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Search lands suspect after homeless camp attack


BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Deputies say one man is in custody after an assault at a homeless camp led to a wide police search.

It happened around 1:30 a.m. Friday at a camp in a wooded area near 60th Street and Clyde Park Avenue SW.

Investigators say two men got into an altercation at the camp, leading to the assault.

The suspect ran from the scene. Kent County deputies and Wyoming officers joined in the search, which involved police dogs.

They found the suspect shortly after 2 a.m.

The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries, and is being treated at Mercy Health Saint Mary's.


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Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, a “blended” tuition-free public high school for students in grades 9-12, has been awarded accreditation from the national accreditation commission, AdvancED. The accreditation report praised Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids for its ability to: effectively use technology to align student schedules based on needs; provide students with immediate feedback on assignments; and to operate the school in an efficient manner for student success.

“Receiving the AdvancED accreditation demonstrates our commitment to excellence and the high quality of our school,” said Dan McMinn, Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids principal.

Consumers Energy's pink flamingo display raises breast cancer awareness


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Pink flamingos have taken over a Grand Rapids office, to raise awareness about breast cancer and breast health.

Consumers Energy is raising money for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk on Saturday.

The company's team is called the Pink Flamingos.

WZZM 13 also has a team, so join us Saturday morning at 9:30 at Rosa Parks Circle to help support efforts to find a cure for breast cancer.


Family mourns suicide of bullied boy


Wyoming, MI (WZZM) - When the bullying became more than he could bear, the family of Brandon Larson says the 14 year old boy took his own life.

"It completely shattered my heart," says Brandon's cousin, Allyson Talsma. "Somebody got killed because of bullying."

But instead of hiding Brandon
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s suicide, Tuesday night his family and friends held a vigil to remember him, and show the consequences of bullying.

"It was not right for kids to treat him the way he was treated," one young girl told the crowd of mourners holding candles. "No one should ever go through what he went through."

Many of those closest to Brandon say they didn't know how he was suffering. On the outside he seemed happy.

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3 Grandville HS students face felonies over sex photo


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Three Grandville High School students face felony charges over a photo showing a sex act between two of them, according to Wyoming police.

Wyoming police handled the case because the incident is believed to have happened within their jurisdiction.

Investigators say the third student being charged took the September 19 photo, which was shared with other students electronically.

The two teens in the picture face gross indecency charges, while the third student faces a charge for the possession of child sexually abusive material.

Police are not publicly identifying the teens, who are all 16 years old.

Authorities remind people, especially teens, that any explicit photographs taken, shared, or possessed that involve minors (including selfies) can result in serious criminal charges and can end up in the wrong hands.


Wyoming GM Plant Reaches Environmental Milestone


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - Most households generate several plastic bags of garbage a week. It ends up in a landfill. The large GM factory here sends not one bag to a landfill - despite employing 500 people making precision parts all year.

GM Thursday celebrated the fact that it has reached landfill-free status. In a press release, GM said:

Wyoming holds city-wide neighborhood watch meeting


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- The City of Wyoming is taking new steps to fight crime in its community.

Leaders held a city-wide neighborhood watch meeting Tuesday night at Grand Rapids First Church.

Police went over crime rates and encouraged people to join or start watch-groups where they live.

"We can't do without the community; we need their support, and we need their buy-in," said Chief James Carmody. "They're the eyes and ears of the community, so the more we can continue to reach out to the community, and ask for their support, and give them the resources that they have, the better it is for everybody."

The city also gave out information, including tips for securing homes and making them less attractive to criminals.

The City of Wyoming has a population close to 73,000 people.