‘We’re not daredevils, we’re engineers:’ Flying man demonstrates jet suit over Grand River
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- The sight of a man in a jet suit flying around over the Grand River shows that this seemingly futuristic way to travel is becoming a reality in today’s technology sector. On Thursday afternoon, Alex Wilson, a lead engineer and test pilot for Gravity Industries, demonstrated the jet suit, flying under the Gillette Pedestrian bridge along the Grand River. He demonstrated the mobility of the suit, quick landings and take-offs as onlookers ran from one side to the other of the bridge.mlive.com
Jet pack man flies over Grand Rapids
Nope, It’s a man piloting a jet suit. Onlookers crowded around the Grand River as Gravity Industries did a flight demonstration with their futuristic jet-propelled suit on Thursday, Aug. 11. As the crowd gathered, Wilson filled up his pack with jet fuel before heading down to the launch area along the river walk. He lifted off, clearing the river walk railing, then quickly flew under the Gillette pedestrian bridge and along the Grand River before landing at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. The jet pack technology has been used and tested by military, maritime boarding and paramedics, he said.mlive.com
Police release name of Ottawa County drowning victim
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI -- An autopsy showed that a person found floating in the Grand River on Aug. 6 died in an accidental drowning. Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies on Monday, Aug. 8 identified the person as 59-year-old Dana Eric Rose of Marne. Police responded to a call shortly before midnight on Aug. 6 for a report of a body in the water at Southern Grand Marina in Ottawa County’s Robinson Township. Deputies said they continue to investigate the death to determine the circumstances surrounding it, but foul play is not suspected. More from MLiveJuvenile lifer Amy Black granted parole for killing Muskegon County man when she was 16Retrial of 2 suspects in alleged plot to kidnap Gov.mlive.com
Body of Coopersville man, 74, found in water at Grand Haven marina
GRAND HAVEN, MI- The body of a 74-year-old man presumed to have drowned was recovered Wednesday in the Grand River, at Grand Isle Marina. The man, from Coopersville, was discovered at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 13. No foul play is suspected, police said, and an autopsy has not yet been completed. “The victim is presumed to have drowned, but we don’t draw final conclusions until we have all the information and complete an investigation,” Director of Public Safety Jeff Hawke said in a statement. Grand Haven Department of Public Safety is currently investigating the death.mlive.com
Our top photos from the annual Grand Rapids Fourth of July fireworks show
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids hosted its annual Fourth of July fireworks show downtown at Ah-Nab-Awen Park at the Grand River where several thousands of people gathered for entertainment throughout the evening. (Daniel Shular | MLive.com)Daniel Shular | MLive.comSpectators are illuminated by exploding fireworks during the Grand Rapids annual Fourth of July fireworks show at Ah-Nab-Awen Park on Saturday, July 2, 2022. (Daniel Shular | MLive.com)Daniel Shular | MLive.comScenes from the Grand Rapids annual Fourth of July fireworks show at Ah-Nab-Awen Park on Saturday, July 2, 2022. (Daniel Shular | MLive.com)Daniel Shular | MLive.comScenes from the Grand Rapids annual Fourth of July fireworks show at Ah-Nab-Awen Park on Saturday, July 2, 2022. (Daniel Shular | MLive.com)Daniel Shular | MLive.comScenes from the Grand Rapids annual Fourth of July fireworks show at Ah-Nab-Awen Park on Saturday, July 2, 2022.mlive.com
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An aerial view of 5K runners crossing over the Grand River on the Michigan Street bridge during the 45th Amway River Bank Run in Grand Rapids on Saturday, May 14, 2022. (Drone imager by Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.commlive.com
Body of missing man found in Grand River near Jackson
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- After a nearly two-hour search, a missing man was found dead Friday in the Grand River in Jackson County, police said. At about 6:57 p.m. May 27, deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a missing person report at the Grand River boat launch on Dixon Road in Rives Township in northern Jackson County. A man told police he was unable to find his friend after taking a nap in his vehicle at the boat launch. Deputies searched the area around the boat launch with the help of K9 units, but turned up nothing. At about 8:30 p.m., the body of Michael John Rudnianin, 71, of Wayne County was found in the river, police said.mlive.com
Bridge replacement will close Jackson street for 5 months
JACKSON, MI -- The replacement of a deteriorating bridge over the Grand River will shut down a busy Jackson street for five months. E. High Street between Executive Drive and South Street is closing to traffic starting Monday, May 9, as the Michigan Department of Transportation begins replacement of the E. High Street crossing over the river. The $2-million project will replace the bridge beams, repave and widen the concrete driving surface and upgrade railings on each side. A detour will take drivers to Losey Avenue and South Street. Related: Jackson bridges known for ‘eating trucks’ being replaced soonThe E. Washington project is expected to wrap up later this month, with the railroad bridges working toward a Nov. 2022 completion.mlive.com
Man rescued from Grand River in Ottawa County after boat capsizes
SPRING LAKE, MI -- A 51-year-old Livonia man was rescued from the Grand River near Spring Lake after his 12-foot boat capsized. The aluminum boat overturned about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 on the Grand River near South Street at Prospect Street. Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies said the man was able to climb on top of the overturned boat and call for help. Spring Lake Township firefighters and other rescuers pulled the man from the water and also retrieved the boat. He was treated at the scene of exposure.mlive.com
Infrastructure deal includes $55M ‘transformational’ investment for Grand Rapids parks, trails
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Efforts to develop and enhance a network of parks and trails along the Grand River in Grand Rapids and beyond is set to get a $55 million boost as part of a $4.7 billion state infrastructure package. The dollars, approved by the state Legislature and headed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for final approval, will help rehabilitate and expand trails and parks along the river that includes Ah-Nab-Awen Park, Lyon Square, and Canal and Sixth Street Parks.mlive.com
Jackson bars celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with bagpipes and beer
