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Police: One man responsible for 5 armed robberies

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - Police believe one man is responsible for five armed robberies at gas stations in the Grand Rapids area overnight.  Meanwhile, investigators in Ottawa County are looking for a separate suspect, who robbed a gas station in the Holland area.

Between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., police say one armed man robbed a Marathon gas station and two Speedway gas stations.  Investigators believe the same man may have then robbed the La Familia convenience store in Grand Rapids and an Admiral gas station in Walker. 

"It appears he chose quick, convenient locations," says Captain Kim Koster with the Wyoming Police Department.

Just minutes later, a Holland Township Shell gas station was the target of an armed robbery, police say by a different suspect.

"Right now, there is no correlation with the other incidents," says Lieutenant Mark Bennett with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.

Five gas stations robbed overnight

WALKER, Mich (WZZM) - Police from several departments are looking for a robber, who hit five gas stations early Thursday morning.

Police say the suspect held up all five stations in a span of three hours from shortly before 2 a.m. until shortly before 5 a.m. He got away with money and cigarettes.

The first three robberies were all in Wyoming. The first one was at a Marathon gas station at 44th and Clyde Park Avenue. The second robbery happened at the Speedway station at 44th and Byron Center Ave. The third robbery was at a Speedway station at 28th Street and Byron Center.

Then the robbery apparently moved into the city of Grand Rapids, where he robbed a Stop and Shop on Grandville Ave.

The fifth robbery happened at the Admiral gas station on Alpine Avenue in Walker. That's where Walker Police spotted the armed robber as they drove by. But, as police approached, the suspect ran away.

Building Our Community - San Juan Diego Academy

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- The third of five finalists in Erhardt Construction's "Building Our Community" contest is San Juan Diego Academy.

The academy is located on Godfrey Avenue SW in Wyoming. It's goal is to help Latino children in West Michigan improve their test scores and graduation rates.

If the academy wins the contest, it plans to use the prize improve the facility's structural integrity.

"At this point, we have not been able to repair this parish for years," says principal Rosa Fraga. "We've just been trying to maintain it. There is going to become a time when this becomes dangerous.We need to have these columns, these pillars repaired, or the building will crumble."

Erhardt Construction will award a $45,000 construction project to the winner. All five finalists are non-profit groups.

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Don’t forget about the Mango Languages contest going on at KDL!

Based on the stories we have received, our Mango Languages database has helped someone communicate with a new addition to the family, prepare for a family move overseas, improve their job skills and so much more! If you have used Mango, make sure to share your story using this form before July 31.

Wyoming bank robbed by man with shotgun

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - Wyoming Police are searching for a bank robber.

Police say that at about 9:30 Tuesday morning, a man walked into the Fifth Third Bank in the 1000 block of Chicago Drive SW and threw a gray and black bag or backpack at the teller. The man was armed with a shotgun and demanded cash. After the teller filled the bag with an undisclosed amount, he fled the bank running west.

The suspect is described as a dark-skinned black male, 5'8" tall, with a slim build, thin face, and large eyes. He was wearing a Chicago Bulls baseball cap and had a black nylon covering his face.

Anyone with information is asked to call Wyoming Police at 616-530-7300 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

Wyoming Concert in the Park

Wyoming, Mich. (WZZM)--Good Libations is performing at Wyoming's Concert in the Park.

Good Libations is a 50's & 60's classics A Cappella style group.  The concert is at Lamar Park and it starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday.  It's free to get in and kids are welcome.

Heat wave spikes Michigan hospital visits

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Michigan's early-July heat wave pushed up hospital emergency department visits for heat illness by 89% from the previous ten-day period.

Figures compiled by the Michigan Department of Community Health show 734 emergency department visits were reported -- versus 389 for the previous period.

Spectrum Health's Grand Rapids-area hospitals had three cases of the most serious heat stroke, which can be fatal.   Saint Mary's Health Care recorded one case of heat stroke.  Metro Health's emergency department was busy as well.

Doctors at these hospitals note that people who are very young or very hold are most susceptible to heat illness and exhaustion.   Symptoms include weakness, headache, nausea and vomiting.   People on multiple medications are at special risk since the drugs can blunt thirst or decrease sweating.