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Police: Crime at a 10-year low in Holland


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Holland Department of Public Safety released their 2014 annual report and police incidents and calls for service are at a 10-year low.

According to the report, overall total police incidents, including crime calls, traffic crashes, and other services were down 4.2% from 2013. Serious and violent crimes were down 7.1% from 2013. Juvenile arrests were down almost 20% from 2013.

Fire services calls were up, however, by 12.3% from 2013. Medical emergency responses contributed to this rise. The number of fire inspections were up 54%.

We'll have more on this report on later editions of WZZM 13 News.

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Hope College students create video to end the 'R-word'


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Students at Hope College are joining a national effort to end use of the R-word.

Spread The Word To End The Word is a national campaign encouraging people to create more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. The Ready for Life program at Hope College hopes its video, created as part of the campaign, will eventually go viral.

According to teacher Emily Perton, three students -- Sarah Weatherred, Lucas Johnson, and Aaron Rhodes -- worked to create this video and are part of the transitional program for college-age students with special needs. You can watch the whole video on YouTube at this link.

Ottawa County authorities are investigating a Craigslist encounter that ended with brutal beating of a Holland Township man.


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ottawa County authorities are investigating a Craigslist encounter that ended with the brutal beating of a Holland Township man.

It happened around 11:30 Monday night at a home in the 13000 block of Duncan Street.

The victim met two men on Craigslist, picked them up in Holland, and then brought them back to his home. Police say a fight then started, possibly over drugs, and the two suspects pulled out baseball bats and began to beat the man.

"A roommate reported that his roommate was screaming for help, so the deputies arrived on scene [and] noted that the victim or the man screaming for help was gone. Ultimately, he was located at Holland Community Hospital, where he was being treated for some severe wounds related to what we believe to be an assault," says Captain Mark Bennett with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.

Two women, infant, rescued from SUV in creek


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Slippery conditions are blamed for an accident In Holland Township, where an SUV slid into a water-filled ditch on 128th Avenue near Caryn Way. Emergency crews had to rescue two women and infant trapped inside.

Around 2 p.m. Tuesday, investigators say the driver got caught in the slush and lost control of the vehicle.

A mother, her 10 month-old son, and her friend were trapped in the vehicle until emergency crews could extricate them. Deputies say water was leaking in through the windows of the SUV.

First, rescuers focused on getting the baby out of its car seat.

"The infant was definitely the first priority; it was strapped properly in a car restraint which assisted us and helped so the parents were just able to lift him straight up and out to us," says Sergeant Brent Converse, with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.

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My Town: Local Hospitals named to America’s 50 Best Hospitals list

My Town: Local Hospitals named to America’s 50 Best Hospitals list

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HealthGrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, this week released its list of America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ for 2015.  Holland Hospital is one of only five Michigan hospitals to earn the 50 Best Hospitals designation. [Spectrum Health's Butterworth and Blodgett hospitals also made the list.]

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. 

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to:

My Town: Elzinga & Volkers continues growth by adding three employees

My Town: Elzinga & Volkers continues growth by adding three employees

Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, today announced the addition of Deb DeYoung as estimator, Brad Frey as senior project manager and Madeline Sagorski as marketing assistant.

With three decades of experience in the construction industry, DeYoung joins E&V as an estimator. Her role will include estimating, bidding new projects and assisting project managers with obtaining costs and budgets. Previously, DeYoung worked for BayShore Contractors, LLC. She holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Ferris State University.