JACKSON -- Green Guinness, Irish dancing and live music brought dozens out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Grand River Brewery and Shamrock Bar in Jackson. Community members celebrate St. Patrick’s day at Grand River Brewery on Thursday, Mar. 17.Meg Potter | MLive.comThe menu included the St. Patrick’s Day classics like shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash, and some untraditional items like the St. Paddy’s Day Pizza, which is topped with sausage, Alfredo sauce, leeks and garlic. Community members celebrate St. Patrick’s day at The Shamrock bar on Thursday, Mar. “Everyone here is Irish for the day.”The festivities at both bars were set to continue until 11 p.m. Click here to see our photo coverage of St. Patrick’s Day in Jackson.mlive.com
Grand River flooding scene captured by drone images as forecast calls for water levels to fall
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Residents along the Grand River north of Grand Rapids continue to deal with minor flooding, but weather officials expect the river to return back below flood stage early this week. A portion of the Grand River in the Comstock Park area reached more than 13 feet in recent days following a stretch of rain and melting snow. 20 Grand River flooding in Comstock ParkThe river crested early Friday at 13.3 feet -- just below the 14-foot moderate flood stage. Willow Drive is located on the other side of the Grand River, on its eastern shore. National Weather Service officials say ice movement has been reported in the area and, if an ice jam forms, river levels could fluctuate quickly.mlive.com
12 ‘transformational’ projects identified by Grand Rapids economic development group
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A regional economic development agency is joining a push to advocate for public funding for large-scale projects in the Grand Rapids area, including an outdoor amphitheater, Grand River restoration, affordable housing and more. Working with city, business and tourism leaders, The Right Place identified 12 “transformational” projects. Located on the GVSU Grand Rapids campus, the Center will support student, community, and business interaction. The city of Grand Rapids received $92 million from the American Rescue plan, said Molly Clarin, the city’s chief financial officer. To create the list, The Right Place spoke with the city of Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc., Experience Grand Rapids, the Grand Rapids Chamber and Grand Action 2.0.mlive.com
Drone video shows flooding after Grand River ice jam
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI — Grand River flood levels are receding in Robinson Township after an ice jam moved west through Ottawa County. Officials cautioned nearby residents of flooding after watching an ice jam form near the M-231 Bridge on Saturday, Feb. 19. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)Some ice builds up along the Grand River near the M-231 Bridge in Nunica on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)The Grand River flows near the M-231 Bridge in Nunica on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)Van Lopik Avenue is flooded along the Grand River in Robinson Township on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022.mlive.com
Flooding expected from ice jam forming on the Grand River in Ottawa County, officials say
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI -- Automated gauges and Ottawa County officials observed an ice jam forming on the Grand River Saturday night that is expected to cause flooding, according to the National Weather Service Grand Rapids. At about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, officials saw the ice jam forming near the highway 231 bridge in Robinson Township. Related: West Michigan emergency officials watching for Grand River ice jams amid otherwise minor floodingResidents of Robinson Township in the area of M-231 and the Grand River are asked to be on alert. Residents are advised to monitor river updates and respond if levels rise quickly, officials said. Any release of an ice jam could result in sudden rises of water levels, leading to possible flooding, officials said.mlive.com
West Michigan emergency officials watching for Grand River ice jams amid otherwise minor flooding
But what they’re mostly concerned about is the possibility of localized, rapid flooding caused by ice jams on the Grand River and its tributaries. “Oftentimes with ice jams what we don’t have is a lot of time and what we don’t have is a means to very accurately predict where these ice jams are going to form. Some smaller ice jams have been reported and broken up on tributary streams. Officials aren’t expecting widespread flooding along the Grand River outside of localized flooding that ice jams could bring. Ice jams occur when warm temperatures break up the ice sheet overtop a river, causing the chunks to flow downstream with the river.mlive.com
Flood warning issued for Buck Creek in Kent County, water reaching some roadways
GRANDVILLE, MI -- A flood warning is in effect through late afternoon Thursday along Buck Creek in Grandville. Buck Creek is expected to crest at 9.6 feet Thursday afternoon, Feb. 17, according to the National Weather Service. Currently, the Grand River tributary is in the minor flood stage, which begins at 9 feet, and is expected to crest before hitting the 10.5-foot lower bound of the moderate flood stage. Kent County emergency officials have reported some flooding over the roadway, including Clay Avenue south of 54th Street in Wyoming, caused by the rising waters on Buck Creek. The creek is expected to fall below flood stage Tuesday evening.mlive.com
After Dark Night Markets coming to downtown Grand Rapids in May
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Arts and culture group Lions & Rabbits plans to host an after dark market in downtown Grand Rapids once per month from May to September featuring music, food, art, small businesses vendors and more. The event, known as After Dark Night Markets, will be held at 555 Monroe Ave. NW, vacant property owned by the city of Grand Rapids. Hannah Berry, executive director of Lions & Rabbits, said the idea is to celebrate Grand Rapids’ artists and promote small businesses. Sponsors including the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority, which on Feb. 9 approved $25,000 in support of the project. In addition to the DDA, other organizations taking part in the market include the city of Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., Linear restaurant, and City Built Brewery, according to a memo from Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., which manages the DDA’s funding.mlive.com
Restaurant, shops or open green space? Waterfront development in Grand Haven sparks debate
GRAND HAVEN, MI – Public discussion of conceptual plans for a restaurant, retail outlets and a new multi-use farmers market in Grand Haven included concern about loss of green space along the Grand River. The city invited the public on Thursday to participate in two virtual feedback sessions regarding design plans for the former Chinook Pier shops site.mlive.com
