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Man, 42, in critical condition after being hit


Update: Police identified the man as Amir Zahidic of Grand Rapids. He remains in critical condition as of Tuesday, Jan. 12.

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man was hit while crossing the street Saturday evening.

The victim, identified as a 41-year-old man, was crossing 29th Street just east of Shaffer Avenue when a passing car hit him, according to a Kentwood Police Department news release.

The collision happened around 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9.

Paramedics took the man to a Grand Rapids-area hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. The driver of the vehicle was not injured, police say.

Cancellations, delays at Gerald R. Ford airport


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Holiday travel started to slow down Monday afternoon when the Gerald R. Ford International Airport reported mounting delays and cancellations due to bad weather sweeping across the middle of the country and into West Michigan.

Over a dozen arriving and departing flights at GRR were cancelled by 3 p.m., according to the airport's website.

Anyone flying Monday or Tuesday should stay in touch with his or her airline and confirm the flight status before heading to the airport.

For real time flight information, visit GRR.org.

West Mich. group goes for board game record


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- A group in Kentwood is trying to set a record for the longest time playing a board game.

They're at Out of the Box, a board game store on South Division Ave. near 52nd St.

They're planning to play for 62 hours; they started at 8 o'clock Monday morning and intend to keep going until Wednesday night around 10 o'clock.

The game they're playing is called Descent: Journeys in the Dark. It's similar to Dungeons and Dragons.

Gym donates hats, gloves and toys to Glenwood Elementary


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Children at a school in Kentwood received a generous donation on Wednesday.

Blues Boxing Gym in Grand Rapids donated hats, gloves and toys to kids at Glenwood Elementary.

When asked why they were doing this, their answer was very simple.

" It feels good to give back. As good as it feels to receive a present, it feels even better to give one." said Kevin Masters of Blues Gym.

Blues Boxing Gym is a non profit gym that looks to provide a safe haven for kids in the neighborhood.
They are located on Kalamazoo Avenue, just north of 44th Street in Grand Rapids.

You can check out their Facebook page here.


Drunk driver hospitalized in Kentwood crash


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM)-- A drunk driver is in critical condition after slamming her car into minivan.

Kentwood Police responded to the accident just after 11 Saturday night. They say the 20-year-old Cascade woman was driving east on 36th St. when she ran a red light at East Paris Avenue. She hit a minivan going south on East Paris.

Both drivers had to be extricated from their vehicles. They were both taken to Butterworth Hospital. The 20-year-old is in critical condition. The 55-year-old female minivan driver from Hastings is in serious but stable condition.

The drivers names are not being released at this time.

Police say alcohol did play a factor in this crash.

Anyone with information about this accident is asked to contact the Kentwood Police Department at 698-6580.

GRR's annual holiday festival features Santa, local choirs


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The holiday spirit stayed at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Friday with a music festival and a visit from Santa.

He spent three hours listening to children's Christmas wish lists and passing out candy.

Santa's visit is part of the airport's 21st Annual Holiday Music Festival, featuring 11 local choirs singing Christmas carols and holiday songs.

All events at the airport are free and open to the public, thought the airport is asking people to bring in non-perishable food items to donate to Mel Trotter Ministries of West Michigan.


Car hits woman crossing Kentwood street


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman is in the hospital with injuries she sustained when she was hit by a car near Woodland Mall.

It happened around 11 p.m. Thursday at 32nd Street and Shaffer Avenue SE in Kentwood.

Police say the victim was hit as she was crossing 32nd Street.

The 51-year-old woman was taken to Mercy Health Saint Mary's Hospital, where she was being treated for life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the car was not injured, and was released at the scene.

Police closed the intersection for more than three hours while they investigated the crash.