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Grand Rapids Balloon Festival begins


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A wide array of colors will be floating across West Michigan skies this weekend as the second annual Grand Rapids Balloon Festival gets underway.

27 pilots will take a total of four flights during a competition in an attempt to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes.

The two-day festival begins Friday at 5 p.m. at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds, located at 5235 Park Ave. SW, with carnival games, crafts, and other activities for children.

The event is free but proceeds raised from pilots offering $5 tethered rides will benefit the Children's Miracle Network. That money stay in West Michigan to provide services at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

Activities are subject to change based on weather. Below are a schedule of events.

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Vehicle hits bicyclist, slams into Jenison school


GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies have identified the man on a bike hit by a car Wednesday morning.

Glenn Orgega, 59, is in critical condition after the accident at Sandy Hill Elementary near Baldwin St. and 20th Ave.

The driver, Shirley Brisbin, 73, had a green light when Ortega crossed in front of her, investigators said. She swerved to miss him, hit a tree and became airborne, then crashed her SUV into the school building.

Crews had to cut her out of her car but her injuries were minor.

Jenison Public Schools SUperintendent Tom TenBrink tells WZZM 13 the crash caused "significant damage" to two school walls.

Bone marrow drive held for 9-year-old battling leukemia


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- She's only nine years old but has endured what many never have to go through their entire lives.

Lola DeYoung has leukemia and a rare genetic marker. That makes finding a bone marrow match tough.

"Out of all of the people on the registry, millions and millions of people on the registry, there is no one who is a perfect match for her," says her father, Matt DeYoung.

3 children hurt in Jamestown Twp. crash


JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Three children were hurt, two critically, in a crash Thursday afternoon in Ottawa County.

Investigators say an 18-year-old man from Dorr pulled up to a stop sign at 32nd and Adams, but then drove into the path of another car. The force of the collision caused the teenager driver's car to spin into a third vehicle.

A 9-year-old girl was critically injured and had to be airlifted to the hospital. A 9-year-old boy was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition.

Another 8-year-old was taken to the hospital, but his condition is not known. The drivers involved were not hurt.

Police say everyone was wearing a seatbelt.


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Grandville PD releases photos of vehicle in robbery


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- We're getting a look at the vehicle a gunman used to get away after robbing a Grandville party store.

Police say the gunman who robbed Mel's Party Store a week ago used the pictured vehicle to get away. It's a dark-colored Ford Explorer from the early '90's, with a light blue or teal front bumper.

Anyone who may have seen it is asked to call Grandville police at 616-538-6110. You can also call Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or 1-866-774-2345.

Grandville PD investigating armed robbery at party store


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for a gunman accused of robbing a Grandville party store Thursday morning.

Officers responded to a report of armed robbery at Mel's Party Store, 3640 Chicago Dr. SW, around 10:45 a.m.

The victim described the suspect as a white man in his mid- to late 20's, about 5'10", with a thin build. He reportedly wore a dark-colored, hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up, and a mask over his mouth and nose. He was also said to have a black handgun. The suspect's vehicle was described as a black four-door vehicle of unknown make and model.

Police said the gunman took an undisclosed amount of money.

Anyone with information on the case should call Silent Observer, at 616-774-2345 or 1-866-774-2345, or the Grandville Police Department at 616-538-6110.


God and Country Concert, August 9th

God and Country Concert, August 9th

Veterans will be honored at the Gospel and Patriotic Music Concert on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 6:00pm at the New Life Baptist Fellowship Church. The Church is located at 6252 Burlingame SW in Byron Center.  (Corner of Burlingame and M-6)

The Concert will feature Todd Allen Herendeen, #1 hit recording artist of the Patriotic Sensation, “My Name is America.”

All Veterans will be honored and presented with a Special Certificate suitable for framing. This is a Free Concert to honor our Veterans.

Call 616-942-1405 or 616-350-9376 for Free tickets. Additional information may be obtained at www.toddallenshow.com.