5 Things to know for Thursday, August 21

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The top five stories FOX 17 is covering this Thursday:

1. Tanger Outlet groundbreaking today

tanger outlets constructionTanger plans to build its third outlet in West Michigan, with the newest shopping space coming to Byron Township. 350,000 feet of shopping space will go up on 84th Street off of US-131. The groundbreaking is set for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, but many residents have mixed feelings. Some worry about the increase in traffic, but others say they are excited to shop for bargains at the outlet. Tanger says the outlet will create about 300 construction jobs and about 1,000 permanent positions. Read more: New West Michigan Tanger Outlet groundbreaking is Thursday

2. Teenage Best Buy employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

johanna taylor best buy embezzlementJoHanna Taylor, 19, has pleaded guilty to an embezzlement charge, after she was accused of deceiving the Best Buy she worked for out of thousands of dollars. Police say Taylor ordered items online, had them shipped to her home, and use work computers to change the cost to zero. Investigators said she also used other people’s computers and log in information, making the activity harder to track. She was originally charged with embezzlement of $20,000 to $50,000 but pleaded guilty to embezzlement of $1,000 to $20,000. She is scheduled to be sentenced next month. Read more: Best Buy employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

3. Vitamins on Meijer shelves tampered with

portage meijer vitamin tamperingPolice in Portage say that someone has tampered with bottles of vitamins at Meijer stores. Customers found that vitamins inside the bottles were replaced with chocolate chips, walnuts, and cat food. In some cases, customers found blood thinner, ibuprofen, and heart medication. Police said the suspect is buying the bottles, replacing the contents, and returning them to the stores. It’s happening the most with MegaRed Ultra Strength Omega-3 Krill Oil. Read more: Vitamin tampering investigation

4. ArtPrize volunteer kick-off celebration today

 artprize genericArtPrize will hold its volunteer kick-off celebration tonight, and the theme for this year is “Carnival of Curiosity.” The celebration is 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Ledyard Building in downtown Grand Rapids and everyone is invited. In addition, Founders Brewing will publicly debut its ArtPrize 2014 beer called Mosaic Promise. Love’s Ice Cream will also offer tastes of its locally-sourced, organic frozen treats. Read more: “Carnival of Curiosity” kicks off ArtPrize volunteer season

5. Greek Cultural Festival kicks off

greekThe Grand Rapids Greek Cultural Festival lasts for three days and features food, dancing, music, and more. It is hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and is aimed at celebration Greek Orthodox culture and traditions. The event runs Friday through Sunday at the church, which is on Lakeside Drive. Read more: Yassou! Greek Cultural Festival kicks off this weekend


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