New park, proposed river amphitheater, boat rentals part of Grand Rapids parks plan
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Renovated community lodges, a new park, river amphitheater, mountain bike track, boat launch with rentals and more are a few of the visions laid out in Grand Rapids’ recently approved parks master plan. The proposed amphitheater is different from the 14,000-seat amphitheater proposed along the Grand River downtown at 201 Market Ave. SW.mlive.com
Jackson bridge getting ‘superstructure replacement’ to carry larger truck loads
JACKSON, MI – A bridge over the Grand River in Jackson is being replaced sometime this year so it can accommodate larger truck loads. At it’s Tuesday, Jan. 25 meeting, the Jackson City Council approved entering into a nearly $2.2-million construction project with the Michigan Department of Transportation for a “superstructure replacement” for the E. High Street bridge over the river. The E. High Street bridge over the Grand River was built in 1963, officials said. To remove these restrictions, the bridge superstructure is being removed and replaced with steel beams. Ruthie is a calm kittyScores from basketball games around the Jackson area for January 25Trial scheduled in 2017 Jackson County arson casemlive.com
‘Cas-Blades,’ ‘Cooper Scooper’ and more. Voting opens to name Jackson snowplows
JACKSON, MI – Names like “Cas-Blades” or “Snowney Dog” could be given to some of Jackson’s snowplows and salt trucks this winter. The city of Jackson is looking to name five of its plow and salt trucks operated by the Department of Public Works. Earlier this month, the city allowed residents to submit snowplow names through the city website. City staff looked through more than 300 submissions and picked their 10 favorite submissions, all with a humorous, Jackson twist, officials said. Related: Jackson wants to name its snowplows and you can helpVoting is now open on these Jackson-centric plow names.mlive.com
University Of Michigan Announces Location Of New Detroit Center For Innovation
Officials say it will be built in The District Detroit -- a mixed-use development in the area between Cass and Grand River avenues and between West Columbia Street on the north and Elizabeth Street on the south.detroit.cbslocal.com
Numerous road closures planned in Grand Rapids for Amway River Bank Run
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- A number of roads throughout downtown Grand Rapids and west of the Grand River will be temporarily closed Saturday morning for the 44th Amway River Bank Run. Some of the road closures downtown could begin as early as 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, said Russ Hines, CEO of River Bank Events and Media. The downtown road closures won’t lift until after 2 p.m.River Bank Events and Media, which owns and manages the Amway River Bank Run, did not have a detailed list of the street closures and times when they were expected to start and be lifted. Related: Amway River Bank Run returns this weekend after 900-day hiatusGenerally, Hines said, the roads that will be closed are those used as the 5K, 10K and 25K courses. The Saturday races will be the first in-person Amway River Bank Run since May 2019.mlive.com
Project bringing rapids back to Grand River gets ‘phenomenal help’ with $7M from state
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The push to restore the Grand River’s rapids in downtown Grand Rapids got a $7 million boost in the state budget signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer late last month. “Financially, it’s a huge amount of money that helps the project succeed,” said Steve Heacock, president and CEO of Grand Rapids Whitewater, a nonprofit that’s leading the effort. “Secondly, though, it’s another indication that part of the state, at least, has strong support for this project and believes in it and wants it to proceed.”mlive.com
Eastbound I-196 at U.S. 131 re-opens
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Eastbound I-196 at U.S. 131 is open after being closed since April for bridge construction over the Grand River. Eastbound traffic was detoured onto northbound U.S. 131 then onto eastbound I-96 near East Beltline Avenue NE. The state Department of Transportation late Wednesday, Sept. 22, announced that the freeway was open. The bridge project was originally expected to be completed in mid-July but was delayed after workers discovered a faulty beam under the bridge deck. Workers had to wait for a replacement beam to arrive to finish the project.mlive.com
One dead after falling into Grand River at Grand Rapids park
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – One person is dead after slipping and falling into the Grand River in Grand Rapids on Saturday evening. The Grand Rapids Police Department responded to Riverside Park, 2001 Monroe Ave. NE, around 5 p.m.Police said the victim was walking along the river and fell into the water. Rescue crews pulled the victim from the river and attempted CPR. Police said the victim is a minor but did not confirm the exact age. Drone footage shows the ongoing constructionHundreds climb stairs at Grand Rapids ballpark to honor 9/11 victimsMotorcyclist injured in Ottawa County crashmlive.com
Volunteers needed to help in annual clean-up of Grand River in Jackson
JACKSON, MI – The Grand River Environmental Action Team is looking for volunteers to help in its annual clean-up of the Grand River in Jackson. Assignments can be on land or in a canoe on the river, so volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather, including a hat, sunscreen and mosquito repellent. Social distancing, due to COVID-19, will be followed at the clean-up, officials said. GREAT is also asking for a team leader to guide the canoes on the river and help with volunteer registration and distribution of clean-up equipment. Perdita is super mellowFundraising nearly complete for new Jackson School of the Arts buildingmlive.com
Police identify body found in Grand River as teen who went missing three days ago
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- A body found in the Grand River near Leonard Street has been identified as a 16-year-old boy who went missing Aug. 21. Grand Rapids police said Brown was last seen in the area of Richmond Park, near Alpine Avenue NW and Richmond Street, between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21. About 8:30 a.m. Monday, officers responded to a report of a body in the Grand River, south of Leonard Street. Firefighters with the Grand Rapids Fire river rescue unit then recovered the body. More from MLiveFamily of couple shot on South Haven pier ‘devastated beyond belief’Missouri man who saved kids from Lake Michigan ID’d; ‘He was a kind soul’mlive.com
Body found in Grand River north of downtown
