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Police asking for help in identifying Holland armed robbers

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - People in Holland are thinking twice before they step out because of three armed robberies in one week.

"It's four of them," said resident Paulette Berry.

Four Hispanic men in a dark SUV robbed two 18-year-old males, at knife point, August 22nd at 16th and Central at 3:13 a.m. About one hour later, a man on a bike noticed a similar vehicle and suspects at 17th and Columbia. He was hit on the head with an unknown object and the men emptied his pockets.

On Saturday the third robbery happened at 21st and Columbia.

A couple was approached by four males at 12:30 a.m. This time they were armed with bats and a handgun just outside Black River Public School.

"We just encourage them to be on their guard and be alert," said Principal Shannon Brunink.

While community leaders and members are reminded about basic safety, investigators are connecting the dots.

Robbery in Holland may be connected to earlier assaults

HOLLAND, MI (WZZM) - Holland police say they believe a robbery and assault early Saturday morning may be connected to two other robberies.

The most recent attack happened Saturday morning at about 12:30am.  A man and woman walking east on 21st Street near Columbia Avenue was approached by four men.

Police say the suspects were armed with baseball bats, and one suspect appeared to be carrying a handgun.

The robbers ordered the couple to the ground and took their possessions.  At one point, one of the robbers hit the man across the back.

Both of the previous incidents were reported on August 22nd in the early morning hours.

In one incident, two 18 year old men were walking in the area of 16th Street and Central Avenue when they were approached by four or five young men and told to get on the ground and empty their pockets.

The victims had their wallets and other items stolen, and were kicked and punched.

Hope College celebrates the upcoming school year

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)- Hope College hosted its opening convocation at the Richard and Helen DeVos fieldhouse Sunday.

About 2,000 students and family members attended the event in Holland.  Residence halls also opened Sunday. Classes will start Tuesday.

During the summer, crews finished a variety of upgrades to Hope's campus including renovating the computer science and engineering laboratories, remodeling the health center, re-roofing Keppel House and adding new furniture to dorms in three halls.

This is Hope's 149th academic year.

Aero Med called to Holland Township crash

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)– A two vehicle crash in Holland Township has injured at least one person.

Ottawa County dispatchers say two cars collided at 104th Avenue and Quincy Street around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. An Aero Med helicopter was called to the scene to fly at least one patient to the hospital, but there's no word on the extent of injuries at this time.

Holland Police search for robbery suspects

Holland, Mich. (WZZM) - Holland Police want to find a group of suspects that robbed two people and sent one of them to the hospital.

The attack happened early Saturday morning in the 100 block of East 21st Street.

Police say the two victims were walking when they were confronted by four men with weapons.

The suspects robbed the two then beat up one of them.  Anyone with information is asked to call Holland Police.

Holland @ Holland Christian

HOLLAND, MI (WZZM) - In a rematch of a thrilling season opener last year, Holland traveled to Holland Christian to take on the Maroons.

The Holland Dutch scored first on a one yard run from Harvey Greenbey.

But Holland Christian started scoring.

The Maroons offense put 56 points on the scoreboard, beating Holland 56 to 28.

 

 

Holland Board of Public Works suing state over rejected powerplant plan

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The board of directors of the Holland Board of Public Works Friday authorized lawyers to file a lawsuit against the state over a rejected plan for a powerplant expansion.

The lawsuit against the Department of Natural Resources and Environment is expected to be filed next week, after the Holland city council gives its final approval.

The BPW says the step is necessary after the DNRE rejected the board's application for an air permit for for the installation of a new 78 megawatt generator burning clean coal and biomass.  The BPW wants the new generator to replace a 11.5 megawatt electrical generator from the 1950s.

The state argues there is not enough need for the extra electricity the new generator would produce, and that the department has concerns about pollution from the new plant.