12-29-16 State Police Not Giving Up on Missing Boys

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police have released age-progression images of three brothers who vanished during the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday. The images released last week were created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and depict how brothers Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton might appear today. The boys were last seen more than six years ago at their father’s home in Morenci near the Michigan-Ohio border.

12-21-16 Still Searching for Missing Kentwood Man

Police are still searching for a missing Kentwood man who walked away from his home earlier this month.  Willie Crawford has dementia and may not be able to find his way back home.  He’s reportedly been spotted in Grand Rapids and the Wyoming area.  He’s a black male, about 6’0 ” and 150 lbs. He has a full gray beard, gray/black hair and brown eyes. Mr. Crawford was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans, brown hiking boots and a black baseball hat.  If you spot someone matching that description, please call 911.


Willie Crawford

Willie Crawford – Missing from Kentwood

11.30.16:  No criminal charges against driver in school teacher death



OTTAWA COUNTY, MI (Mlive) — Authorities say no criminal charges are planned against a truck driver hauling a long pole that crashed through an SUV’s windshield, causing a Holland Christian High School teacher’s death.

Kevin Witte, 37, was critically injured Sept. 26 when the pole swung out into the SUV’s travel lane. He died the following day.

Ottawa County sheriff’s investigators said a Parkway Electric truck driven by 61-year-old Thomas Heeringa was headed south — in the left hand turn lane — when the pole swung into the nearby southbound traffic lane as the truck turned onto Garden Avenue.

Police said the truck and pole measured 43-feet, 3-inches long. Any vehicle and overhang more than 40 feet requires an escort and Ottawa County Road Commission permit.

Sheriff’s investigators say they determined the company, Parkway Electric, was only responsible for an over-length citation.


11.25.16:  Man fatally shot by officer in Holland




HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The Ottawa County sheriff says an officer fatally shot a man in Holland.

Sheriff Steve Kempker says the shooting happened at about 8 p.m. Wednesday north of Holland.

The sheriff says the man was a white male in his 40s and authorities believe he lived in the Beeline Apartments. No other details have been released.

A witness to the shooting said the officer repeatedly told the man to drop a gun before firing.


11-4-16 Strawberry Recall Affecting West Michigan Food Services

Multiple agencies are reporting recalled strawberries imported from Egypt have been served in close to a dozen food service locations around West MI.  The strawberries may be contaminated and result in Hepatitis A infections.

In Kent County, the Health Department’s Adam London says the berries were part of food at Roman’s Macaroni Grill on 28th Street near I-96 as well as at HCR ManorCare on the East Beltline.

In Allegan County, the Health Department reports the strawberries were served at Salvino’s in Plainwell and Wayland.

Ottawa County locations:

8th Street Grille in Holland, Biggby Coffee on Cottonwood in Jenison, and the Savidge Street location in Spring Lake.  The Holiday Inn Grand Haven and the Savidge Street location in Spring Lake.  Jackie’s Place in Holland.

You can find statewide locations at this site: http://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-50772_51097-397016–,00.html


The berries were served in late October but symptoms of Hepatitis A might not show up until now.  Contact your primary care physician if you have any questions or concerns.

10.19.16:  Kids’ Food Basket in need of sacks



-The Kids’ Food Basket provides sack suppers for students that need a ready-to-eat meal to eat when they go home from school.

Decorated Sack Supper bags provide kids with an extra touch of love.

They are hoping to reach a goal of 75,000 decorated bags by October 22nd.

Organizers say brown or white paper sacks work best ( can be purchased at Sam’s Club and GFS Stores in bulk).  Please keep in mind that many Sack Suppers will be going to public schools and therefore cannot contain religious or political messages.


The bags can be dropped off during regular business hours or Saturday, October 22, from 10 am to 1 p.m. at one of their special drive-through, drop-off locations:


-2055 Oak Industrial Dr. NE, St.C, Grand Rapids

-1011 2nd St., Muskegon

-389 James St., Holland


9.28.16:  Teacher Kevin Witte dies from injuries




-Holland Christian School Superintendent Dan Meester posted that teacher and coach Kevin Witte, died as a result of injuries suffered in an accident Monday morning.


Witte was on his way to school when a utility pole that was being transported, crashed into his vehicle, hitting him and knocking him unconscious.  The truck driver was on 120th Avenue, turning onto Garden Avenue, when the pole swung into Witte’s lane.   The police department continues to investigate the accident and see whether transporting the pole was in violation of traffic laws.

A facebook post is calling for friends of the school district to make a human prayer c

hain around the high school starting at 8:30 Wednesday morning.


9.2.16:  US Coast Guard ends search for 2 teens in Lake Michigan



HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard officials say they have ended their search for two teenage Michigan boys who went missing while swimming in Lake Michigan.

The Coast Guard said Thursday afternoon it had found no sign of the boys, identified by the Ottawa County sheriff’s department as 14-year-old Vincent Green and 17-year-old Christopher Mimis. Both are from the Holland area.

They were among four teenage boys swimming Wednesday evening at Holland State Park when they were dragged out by strong currents and high waves. Two boys got out of the water, while boats and helicopters tried to rescue the others.

Authorities said earlier the search had become a recovery effort.


9.1.16:  2 teens missing in Lake Michigan near Holland State Park



HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Emergency crews have temporarily suspended their search for two teenage boys who went missing while swimming in Lake Michigan.

Authorities at the scene in Holland State Park say four teenage boys were swimming Wednesday evening when they were pulled out by strong currents and high waves around 7:30 p.m. The Holland Sentinel and MLive.com report two boys managed to get out of the water, and boats and helicopters were used to search for the other two.

But before 11 p.m., authorities said the water was too tough and temporarily halted the search.

The missing teens are 14 and 17 years old. They were not immediately identified.


8.26.16:  Michigan plant making way for Grey Poupon mustard



HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The state with a history of manufacturing motors and Motown music is making more room for mustard.

The Holland Sentinel reported Thursday that the Kraft Heinz Co. plant in the western Michigan city of Holland is expected to be the home of all Grey Poupon production in about a month. The plant also plans to expand production of yellow mustard.

The moves come amid a $17.2 million investment in the longtime Holland plant and addition of 50 employees. The expansion follows November’s announcement that the company would be closing seven plants in the U.S. and Canada and eliminating 2,600 jobs — about 14 percent of its North American factory workforce.

The company, based in Chicago and Pittsburgh, was formed from the merger of Kraft and Heinz last year.