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Learning trailer brings the farm to students

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Governor Snyder kicked off the 96th annual Michigan Farm Bureau's Conference Tuesday where more than 1,500 farmers from around the state will decide on agricultural policies for the upcoming growing season.

While topics on water, drone use and GMO labeling are being discussed downtown, students around West Michigan are getting their own taste of the agricultural industry.

A mobile creative classroom parked outside of North Godwin Elementary Tuesday made the field trip a bit more convenient for city students.

The interactive tool teaches kids about the importance of the billion dollar industry through hands-on learning.

GRPD: Flagstar Bank robbed, suspect at large

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for a suspect who robbed a Flagstar Bank branch this morning on Grand Rapids' Southeast Side.

Police responded just before 10 a.m. Monday to the branch in the 1900 block of 44th Street SE east of Kalamazoo Avenue.

The suspect implied he had a weapon but did not show, Grand Rapids Police Sgt. Terry Dixon said. He then demanded money from a teller.

A police K-9 unit picked up the suspect's scent but lost track a short time later, Dixon said. Police still are searching for the individual, who is described as 5-foot 6-inch to 5-foot 8-inch tall, medium build man with glasses.

Police also ask residents to avoid the area.

Portion of Kenowa Ave. collapses in Wyoming

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Road crews are responding to Kenowa Ave. near 56th St. after a portion of the road collapsed Thursday.

The road is closed in both directions.

The cause of the collapse wasn't immediately clear.

No vehicles were involved in the collapse.

We have a crew gathering more information.

Lindo Mexico shows off new location

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Wyoming restaurant offered a sneak peak at its new and improved location Monday evening.

The official opening for Lindo Mexico is scheduled for December 2. That's 15 years to the day when the original location opened at the corner of Clyde Park and 28th Street. It's moving down 28th Street to a spot near Taft.

"We're excited to be investing in this corridor of 28th Street, at a time when not everybody is really interested in doing that," spokesman Raul Alvarez. "We felt we're putting faith in our customers, we're putting faith in the city of Wyoming who has been working closely with us as we continue to grow. We're excited about making an investment in this area."

Another perk for the new location: Lindo Mexico now has the room for a bar.

100 meals distributed ahead of Thanksgiving

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Numerous West Michigan families will get to enjoy a turkey dinner this thanksgiving, thanks to a health company.

Molina Healthcare gave away 100 reusable grocery bags filled with food this Tuesday morning at United Church Outreach Ministry in Wyoming. 

Organizers said there's always a need for food in the community, but the holidays are especially trying.


Second brother arraigned in 2007 Grand Rapids shooting

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- The second of two brothers police say escaped to Mexico in 2007 to avoid murder charges appeared in court Thursday.

Eric Reyes Santiago, 31, was arraigned on a charge of attempted murder for a shooting at a gas station on Burton Street west of Clyde Park Avenue.

On Tuesday, his brother, 27-year-old Juan Enrique Reyes, was arraigned in a deadly shooting that same night a few blocks away.

Police say an innocent bystander, Ryan Pollok, died from a gunshot to the chest and that the brothers fled to Mexico shortly after the 2007 shootings.

They were brought back to Grand Rapids on Monday. Both will be back in court for probable cause hearings later this month.

Wyoming ceremony honors veterans

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Veterans Day celebration in Wyoming Wednesday night included appearances from the Lee High School band and the city's Department of Public Safety Honor Guard.

Mayor Jack Poll hosted the ceremony in Veterans' Memorial Garden.

The Department of Public Safety is also accepting donations for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans all this month. Items sought for donation include $25 gift cards to local fast food restaurants, Meijer, Wal-Mart, Dollar Tree, Gordon Food Marketplace, etc., candy bars, pens, batteries, stamps, grooming and hygiene items and new or gently-used clothing. Donations may be dropped off at 2380 DeHoop SW, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations can also be dropped off at the Grand Rapids Home for Veteran's Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Nov. 9 through Dec. 30.