2.10.15:  13 year old falls through ice on Lake Macatawa


A 13-year-old Holland boy was pulled from Lake Macatawa near Holland Monday afternoon.

The boy was chasing his dog when he ran onto the ice near Dutton Park.  The dog was able to get out but the boy could not get himself out of the water.

Crews threw the boy a rope and then a DNR conservation officer pulled him to thicker ice where he was pulled to safety.

He was treated for hypothermia.


Police are urging caution when going out on frozen water.

12-30-14 Crash Sends One to Hospital in Holland


Holland police report one person was sent to the hospital after a three car crash on US31. According to reports, 59-year old Veng Chheng was traveling south on US31 at Felch Street when he apparently failed to stop for a red light. He then collided with one car and was pushed into another. Chheng was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. One other driver was slightly injured.

12.19.14:  Holland area woman dies in traffic accident


Ottawa County authorities report that a Holland woman died in a traffic crash Thursday afternoon.

Delores Slikkers was on East 24th Street when she attempted to pass a vehicle.  That vehicle then attempted to turn left into a private drive when the two collided.

The Slikkers vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.

11.24.14:  Rhodes scholars include Michigan man


HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A University of Michigan student from western Michigan has been named a Rhodes scholar.


David Moore of Holland is pursuing a master’s degree in mechanical engineering after getting his bachelor’s degree in the same field last spring.


Moore will enter Oxford University in England next October with 31 other U.S. men and women. The value of the prestigious scholarship averages about $50,000 per year.


Moore has created a mechanism that allows wheelchair users to use a backpack with greater ease. He’s also a former captain of the Michigan men’s swim team.

11.6.14:  Prayer Summit to be held at Calvary CRC in Holland


An area wide Prayer Summit is taking place Friday and Saturday in Holland.


Organizers believe prayer makes a difference and they are trying to encourage others in their own prayer life as well as reaching out to their community.


The event is open to the public and will be held this weekend at Calvary CRC in Holland.  There will be special speakers and break-out sessions.

The organizers are hoping to target those who are interested in being involved in a prayer movement. They are encouraging college students to join them and there is no fee for their registration.


10.20.14:  Man dies in house fire in western Michigan


HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A 29-year-old man has died in the first fatal fire at a Holland house since 1996.


The cause still is being investigated, although the fire appears to have started in the back of the two-story home along West 13th Street early Saturday in western Michigan.


The victim was identified as Jeremiah Donald Smith. Fire Lieutenant Andy Stokes says three other people inside the house survived, including a toddler.

10.16.14:  Michigan ArtPrize youth contest draws 89 entries


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A high school senior has won the online youth competition for the annual ArtPrize contest in Grand Rapids.


A black-and-white photograph by West Ottawa High School student Michele Weber was selected out of 89 entries for the ArtStart contest grand prize.


ArtPrize education director Angela De Luca Placencia says the competition for youth under age 18 received submissions from 3-year-olds to 12th graders. She says the entries were “really strong” in all grade levels.


The contest started last year to allow youth to participate in the 19-day international art competition that ended Oct. 12. Weber’s prizes include a mentoring opportunity with a professional photographer, an ArtPrize book and various gift cards.


10.7.14:  Police: Father, daughter found dead in Michigan


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police say a father and daughter have been found dead more than 80 miles apart.


Police say 59-year-old Gary Volkers was found dead by a vehicle near LeRoy Township on Sunday. They say investigators found his daughter, 31-year-old Stacey Grotenhuis, dead in her father’s Holland Township home after evidence at the first scene led them there.


State Police First Lt. Chris McIntire says it’s too early to confirm a murder-suicide but there is no indication that another person was involved. He says Grotenhuis’ death is being investigated as a homicide and investigators are trying to determine how Volkers died. They are waiting for autopsy results for both.


Grotenhuis recently moved back to Michigan and had been staying with her father.

10.2.14:  Michigan man dies when crushed by boat


PORT SHELDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Ottawa County authorities say a man has died after being crushed between a boat and a steel shelf in a garage.


The sheriff’s office says 60-year-old Raymond Van Heuvelen of West Olive died Wednesday at Holland Hospital after suffering a chest injury in the accident.


Sgt. Kevin Allman says Van Heuvelen was helping back his boat into the garage when he stepped behind it and was caught between its swim platform and the shelf.


The incident is under investigation.



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.