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G.R. Kia dealership sold, moved


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The dealership that used to be called Keller Kia now has a new owner and a new location.

Auto retailers Bill Doraty and Jeff Johnson announced Monday they've bought the dealership, rebranding it as Kia of North Grand Rapids. They've also moved the business from Alpine Ave. to Plainfield Ave. near 5 Mile.

They tell us the move will expand the dealership, adding about 30 new jobs. Doraty and Johnson say their sales staff will be paid a salary without any commissions.

Keller Ford tells WZZM that they sold Kia brand to Doraty and Johnson to focus solely on Ford and pre-owned vehicles.

The owners are still planning an official grand opening.


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.


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.


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.