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Holland firefighters use heroin antidote to save lives


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A new state requirement to help first responders deal with heroin abuse is paying off in West Michigan.

Since October, any department that provides medical response is required to carry the heroin antidote, Narcan. WZZM 13 has learned that Holland firefighters have already used Narcan in two cases to save people's lives in December.

Narcan, which comes as a nasal spray in a small box, is now in every fire truck Holland because of the new requirement. The days of only fighting fires are long gone: Holland firefighters are now using a new tool to battle an enemy fueled by addiction.

"To counter act the effects of heroin," says Captain Chris Tinney, in charge of fire operations for the Holland Department of Public Safety. "It has made a difference in at least two cases.

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Man, 85, hurt in Ottawa Co. crash


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- An 85-year-old man is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries after an Ottawa County crash Monday.

The Sheriff's Office says emergency crews were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash on Riley St. near 128th Ave. shortly before 2 o'clock in the afternoon.

Their investigation found the 85-year-old man had pulled out of a private driveway and into the path of a vehicle westbound on Riley. A 57-year-old Bridgman woman was driving that second vehicle.

An ambulance took the man to Holland Hospital. The woman had minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene. Both drivers had been wearing seatbelts.


Man, 23, killed in Holland car accident


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are investigating a fatal, single car accident on Waverly Road in Holland.

Officers were called to the scene between 24th and 32nd streets at 8:43 a.m. Friday, though they believe the accident happened hours earlier.

Edward Sedell-Shaquille Isom, 23 from Holland Township, was heading south on Waverly at a high rate of speed when he left the road, rolled several times and crashed into a tree. He was ejected from his 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Waverly Road was closed for several hours after the crash.

If you have any information about this accident, please call the Holland Department of Public Safety at (616) 355-1100.

Family safe, dog killed in Holland fire


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Fire crews battled a house fire Sunday morning in Holland.

Dispatchers tell us the flames broke out at around 4:15 a.m. on the second level of a home on East 16th street, and that everyone made it out safely. A dog on the second floor, however, was unable to escape and died in the fire, a news release states.

Holland Police sent out a tweet saying 16th Street between Fairbanks and Lincoln Ave is closed as crews work to clear the scene.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.


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Autopsy: No foul play in couple's death in townhome


PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- An autopsy performed on two people found dead in inside their Holland-area townhome confirmed that there were no obvious signs of foul play, police said.

Teri Hills, 27, and Amber Janowiak, 30, were found dead inside their bedroom Saturday at the Amberwood Townhomes complex.

An autopsy performed Monday by Ottawa County Chief Medical Examiner David Start did not find signs of foul play nor did it conclude a cause of death, according to an sheriff's department news release.

A toxicology report now is pending as the investigation continues. 

Police say the couple's deaths does not appear suspicious. 


Police ID 2 found dead inside Holland-area home


PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Investigators are working to determine how two people died inside their townhome.

Teri Hills, 27, and 30-year-old Amber Janowiak were found dead just before noon Saturday in the 1100 block of Amberwood Drive, according to an Ottawa County Sheriff's Department news release. The female's uncle, who also lives in the Amberwood Townhomes complex, came across the couple.

They were discovered dead in their bedroom.

There are no obvious signs of foul play, and neighbors police spoke with did not notice any suspicious activity, police said.

Holland snow-melt system running despite lack of snow


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Despite a lack of snow this season and a record-high temperature on Wednesday, Holland's snow-melt system is still running.

WZZM 13 is getting reaction from some downtown business owners who help pay for the snow-melt service even when it's not needed.

In downtown Holland this time of year, it's what you don't see above ground that's the big payoff from the city's underground snow-melt system.

"The streets are clear," said Maribeth Van Zalen, co-owner of JB and Me. "It's really something we pay for in the long run and it's so worth it."

But in the short-term, as in this season so far, there hasn't been much of a need.

"It definitely hasn't been put to use this year at all; I don't think we've gotten enough snow to actually have it work," said Andrew Fris, manager of Fris.