3.16.17:  Holland senior care community raising $5M for improvements




HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A senior care community in Holland is kicking off the public phase of a $5 million fundraising campaign to provide more living space and increase benevolent care assistance.

Resthaven announced its plans Wednesday. President and CEO Charlie Vander Broek said the organization raised $3.25 million through local supporters and foundations over the past year before turning to the public for help.

Plans calls for building two, 12-unit assisted living structures, a 10-unit dwelling and new private rooms at the Care Center.

Broek said the campaign is intended to meet growing needs of older adults in the greater community, including current residents of Resthaven who have run out of money because of care costs.


1-26-17 March for Life

Hundreds of pro-life supporters here in West Michigan are on their way to Washington DC.

The 44th annual March for Life is taking place tomorrow.  It’s a somber and peaceful demonstration in light of the millions killed through abortion.  Marchers say they come out to not only speak out against abortion but also to remind those considering or going through that process that they are loved and there are alternatives.

If you would like more information, please visit Right to Life of Michigan or Grand Rapids Right to Life.

1-24-17 Missing 2-Year Old Believed to be With Non-Custodial Father

Mason and Oceana County Sheriff’s have put out an alert to locate a missing two year old girl.

Hailey Hunter-Rose Fargo was last seen with her biological father, who does not have custody of the child. Mark Alan Saporita-Fargo is a 47-year-old white male, 6’1, and weighs 200 pounds.  He may be driving a black, Ford Taurus.

Investigators say Hailey and Mark were on an unsupervised visitation and were supposed to return Monday afternoon.  The pair did not return to the foster home in Muskegon where Hailey is staying.  Mark Fargo faces multiple charges and is supposed to be in court this week.

If you happen to see this pair, please contact your local authorities.

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.