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A body was recovered from the Grand River on Monday morning. The Grand Rapids police and fire departments recovered the body around 8:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 23, from the Grand River near the 1100 block of Front Avenue NW, south of Leonard Street NW, GRPD Sgt. Dan Adams said. Identification of the body is pending until an autopsy is performed, Adams said. More from MLive:Money stolen from ATM near Grand Rapids while security watches remotelyGrand Rapids parks reopens with new natural playscape, outdoor classroom and moreJackson County triple homicide suspect wanted for questioningmlive.com
What’s the Grand River’s water quality? Electronic signs at major access points would let you know
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Grand Rapids officials are envisioning electronic signage at all major Grand River access points letting residents know up-to-date E. coli concentrations and other water quality conditions before they cast a line or put their kayak in. City leaders on Tuesday gave the greenlight to add more water quality probes in the river and determine the feasibility of the predictive water quality modeling system. The water quality modeling system, and proposed alert signage, developed from an agreement between the city and USGS in November 2019. Grand Rapids will still only fund about $155,000 of the price tag, because others in the community are pitching in. The Grand Rapids Community Foundation is putting forward $32,500 to the project, and the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority is pitching in $150,000.mlive.com
Malfunctioning draw bridge closes U.S. 31 in Grand Haven
GRAND HAVEN, MI -- A draw bridge is malfunctioning in Ottawa County, causing traffic on a freeway to be halted. The bridge, which opens for boat traffic on the Grand River, is stuck open. As of 10:37 a.m. on Saturday, July 10, both north- and southbound US-31 are closed at the Bascule Bridge in Grand Haven. The closure is due to the bridge not working properly, the Michigan Department of Transportation stated. Read more:‘She was a beautiful soul,’ says grieving mom of 5-year-old girl killed in house fireGrand Rapids, Midland men accused of raping woman, holding her against her will across two countiesBay City ex-con accused of chasing Midland Street crowd with knifemlive.com
Grand Rapids board provides $253K for Public Museum expansion
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A push to make the Grand Rapids Public Museum more connected to the Grand River is getting a boost from the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority (DDA). The museum’s proposed $7 million expansion is designed to capitalize on efforts to restore the rapids in the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids. The city of Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Whitewater want to remove a series of dams in the river between Fulton Street and Ann Street to bring back the city’s namesake rapids. The $7 million expansion is one piece of a larger $64 million proposed museum expansion. The museum expects the design and construction plans tied to the river expansion to be complete within the next 12- to 18-months, officials said.mlive.com
Proposed riverfront amphitheater in Grand Rapids earliest construction date could be 2023
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- It might not be until spring 2023 or later that construction could begin on a proposed 14,000-seat amphitheater in downtown along the Grand River. Tentatively, that other location is the Kent County Road Commission’s central complex at 1500 Scribner Ave. NW along the Grand River. Grand Rapids has an option agreement with Kent County allowing the city to purchase that property for $7,750,000. The Grand Rapids City Commission is expected to decide Tuesday, June 15, whether to exercise the option to purchase the property. The relocation cost will be split between Grand Rapids, the CAA, Amway Hotel Corporation and a DeVos family company.mlive.com
Grand Rapids Public Museum eyes $64M expansion
Those are some of the highlights of a proposed $64 million expansion of the Grand Rapids Public Museum that officials say is designed to accommodate a growth in visitors and capitalize on plans to restore the Grand River’s rapids in the city’s downtown. Since then, the museum has created more space for traveling exhibits and added the Grand Rapids Public Schools museum school, said Dale Robertson, the museum’s president and CEO. Museum officials provided an overview of the proposed project, the scope and details of which are still being finalized, to members of the Grand Rapids City Commission this week. He also spoke in favor of potential partnerships between the museum, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University. “We just plain ran out of room.”Also influencing the proposed expansion at the museum: the push to restore the rapids in the Grand River where it passes through downtown Grand Rapids.mlive.com
Permit request to restore the rapids in Grand Rapids deemed incomplete
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Groups pushing to restore the rapids in the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids are working to provide the state with more information about the project after their permit application was deemed incomplete. “It’s a little bit of a setback in time, but we’re still very encouraged with where we’re at in the process,” said Matt Chapman, project manager for Grand Rapids Whitewater. The city and Grand Rapids Whitewater plans to provide EGLE with the requested information no later than June 25, according to the city officials. “You might assume that this feels like a setback,” said Grand Rapids City Engineer Tim Burkman, who’s leading the city’s efforts to obtain the permits needed for the project to begin. The second phase, from Bridge Street and Ann Street, would remove the larger Sixth Street Dam and reveal a portion limestone bedrock that’s currently submerged.mlive.com
How the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority will spend its $14.9M budget
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A host of improvements throughout downtown Grand Rapids, from the renovation of Lyon Square to enhanced pedestrian street crossings, are included in the city’s $14.9 million downtown development authority budget. “It’s a priority project right on the river,” said Tim Kelly, president and CEO of Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI), which manages the DDA’s funding. Having a quality and safe trail network along the Grand River is important because it provides recreational opportunities and aids in economic development, Kelly said. The idea is to activate vacant retail space in downtown Grand Rapids and expand the number of women- and minority-owned businesses. The project is a partnership between the city of Grand Rapids and the DDA, which is contributing $550,000.mlive.com
Grand Rapids discontinues some synthetic pesticide use along Grand River to reduce chemical runoff
