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Holland considering new panhandling restrictions

Holland considering new panhandling restrictions

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Holland city leaders are taking on the issue of panhandling after a controversial decision in Grand Rapids. The city council is considering changes to an ordinance that would make it easier to enforce panhandling restrictions.

City officials say the new legislation would make it illegal for beggars to interfere with other people's activities.

The proposal comes after a federal judge in Grand Rapids ruled that a state ban on begging is unconstitutional, calling it a violation of free speech and equal protection.

Holland City Council members reviewed the amendment for the first time Wednesday night and are expected to vote on it in two weeks.

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Made in Michigan: The Goodies Factory

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Take one step into The Goodies Factory and you'll smell the sweet aroma of fresh popcorn and caramel corn. In our Made in Michigan special we take a trip to The Goodies Factory.

Rick Wiersma, President of The Goodies Factory says his company makes products that school children can sell to raise money for their field trips, bands, or school equipment. With education budget cuts, the need is greater than ever.

The Goodies Factory makes cookie dough, cheesecakes, popcorn, and many other fundraising items. You may have seen some of their brochures at work, or as children go door-to-door.

The school keeps up to 50% of the profits, making a profit of about $8 for each item.

UPDATE: Chicago man dies of accidental drowning

UPDATE AT 1:45 P.M., SEPT. 5 (WZZM) -- The Ottawa County Medical Examiner has ruled the death of a chicago man found off a Park Township beach as an accidental drowning.

Paul DeTrano's body was found about 100 yards offshore Tuesday.  He was last seen Sunday afternoon.

UPDATE AT 4:50 P.M., SEPT. 4 (WZZM) -- Search crews have found the body of a missing Chicago man in Lake Michigan.

A team of Ottawa County deputies found the body of Paul DeTrano, 36, between 3 and 4 p.m. Tuesday about 100 yards from shore in the 4700 block of Lakeshore Dr. N. in Park Township. That's the same area where he was last seen Sunday.

Investigators say a kayaker first spotted the body Monday, but deputies were not able to find it when they searched. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter assisted in Tuesday's search and directed search crews to the body.

UPDATE: Teen critical after rollover crash

UPDATE AT 3:05 P.M. (WZZM) -- Deputies say a 17-year-old Zeeland West High School student was critically injured in a rollover accident.

Investigators identified the driver as Kyle Brusema of Zeeland.  He is listed in critical condition at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Deputies say speed was a factor in the crash.

OLIVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - A teenager has life threatening injuries after a one car crash in Ottawa County.

The 17 year old driver ran into a utility pole on 104th Ave. near Port Sheldon about 11:00 am Wednesday.

Emergency crews on the scene say the vehicle rolled over a few times before hitting the pole.

Aeromed flew the driver to the hospital.

Witnesses say the truck was speeding before the crash.

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2012 Anchorage Cup

2012 Anchorage Cup

You may see & hear a lot of ship racing activity from Grand Haven to Holland with a gate (and possible alternative finish) at Port Sheldon on Saturday, September 8, due to the 2012 Anchorage Cup. There will be two concurrent races. The first warning signal is scheduled for 11:30am.

For description details, go to www.anchoragecup.com .

Fall Clean-Up for Leaves Only

Fall Clean-Up for Leaves Only

2012 Fall Leaf Schedule - Holland's Annual Fall Leaf Program has been scheduled for October 6, 2012 through November 10, 2012.

Citizens are reminded that only leaves will be picked up. If branches or other debris are in your leaf piles, your pile will not be picked up. To the extent weather permits, vacuum collectors are used in the leaf pickup program, and this equipment will not handle branches, grass clippings, or other yard debris. Leaf piles left in yard areas cannot be picked up due to the potential damage to yards, sprinklers systems, or landscaping by the trucks and equipment used in the program. The Streets Division asks that leaf piles not be placed near utility poles, guy wires, fire hydrants, mail boxes or other obstructions that would prevent their equipment from accessing your leaf pile.

As with snow removal, leaf piles may only be left on your own property, not the...

Teen charged in Holland party stabbing

UPDATE AT 6:45 P.M. (WZZM) -- Holland Police are releasing the name of a teenager arrested for the stabbing of another party guest.

Nicholas Garza, 18, appeared in court Tuesday.  He was charged with "assault with intent to do great bodily harm," and a bond of $200,000 was set.

Detectives say they are still working on the case to determine what happened and if any other suspects may have been involved in the assault.

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - A 17-year-old Holland teen is in custody after allegedly seriously stabbing a 21-year-old man at a party.

Holland Police were called to an apartment in the 100 block of W. 13th Street early Monday morning and found the man with numerous stab wounds to his head and chest.  He was taken to Holland Community Hospital and then taken to Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids in serious condition.

A 20-year-old woman who lived at the apartment also had been hit in the head by the suspect.