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Driver ejected in rollover crash on East Beltline dies


UPDATE: GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A man is dead after a rollover accident on the East Beltline early Sunday morning.

Investigators with the Michigan State Police say Yum Buck Chin, 57, was driving a pickup truck north just past Leonard St. when he left the road. He over-corrected rolling the truck across both lanes of traffic.

He was ejected and landed in the middle of the road. He was the only person in the truck at the time of the crash.

Troopers say he was not wearing his seatbelt and the tucks airbags didn't deploy. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Tpr. Dixon of the Rockford Post. 616-866-4411.


My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

3 arrested in Medawar robbery, more suspects sought


PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- An armed robbery was reported about noon Friday at Paul Medawar Jewelers store in Plainfield Township, the second hold-up there in less than a year.

Kent County Sheriff's deputies responded to the hold-up at 4518 Plainfield Ave. NE on a report that four gunmen entered the store at 12:05 p.m. The robbers tried using hammers to break into the Rolex display case. A store employee fired a round from his handgun at the suspects, but didn't hit anyone. The suspects fled without taking anything, the Medawars said in a statement seen in the video below.

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My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan's (USGBCWM) second annual Battle of the Buildings competition. The statewide competition is an expansion of the Battle of the Buildings that started in West Michigan last year.

Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction. The competition is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state of Michigan and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Steelcase, Western Michigan University and Nichols have already committed for the 2015 competition totaling over 3,000,000 sq. feet.

Pedestrian hit in Kent County


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Emergency crews were called out to the scene of an accident Monday morning involving a van and a pedestrian.

It happened around 6:20 this morning on 4 Mile Road just east of Plainfield Avenue.

Deputies and an ambulance crew were on the scene. They say the vehicle was not moving very fast.

The victim was taken to the hospital for evaluation.


Melee ensues after man sentenced in Kent Co. homicide


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - One of six men charged in the September death of a Spencer Township man was sentenced to prison Tuesday, but the sentence apparently did not sit well with the victim's family.

Relatives of Brent Luttrell, who was beaten, stabbed and shot Sept. 8, caused a commotion outside of Kent County Circuit Court Judge Donald Johnston's 11th floor courtroom following the sentencing for 29-year-old Christopher Paul Duncan.

A woman stepping off the elevator was inadvertently punched in the face, breaking her glasses, court officials said. The woman says she wants to press assault charges.

Duncan, 29, was sentenced to 7 to 22 ½ years in prison for home invasion. Investigators say he helped coordinate the Sept. 8 raid at Luttrell's home on Pinewood Street NE, believing Luttrell had $80,000 in money and drugs stashed inside. That was not the case.

My Town Plainfield Township: Seasonal pass prices rise for residents

My Town Plainfield Township: Seasonal pass prices rise for residents

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- Some visitors to Versluis Park will have to pay more this season.

The Plainfield Township Board recently approved increasing the price of residential season park passes from $20 to $25, effective Jan. 1.  Planfield Township Superintendent Cameran VanWyngarden says non-resident season passes and single day rates remain the same, at $75 and $10 per car, respectively.

"We believe the new season pass rate remains a remarkable value for Plainfield Township residents," VanWyngarden said in a statement to WZZM 13.