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Grand Rapids plans this spring to stop using synthetic pesticides and fertilizers at two of its riverside parks in an effort to reduce chemical runoff and make a cleaner Grand River. Grand Rapids officials say the city will continue using synthetic pesticides at its largest park along the Grand River, Riverside Park, as well as Ah-Nab-Awen Park. Marquardt sewer improvements and green infrastructure installations, like rain gardens, have improved the water quality of the Grand River. The city regularly monitors the Grand River, and has done so for more than 40 years. Over the past decade, Grand River water quality has maintained a score between the low 70s and low 80s on a Water Quality Index index score of 1 to 100.mlive.com
Man killed after exiting car following crash on I-94
DETROIT -- One person is dead following a crash Wednesday morning on westbound I-94 near Grand River and the I-96 interchange. While police were on their way to that crash, another call was received by 911 for a rollover crash in the same area. An investigation determined police were originally called for reports of a car blocking the left lane of westbound I-94. Police believe the man who was killed got out of his car following the first crash and was hit by another car, killing him. The crash has closed westbound I-94 at I-96 for the time being.mlive.com
Wolverine ‘phyto’ PFAS cleanup plan close to doing nothing, says expert
That would run counter to goals outlined in a 2020 court-approved consent decree signed by Wolverine, the state of Michigan and Plainfield and Algoma townships. Wolverine submitted its phytoremediation plan last month following efforts over the winter to promote a limited cleanup and redevelopment of the dump as a nature preserve. “The number one exposure point now is down at the Rogue River,” said A.J. Rediske said plume maps show the House Street contamination may already be reaching the Grand River in low concentration. “Even though we might get dilution in the Grand River, there’s a big effort to have the rapids in downtown and I would hate to see that messed up because of PFAS foam,” he said.mlive.com
Lots of bridge work starting soon in Grand Haven, Tri-Cities area
GRAND HAVEN, MI – Motorists to – and through – Grand Haven and the Tri-Cities area are advised to give themselves extra time as construction begins on several bridges. Starting Monday, March 22, construction will begin in the northbound lanes of three bridges, said John Richard, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Transportation. Those bridges are the U.S. 31 bridge over the south channel of the Grand River, the M-104 curving connector bridge from U.S. 31 over the Spring Lake channel and the U.S. 31 bridge over Third Street, Richard said. The work is part of $24 million multi-year project on those bridges as well as the U.S. 31 drawbridge and the U.S. 31 bridge over M-104. Anlann Corp. of Grand Haven is the contractor.mlive.com
Body found in Grand River was man reported missing in November
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – A body found Saturday, March 13, in the Grand River has been identified as Thomas Kasach, 36, who was reported missing in November. The body was found Saturday evening and recovered by Ottawa County sheriff’s divers near the 6300 block of Leonard Street in Polkton Township, sheriff’s deputies said. He was reported missing the next day. Police searched on ground and used a state police helicopter but were not able to find the victim. He had lived in Grand Haven Township before he went missing, police said.mlive.com
Police investigate after body recovered from Grand River in Ottawa County
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI - Police are investigating after a body was recovered Saturday afternoon from an Ottawa County river. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office dispatched personnel shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday, March 13 to the 6300 block of Leonard Street in Polkton Township for reports of a body found in the nearby Grand River. Divers were able to recover the body, which they then took to Holland Community Hospital for an autopsy, per an Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office news release. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office will release additional information after the autopsy is completed, the release states. Read more on MLive:Boy, 4, dies after being pulled from Ottawa County pondMissing Flint teen could be in danger for ‘medical reasons,’ police say3 injured in shooting outside Grand Rapids party storemlive.com
Teen rescued after falling through Grand River ice in Ionia County
IONIA COUNTY, MI -- A 17-year-old who fell through ice on a backwater section of the Grand River was rescued by firefighters Thursday, March 4. The teen spent an estimated 30 minutes in water, although apparently not fully submerged. Officers with the Ionia Department of Public Safety, state police and Ionia County Sheriff’s Department all responded to the general area and began to search. About 2:10 p.m., firefighters in a boat heard someone screaming about 400 yards east of the Cleveland Street bridge in a flooded backwater area, on the north side of the river. Police credited dispatchers with maintaining contact with the teen so rescuers could find and reach her.mlive.com
Grand Action unveils ‘catalytic vision’ for 31-acre riverfront site in Grand Rapids
That’s a sampling of the long-term vision for 31 acres along the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids that’s being eyed for redevelopment by the city of Grand Rapids and Grand Action 2.0, a private economic development group whose members include Carol Van Andel and Dick DeVos. Grand Action 2.0 unveiled its vision for the site at a meeting Wednesday of the Economic Club of Grand Rapids. The vision for the site is designed to complement efforts by Grand Rapids Whitewater to restore the rapids in the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids. As far as Grand Action goes, is there an opportunity for us to partner and help with that? Grand Action Co-Chair Carol Van Andel spoke in support of the stadium during the economic club meeting.mlive.com
3 dead after shooting on I-96 in Detroit
DETROIT – Michigan State Police are investigating a deadly freeway shooting on I-96 Express near Schaefer Highway and Grand River Avenue in Detroit. UPDATE: 3 dead after shooting on I-96 in Detroit: What we knowState police shut down both the eastbound and westbound express lanes of the freeway for several hours before reopening just before 4 a.m. Tuesday. Police said they started receiving reports of two cars shooting at each other on the freeway just after 10 p.m. Monday. A female in the vehicle was also shot and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. AdPolice are looking for a motive behind the shooting and interviewing witnesses,Stay with Local 4 as more information becomes available.
