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Big Lake Brewing to distribute statewide


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Big Lake Brewing in Holland has signed a deal to distribute its beer statewide.

Our partner the Grand Rapids Business Journal reports the brewery has teamed up with Kalamazoo-based Imperial Beverage.

Initially, Big Lake will send cans and kegs of two of its beers into the state market, the Rye-Coe and the Darkstar.

Right now, the Holland company self-distributes five of its beers in Kent and Ottawa Counties.

Big Lake Brewing opened more than two years ago.


Holland crews respond to broken water main


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Holland's Board of Public Works estimates a broken water main will be fixed, and water service restored, Monday evening.

The BPW told WZZM 13 that around 15 customers were affected by the broken water main on South Shore Drive between Lugers and Goldenrod.

The cold, snowy weather and the low depth of the break have made repairs more time consuming than usual, the BPW said.

A neighbor in the area said the BPW has called affected customers to let them know restoration was expected by about 7 p.m.


1 killed in Holland freeway crash


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man died in a head-on crash on I-196 in Holland Friday afternoon.

Just before 4:30, Holland Department of Public Safety officers were called to I-196 near milemarker 47.

When they arrived, they found a 2012 Ford Escape with heavy front-end damage in the median and a 1991 Freightliner semi truck in the ditch along the freeway's north side.

Investigators say the man who died, Prashamth Kumar Muchumarri, 41, from Grand Rapids, had been driving the Escape eastbound when his vehicle left the freeway, went into the median, and crossed into the westbound lanes -- hitting the semi head-on. The Escape's driver was ejected and was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities aren't yet releasing his name, pending family notification.

The semi's driver, a 43-year-old Kalkaska man, was not hurt.

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.