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Candidates running to replace Cindy Gamrat after scandal


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- There are new developments about the vacant house seat in Allegan County that has been riddled by political scandal in recent weeks. On Monday, WZZM 13 spoke to two Republican candidates who plan to replace former State Representative Cindy Gamrat, after she was thrown out of office last week.

Almost every campaign begins with promises for the future. Jim Storey also recognized the need to make up for the recent past as he announced his run for Michigan 80th House District on Monday.

"The first healing task is to elect a new state representative," Storey said in his speech.

His campaign kicks off after Cindy Gamrat was kicked out of office. An investigation showed that the former state representative had misused public resources to hide an extramarital affair with former state Representative Todd Courser. He resigned last week.

Stabbing leads to arrest of a 23-year-old Holland man


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 23-year-old Holland man is in jail after a stabbing early Sunday morning. Investigators were called to Holland Community Hospital at 5:35 a.m. after the 22-year-old victim show up there with multiple stab wounds. They say the stabbing happened inside a house in the 100 block of W 15th St.

The suspect, who lives at the home where the stabbing occurred, was found nearby and taken into custody. The 22-year-old victim is listed in serious condition at an area hospital and the suspect was treated for minor injuries.

Holland Police searched the home and found what police believe is a methamphetamine lab inside. The suspect is being held on an unrelated warrant for a probation violation. Detectives will ask the Ottawa County Prosecutor to charge the suspect in the stabbing on Monday.

Further details will be released when the suspect is arraigned.


Holland man owns and drives rare amphibious car


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The world is made up many people who collect many different things. Some examples are baseball cards, old toys and coins. Others collect much larger items – like cars.

For decades, a Holland man has made car collecting his passion. One of his prized pieces stands out as an unconventional form of transportation.

Ed Koops is a man in his 70s. He never revealed how deep into his 70s he is, but it won't matter, after you realize he has more toys than your average 10-year old. Ed and his wife moved to a house on Lake Macatawa in Holland in the early 1990s. The home is beautiful, and has a great view, but if you ever get a chance to visit, you'll be taken on a trip back in time.

Developer wants tax help to build Holland apartments


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Holland leaders are trying to figure out whether they'll back a proposed apartment complex that would give new life to a lot that's been vacant for 20 years.

Leaders from Holland-based Bosgraaf Homes want to build a four story, 41 unit building near downtown at the corner of 16th Street and River Avenue.

The project would cost $4.5 million dollars to build and Bosgraaf is looking for city tax incentives to help with that large price tag.

City leaders say they hope this project would bring other developers to the area for similar projects.

The proposal is still in the early stages.


MDOT begins project near Tulip City Truck Stop


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Work is underway on a project aimed at making a major West Michigan road safer.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is spending $1.5 million on a project near the Tulip City Truck Stop in Holland.

Crews are rebuilding the intersection of M-40 and Interchange Drive, between the truck stop and I-196. They will also build a new access road for big rigs to get to the truck stop.

There have been several crashes at the intersection, the most recent one happened in July. Back in December 2013, a Hamilton teacher died after his car collided with a truck outside the business.

Work is expected to last until November 2016.


Labor Day Truck Parade rolls through the Lakeshore


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- People in Holland and Zeeland enjoyed giant honking trucks Monday morning during the annual community Labor Day Truck Parade.

Nearly 70 big rigs lined the streets representing local businesses. Spectators also enjoyed free quarts of ice cream, thanks to Hutt Trucking Company.


Living Threads uses quilting to heal those who grieve


ZEELAND (WZZM)-- September marks the five year anniversary of a ministry based at City on a Hill in Zeeland. It's called Living Threads. Founder Jill Dannenburg spoke with WZZM13 about how they're serving those who are grieving through quilting and how the quilts reflect a person's life, someone who was deeply loved and who will be forever missed.

Living Threads is located at 100 South Pine in Zeeland.