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Hundreds of fans root for Team U.S.A at Rosa Parks Circle


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids was filled with red, white, and blue clad fans Sunday night. They were all there to root on The U.S. Women's National soccer team as they tried to regain the World Cup for the first time since 199.

Fans packed the area to watch the game on a jumbotron. They celebrated every American goal in the highest-scoring women's World Cup Final ever. The U.S. team beat Japan 5-2, redeeming themselves in a rematch of the 2011 World Cup Final, which the U.S. women lost in penalty kicks.

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


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."

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.


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.