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Police shoot and kill armed man in Kentwood


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened late Wednesday night.

Police were called to the Sutton Club Apartments near the corner of 60th Street and Kalamazoo Avenue just before 11:15 p.m.

The call came from a family friend saying a 47-year-old man was suicidal. 

"So, we sent two officers out to check on the well-being of this individual," said Kentwood Police Chief Thomas Hillen.

When officers got there, they knocked on the door.  No one answered, Chief Hillen said, "and the officer went outside to see if they could see any activity in the apartment through the window. He radioed to the officer that was inside."

Medicare loss in Kentwood pill scam tops $64M


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A pill restocking fraud run by Kentwood Pharmacy cost Medicare more than $64 million; the biggest financial loser in a scam that resulted in more than a dozen arrests.

The second biggest loser was Medicaid; it took an $18.2 million hit in the restocking scam that ran between 2006 and 2010 and resulted in the closing of Kentwood Pharmacy locations in metro Grand Rapids.

Medicare is a federal health care insurance program for people aged 65 and over while Medicaid provides health care coverage for needy, aged and disabled people.

All told, $88.2 million in losses were suffered by the government and three other health care providers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, which pegged its financial loss at more than $4.7 million.

The final tally was disclosed in a restitution order approved this week by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker.

Subway restaurant robbed at gunpoint


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for the man who robbed a Subway restaurant Friday night.
Police say it happened just after 8:40 p.m. at the Subway on 44th Street SE, west of Breton Road.
Police say the man pulled out a gun during the robbery, took property and escaped on foot.
No customers were in the restaurant at the time of the robbery.
None of the employees were hurt.
Police are looking for a black male who was wearing a blue coat at the time of the robbery.
Anyone with information can call Grand Rapids Police at 616-456-3395, Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or visit, silentobserver.org.


GR's Ford airport reopening reconstructed runway


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Gerald R. Ford International Airport is reopening one of its runways after a roughly $4 million construction project.

The West Michigan Aviation Academy's flight school is scheduled to make the first flight Friday on the east-west runway just north of the airport's terminal.

The runway is designed for smaller general aviation and flight training. The project replaced the concrete runway surface, which had degraded.

Airport Executive Director Brian Ryks says in a statement the project "represents our commitment to the general aviation and flight training community at our airport."

Reconstruction work began in June. The total project cost is just over $4 million, with 90 percent covered by the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program. The airport and the Michigan Department of Transportation contributed 5 percent each.

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.


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.