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Lakeshore honors domestic abuse & sexual assault advocates


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)- Two groups against Domestic and Sexual violence recognized those who continue raising awareness.

Several people were honored during the "Together We Can" annual award breakfast held at Alpen Rose in Holland.

The Law Enforcement Award was given to Detective Martin Mendell and Detective Bryan Tithof

Ortencia Bos from West Shore Counseling Services received the Agency Professional Award

The Mari (Marie) Martin Award was given to Judge Margaret Bakker ...

As well as Rick and Martha Omilian... whose daughter Maggie was killed by her former boyfriend 15 years ago.

The event is sponsored by the Allegan County Coordinating Council on Domestic Violence and the Lakeshore Alliance Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

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Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, a “blended” tuition-free public high school for students in grades 9-12, has been awarded accreditation from the national accreditation commission, AdvancED. The accreditation report praised Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids for its ability to: effectively use technology to align student schedules based on needs; provide students with immediate feedback on assignments; and to operate the school in an efficient manner for student success.

“Receiving the AdvancED accreditation demonstrates our commitment to excellence and the high quality of our school,” said Dan McMinn, Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids principal.

Family wants punishment for driver who struck and killed boy


West Olive, MI (WZZM) - The family of a 15 year old struck and killed while walking across US-31 last month wants the driver punished.

'We want her arrested," confirms Jaime Bracamontes, the boy's father.

Just before dawn September 30 investigators say 64 year old Ruth Borgman struck and killed 15 year old pedestrian Jonathan Bracamontes. The boy was crossing US-31 at Riley Street.

Borgman did not stop after the impact.

She called police and reported the crash when she arrived at work in Holland.

"She didn't stop when she hit him," explains Christian Bracamontes, Jonathan's brother. "You are supposed to stop when you even hit an animal."

Deadly Holland house fire not suspicious


HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) -- Authorities have determined that a house fire that left a 29-year-old western Michigan man dead is not suspicious.

The Holland Sentinel and MLive.com report Wednesday that investigators are looking into whether candles, smoking materials, incense or something else started the blaze in Holland, southwest of Grand Rapids.

RELATED: Man, 29, killed in Holland fire

Jeremiah Donald Smith died of smoke inhalation. Three adults and a child escaped.

The exact cause of the blaze has yet to be determined, but officials say it started in a rear, first-floor bedroom.


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Man, 29, killed in Holland fire


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Investigators have not yet found the cause of a fire that killed a man over the weekend.

The fire began around 4 a.m. Saturday at a house on west 13th Street.

Five people lived at the residence and one didn't make it out in time. The victim is identified as Jeremiah Smith, 29.

Crews found Smith in the house but could not revive him.

Police would like to speak with anyone who may have been with Smith earlier in the evening or prior to the fire.


The Wonderful World of OZ at Holland Museum


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)-- The city of Holland is celebrating Frank E. Baum's The Wonderful World of OZ book and 13 sequels with a special exhibit at the Holland Museum.

Baum wrote parts of the book and its sequels in Holland.

The Wizard of OZ runs through January 3rd at the Holland Armory on 9th Street in Holland.


Hudsonville edges out West Ottawa


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hudsonville beat West Ottawa 45-0.

The Eagles had a huge first half, scoring 38 of their 45 points.