7.7.16:  Holland gets $1 million boost to Civic Center overhaul plan


HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The city of Holland is getting a $1 million boost to its $15.1 million Civic Center overhaul plan.

Mayor Nancy DeBoer says Dick Haworth and Holland-based office furniture maker Haworth Inc. will donate $500,000 in cash and $500,000 in furniture and design for the project. The Holland Sentinel reports DeBoer announced the donation during Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

DeBoer says the city has been fundraising for the Civic Center project in recent months, approaching multiple donors in the community. The newspaper says possible additions to the project including a demonstration kitchen and Tulip Time offices could increase the overall price tag.

Jim Heeringa and his wife, Eileen, earlier announced they were donating $2 million to the project in honor of his parents, George and Lucile Heeringa.




6.30.16:  Ultralight aircraft crash in western Michigan injuries 2



PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say an ultralight aircraft crashed while landing at a small airport in western Michigan, injuring the pilot and his passenger.

The Ottawa County sheriff’s department says 63-year-old Richard Henley was operating the aircraft on Wednesday evening when it veered off the runway at Park Township Airport near Holland and turned over in the grass.

The sheriff’s department says Henley was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in serious condition, while 71-year-old passenger Leland Kink of Spring Lake was treated and the scene for what were described as minor injuries. The crash is under investigation.


6.28.16:  Man gets prison in identity theft involving stolen mail



HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A man arrested by police in western Michigan for trying to empty a coffee shop tip jar has been sentenced to prison for identify theft involving mail stolen from at least 50 people in the Holland area.


Federal investigators say Tracy Rudisel stole mail by picking locks at a commercial postal facility. He was also accused of illegally having social security information for five people and other documents.


The 49-year-old was sentenced Monday to 39 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $1,440 in restitution.   Rudisel pleaded guilty in February to identity theft and possession of stolen mail.


The mail thefts took place between December 2013 and February 2014. Holland police found letters in his backpack when they arrested him in the tip jar theft.


6.22.16:  Hoeksema visitation and funeral



-Over the weekend there was a boating accident off shore of Holland State Park.

Two teens were thrown into the water.  One was rescued and the other disappeared.

Riley Hoeksema of Holland, was a student at Holland Christian High School.

Visitation will take place Thursday evening at Christ Memorial Church, 595 Graafschap Rd. in Holland.

His funeral will take place at the church Friday, 11 a.m.

6.22.16:  Woman, pet dog attacked by pit bull on Holland street



HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Bystanders wrestled a dog described as a pit bull away as it attacked a western Michigan woman and her pet dog.

The Holland Sentinel reports that the woman was walking her Jack Russell terrier along a Holland street Tuesday morning when the pit bull approached.

Witnesses tell the newspaper that the woman raised the smaller dog above her head, but the pit bull jumped and bit her arm. She also was bitten on the thigh. Her dog suffered bites to its face.

Two men pinned the pit bull to the ground until police arrived. The pit bull was taken to a shelter by animal control officials. Its owner was not present during the attack.


6.20.16:  Authorities search Lake Michigan for missing 16-year-old



PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are searching the water near a popular Lake Michigan beach for a 16-year-old boy who didn’t resurface after a small boat capsized.

The search began Sunday night near Holland State Park beach in western Michigan.

The Ottawa County sheriff’s department says two 16-year-olds were out in a boat when it capsized during a turn. They say one was pulled from the water by a passing boater.

The U.S. Coast Guard is involved in the search. Authorities say the teens were from the Holland area. Names weren’t immediately released.


6.8.16:  Man died after spending 40 minutes in submerged car



HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A man died after he was pulled from a pond in Holland Township where he was trapped in a submerged vehicle for about 40 minutes.

Holland Township firefighters and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department dive team were called to the scene around 4:10 p.m. Tuesday after witnesses saw a vehicle drive into the pond at the Lakeshore Medical Campus off Riley Street. The emergency crews had to retrieve the vehicle before they could free its sole occupant.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department says the driver, 51-year-old Jeffrey Adkins of Holland, was unconscious when he was removed from the vehicle.

Adkins was taken to Holland Hospital in critical condition and later passed away from his injuries.


6-1-16 Zeeland Teen Reports Suspicious Person

A young teen believes she was followed by a suspicious looking man.  Sgt. Brian Buter with the Ottawa County Sheriff says the girl was jogging along 104th and Riley Street around 2:30 yesterday.

The 15-year old told authorities this was her turn around and was making the turn when she spotted the man staring at her, smiling and appeared to be laughing.  He eventually pulled into a driveway and turned around.  He then motioned to her in what she perceived to be a request to get into his car.

Sgt. Buter says the 15-year old ran away and called her parents.  The car was prevented from following due to heavy traffic.

He is described as a white male, 50-60 years old with a shaved head and possibly missing some teeth.  The car is described as an early 2000 gray sedan with tinted windows.  If you happened to have seen this happen you are urged to call police or silent observer.

6-1-16 Searchers Find Missing West MI Woman

It wasn’t the outcome that many had hoped for in St. Joseph County.  The body of Kelli Anne Guthrie was found on the north of Three Rivers.  34-year old Kelli went missing on Saturday from her home in Park Township.  Investigators say they don’t see signs of foul play but an autopsy is scheduled for today.

5-27-16 Last Minute Sites Still Available for Memorial Day

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Officials say plenty of sites remain available at Michigan state park campgrounds for the Memorial Day weekend.

The Department of Natural Resources says campground reservations are up 12 percent over last year. Parks and recreation chief Ron Olson says that’s a good sign for the state’s tourism industry and suggests the summer season is off to a good start.

But there’s still room for more campers.

Michigan’s 102 state parks offer a variety of modern, semi-modern and rustic camping sites and lodging options.

Many are located on a river or lake and provide recreation opportunities such as kayaking, bicycling, fishing and hiking. Select parks also have disc golf and boat rentals.

For more information, see http://www.michigan.gov/stateforestcampgrounds or call 1-800-44PARKS.