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Pedestrian in critical condition after being hit by car


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man is recovering after being hit by a car while trying to cross the street in Kentwood.

Police tell WZZM 13 it happened around 3 a.m. Friday on East Beltline at 28th Street.

Nathan Levendowski, 39 of Cedar Springs, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. He was listed in critical condition Friday afternoon.

The driver, Shandell Riley, 40 of Grand Rapids, was not hurt.

The incident remains under investigation.


One person hurt in Kentwood shooting


KENTWOOD,Mich. (WZZM) -- Kentwood police are investigating after receiving reports of a shooting Friday night.

Police say two people called to report hearing gunshots near 3329 Breton Road.

Police say they also received a call from the victim, saying they had been shot in the abdomen.

The victim was taken to the hospital and is listed in stable condition.

Michigan State Police brought in a K9 unit to track the suspects, but were unable to locate them.

If any has any information about this incident, please call Kentwood Police at 616-698-6580 or Silent Observer (616) 774-2345.


Pacers Junior Wheelchair Basketball Team looking for Donations

Pacers Junior Wheelchair Basketball Team looking for Donations

Grand Rapids Junior Pacers Wheelchair Basketball Team. This special group of people are looking for donations to support their cause.

On November 7 & 8, they will be playing basketball at the Rockford Middle School to make money to help with the expenses they incur when they travel as a team. This season they are traveling to Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Kentucky for national competition. Any money they make will go for equipment along with travel expenses.

This particular request comes from CJ Blackwell, 15 years old and one of the wheelchair players on the team. He is personally asking for your support. You can donate by contacting his Mom, Sandy Blackwell at 616-734-3204 or by e-mail at: silly-sandy@att.net.

New card skimmer found at Grand Rapids-area gas station


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- State inspectors found a new card skimming device at an area gas station as part of a weekend "blitz" in West Michigan.

The device was discovered Saturday morning at the Shell gas station at 28th Street SE and East Paris Avenue, said Jennifer Holton, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Agriculture.

This isn't the first card skimmer found recently. Officials announced the discovery of at least 12 devices found at gas stations across the state in the past month, most of them in West Michigan.

Five people were charged with possessing an automated sales suppression device, in addition to charges of conducting a criminal enterprise, in early September. The maximum penalty is 20 years in prison and/or a $100,000 fine for the latter.

Ford Airport unveils $20M water treatment system


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- After years of planning, Gerald R. Ford Airport cut the ribbon on its new storm water treatment system today.

Airport officials came up with a plan to deal with water runoff contaminated by the use of deicing fluids from airplanes.

The poisonous liquid is blamed for killing fish and other wildlife in nearby Trout Creek.

The water treatment system will remove the deicing agent from the storm water runoff and reroute the water to the Thornapple River.

"It's a great day in West Michigan," Ford Airport director Brian Ryks said. "It's a great day for the communities that surround the Ford Airport.

"This system has been 6 or 7 years in the making, and we are finally here today. The system is turned on. It's going to be fully functional, and it's going to do the job."

The water treatment system cost $20 million dollars.

Trader Joe's celebrates opening with Hawaiian theme


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- The very first Trader Joe's grocery store in West Michigan held it's grand opening festivities Friday morning in Kentwood.

The store opened at 8 a.m. and WZZM 13's Meredith TerHaar was there. She said people started lining up as early as midnight for the event.

In true Trader Joe's fashion, nothing was typical. There wasn't a ribbon cutting, but rather a lei cutting. Customers filed in to receive a lei before they began shopping.

Employees were wearing Hawaiian shirts, giving the store an adventurous feel, while celebrating it's Grand Rapids identity with handmade signs and other decor. The store offers items you can't get anywhere else because 80% of the items are under the stores's private label, and are free of preservatives and artificial ingredients.

$1M lottery ticket found among Kentwood woman's old mail


KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) - A Kentwood woman who won a $1 million lottery prize didn't know about it for months, after leaving the ticket in a pile of mail.

Lottery officials say Linda Tuttle stepped forward Tuesday with a winning ticket from the May 26 Mega Millions drawing.

Tuttle told officials she recently found the ticket at home among some old mail. She didn't search until a clerk at a local store mentioned that it had sold a $1 million winner in May.

Tuttle plans to use some money to visit former exchange students in China.