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Two men accused of tax credit scheme

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-A federal grand jury is indicting two Michigan men on tax fraud charges.

In the indictment, Chad Chertos of Ada and Gregory VanDyke of White Cloud are accused of requesting tax credits their clients were not eligible for and having the refund checks sent to their addresses. The alleged crimes took place between April 2009 and August 2010.

So far no charges have been filed.

Feds give The Rapid money for Silver Line

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A project to create a high speed bus line in Grand Rapids is getting $32 million dollars in federal funding.

The announcement was made Thursday in Grand Rapids by Peter Rogoff, head of the Federal Transit Administration, who called it "a huge quality of life changer for the people of this metropolitan area".

The Rapid's Silver Line would run along Division Avenue from Grand Rapids central business district to 60th Street in Kentwood.    Rogoff said the Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT project, would be 40% faster than traditional busses, since they would travel on dedicated lanes, always get green lights, and have passengers buy tickets in stations en route.

"This is going to provide the same travel speed as light rail but with one tenth the cost - it's a great investment of tax dollars" Rogoff said.

Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival

Back for its seventh year, the Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival promises even MORE thrills and chills this year! It's truly an international film festival with 62 films from 17 different countries.... a cool festival to remind you of why you love going to the movies.  

You can check out films in the sci-fi, action, suspense and horror genres at this weekend's festival.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Wealthy Theatre, Grand Rapids

www.thrillerchiller.com for all the dates/times/ticket info 





Gnomes, Beards, Paninis

Gnomes, Beards, Paninis

Audria Larsen

Downtown Grand Rapids is about to get another layer of delectable delights sandwiched among the folks currently dwelling, working, and soon, dining, at 38 Commerce Ave. Two Beards Deli, scheduled to open this November, seeks to fill a culinary void and serve an ample dose of whimsy, while filling your gullet.

City mgr.: Comptroller vote letter "informational"

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids city manager Greg Sundstrom says it's illegal to use taxpayer money to encourage voters to support a ballot issue, but he says the city attorney assures him a letter residents received with their water bills this month is not a violation.

The letter says an amendment eliminating the elected comptrollers position will save the city money and modernize its financial structure.

If the amendment passes, the city manager will appoint someone to a combined comptroller-chief financial officer position.

Critics claim the amendment would take away a vote of the people and give the city manager more power.

Sundstrom says the letter cost taxpayers $1,800 to distribute, and it is strictly an informational message.

Fork Fest this Thursday

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) The second Fork Fest is Thursday, showing off local food and menu items.

Local First believes if consumers know how much their neighbors depend on them and how great the product is, the consumers will want to seek those businesses out in the future.  The belief is Fork Fest is creating an atmosphere that will allow local business to flourish and strengthen the local economy.

There will be free food samples at Fork Fest and a cash bar with wine, beer and cider. Kids under 10 get in free.

Educators gather in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Nearly 4,000 educators from across the state of Michigan are gathering at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids this week for the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools Conference.

The organization represents nearly 500-faith based schools across the state.

Bishop Hurley of the Grand Rapids Diocese will speak at the conference Thursday.

The conference featuers more than 100 breakout sessions with an emphasis on classroom instruction techniques and professional development.

The conference lasts until Friday.