for failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing death.


Susan Cummings, a nurse from Lake Orion, was part of a group of people bicycling across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula to raise money for the Hope Water Project. She was struck August 8th by a truck while riding from Montague Township to Bay City.


Prosecutors have said the truck driver failed to stop although he “knew or had reason to know he’d been at fault in that accident.”



8.28.15:  Police task force investigating reported freeway shootings



BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A police task force is investigating reports of shots fired at vehicles along two freeways in western Michigan.

The first reported daylight shooting occurred August 19th when a car’s side view mirror was struck on Interstate 94 near Marshall.

Other motorists have contacted authorities about similar incidents on mostly rural parts of I-94 and I-69 stretching back to July.

A slug was found in a SUV after a side window was shattered.

Detectives say they also are seeking help from authorities who dealt with a series of freeway shootings in the Detroit area. Two-dozen vehicles were struck by gunfire on and around I-96 northwest of Detroit in 2012. Raulie Casteel was convicted and is serving up to 40 years in prison.


8.28.15:   Erika lashes Puerto Rico



SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Erika is expected to dump up to 12 inches of rain across parts of the drought-stricken northern Caribbean as it carves a path toward the U.S.

Right now it’s lashing Puerto Rico with heavy rains and wind.

The storm left four people dead in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica and some 20 people are missing.

Forecasters say Erika could strengthen into a hurricane as it gets closer to South Florida early next week.



8.28.15:  UN: 200 migrants missing, feared dead off Libya



VIENNA (AP) — The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugee says an estimated 200 migrants are missing and feared dead after two smuggling boats capsized off the coast of Libya.

The U.N. agency says the Libyan Coast Guard conducted two rescue operations seven miles off the Libyan port city of Zuwara. Two boats carrying an approximate total of 500 migrants were intercepted Thursday and the survivors taken to shore in Libya.

An undetermined number of bodies were also recovered and taken to shore.

In Austria, police investigating the deaths of 71 migrants found in truck along a main highway say they likely suffocated.


8.28.15:  Shoemaker shuts down hometown Tigers, pitches Angels to win



DETROIT (AP) — Matt Shoemaker pitched one-hit ball into the eighth inning in his hometown ballpark, Albert Pujols drove in one run and scored another and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 Thursday.

The Angels began the day trailing Minnesota by one game for the second American League wild-card spot, with Texas also a half-game ahead of them.

Shoemaker (6-9) went to high school about 30 minutes from Comerica Park and attended Eastern Michigan University, a school that has a large ad on the right field fence. He dominated the Tigers in his first game in Detroit, permitting just a single by Anthony Gose in the third.

Shoemaker walked one and struck out five in 7 1-3 innings.

Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 31st save, finishing the combined two-hitter.

Randy Wolf (0-2) pitched well enough to win in his second start since June 2014. He gave up one run on five hits and two walks in seven innings, striking out five.