Convention/Arena Authority to consider option to buy land for 14,000-seat Grand Rapids amphitheater
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The public authority that owns Van Andel Arena has reached a tentative agreement giving it the option to purchase a stretch of land along the Grand River that it’s eyeing as the site of a proposed 14,000-seat amphitheater. The Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority (CAA) reached the tentative agreement with the city of Grand Rapids, which owns the land at 201 Market Ave. SW. If the CAA were to approve the option agreement, it would go to the Grand Rapids City Commission for approval on Feb. 9. “I think we have a great framework here for moving forward,” said Grand Rapids Deputy City Manager Eric DeLong. On Feb. 24, urban planners hired by Grand Action 2.0 are scheduled to present conceptual planning recommendations for the sites to the Economic Club of Grand Rapids.mlive.com
2 women shot and injured inside Mercedes party bus in Detroit
Police say the two women were taken to a hospital afterward and listed in serious condition. DETROIT – Two women were injured in a double shooting that happened around 2 a.m. Sunday in the area of Grand River and Livernois, police say. The two victims, a 30-year-old and 35-year-old, were in a black Mercedes Sprinter Van when an unknown person fired shots at both from outside of the party bus. Police say the two women were taken to a hospital afterward and listed in serious condition. Anyone with information is asked to call Detroit police at 313-596-5240.
A Look at Michigan’s largest lottery wins
NOVI, Mich. – When someone comes forward to claim the $1 billion Mega Millions prize, they will make history in Michigan. The winning Mega Millions ticket was sold in Novi at the Kroger on Grand River Avenue and Beck Road. Before Friday’s win, the highest winner was in 2012 when Donald Lawson won $337 million playing Powerball. Under Michigan law, the winner of a multi-state lottery -- like Mega Millions -- has to identify themselves when they win. If the winner knows they’re a winner, the rest of the world will soon know too.
Novi Kroger shoppers abuzz over $1 billion winning Mega Millions ticket
NOVI, Mich. – Buzz at a Novi Kroger grew Saturday as news spread of the store’s sale of the winning $1 billion Mega Millions ticket. It could’ve been anyone in the country, but the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot is going to someone who likely lives by the Kroger located near the intersection of Grand River Avenue and Beck Road. The Mega Millions top prize had been growing since Sept. 15. “I think I would donate a lot of it,” said one Kroger shopper. I’d help people in need.”The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are one in 302.5 million.
$1 billion Mega Millions winning ticket sold at Novi Kroger
NOVI, Mich. – Everyone is talking about one of the largest lottery jackpots in history -- and someone in Metro Detroit is the winner. The winning Mega Millions ticket was sold in Novi at the Kroger on Grand River Avenue and Beck Road. The lucky player’s winning ticket matched all numbers drawn Friday night, they are 04-26-42-50-60 and the Mega Ball is 24. “I would definitely take multiple payments,” said Emma Putti. We reached out to Kroger and a spokesperson released the following statement: “Kroger congratulates the individual who purchased a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket at our location in Novi, Michigan.”Now the store also gets some money for selling the winning ticket.
Lottery player who purchased ticket at Kroger in Novi wins $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot
DES MOINES, Iowa – Someone in Michigan bought the winning ticket for the $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot, which is the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. The winning ticket was purchased at a Kroger store in the Detroit suburb of Novi, the Michigan Lottery said. The Mega Millions top prize had been growing since Sept. 15, when a winning ticket was sold in Wisconsin. Friday night's drawing came just two days after a ticket sold in Maryland matched all six numbers drawn and won a $731.1 million Powerball jackpot. Three tickets for a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot were sold in January 2016, and one winning ticket sold for a $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot in October 2018.
