8.26.14:  Cab driver robbed in Holland Township


The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the robbery of a cab driver Monday afternoon.


The 27-year-old victim said it was just after 2:30 p.m. that he was called to the Whispering Pine Apartments in Holland Township.  When he arrived a man armed with a handgun demanded money.  The driver was not injured.


The suspect was spotted running north toward the Cascade Apartment off 136th Avenue.


Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Observer or the Police Department.


Police say they are looking for the suspect who is described as a black male in his 20′s, around 140 pounds, 5’7″, who was wearing a blue windbreaker, and white sunglasses with the American flag embossed on the lenses.

6.18.14:  Area boy hit by an arrow


HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Western Michigan authorities say a 9-year-old girl was wounded when a 10-year-old boy accidentally shot her in the head with an arrow.

Police in Holland report that the accident happened about noon Tuesday. The newspaper says that the boy was playing with a bow and arrow and fired into the air.

Police say the arrow hit the girl in the head. She was taken to Holland Hospital for stitches, then released.

6.11.14:  Iron shortage could delay US-31 bridge fix in Holland


The Michigan Department of Transportation says they have reopened part of S. Washington Avenue in Holland after a boom from a truck damaged the US-31 overpass on Monday.  MDOT engineers say it could take a year to fix because of an iron shortage.


The boom impaled the steel I-beams that hold up the bridge.  While it’s safe for people to drive over, it still needs major repairs.  The repairs themselves would take about 4 months.


The shortage could mean it will  take much longer to fully reopen the bridge if the beams must be replaced and the estimated cost could be $400,000.  The truck driver’s company is expected to be charged for the full cost of either the beam repairs or replacement.

6.3.14:  Crews have been working to cap gas line break in Holland


Gas crews have capped a major natural gas line break in Holland.


Crews were called to the area around 10:30 this morning near 48th Street and Lincoln Avenue.  Fire crews were at the scene north of I-196 and traffic was blocked in the area throughout the day.


Holland police said that because of high winds and their direction there were no evacuations issued.  Residents in the area have been smelling gas.