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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.

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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.


Holland Secretary of State Office Closed for 1 Day, July 14th

Holland Secretary of State Office Closed for 1 Day, July 14th

Minor remodeling at the Secretary of State Office in Holland, MI means the office will be closed for one day, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. The office, located at 587 E. Eighth St. in Holland, will resume normal hours at 9:00am on Wednesday, July 15th.

The project involves moving the Self-Service Station and changing counters to improve the flow of customers. Ruth Johnson, Secretary of State, says, “This is part of our commitment to continuously improve our service and the experience of customers who visit an office.” “Area residents can do many transactions on line also at ExpressSOS.com, but when they do visit our place of business, we want them to have the best experience possible.”

The closest Secretary of States Offices to Holland are Grand Haven, Hudsonville and Allegan.

To find additional information on offices, please go to www.michigan.gov/sos. You can also call 1-888-767-6424.

4th annual Ducky Dash at Buck Creek

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- One of the more unique events this holiday weekend took place at Wedgewood Park in Grandville.

The fourth annual Ducky Dash involved thousands of rubber ducks going into Buck Creek.

People were able to adopt a rubber duck for one dollar. The owners of the first ten ducks to cross the finish line received prizes from local merchants.

Money raised from the Ducky Dash goes to the Ryan Fischer Scholarship Foundation and the Grandville swim teams.

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Hudsonville fire damages home, garage

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A home in Hudsonville is damaged after a fire Saturday afternoon.

It happened around 3 p.m. on Sunningdale Drive, just south of Port Sheldon Street.

Investigators say no one was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Grandville fire, police depts. square off in "Badges vs. Hoses"

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- What do you get when you pit police officers against firefighters in a friendly competition? In Grandville: the Badges vs. the Hoses.

It's part of Grandville's 4th of July celebration.

Friday night, there was a city-wide barbecue that included a softball game between Grandville's Police Department and Fire Department.

The annual game took a few years off, as the Police Department played the district's teachers.

But this year they continued the rivalry.

"It's been a few years since we had this game. We dusted off the trophy and we'll see who takes it home tonight," Grandville's Police Chief Dan Steere said ahead of time.

In the end, Grandville Police walked away with the win. The final score was 12-6.

Racial slur painted on Grandville church

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - A racial slur was spray-painted this week on the rear door of a Grandville church whose members are largely black.

The N-word was painted on the back of the One Church Empowerment Center at 3075 30th St. SW. The church has been there about two and a half years. it was formed after moving from Lake Drive in Grand Rapids, where it was known as the Bethel Abundant Life Center.

Pastor Jathan Austin Wednesday said the congregation's experience has been "incredible" since moving in. After seeing the N-word Tuesday, he said he was disappointed. "It just heightens the awareness that we've got a long road still ahead of us - it just shows us that our work is not done."