10-year-old critically injured in collision on Detroit’s west side
DETROIT – Police said two people are in critical condition after a Detroit collision that involved children. According to authorities, the collision happened at about 3:45 p.m. Friday when a 58-year-old woman driving a Chevrolet down Grand River Avenue attempted to pass a vehicle on the right, where she read-ended a Ford Escape near Southfield Road. The driver of the Ford is expected to be OK, but the driver of the Chevrolet was critically injured. Police said the Ford had two young children inside -- a 5-month-old, who is expected to be OK, and a 10-year-old who is in critical condition. More: Detroit crime news
3 people killed in shooting on West Boston in Detroit, including mother of 7
DETROIT – Three people were killed in an early Friday morning shooting on Detroit’s west side. It happened just before 2:30 a.m. at a home on West Boston Boulevard between Dexter and Broadstreet avenues. Two men and a woman were killed. My daughter has seven children from the ages of 2 to 17, and now she dead,” said Fletcher’s mother. “Any with informations regarding this crime is encouraged to call Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 313-596-2260 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak Up.
Police investigating fatal three-vehicle crash in Downtown Detroit
DETROIT – Police are investigating a three-vehicle collision in Downtown Detroit that occurred Sunday. According to authorities, just after 5:30 p.m., a Jeep Wrangler, a Dodge Ram and a Buick collided in the intersection of Grand River and Cass avenues. Police said the driver of the Buick, a 60-year-old man, was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. A 13-year-old boy was also rushed to a hospital, but he is expected to survive. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detroit Police Department at 313-596-2260 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up.
Morning Briefing Dec. 1, 2020: Suspect killed after shooting at Detroit police precinct, bed capacity dwindling at some Michigan hospitals
Detroit police said the same man opened fire on the Detroit Police Department’s 5th Precinct about 5:15 a.m. Tuesday. Trending 📈Bed capacity dwindling at some Michigan hospitals amid COVID surgeSeveral Michigan hospitals, including some in Metro Detroit, are seeing more and more beds filled as COVID-19 continues to surge in the state. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 360,449 as of Monday, including 9,134 deaths, state officials report. New COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise in Michigan. According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 5 million have recovered in the U.S., with more than 13.4 million cases reported across the country.
Convention, arena authority approves infrastructure work that could spur development of 14,000-seat Grand Rapids amphitheater
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The public authority that owns Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place on Friday approved an agreement to make infrastructure improvements on land along the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids being considered for a 14,000-seat amphitheater and other potential developments. The sewer relocation project, a necessary step prior to any development in the area, would cost an estimated $18.6 million. Under the agreement approved Friday, the city of Grand Rapids would pay $6.2 million, and the CAA would pay $5 million. The Grand Rapids City Commission signed onto the agreement earlier this week. The results of that study are expected to be announced during a Nov. 23 meeting of the Economic Club of Grand Rapids.mlive.com
Detroit Charter School Launches Program To Inspire Students’ STEM Education
(CBS DETROIT) – Exploring science with a hands-on approach, one Detroit school recently launched a new program to increase equitable access to high-quality science curriculum, focusing on integrating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) practices into their classrooms. “Making science and math available to all students is my passion,” said Ralph Garza, principal at Grand River. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Missed Gov. “I’ve found that students are really into these concepts.”During the pandemic, Grand River’s hands-on STEM learning became more creative. About National Heritage Academies:National Heritage Academies is a network of 90 tuition-free, public charter schools across nine states, serving more than 60,000 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.detroit.cbslocal.com
Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. aims to ‘jumpstart’ planning for river improvements
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. is looking to “jumpstart” planning for trail and infrastructure improvements along the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids. The improvements are designed to complement Grand River restoration efforts being planned by Grand Rapids Whitewater. The nonprofit wants to restore the city’s namesake rapids in a two-mile stretch of the Grand River from Ann Street to Fulton Street. This week, the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority, which is managed by DGRI, approved $562,000 for design and engineering costs for the projects. They include plans for a water quality notification system and improvements to the river walk along the river.mlive.com
Here are some of the best places to go fishing in Michigan
Grand Haven, St. Joe, and Ludington in western Michigan are top places to get in on the action. The Pere Marquette stretches 66 miles and is from Baldwin to Ludington on Lake Michigan. Lake Erie is 50 miles of the best walleye lake in the world, and one of the top smallmouth waters in the country. In northeast Michigan, Hubbard Lake has smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, lake trout, whitefish, yellow perch, suckers and gar. Located in northwest Michigan, Burt Lake is 26 square miles of water that is filled will walleye, smallmouth bass, pike and trout.
34-year-old Detroit woman killed in crash while speeding
DETROIT A 34-year-old woman Detroit woman died Saturday morning in a single vehicle crash, police say. On Saturday at around 3:45 a.m. police responded to the crash on I-96 westbound at Grand River in Detroit. Police say the driver was ejected from the vehicle and landed in the right middle lane. The woman was not using a seatbelt. It is unknown if alcohol or drugs are a factor in the crash.
Man wanted for robbery at Detroit gas station
DETROIT The Detroit Police Department is seeking the publics assistance in locating a man wanted in connection to an armed robbery that happened on the citys west side. On Monday at around 11 a.m. the man approached the 40-year-old male victim at the Sunoco Gas Station located in the 12000 block of Grand River and announced a robbery. The man took jewelry, sunglasses and an unknown amount of money from the victim and escaped in a dark blue Dodge Caravan with a North Carolina plate number of EAT-9646. Police say the victim was not injured. Police say the man was last seen wearing a black Lacoste shirt with a white Lacoste emblem on the front, black jeans and armed.
