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Village Motorsports cleaning up after semi backs into building


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids business is cleaning up after management says a semi truck driver backed into the building, heavily damaging a wall, and then drove away.

It happened around 6 o'clock Monday evening at Village Motorsports, 3700 Plainfield Ave. NE.

General Manager Brad Schroeder told WZZM 13 it sounded like "a bomb went off," and when employees ran out to investigate, they found heavy damage to an outside wall. Schroeder says the truck driver denied responsibility and then drove away.

"It was obvious that he did it, the damage was [also] to the trailer he was driving," Schroeder said. "By the time I went to get my phone out of my office and came back, he decided he had other plans."

Employees were able to get photos of the semi, which they have turned over to police.

My Town: TV recycling no longer free in Kent County beginning Feb. 16

My Town: TV recycling no longer free in Kent County beginning Feb. 16

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GRAND RAPIDS – It seems most households now have flat-screen televisions these days, but many people may still have an older Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) television in their home. Kent County Department of Public Works (DPW) has collected 5.6 million pounds of electronics, including televisions, since 2001, without charging residents a fee. These items are processed by a third-party recycler. CRT televisions contains approximately 5-10 pounds of lead, a toxic component for our environment that can cause a variety of health issues. Due to the increasing cost of recycling televisions, Kent County DPW will begin charging a recycling fee starting February 16.

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

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The Meijer Simply Give program – held three times a year – generated nearly $6 million in 2014 for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation total to nearly $14 million since it began in November 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign, which ended in January, was the most successful holiday campaign in the program’s history, resulting in a total of more than $1.8 million for hungry families.

Man found safe after being reported missing


PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - The Kent County Sheriff's Department says a man reported missing has been located safe.

Plainfield Twp. man Anthony Baker, 26, was reported missing after he left his apartment the afternoon of Sunday, February 8, and didn't return home.

Tuesday evening, authorities said Baker had been found safe in Grand Rapids.


My Town: Specialty crop grant opportunity

My Town: Specialty crop grant opportunity

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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams today announced new opportunities for Michigan businesses thanks to the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Ag Marketing Services. The program is designed to enhance the competitiveness of Michigan’s specialty crops. Grant proposals must be received by MDARD no later than 3 p.m. on March 26, 2015 by submitting them to MDA-grants@Michigan.gov.

My Town: Third annual Write Michigan Contest winners announced

My Town: Third annual Write Michigan Contest winners announced
--------NEWS RELEASE-------Kent District Library, Schuler Books & Music and Herrick District Library announce the winners of the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. More than 700 writers from across the state entered the contest: 215 adults, 426 teens and 104 in the youth category.

“We’ve had another successful year,” said KDL Assistant Director Michelle Boisvenue-Fox. “We are always excited to see and read so much great talent in Michigan. We are supported by 155 volunteer reviewers—librarians, booksellers and Friends of the Library—with over half of them returning from last year’s contest. Many people find this a fun way to support aspiring writers.”

Crews find fire in attic of Plainfield Twp. home


PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Investigators are trying to figure out what sparked an overnight fire that caused heavy damage to a home just northeast of Grand Rapids.

It happened around two this morning on Manitoba Court, between Plainfield Ave. and East Beltline Ave. NE.

Firefighters found heavy smoke in the home was coming from a fire in the attic.

Four people and their dog were all able to get out safely.

Crews believe it may have been an electrical fire.