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Media Advisory from Hope College

The following email has been distributed to Hope College students, faculty and staff.


Further information about this incident should be obtained from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department and Holland Public Safety.



Local law enforcement has been investigating an incident involving two Hope College students known to each other. This incident began on campus Monday morning and led to an alleged physical assault on one of the students.

The victim was treated and released at Holland Hospital for her physical injuries and is receiving support from the college’s staff.

The alleged assailant, Alex Brock, has been arraigned in District Court on two felony charges. A condition of his potential bond release is that he must stay away from the Hope College campus.

Wendi Carpenter arrested in Colorado Springs, CO

Wendi Carpenter arrested in Colorado Springs, CO


Wendi Carpenter of Holland was arrested on the parental kidnapping warrant issued back on July 27, 2011.  Carpenter was located by the Colorado Springs, CO police and arrested without incident.  The children, Luke and Cambria Carpenter were with Wendi at the time of her arrest.  The children have been turned over to their father immediately following the arrest. Carpenter was arrested without incident and the children were not physically harmed.

Holland detectives have been tracking Carpenter for several weeks and working with her attorney to arrange for the children to be turned over to their father, who has court ordered physical custody of the children and to turn herself in..  Carpenter was released on bond today and has been given a court date of August 30, 2011 to appear at the 58th District Court in Holland for her arraignment of 2 counts of custodial interference (parental kidnapping).

Citizens Police Academy seeks new applicants

Citizens Police Academy seeks new applicants

News Release: Applications are being accepted until Friday, August 19th for the fall Citizens Police Academy of the Holland Police Department.

Applicants must be 17 years or older, reside in Holland, a neighboring township, or Ottawa County, or work in Holland.  Police will perform a brief local background check.

Now in its fourteenth year, the academy is offered once a year and students will meet for 10 weeks from 6-9pm on Mondays, beginning September 12th.

Participants will learn about various divisions of the department, including drug enforcement, gang activity, domestic violence, K-9, drunk driving, probation and the court system, and tour the Ottawa County Central Dispatch and the county jail.

Applications are available in the lobby of the Holland Police Department, 89 W Eight St., or by ca

Police dog tracks down Holland burglary suspect in home

Police dog tracks down Holland burglary suspect in home

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 35-year-old man is facing breaking and entering charges after he was arrested in the attic of a Holland home.

A neighbor spotted a man entering the window of a home in the 700 block of College Ave. around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.  The neighbor reported the incident to 911 operators.

Police responding to the scene set up a perimeter around the home and issued repeated demands for the man to come out and surrender.  They say the man failed to obey and retreated into the house.

A Holland Police officer and dog, Henry, searched the home and found the suspect in the attic, then placed the man under arrest.

Investigators expect the suspect to appear in court Wednesday, when he will be formally charges with breaking, and entering and felony resisting and obstructing.

Holland Police warn of suspicious man posing as internet salesman

Holland Police warn of suspicious man posing as internet salesman

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are warning people in Holland to beware of a man posing as an internet and cable television salesman in an attempt to gain access to homes.

A homeowner on Hunters Run Circle says the suspect came to his home Wednesday trying to sell internet and cable service, and asked to be allowed inside the home.

The suspect was unable to produce any identification or documentation that indicated he was selling internet or TV service when the homeowner asked for it.  The homeowner told police he found this suspicious and refused to allow the man access.  The suspect then left in an older green car -- possibly a Saturn -- which had extensive passenger side damage.

Police describe the suspect as a black man, 25-30 years old, about 6 ft.

Holland BPW reminds customers to always ask for identification

HOLLAND, Mich. - Recently, the Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) received information that individuals posing as utility workers tried to gain entry to a home. The Holland Police Department is investigating this incident.

The Holland BPW reminds customers that all HBPW employees carry photo identification cards issued by the Holland BPW. These cards have the employee's name and a photograph clearly displayed with the City of Holland and the Holland BPW logos. If Holland BPW crews need to gain entry into the home, our normal procedure is to schedule an appointment with our customers ahead of time. When the Holland BPW requires water testing from a specific residence, a bottle with instructions is left for the homeowner to fill with a sample of water, and return the bottle for later pickup at the entrance to the home. Entry into the home to test the water is typically not required by Holland BPW employees.