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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.


1.30.15:  Gov. Snyder issues directive to improve government purchasing

 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Governor Rick Snyder says he wants to improve the state of Michigan’s purchasing after identifying “gaps” in how the state currently buys goods and services.

The Republican governor issued a directive Thursday formalizing procurement operations across state agencies. Each department’s procurement executive will now report to a chief procurement officer within the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

Snyder says state agencies must work better together to effectively and efficiently manage taxpayer dollars.

The directive isn’t binding on the attorney general or secretary of state’s offices. But Snyder says he’s encouraging them to voluntarily abide by the terms laid out in the directive.


1.30.15:  Exploding air bag may have killed Texas man

 

DETROIT (AP) — There apparently has been another death caused by an exploding automobile air bag made by Takata Corporation of Japan.

Senator Bill Nelson of Florida said on the Senate floor Thursday that a Texas man was killed earlier this month when a Takata air bag inflated in a low-speed crash and sent a piece of shrapnel into the man’s neck. The man died before police arrived.

Nelson gave no other details, but Honda says the crash happened January 18th in the Houston area. The company says the man’s 2002 Accord was part of a 2011 recall, but it had not been repaired. Honda says it hasn’t been able to inspect the car yet.

If confirmed, the death would be the sixth worldwide caused by the Japanese auto parts maker’s air bags.


1.30.15:  Super Bowl XLIX kicks off in Arizona

 

Super Bowl XLIX takes place this Sunday in Arizona.

The New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks.  This is the 8th appearance for the Patriots and third appearance for Seattle.

The game takes place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and can be viewed on NBC-TV.

The players share in this game:  Winners- $97,000 per man,  and Loser – $49,000 per man.

 


1/30/15  Good night for the Griffins but not for the Wings

 

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cedric Paquette had three goals, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 on Thursday night for their franchise-record ninth consecutive home win.

Steven Stamkos and Mark Barberio also scored for the Lightning, who leapfrogged the Red Wings into first place in the Atlantic Division by a point. Jonathan Drouin and Alex Killorn had two assists apiece.

Tampa Bay took a 4-1 lead at 11:03 of the second when Paquette completed his first hat trick from the right circle during a short-handed 2-on-1. The center has four goals in the past two games after going 29 straight without one.

 

Meanwhile, the Grand Rapids Griffins skated past Iowa 6-0, Thursday night and play hockey in Milwaukee Friday night.


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.