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Firefighter proposes during Holland fire truck parade

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Holland's fire truck parade Friday night was made even more special than usual.

It was the 33rd annual fire truck parade, featuring more than 50 fire trucks. The parade kicks off Fire Safety Week.

Along the way, Holland man Nicholas Flamboe, who's a Holland Twp. firefighter, stopped the truck he was in, got out, and surprised his girlfriend, Becca Dankovic, with a marriage proposal. She said yes, and joined him in the truck for the rest of the parade.

Best wishes to the happy couple!

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Salvation Army closes in on $1.5M goal for Holland building

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- We're getting an update on a major fundraising effort to expand the Salvation Army in Holland.

Representatives announced Wednesday that the "Do the Most Good" campaign has raised $1 million out of the $1.5 million dollars needed.

The money will help pay for a larger building and new services.

Salvation Army leaders say the $4-million project is aimed at helping the most vulnerable in the community.

"This building is not going to be expanded in terms of office space but rather service space and primarily directed toward children and families (with) ways to bring people together that have needs," said Richard Chambers, chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board.

Salvation Army leaders say they will begin construction as soon as they collect the half-a-million dollars needed.

Woman fights off assailant who pulled her from car

MANLIUS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 25-year-old woman was assaulted in her garage by an unknown assailant early Tuesday, police say.

The woman just had gotten in her car to go to work when a male suspect opened the door and pulled her from the vehicle, according to an Allegan County Sheriff's Department news release. She was able to fight the man off.

Police responded around 6:20 a.m. to the 5600 block of 136th Avenue.

A police K-9 unit searched the woman's property upon arrival but was unsuccessful. The suspect might have parked a vehicle behind an outbuilding prior to sneaking up on the woman and attacking her, causing minor injuries, police say.

Police aren't sure what the man wanted.

Nearby Hamilton Public Schools went on lock down as a precaution.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Allegan County Sheriff's Department at 26-673-0500.

7-month-old Holland baby found safe

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Josiah Williams, the 7-month-old Holland boy who was declared missing by police Thursday, has been found.

Williams' mother, 32-year-old Sarah Baird, contacted Child Protective Services around 7:30 p.m. Friday and told them she was at a South Haven fast food restaurant with the child, according to a news release. Baird said she would wait there for authorities to surrender the child.

South Haven responded to the restaurant and found both mother and son. Williams was not injured, police say.

Baird was taken into custody on a warrant issued in the case for custodial interference. Williams is safe in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Upon declaring the child missing, police believed Baird and/or her boyfriend, Shawn Williams, 22, were in South Haven.

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Holland police looking for missing 7-month-old

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police in Holland are asking for your help finding a 7-month-old boy.

After an investigation by Ottawa County Child Protective Services, the Ottawa County Circuit Court issued an order for authorities to take Josiah Williams into protective custody.

Josiah is believed to be with his mother Sarah Baird, 32, and/or her boyfriend, Shawn Williams, 22. Both are from Holland.

Holland school leaders face $500K deficit with fewer students

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Fewer students than anticipated are enrolled this academic year in the Holland Public Schools district.

Leaders say they projected to lose about 94 students but lost 174 individuals instead. As a result, the district is merging classrooms and leaving positions open.

Each individual loss translates to less money coming in, and officials are estimating a budget deficit between $500,000 to $600,000.

"What's nice is we didn't have to lay off anybody, we still had some open positions and so we hired a few less people than we were expecting to," said Steve Grose, president of the Holland school board.

A district spokesman cited two factors for the decline, including more school options for families and fewer babies born during the late-2000s economic recession.

Kidnapping suspect was on parole in Michigan

CHICAGO (AP/WZZM) - Authorities say a man arrested in Michigan has been charged in the kidnapping of a suburban Chicago woman, who was found in Indiana.


The FBI said in a news release that 33-year-old Carleous Clay of Lansing, Illinois, was charged with kidnapping in a criminal complaint filed Monday in federal court in Chicago.