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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.


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.  

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

Three new Kent County commissioners sworn in

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)— Three new faces are on the Kent County Board of Commissioners.



District 6 representative Stan Stek, District 9 representative Matt Kallman and District 10 representative Emily Post Brieve were sworn in Tuesday morning. The Board also re-elected Dan Koorndyk of District 18 as Chair. District 11 representative Jim Saalfeld retained his role as Board Vice-Chair and Carol Hennessy of District 14 will continue to serve as Minority Party Vice-Chair.


The 19 commissioners also talked about the budget and a number of other issues during their first meeting of the New Year.


My Town: What 2015 will hold for West Michigan's economy

My Town: What 2015 will hold for West Michigan's economy

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- Consumers in West Michigan are more optimistic about what 2015 will bring.

In fact, consumers in this market are the most optimistic in the region, according to a new study released by Huntington Bank.  The financial firm found local residents say they are much more likely to buy a new vehicle this year; 17 percent said they plan to purchase a new car, compared to just four percent in 2014.

Home improvement stores may also be busy; 47-percent of West Michiganders surveyed for the Huntington Bank Midwest Economic Index said they were planning some home renovations for 2015, compared to 32 percent in 2014.