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Car crashes into house in Holland

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - A homeowner had a scare Thursday morning in Holland when a car suddenly went off the road and crashed into his house.

It happened at the intersection of 23rd Street and Homestead just after 8:00am.

Police say a white van blew a stop sign on Homestead and crashed into a silver Ford traveling on 23rd Street. The driver of the ford lost control and crashed into the house.
The homeowner witnessed the whole thing.

The driver of the silver Ford was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The van's driver was ticketed.

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Robber holds up Macatawa Bank in Holland

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Authorities have set up a perimeter at the intersection of Butternut and James Street in Holland to track a bank robbery suspect.

An Ottawa County Central Dispatch supervisor tells WZZM 13 a man held up the Macatawa Bank, located at 489 Butternut Drive, around 3:35 p.m. Tuesday.

The robber told a teller he had a handgun and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Witnesses say he ran out of the bank and headed northbound on Butternut Drive.

Police are searching in the area for a man wearing blue jeans, a hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses, a backpack, and a Chicago Bulls hat.

No one was hurt in the bank robbery.


UPDATE: Man struck by train, dies

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 52-year-old Holland man was killed after being hit by a train Monday night.

Investigators believe Ricky Pickett of the Holland area was laying next to the tracks when he was struck. The train engineer tried to stop but still hit the man.  He died from head injuries.

Police are trying to figure out why the man was laying next to the tracks.  Police say that alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.

The accident happened near 17th Street and Lincoln around 9:00 p.m..

There were passengers on the Amtrak Train but no one was injured.  

Juvenille salmon to be released into Lake Macatawa

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - The Michigan DNR is releasing 16,000 juvenille salmon into Lake Macatawa Tuesday as part of a collaborative effort to promote Michigan fisheries and help maintain ecological balance in state's lakes.

The fish will be delivered to a floating net pen at Eldean Shipyard.  They will stay in the pen for two to four weeks, imprinting on the local waters until they smolt.

The fish will then be released into the lake to work their way into Lake Michigan to spend the next four years.  The hope is the fish will return to Lake Macatawa after that time to spawn.

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Wading in a Frog Pond

Wading in a Frog Pond

DeGraaf Nature Center in Holland invites the community to Register to take part in this free Wading experience on Saturday, April 27 at 8pm. For persons age 6 years & older accompanied by an adult.

Participants will meander on the grounds searching for signs of spring. This is the perfect opportunity to discover native toads & frogs, along with salamanders, emerging from their forest homes slipping down to the ponds to locate their mates & lay their eggs.  Be prepared to dress for the search, bring a flashlight & wear wading boots. The critters found will be placed in observation tanks for identification, then released.

Meet at the Nature Center & form a car caravan, traveling south 5 miles to Far View Nature Park.

Register by Calling: (616)355-1057 or go on-line to www.degraaf.org for more events details.

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

(Detroit Pistons) – Does your library or gym need a new look?

Here’s your chance to win a makeover in the School Makeover contest from the Detroit Pistons and NBA Live, Learn or Play, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The School Makeover, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance and the Detroit Pistons, is accepting submissions from elementary and middle schools in the state of Michigan, through June 1. Submissions at www.nba.com/pistons/farm-bureau-school-makeover should include at least four images of the school’s library or gymnasium to be considered in the selection process.

“Farm Bureau Insurance agents are involved in their local communities all across the state. Michigan isn’t just a market for us, it is our home,” said Vic Verchereau, Farm Bureau Insurance vice president of Marketing. “We firmly believe in supporting safe and clean learning environments for our youth.

Healthy You Get Fit Finale at MVP Sportsclubs

GRAND RAPIDS, ROCKFORD, & HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)- After 12 weeks, WZZM 13's Valerie Lego, Alana Nehring, & Jennifer Pascua find out who comes out on top when it comes to body fat percentage loss, inches lost, & weight percentage lost.

And the winner is... ALANA!

Thank you to MVP Sportsclubs and trainers Paul Cummings, Abby Joyce, & Lara Livingston for helping to motivate and push us to GET FIT!

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