Holland

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.

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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.


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.