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4 teens arrested, accused of bike thefts; 2 others sought


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids police say they have arrested four juveniles on suspicion of trying to steal bicycles. Officers are still looking for two others who fled.

Around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, city safety ambassadors told police that six teens were cutting locks off bicycles outside a cafe near Monroe and Louis.

Police say when they arrived, the teens rode away on bicycles previously reported stolen. The ones who were caught are 13 to 15 years old. Exact charges are pending but might include attempted larceny, and receiving and concealing stolen property.

Police are still investigating and looking for the other two suspects. Anyone with information about the case should contact GRPD at 616-456-3400 or Silent Observer at 1-866-774-2345 or www.silentobserver.org.


Kent County puts 82 Ionia up for auction


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Kent County is accepting bids for a county building in downtown Grand Rapids.

The building is in the heart of downtown on Ionia, near Fountain street.

The Kent County Friend of the Court, circuit court probation, prosecuting attorney and housing commission currently use the building. But, they only take up about half of the available space.

The county says selling it would put it to better use.

Bids for the 108,000 square foot building built in 1932 are being accepted until August 28.


Beer, Bands and BBQ start the Celebration July 3rd in Grandville for the 4th of July

Beer, Bands and BBQ start the Celebration July 3rd in Grandville for the 4th of July

July 3rd starts the celebration for the 4th of July in Grandville, MI when the 2nd Annual Beer, Band and BBQ kicks off in downtown Grandville, near the Library parking lot from 4:00 – 11:00pm.

People of all ages are welcome to join in with the live music and dinner served from 4:00 – 8:00pm with a variety of BBQ food items from $2.00 - $10.00. The live music will continue until 11:00pm but you must be 21 years of age to be in the Beer Tent after 8:00pm. Feel free to bring along a lawn chair to sit around the outside of the tent.

A variety of beer, wine coolers and Osgood Brewing will offer Sol Seeker and Journey. One hundred 2015 Beer, Band and BBQ decorative mugs will be sold for $5.00. VFW Post 702 will have flags and jewelry available for small donations for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

HopCat's Crack Fries are free today


GRAND RAPIDS (Detroit Free Press) -- HopCat brew pub and restaurant's signature Crack Fries — newly named one of America's 10 Best Fries — are free with any purchase Wednesday to celebrate the honor, included in Food Network Magazine's July-August issue.

The free-fries offer is good all day July 1 at HopCats in Ann Arbor, Detroit, East Lansing, Grand Rapids and Indianapolis. The offer is limited to dine-in guests who make an additional purchase; one free order per customer.

The lightly beer-battered fries, sprinkled with spices, are named Crack Fries for their addictive qualities, the company said.

"Our guests have made Crack Fries our best-selling item since we opened the first HopCat in 2008," said founder Mark Sellers. Giving guests free orders of them is a way to thank the restaurants' many customers and attract new ones to try the fries.

Kent Co. puts downtown G.R. building up for sale


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kent County is now accepting bids for a county building in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.

The building, 82 Ionia NW, has frontage on Ionia, Fountain, and Division. Friend of the Court, Circuit Court Probation, the Prosecuting Attorney's office, and Community Housing and Development currently use the building. Those offices only take up about half of the building space, though, and the county said selling it could let it be put to better use.

The building, built in 1932, is 108,000 square-feet.

The county is accepting bids through August 28.


Anglers group hears about Grand River restoration plans


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- As plans to restore the rapids move forward in Grand Rapids, the change will affect many who use the Grand River. Especially if you fish.

The Grand Rapids chapter of Michigan Steelheaders met Monday evening with representatives from the City Commission and engineers working on the Grand River restoration plan. They were able to share their input about changes they'd like to see for the river, especially ones that could change the way they fish, said chapter president Steve Heintzelman.

"We're more concerned about making sure fish can travel safely up and down the river for reproduction purposes, and fish-catching purposes, and we want to make sure it's safe for boaters."


Local pastors ready to marry same-sex couples


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex marriages are legal in all 50 states, city halls and churches have been busy with eager couples.

On Friday we showed you video of couples in Muskegon tying the knot at the courthouse, now, Grand Rapids is following suit.

At the Fountain Street Church Monday afternoon, no couples had tied the knot yet, but there are pastors on standby ready to help facilitate the union.

"As an ordained minister, when I used to sign wedding licenses before in the state of Michigan, I would kind of take this moment as I signed and feel like, oh, this isn't quite right because this isn't something that all couples have access to," said Reverend Elizabeth Barnum. "So I know when I'll be signing certificates from now on, it's going to feel good knowing that marriage is something that all couples have access and a right to."