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Holland mother charged in son's kidnapping


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Holland mother now faces charges for taking her 7-month-old son.

A judge has arraigned Sarah Baird in the kidnapping of Josiah Williams last month.

The court had issued an order for police to take the child into protective custody, but Baird and her boyfriend took off with the boy.

They eventually turned themselves in to police in South Haven.


Holland bus stabbing suspect charged


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Holland man has been officially charged in a stabbing aboard a public bus.

Kris Rodney Alexander, 57, was arraigned on one count of felonious assault. He's being held in the Ottawa County jail.

Police say Alexander stabbed a 36-year-old man aboard a Macatawa Area Express (MAX) bus near 13th and Columbia Ave. around 10:50 a.m. Monday.

Alexander then got off the bus, but officers arrested him near 14th and College.

The victim had non-life-threatening injuries.

Alexander knew the victim, according to police.


Suspect in custody after bus stabbing in Holland


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 57-year-old Holland man is in custody after he allegedly stabbed a man on a bus in Holland.

The incident occurred just before 11 a.m. on a Max Transit bus near 13th Street and Columbia Avenue.

Officers were given a description of the suspect and were able to locate and arrest him without incident near 14th Street and College Avenue.

The victim, a 36-year-old Holland man, was taken to Holland Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

This incident occurred near Hope College but is not related to the college or any of the students.

Police tell WZZM 13 the suspect and the victim know each other. The suspect's name will be released after he is officially charged and arraigned.


Holland girl, 2, found safe


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 2-year-old girl has been found safe after being reported missing, according to Holland police.

Police first announced Friday evening they were looking for Jontaeshia Hines, after CPS personnel with a court order to remove the child from her mother's custody could find neither the girl nor her mother. Investigators said they believed the girl was with her mom and her mom's boyfriend.

Since then, the mother's attorney contacted detectives and arranged for the mother to give up the girl. She turned her over to Child Protective Services unharmed Monday afternoon.

Investigators said at this point there are no criminal charges being sought against the mother and her boyfriend.


Holland woman, 19, killed while crossing US 31


Authorities identified the 19-year-old victim as Moriah Wright, of Holland.

Update, 6:40 p.m.: Northbound U.S. 31 has reopened to traffic, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Update, 5:55p.m.: A 19-year-old female, of Holland, was killed after she was struck by a northbound vehicle driven by a 24-year-old Holland female at U.S. 31 and 8th Street, Sgt. Christie Wendt said.

An initial investigation found northbound traffic had a green light at 8th Street, and the pedestrian was in the crosswalk when she was struck. 

The accident remains under investigation. U.S. 31 at 8th to 16th streets remains closed at this time.

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Northbound U.S. 31 at 16th Street in Holland has been shut down after a car hit a pedestrian, according to police dispatch reports.

Missing girl, 2, possibly with mother, mother's boyfriend


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for a Holland toddler, her mother, and her mother's boyfriend.

On Friday, Child Protective Services had a court order for an emergency removal of 2-year-old Jontaeshia Hines from the custody of her mother, 27-year-old Tiffany Nichols. When CPS tried to find the mother and the girl for the removal, they found the mother may have fled with the girl.

Investigators say they believe the two are with Nichols' boyfriend, 42-year-old Jim Lee-Junior Walker. Walker is not the toddler's father. Friday night, police provided pictures of Nichols and Walker, but they hadn't provided one of the missing toddler.

It's believed all three are traveling in a black 2002 Ford Taurus with Michigan license plate DGU7319.

Authorities said the case doesn't meet the criteria for an Amber Alert at this point.

Overnight parking period over in Holland


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The city of Holland's overnight parking period is now over.

Effective Friday morning, residents can no longer park their vehicles on most city streets between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.

The overnight parking fines are $15 per violation, then $20 and $30, if not paid within the designated time frames.

This was the first year the city lifted its long-time ban on overnight parking.