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Hundreds root for Team USA at Rosa Parks Circle


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids was filled Sunday night with red, white, and blue-clad fans rooting for the U.S. Women's soccer team as they regained the World Cup for the first time since 1999.

Fans packed the area to watch the game on a jumbotron, celebrating every American goal in the highest-scoring women's World Cup final ever.

Fans in attendance wanted to be a part of the historic moment, and show their national pride.

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GR city pools open for July 4th holiday weekend


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Thanks to an anonymous donor, all three Grand Rapids pools are open on the 4th of July. Pool hours at each of the three pools will be from 12:30–4:30 p.m.

"Not sure who it is, not sure how much it was but all I can say is that we are incredibly grateful that we have the opportunity to offer this to the community," said Taran Silva, a lifeguard with the city pools.

For Grand Rapids' residents, children under the age of 18 get in for free and adult entry is just one dollar. The donation from a long-time Grand Rapids resident covers the staffing cost and operations cost for the three city pools: Martin Luther King, Briggs and Richmond Park.

"We've got the water slide, we have diving boards and just all sorts of stuff," Silva said. "A little bit more to do rather than just hang out in your front yard."

GRPD recruits help rescue suffocating man


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Just three weeks into their training, and Grand Rapids police officer recruits Allison Koldan and Tyler Sheppard already take action to save someone's life.

"I think we were both in the right place at the right time," said Officer Sheppard. "Any of the officers there would have done the same."

Sheppard and Koldan were among 12 GRPD recruits helping to serve lunch Thursday afternoon to hungry and homeless people at God's Kitchen.

The meal was moving right along until 55-year-old guest Jerome Goldston started choking on a piece of food and couldn't breathe.

"So I proceeded to help him," explained Koldan. "I started to perform back blows on him like we are trained to do. Then I called my partner, Officer Sheppard, over."

Independence Day message from your American Legion Clubs

Independence Day message from your American Legion Clubs

Happy Independence Day

 

This message is from your local American Legion Clubs all over our Nation:

 

We, as Americans, are blessed to live in the “Home of the Brave.” Join us this Independence Day in celebrating the freedoms we hold so dear, while thanking the brave men and women who fought at home and abroad, and their families who sacrificed along with them, to allow us this privilege.

On Independence Day and every day, display your American flag prominently and your American Legion Auxiliary membership proudly to spread your passion and dedication to our nation’s veterans and to the best and largest women’s patriotic service organization in the world!

May God bless America and each one of you. Happy Independence Day!

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.