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7-month-old Holland baby found safe

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Josiah Williams, the 7-month-old Holland boy who was declared missing by police Thursday, has been found.

Williams' mother, 32-year-old Sarah Baird, contacted Child Protective Services around 7:30 p.m. Friday and told them she was at a South Haven fast food restaurant with the child, according to a news release. Baird said she would wait there for authorities to surrender the child.

South Haven responded to the restaurant and found both mother and son. Williams was not injured, police say.

Baird was taken into custody on a warrant issued in the case for custodial interference. Williams is safe in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Upon declaring the child missing, police believed Baird and/or her boyfriend, Shawn Williams, 22, were in South Haven.

Holland police looking for missing 7-month-old

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police in Holland are asking for your help finding a 7-month-old boy.

After an investigation by Ottawa County Child Protective Services, the Ottawa County Circuit Court issued an order for authorities to take Josiah Williams into protective custody.

Josiah is believed to be with his mother Sarah Baird, 32, and/or her boyfriend, Shawn Williams, 22. Both are from Holland.

Holland school leaders face $500K deficit with fewer students

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Fewer students than anticipated are enrolled this academic year in the Holland Public Schools district.

Leaders say they projected to lose about 94 students but lost 174 individuals instead. As a result, the district is merging classrooms and leaving positions open.

Each individual loss translates to less money coming in, and officials are estimating a budget deficit between $500,000 to $600,000.

"What's nice is we didn't have to lay off anybody, we still had some open positions and so we hired a few less people than we were expecting to," said Steve Grose, president of the Holland school board.

A district spokesman cited two factors for the decline, including more school options for families and fewer babies born during the late-2000s economic recession.

Kidnapping suspect was on parole in Michigan

CHICAGO (AP/WZZM) - Authorities say a man arrested in Michigan has been charged in the kidnapping of a suburban Chicago woman, who was found in Indiana.


The FBI said in a news release that 33-year-old Carleous Clay of Lansing, Illinois, was charged with kidnapping in a criminal complaint filed Monday in federal court in Chicago.

No one hurt in Holland house fire

PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- There's no word yet if anyone was home when a house caught on fire Monday night near Holland, but dispatchers say no one was hurt.

It happened just before 10 p.m. near the corner of Ottawa Beach Road and Waukazoo Drive on the north side of Lake Macatawa. Witnesses say they saw flames shooting from the building, but firefighters were able to knock the flames down.

Dispatchers say no one was displaced by the fire. It's unclear what started the fire.

Kids' Food Basket set to hold Grand Opening for Holland location

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Each day it provides meals for thousands of kids in three West Michigan counties. Now, Kids' Food Basket is gearing up to open its newest location in Holland. The big grand opening takes place Wednesday morning and comes just in time to meet the needs of that community.

According to Kids' Food Basket, there are more than 8,000 kids living in poverty in Ottawa County. Most of those children do not know where their next meal will come from. Communications specialist, Ashley Abbott Bodien says in Holland Public Schools alone, 400 families are homeless and close to 70% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

"We will be providing Sack Suppers for approximately 600 students in two schools in Holland," she said.

Fire destroys church's shed, investigated as arson

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A church's shed and everything in it are total losses after a fire investigators say was arson.

Shortly after midnight Monday morning, emergency crews were called to Harbor Church, 269 Douglas in Holland Twp.

They found a shed behind the church was engulfed in flames. Firefighters quickly put out the fire but couldn't save the structure or anything in it.

A witness reported seeing someone running from the shed shortly before discovering the fire. That person running was described as a black man 20 to 30 years old with a scar on his cheek and a mustache.

Anyone with information on the fire should call the sheriff's office or Silent Observer at 1-877-88-SILENT.