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GRPD looking for help identifying assault suspects


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Police Department wants to hear from anyone who can identify some assault suspects seen in cell phone video.

Police say the group of people seen in the video were punching and kicking a man who had been walking by them. Investigators say it happened around 10:15 p.m. July 28 near Monroe Ave. and Louis St. NW, near Rosa Parks Circle.

You can see the video above. Be advised it contains some coarse language.

"While this is not the most heinous of crimes, the community and the Grand Rapids Police Department will not tolerate this behavior in our city," Chief David Rahinsky said in a statement.

No one has been arrested, police said, adding that the victim refused medical treatment.

School Supply Santa collecting again

School Supply Santa collecting again

The School Supply Santa all started eight years ago, thanks to Denise Kooiker of Byron Center, MI. Once again she is asking for your donations for kids in the Grand Rapids areas to start the upcoming school year.

Donations are distributed to administrators at schools in Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming, Kelloggsville, Godwin, Godfrey-Lee and Vista Charter Academy. Adding to the list this year are Rockford and Grandville schools.

Donations of backpacks and all school supplies can be dropped off at all the Kent District Library branches, local Starbucks and Biggby coffee houses, Talsma Furniture stores, Macatawa Banks, Byron Community Recreation and Gaines Township Hall. The drive runs from August 1 – 28. More information is available at the School Supply Facebook page at Facebook.com/SchoolSupplySanta.

The Color Run 5k debuts new 'sparkle zone' in G.R.


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- It's being called the happiest race on the planet. Runners laced up and took off Saturday morning for the Grand Rapids Color Run 5k, and this year they debuted a new way to shine.

The Shine Tour brought a fresh spin to the 3.1-mile race by adding a sparkle zone. In addition to getting sprayed with different colors, participants also ran through a shower of glitter.

At the finish festival, there was music, dancing and of course massive color throws with new confetti cannons.

In its fourth year, The Color Run is one of the largest running events in history.


G.R. stabbing victim in hospital, suspect in custody


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A man is in the hospital after he was stabbed in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Grand Rapids police responded to the 400 block of Benson Avenue NE just before 3 a.m. on a report of a man down and bleeding. Upon arrival, they found the victim with stab wounds to his chest. He was taken to Spectrum's Butterworth Hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown at this time.

A person of interest was quickly located and taken into custody.

The incident remains under investigation. If you have any information, please call the Grand Rapids Police Department Major Case Team or Silent Observer.


G.R. Children's Museum turns 18


GRAND RAPIDS, (WZZM) - The Grand Rapids Children's Museum has officially hit adult age. The facility turned 18 on Friday. The museum took over Sheldon Avenue for a street party to celebrate.

The party had an animal theme, featuring mask-making, bug matching games, bubble snakes, among some of the activities. Organizers say it also gave them a chance to give back to the community that has shown such support.

The Grand Rapids Children's Museum opened in July of 1997.


Helen DeVos Children's Hospital hosts Christmas in July


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It may be one of the hottest days of the year, but they were thinking of December at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital on Tuesday.

Patients got a special visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus for the hospital's Christmas in July party. It also had a superhero theme; kids got to take home their own superhero masks and capes. Spider-Man and Batman made appearances, as well, scaling the sides of the building.

Event organizer Stephanie Stanton said it helps give the patients and their families a much-needed break.

"My hope is that it brings a little love and light on an otherwise maybe not so good day," Stanton said. "They can come down and they can smile, they can have fun, they can take things home, they can take things upstairs to play with."

Rapids restoration moves to next phase in Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It will put the rapids back in Grand Rapids.

The City Commission has approved the Grand River Restoration Committee's final report.

That means the earliest stages of putting the plan into action -- removing dams, and adding boulders and barriers for invasive species -- can start moving forward.

Construction on the new project could begin as early as 2017.