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Man sentenced to prison for fake green card scheme

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A Grand Rapids man will spend the next five years in prison for running a document trafficking ring out of West Michigan.

Jacinto Morales-Martinez, 48, was sentenced Tuesday.

The Justice Department says he made fake green cards and other forms of identification for undocumented immigrants throughout the area.

The scheme involved 11 people, most were related. All have been convicted of felonies in the case. Arrests were made in Grand Rapids and Holland.

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Missing boy found safe

Update 11:45 am: The missing boy, Paul Duncan, was found safe by a Holland Police Officer who was patrolling in the city.

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -  The Holland Department of Public Safety is asking for help in finding a missing 13-year-old boy.

Paul Duncan walked away from his residence in the 300 block of east 16th Street on foot between 9:00 and 10:00 this morning.  He had had an argument with his father.

Duncan has a diminished mental capacity and a seizure disorder.  He is a black male, 5'4" tall, 116lbs., wearing a burnt orange sweatshirt and blue jeans.  Police say he has the mental capacity of a 2nd grader.

Anyone with information should contact Holland Police at 616-355-1100.

Hope College Lecture Examines "The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Old Testament"

Hope College Lecture Examines "The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Old Testament"

HOLLAND – Dr. James VanderKam of the University of Notre Dame will present “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Old Testament” as the 2013 Danforth Lecture at Hope College on this afternoon, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

                        The public is invited.  Admission is free.

                        VanderKam is the John A.

Holland residents petition for city water service

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - A group of Holland residents are petitioning for city water service, because of ongoing issues with their private wells.

One man in the neighborhood on Hiawatha Drive wants city water to be made available at a reasonable price. Robert De Wilde is concerned about low water levels and water quality in his private well.

"We had it tested a half a century ago, is that still good? I don't know," says De Wilde.

De Wilde recently collected petition signatures from about half a dozen neighbors in the same situation.

"The city owes us the option of having city water. We're right smack in the city, and we're not far removed on a high hill in the middle of nowhere," says De Wilde.

De Wilde says he's surrounded by homes that get city water. In fact, a city fire hydrant is just down the block from him.

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Liens filed against LG Chem

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Several liens have been filed against battery maker LG Chem from contractors that have not been fully paid.  

The Allegan County Registrar of Deeds told WZZM 13 that Johnson Controls was seeking $14,600; Andy Egan was seeking $142,199 and Circuit Electric was seeking $107,712. 

The liens were filed in the fall.   That's when investigations began into why the company had failed to produce any batteries despite a significant investment of public dollars.

A spokesperson for Circuit Electric called LG Chem a "great job" valued at about $7 million.   The spokesperson says some payments have been received since the fall and he's hopeful more will be received soon.  

Andy Egan declined comment; the other companies could not be reached for comment.

Icy weather causing havoc on roads

(WZZM) - Icy roads are causing multiple crashes and slide offs around West Michigan today.

Law enforcement in Ottawa County is dealing with many crashes and back ups caused by icy roads. Interstate 196 near Zeeland has been the site of multiple accidents throughout the morning. Semi-trucks are having trouble making it up icy hills. A number of truck ended up in ditches or the median. A crash on Interstate 96 near Coopersville also snarled traffic.

A semi and a car were involved in a serious crash on US-131 near West River Drive around noon.

Grand Rapids Police report that a Rapid bus was involved in a crash with a couple of cars at State Street and Lafayette Ave. SE. The crash happened about 7:22 am. No one was injured.

Kent County Dispatch had approximately 80 reports of crashes as of 7:40 am. One crash involved a school bus in the 7200 block of Cascade Road about 7:45 am. No injuries are reported in that crash.

Road Closed Near 160th and Perry To Investigate Fumes

If you're driving just North of Lake Macatawa, be aware that Ottawa County authorities have closed 160th Street. It is closed from "5" 160th North to Perry Street. They are investigating a gas leak. It's not known how long the road will stay closed.