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Man crashes into snowbank, dies at hospital


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 54-year-old West Michigan man is dead after driving through the median of East Beltline and crashing into a snowbank. 

The accident occurred just before 5 p.m. Sunday.

Kirk DeHaan, from Ada, was heading north on East Beltline near Leonard St. when he had a heart attack and lost control of his vehicle.

Million dollar Powerball ticket sold near G.R.


CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Unless you bought your Powerball ticket in California, Florida or Tennessee, you're likely not the winner of the record $1.6 billion jackpot -- but someone in the Grand Rapids area is still a new millionaire.

Michigan Lottery officials say five Powerball tickets matching five of the winning numbers were sold across the state, each worth $1 million.

The Rapid extends into Cascade Township


CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Riders of the Rapid can now get to Cascade Township.

The system has extended Route 28 to Cascade destinations including the YMCA, with a loop from Patterson to Burton, to Kraft Avenue, and back to 28th Street. The Rapid says this extension is not a permanent change just yet. It will go through a three-year trial period first.

"I think it should be very successful, and it does open up the community and other communities to Cascade Township," said Cascade Twp. supervisor Rob Beahan. "It's something that's very needed, public transportation."


Meijer Gardens sees record attendance in 2015


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park says 2015 saw the largest attendance in the western Michigan attraction's history.

Meijer Gardens says Monday more than 775,000 guests visited during its 20th year, up from about 650,000 in 2014.

In 2015, many programs centered on the theme "Welcoming the World." In April, Meijer Gardens celebrated its 20th anniversary with the dedication and installation of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei's outdoor sculpture "Iron Tree."

Patients evacuated when car hits medical building


Ada TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) – About 40 patients and health care providers were briefly evacuated after a car crashed into an Ada Township medical building Tuesday afternoon.

They stayed outside until it was certain there was no structural damage to the building at 5060 Cascade Road SE and it was safe to occupy.

Police say a 74-year-old woman arriving for an appointment pushed the gas pedal instead of the brake.  Her station wagon jumped the sidewalk and smashed the building.

 

GR Township home considered 'total loss' after blaze


GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Firefighters worked to extinguish a large house fire located east of the East Beltline.

Firefighters had been at the scene of the blaze since about 3 p.m. Saturday before it was put out just before 5 p.m.The house is located in the 1900 block of Emerald Glen Court.

The 911 call, placed by the homeowner, was reported as a chimney fire, said the Grand Rapids Township deputy fire chief at the scene.

No one was injured.

Firefighters had to request extra water tankers to assist in putting out the fire because the area has few hydrants, according to reports. 

The home is considered a total loss, the deputy chief said.

 


Searching for the perfect Christmas gift? Try pottery


ADA,Mich. (WZZM) -- Still searching for that perfect Christmas present? Something unique, one-of-a-kind and personal?

In this Weekend Adventure, the weekend morning news crew checked out The Mud Room in Ada to make a few special holiday gifts.

The Mud Room is a paint-your-own pottery studio but they also do glass fusing, potters wheel classes, hand prints and all kinds of fired and non-fired arts. They also offer a number of special events and classes.

The clay studio is not available for walk-ins during regular studio hours, so be sure to schedule a visit in advance.

Or, choose from a number of scheduled classes listed on their website.

It takes about one week for the studio to