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Student-run coffee shop opens at Zeeland school


ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Some students in Ottawa County are getting a hands-on learning experience by opening up a coffee shop.

Re:Fuel is on the campus of the iCademy Global campus in Zeeland. The shop served its first customers this evening.

Parolee charged with Allegan garage assault


ALLEGAN, Mich. (WZZM) -- A parolee wanted for attacking a woman in her garage has been charged with several felonies stemming from the late September assault southeast of Holland.

Christopher Lee Allen, 29, was arrested by Allegan County Sheriff’s deputies while investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle in the woman’s Manlius Township neighborhood.

While being held on unrelated charges, investigators were able to connect him with the Sept. 29 assault.

Allen was arraigned last week in Allegan District Court on sexual assault charges and for breaking and entering. He’ll be back in court Jan. 21 for a probable cause hearing.

Robber hits Holland pharmacy, flees


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Holland police are looking for the suspect in a strong-armed robbery reported Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after 3 o'clock, public safety officers were called to Paul's Pharmacy, 803 Lincoln Ave. The suspect demanded cash from the clerk and then ran to a nearby vehicle and drove away. Police said no weapon was seen or implied.

Police describe the suspect as a 25- to 35-year-old man with medium to dark skin tone, 5'5" to 5'8", with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a black hooded jacket, a black scarf over his face, blue jeans, and black gloves. He drove a minivan believed to be a Pontiac Transport or Montana, from the 1997 to 2005 model years, in tan-over-gray two-tone.

'Back to bed': Local school celebrates snow day


ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- To the students at Zeeland Public Schools: "Go back to bed, it's a snow day."

Staff at Zeeland's Cityside Middle School ditched the books and hopped in the snow Tuesday, Jan. 12, to launch their first snow day video -- set to the tune of "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)."

More than 40 teachers and staff took part in its production on Nov. 20, 2015, and they've been anxiously waiting for months to finally use it, spokeswoman Ginger Smith said. 

Woman, 19, wins $1M at Holland gas station


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- One lucky person woke up as a millionaire in West Michigan.

The Michigan Lottery website reports the Speedway gas station at 800 Washington Ave. in Holland sold a $1 million ticket. It matched each of the five white balls -- 16, 19, 32, 34, 57 -- but not the Powerball, which was 13.

She's been identified as 19-year-old Imari Shelton, according to lottery officials.

Matching all six numbers would have payed out a $949.8 million jackpot.

Towing company on snow: 'Pennies from heaven'


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Snowstorms, like the one expected Monday night, make roads slippery and dangerous. Local towing companies got a taste of that during the weekend and Monday morning, in the midst of what they consider the first major snow storm of the year to significantly impact drivers.

By 9 a.m. Monday, the Allegan County Sheriff's Department responded to 15 crashes countywide. There were another 15 to 20 incidents in Ottawa County, according to dispatch officials.

Holland police need help finding robbery suspect


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are seeking the public's help to track down a robber on the run.

Officers responded shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday to the Family Fare Quick Stop gas station, located at 1149 S. Washington Ave., following a report of a robbery, according to a news release.

The suspect implied to the clerk that he had a weapon. He demanded an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen running away from the station.

Police describe the suspect as a male, 20-30 years old, about 6-feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a black hooded jacket or sweatshirt, black scarf, gray or brown pants and black gloves.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Holland Department of Public Safety at 616-355-1150 or Silent Observer at 1-877-887-4536. People also can text OCMTIP with their message to 274637.