Traffic Update: Lanes open on SB Southfield Freeway at Grand River after crash
DETROIT – A crash momentarily shut down the southbound lanes of M-39 (Southfield Freeway) at Grand River. At least one lane is back open allowing traffic to get by. The crash was reported at 2 a.m. No word on any injuries.
Core City gets a new restaurant: Magnet
A new restaurant has opened up shop in the neighborhood. The fresh addition to Core City, called Magnet, is located at 4848 Grand River. Magnet specializes in simple dishes that consist of flatbreads, vegetables, meat, fish and sides. The new bar has made a good impression thus far, with a four-star rating out of eight reviews on Yelp. Magnet is now open at 4848 Grand River, so head on over to check it out.
Woodbridge gets a new bar: Magnet
A new bar has opened up shop in the neighborhood. The fresh addition to Woodbridge, called Magnet, is located at 4848 Grand River. Magnet specializes in "simple dishes" that consist of flatbreads, vegetables, meat, fish and sides. The new bar has made a good impression thus far, with a four-star rating out of eight reviews on Yelp. Magnet is now open at 4848 Grand River, so head on over to check it out.
Detroit police searching for missing 13-year-old boy
Detroit police are searching for a missing 13-year-old boy. Amaree Ship was last seen on Wednesday, September 11th around 6:30 p.m. leaving his home on Shiawassee Drive near Grand River and Telegraph. Police said the teen got into an argument with his sister before leaving the house. If you've sheen Amaree Ship, call Detroit police at 313-596-5840 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Detroit's Beacon Park announces fall schedule of events
DETROIT - DTEs Beacon Park, located at Grand River and Cass Avenues in Detroit, will feature a variety of free, fun events to celebrate and enjoy the upcoming season. The fall series is presented by the DTE Beacon Park Foundation and programmed by the Downtown Detroit Partnership. At Beacon Park, an installation that collectively celebrates Detroit as a design capital will be on display to the public for three weeks this fall. The party kicks-off one hour before the following games:Monday, Oct. 14, 7 11 p.m. Lions vs. Green Bay PackersSunday, Nov. 3, 3 8 p.m. Lions vs. Oakland RaidersSunday, Nov. 10, noon 5 p.m. Lions vs. Chicago BearsSunday, Dec 8, noon 5 p.m. Lions vs. Minnesota VikingsHalloween Family Fun DaySaturday, Oct. 26, 1 5 p.m. Visit DTEBeaconPark.com for more information and a full list of fall activities at DTEs Beacon Park.
Detroit's Beacon Park announces fall schedule of events
DETROIT DTEs Beacon Park, located at Grand River and Cass Avenues in Detroit, will feature a variety of free, fun events to celebrate and enjoy the upcoming season. The fall series is presented by the DTE Beacon Park Foundation and programmed by the Downtown Detroit Partnership. At Beacon Park, an installation that collectively celebrates Detroit as a design capital will be on display to the public for three weeks this fall. The party kicks-off one hour before the following games:Monday, Oct. 14, 7 11 p.m. Lions vs. Green Bay PackersSunday, Nov. 3, 3 8 p.m. Lions vs. Oakland RaidersSunday, Nov. 10, noon 5 p.m. Lions vs. Chicago BearsSunday, Dec 8, noon 5 p.m. Lions vs. Minnesota VikingsHalloween Family Fun DaySaturday, Oct. 26, 1 5 p.m. Visit DTEBeaconPark.com for more information and a full list of fall activities at DTEs Beacon Park.
MDOT: Westbound I-96 closed at Kensington Road in Livingston County due to multi-vehicle crash
LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Mich. - Westbound I-96 is closed at Kensington Road due to a multi-vehicle crash, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. HEADS UP-WB 96 near Kensington has multi-vehicle crashes! Avoid multi-mile back up. Exit WB 96 to Grand River or better yet, use WB M14 to NB 23 and big delays.- MDOT - Metro Detroit (@MDOT_MetroDet) July 16, 2019Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Northbound M-39 at Grand River on Detroit's west side reopens
DETROIT - Northbound M-39 at Grand River in Detroit has reopened to traffic. The area closed Sunday morning after a crash. Local 4 captured footage from the scene. Multiple Michigan State Police cruisers were at the scene of the crash earlier. Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Northbound M-39 closed at Grand River on Detroit's west side
DETROIT - Northbound M-39 at Grand River is closed to traffic following a crash that happened Sunday morning. Local 4 captured footage from the scene. Multiple Michigan State Police cruisers were at the scene of the crash earlier. Check back for traffic updates and more information on the crash. Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Body discovered this week identified as Michigan woman missing for months
The body was found by kayakers Tuesday in Onondaga Township. ONONDAGA TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A body discovered this week in the Grand River in Ingham County has been identified as a woman who's been missing for months. The sheriff's office says the woman was 22-year-old Savanna Jacklin of Battle Creek. The body was found by kayakers Tuesday in Onondaga Township. Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
DDOT offers extra bus service for fireworks
DETROIT – The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) will add extra bus service to several routes for the Target Fireworks on Monday, June 25 starting at 6 p.m. Outbound:via east on Grand River to left/north on Washington Blvd. Outbound:via east on Grand River to left/north on Washington Blvd. # 21 Grand RiverNo Detours# 23 HamiltonInbound:via regular to continue south on Cass to left/east on Grand River into RPTC. # 49 VernorNo Detours# 53 WoodwardInbound:via regular to right/west on Fisher Service Drive to left/south on Cass to right/east on Grand River into RPTC.