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Deputies: Man robs workers outside massage business


PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kent County deputies say they have the man who robbed workers at a Plainfield Township massage business.

It happened around 9 p.m. Thursday outside Panacea Massage on West River Drive, just east of U.S. 131.

Two workers were leaving the business when a man pulled a gun on them and demanded their money.

Deputies searching the area after the robbery caught someone nearby, and they say he confessed to the hold-up.

No one was injured.

The name of the suspect is not being released until his initial court appearance.


Taste of Greece November 6th & 7th in Grand Rapids

Taste of Greece November 6th & 7th in Grand Rapids

Friday, November 6, 2015 from 11am – 8pm and Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 9am – 1pm is the Annual Taste of Greece at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. This group is known for their Souvlaki at the Festival of Arts and Yassou Greekfest.

There will be delicious food for dining in or take out all day long. A great menu of Greek Style Lasagna, Salad, Spinach Pie/pita, fresh baked breads and Greeks pastries will be available.

There will be pastries and imported gifts to purchase throughtout the day along with beer & wine available after 5pm.

The church is located at 330 Lakeskide Dr. NE in Grand Rapids, MI., across from Romence Gardens Greenhouse. A donation of $12 for the dinner is appreciated.

Additional information can be found at 616-454-6563 or check them out on Facebook at YassouFest or www.GRGreekfest.com

Taste of Greece November 6th & 7th in Grand Rapids

Taste of Greece November 6th & 7th in Grand Rapids

Friday, November 6, 2015 from 11am – 8pm and Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 9am – 1pm is the Annual Taste of Greece at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. This group is known for their Souvlaki at the Festival of Arts and Yassou Greekfest.

There will be delicious food for dining in or take out all day long. A great menu of Greek Style Lasagna, Salad, Spinach Pie/pita, fresh baked breads and Greeks pastries will be available.

There will be pastries and imported gifts to purchase throughtout the day along with beer & wine available after 5pm.

The church is located at 330 Lakeskide Dr. NE in Grand Rapids, MI., across from Romence Gardens Greenhouse. A donation of $12 for the dinner is appreciated.

Additional information can be found at 616-454-6563 or check them out on Facebook at YassouFest or www.GRGreekfest.com

Kent Harvest Trails through the Month of October

Kent Harvest Trails through the Month of October

October is upon us and it’s that favorite time of year to experience the incredible flavors of fall. There are 20 farms throughout Kent County participating and it’s a great family opportunity to visit these farms & farm markets.

At The Barn - 8183 Herrington Avenue NE, Belmont, MI

Blok Orchard - 6365 4 Mile Road NE, Ada, MI

Bos Greenhouse & Farm- 1674 Spaulding Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI

Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm - 3025 6 Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids, MI

Kim Slot, teacher and widow, loses battle with cancer


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Northview Public Schools and the community are mourning the loss of teacher Kim Slot. Slot passed away Wednesday. She was also the widow of fallen police officer Trevor Slot.

Northview Public Schools posted this statement on their website:

Kent Co. Sheriff Dept. cuts ribbon on indoor equestrian center


PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kent County now has a new arena where sheriff deputies can train on horses.

County leaders cut the ribbon Tuesday on the 20,000-square-foot indoor equestrian training center in the 4600 block of Kroes St. NE.

The arena is also being used by local 4-H groups, as well as local school riding teams.

The center will provide a place for training the sheriff department's mounted unit, even during the winter months.

"Horses need to be trained constantly," said Sheriff Larry Stelma. "Weekly, they have to be exercised, they have to be ridden -- or they soon forget what they're supposed to be doing. The riders need to practice continually to remain proficient. So, they need to train 12 months out of the year. This facility allows them to do that."

Titanium Triathlon called after several lightning strikes


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Nearly 700 athletes started to compete in Michigan's fourth annual Titanium Triathlon Sunday in Plainfield Township. Unfortunately for most of them, they never got to finish.

The event was called off after several lightning strikes in the area.

Race co-director Ann Vidro tells us only the Olympic distance athletes were able to finish. The Olympic distance is a 1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run.

Vidro says it was especially hard to call the race with so many special stories competing this year.

Among the race competitors was Kalamazoo native Scott Lacey, 31. Lacey is legally blind. He would have been accompanied by guides during the 2.4 mile swim and marathon, and ride tandem for the 112 mile stretch along Northland Drive.

"It has become more of a challenge against myself," Lacey said.