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Home Break-ins on South End of Grand Rapids

Home Break-ins on South End of Grand Rapids

Two homes in the same development were broken into on Friday, October 24, 2014; one in the 200 block of Loch Lomond SE and the other in the 3300 Chevy Chase SE area. The break-ins occurred between 10am and 1pm while the homes were unoccupied.

After damaging doors to gain entry, the intruders spilled contents from drawers and cabinets, leaving the homes in a mess but nothing was taken.

A silver Chrysler van with black trim on the sides was seen in the area about the time of the break-ins. The vehicle may also have an Illinois license plate.

Anyone who may have information in regard to these crimes is asked to contact the Kent County Sheriff’s office at 616-632-6357.

Cedar Springs wins at home against Forest Hills Eastern


CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Cedar Springs beat Forest Hills Eastern 38-14.

Zach Wamser had 204 yards rushing to help the Redhawks to victory.


Forest Hills Northern ousts Wyoming


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Forest Hills Northern bounced back from a disappointing loss last week to defeat Wyoming 42-27 Friday night.

The Huskies jumped out to an early 28-7 lead en route to the win.

FHN finished the regular season 7-2, while Wyoming went 1-8.


Ada family divided over Michigan, Michigan State


ADA, Mich. (WZZM) -- It is a rivalry that has brought out the nastiest of emotions throughout our state, but there is evidence that both Michigan and Michigan State fans can co-exist peacefully under one roof.

The DeHaan family of Ada -- Laura, Brian, and their four young children -- has divided loyalties when it comes to the rivalry.

Half of the family will be decked out in maize and blue Saturday, the other half in green and white.

You can watch the Michigan-Michigan State game right here on WZZM 13. Kickoff is just after 3:30 on Saturday.


Village at Knapp's Crossing again moving forward


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Development plans for the Village at Knapp's Crossing, on the East Beltline near Knapp, are finally moving forward -- with a new team and a new plan after the previous developer declared bankruptcy.

Lormax Stern is partnering with Visser Brothers, Inc., to turn the area around P.F. Chang's and the D&W store there into a new complex that contains high-end restaurants and more retailers.

Bill Mast is the president of Visser Brothers, Inc . He has worked with Lormax Stern before, transforming Centerpointe Mall.

"Between P.F. Chang's and Knapp St, there is a potential for two or three new buildings," explains Mast. By the pond, "a more traditional retail space." This is more than 150,000 square feet of new construction.

Chris Brochert at Lormax Stern says they are still courting businesses for the project.

Ebola ruled out after ill passengers fly into G.R.


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Medical crews responded to Gerald R. Ford International Airport after people on a flight from Dallas reported feeling sick.

The American Eagle flight had three people aboard who complained of sickness. They were screened by emergency medical services and the Kent County Health Department says they each have no connection to West Africa or anyone who has been to West Africa. All three also have no connection to any Ebola-related patient.

At a news conference, officials announced that the three sick people had caught colds while on a missions trip to Guatemala.

"There is NO threat of Ebola at the airport and no reason for the traveling public to be concerned about flying in and out of Grand Rapids," said a spokeswoman for the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. She also said the airport would be sharing more information later this evening about the response.

Michigan teen sues after Amtrak bars travel


CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A Grand Rapids-area teenager with a nut allergy is suing Amtrak, saying his rights were violated when he was barred from riding the train without an adult.

Amtrak's website says kids ages 13 to 15 can't travel without an adult if they have a life-threatening food allergy. Thirteen-year-old Noah Joseph wanted to ride to Dearborn from Kalamazoo with a 16-year-old brother last summer, but Amtrak said no when their mother tried to buy tickets.

A lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Washington. Noah's mother, Karen Joseph of Cascade Township, says Amtrak's policy violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. Noah wanted to visit his grandmother in the Detroit area.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari declined to comment on the lawsuit Friday.