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Holland airport breaks ground on new project


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Airport officials in Holland have broken ground on a new project.

The investment of more than $6 million includes building a new business center and aircraft parking area at the West Michigan Regional Airport. We're told 90 percent of the traffic to and from the Holland airport is business related, and officials say this new construction will reflect the economic vitality of the West Michigan area.

"Brand matters, who we are matters, and this is their first experience," said Haworth's Matthew Haworth. "And if we can start off on the right foot, I'm confident that the more they get to know the Holland-Zeeland area and see the character of our people, it'll just continue that impression and continue to allow us to be successful."

Holland residents 'more at ease' after fugitive's arrest


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The manhunt for a violent fugitive in Holland is over. The FBI says agents arrested the suspect Sunday after he kidnapped a woman from Lansing, Illinois, and took her car to Indiana -- where she was able to get away.

Investigators say the suspect then drove to Holland and abandoned the car at an apartment complex. WZZM 13 spoke to residents who say they haven't left their homes in days.

J.R. Robinson says he noticed a suspicious man parked a vehicle right next to his green dune buggy at the Bay Pointe Apartments.

"I noticed he had Illinois plates," said Robinson. "That's usually my parking spot."

Robinson tried to see what was going on.

"I honked the horn, he looked at me once, I noticed he had something in his hand, I had a gut feeling something wasn't right," said Robinson.

Tulip Time generates $12.9M in new economic activity


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- In 2015, the Tulip Time Festival generated $12.9 million of new economic activity in the Holland area. That's according to study released this week.

The study examines the economic benefits of the Tulip Time Festival on the Holland area as well as an attendee profile. Surveys were used to collect data during the 8-day festival which ran from May 2-9, 2015.

The study estimated there were 180,000 attendees, resulting in 310,000 attendee-days. Tulip Time attracts visitors from throughout Michigan and the U. S. Over 18% of attendees came from the Holland area, 44% were from elsewhere in Michigan and 38% were from outside the state.

FBI: Kidnapping suspect arrested in Holland


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigations say a suspect wanted for the kidnapping of a woman in Illinois was arrested Sunday in Holland.

An agent involved in the case says the suspect, whose name is not being released pending a court appearance, is being held in the Ottawa County Jail on local charges. The man was taken without incident, the agent said in an emailed statement.

The investigation began after a 53-year-old woman was assaulted and abducted from her Lansing, Illinois, home around midnight Friday.

The FBI said the suspect used the woman's car to drive her over the Indiana state line, where an ATM camera captured images of the the man. He was seen wearing a white t-shirt and a stocking over his head.

Investigators found the woman in Burns Harbor, Indiana, about 20 miles east of Gary. The victim was taken to a hospital for examination.

Holland police track down, arrest robbery suspect


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police in Holland have a suspect in custody they believe is responsible for several break-ins in the area. Most recently, a service counter at the Meijer at 16th Street and Waverly Road was robbed Friday morning.

Meijer employees say a man walked up to the customer service desk, implied he had a weapon and presented a note demanding money. The man left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was last seen by employees heading north on Waverly on a bicycle. No one was injured.

HDPS officers and detectives were able to develop a person of interest. A search warrant was then executed at a home in the 600 block of East 13th.

The suspect, a 59-year-old Holland man, was arrested for the robbery at Meijer. Officers continue to investigate if this suspect was also responsible for the recent robberies at the Macatawa Bank and Speedway gas station.

Holland stabbing suspect arraigned


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man accused of a stabbing early Sunday morning in Holland was arraigned Monday.

Esteban Hernandez Jr., 23, is charged with assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder. Bond was set at $200,000.

Police were called to Holland Community Hospital around 5:35 a.m. after the victim arrived there. The 22-year-old victim had been stabbed multiple times by an acquaintance in a home in the 100 block of W 15th Street. He was later transferred to a Grand Rapids hospital and is listed in serious condition.

Police said Hernandez lives at the house where the stabbing happened and was arrested nearby. He was at first taken to the hospital since he had injuries of his own, described as minor.

Police said they also executed a search warrant at the house and found an apparent meth lab.

Holland bank robbed by suspect who fled on bicycle


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for a man they say robbed a Macatawa Bank in Holland Monday morning.

Just after 9 a.m., police were called to 699 E 16th Street on the report of a robbery.

Upon arrival, Holland police set up a perimeter around the bank in an attempt to catch the suspect. A K-9 team from the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office was also used to track the suspect. Initial searches have been unsuccessful.

According to police, the lone suspect entered the bank and presented a note to one of the tellers demanding money, implying that he had a weapon. No weapon was seen and nobody was hurt.

Police are now reviewing surveillance footage of the suspect.