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Couple unknowingly allows accused bank robber to stay


Grand Rapids, Mich. (WZZM) Two people living inside the home where an accused bank robber had taken refuge Tuesday night, say they had no idea he was wanted by police.

Ryan Mensinger says he can't believe what happened, "I'm still kind of reeling from the whole situation. I can't believe that he dragged me and her into this."

23 year old Dave Saunders is accused of robbing the Lake Michigan Credit Union at Mercy-Health Saint Mary's Campus on Monday afternoon. With the help of tipsters, police tracked him to a house at 70 Grand Avenue, NE close to Heritage Hill.

"I cant believe he is stupid enough to rob a bank to think he would get away with it," said Mensinger's girlfriend Lauren.

Man who robbed credit union, fled into hospital charged


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- It wasn't a happy birthday for a man who allegedly held up a Grand Rapids credit union, fled into Mercy Health Saint Mary's hospital, and held police at bay.

David Saunders was charged Wednesday afternoon with bank robbery and is being held on a $250,000 bond. Wednesday is also Saunders' 23rd birthday.

Saunders allegedly held up the Lake Michigan Credit Union at Mercy Health Saint Mary's hospital Monday afternoon and escaped through the hospital.

MSU College of Human Medicine holds annual service event


Grand Rapids, Mich. (WZZM) Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine held its annual community service event today. Nearly 200 first-year students are visiting 18 organizations in the Grand Rapids and Lansing areas.

Students in Grand Rapids, made several stops including the Clark Retirement Home, The Mel Trotter Retail Store, The Kroc Center and Spectrum Health's Visiting Nurse Association.

Guillermo Flores is a first year student from Holland, "As doctors we're all about reaching out to the community, and patients and other people," he said. "I think any volunteer hours with any good organization is something that benefits not only the people we're working with and possibly future patients, but also growing as a potential healthcare provider."

The students helped with activities like sorting food donations, and helping senior residents.


My Town: Rockford Community Orchestra announces new conductor for 2014-2015 season

My Town: Rockford Community Orchestra announces new conductor for 2014-2015 season

ROCKFORD, Mich. (Rockford Community Orchestra) –  The Rockford Community Orchestra is looking forward to an exciting season with new conductor, Nancy J. Summers, who started July 1, 2014.

The RCO board of directors made the announcement in July.

Rockford Community Orchestra Secretary Emily Lackey says Summers has an amazing background. For the past 13 years, Summers served as music director and conductor of West Michigan New Horizons Music Ensembles, which recently celebrated its 15th anniversary.  During her time with that organization, Summers oversaw growth in the number of ensembles offered, broadened the scope of their outreach performances and raised the level of musicianship. 

My Town: Shop and help local charity during Macy's 'Shop For A Cause' Aug. 23

My Town: Shop and help local charity during Macy's 'Shop For A Cause' Aug. 23

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—The back-to-school shopping season is here, and Macy’s is giving customers a charitable reason to open up their wallets.

The department store is holding its ninth annual “Shop For A Cause” event on Saturday, Aug. 23.  Customers who purchase a $5 shopping pass at any of Mel Trotter Ministries four thrift store locations can enjoy special discounts, entertainment and http://www.meltrotter.org exclusive events at the Macy’s in Grandville.  All proceeds from the pass sale will go to Mel Trotter.

GRPS says school uniforms are working


Grand Rapids, Mich. (WZZM) Grand Rapids Public Schools held its back to school celebration Tuesday night at City High Middle School.

It's designed to get students and parents excited about the new year. It features free food, school supplies and even live entertainment.

Parents were also given the opportunity to buy school uniforms which are being phased in across the district. Students attending K-8 schools started wearing them last year. This school year all middle school students will wear uniforms as well.

District spokesman John Helmholdt says parent and teacher surveys were positive, "We really removed the behavioral issues or bullying issues as it related to what students are wearing," said Helmholdt. He says students weren't as enthusiastic about the uniforms but they are getting use to wearing them.

Credit union robbery suspect surrenders after standoff


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A suspect involved in a stand-off with Grand Rapids police has surrendered.

Tuesday evening police executed a search warrant at a home at 70 Grand Avenue, northeast near Fountain Street.

Police say they were searching for the man who robbed the Lake Michigan Credit Union Monday afternoon inside Mercy Health Saint Mary's hospital.