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UPDATE: Victim released from hospital in latest Holland armed robbery

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The victim of an armed robbery has been released from the hospital after being assaulted and robbed at gunpoint over the weekend.

It happened Sunday at about 12:30 A.M. in the 400 block of Columbia Ave.

Holland Police say a 19-year-old man was walking alone when he was confronted by the suspect who was wielding a handgun. The suspect then struck the man several times, who took serious injuries to the face and head. The suspect then robbed the the man and ran off.

The man was taken to Holland Community Hospital and later transferred to Spectrum Hospital where he was released after treatment.

He says the suspect was wearing a dark colored bandana over his face with a hooded sweatshirt. He describes the suspect as a Hispanic male about 15 to 20 years old, around 5'7 with a heavy build.

Police believe the incident may be related to a string of three other robberies that took place in recent weeks around the area.

113th Hope Pull Tug-of-War is Saturday, Sept. 25

HOLLAND - The Hope College Pull tug-of-war, a 113-year tradition, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. on the banks of the Black River (near U.S. 31 and M-21). The public is invited. Admission is free.

The Pull, first held in 1898, is an annual fall highlight at Hope. In the competition, freshman and sophomore teams, entrenched in shallow pits on opposite sides of the river, attempt to gain the most rope through their strength and stamina.

Each team has 18 students on the rope as "pullers" and another 18 acting as guides and morale boosters, or "moralers." The freshmen are coached by the junior class while the sophomores are instructed by the seniors.

Hope College Enrollment Surpasses 3,200 formFifth Straight Year

HOLLAND – The Hope College campus continues to operate at capacity with enrollment above 3,200 for the fifth consecutive year.

Hope has enrolled 3,202 students this fall, the fifth time since the fall of 2006 that enrollment has topped 3,200.  Last year’s enrollment headcount was 3,230.
The student body consists of 1,267 men and 1,935 women from 44 states and territories and 29 foreign countries.  The total includes 766 first-time students.

The enrollment by class, with last year's class in parentheses, is: freshmen, 781 (812); sophomores, 742 (820); juniors, 739 (753); seniors, 877 (768); and special students, 63 (77).

The largest representation is from Michigan with 2,204 students.  Other states represented with 10 or more students include:  Illinois, 382; Indiana, 110; Ohio, 80; Minnesota, 47; Wisconsin, 45; California, 40; New York, 29; Colorado and New Jersey, 22 each; Pennsylvania, 20; Iowa, 19; Florida, 17; Texas, 12; and Maryland

Holland Township fire displaces two families

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)– Two families are staying elsewhere after a fire forced them from their apartments in Holland Township.

The flames were spotted around 11:30 p.m. Friday on Kragspough Court, off of Felch Street near U.S. 31.

Ottawa County dispatchers say everyone made it out safely. The Red Cross is providing food and shelter to the ten victims.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Zeeland East vs. Hamilton

(WZZM)- The Zeeland East Chix hit the road to Hamilton to take on the Hawkeyes in an OK Green matchup Friday night.

The Chix were coming off a 69-0 win over Wyoming Godwin Heights in which they scored over 50 points in a game for just the second time in a decade.

The Hamilton Hawkeyes were coming off their own shut-out victory over Coloma.

Right out of the gate, the Chix's Brad Horling scored for a quick 7-0 lead.

Then the Chix scored again on defense with an interception by Josiah Brown who ran it back for a touchdown.

The Hawkeyes responded with a quick pass that picked up 62 yards and set up a four yard scoring play.

But Hamilton couldn't keep up, losing 42 to 14 to Zeeland East.

Holland vs. East Grand Rapids

(WZZM)- It was a battle of the Okay Black in East Grand Rapids Friday. The Pioneers hosting the Holland Dutch.

Holland came into the contest having struggled mightily on defense in their first two games. Combined they allowed 96 points in their back-to-back losses.

Meanwhile, East Grand Rapids has only lost seven games as a program in the last nine years.

The four-time defending state champions started strong from the first snap.  Off play action, Ryan Elble found Nick Mulhall in stride for an 80 yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

The Dutch were forced to punt on their first possession, but the Pioneers blocked the kick.  Cory Ditmar scooped it up and scored East's second touchdown just three minutes into the game.

The game belonged to East Grand Rapids, which rolled easily past Holland, 42 to 7.


Byron Center vs. Zeeland West

(WZZM)- Byron Center played host to Okay Green conference foe Zeeland West Friday night. Both teams came into the game undefeated, but only one would leave the field that way.

In the first quarter, Byron Center's Jake Tetrault connected with Corey Kuipers who made it all the way to the 1/2 yard line.  The Bull Dogs' Derek Sievers scored on the next play.

The Dux came back with a run by Joe Gaiser for the 13 yard score.  A missed conversion left the score 7-6.

Gaiser then scored again on another run up up the middle.  Add the two point conversion and Zeeland West pulled ahead 14-7.

Byron Center tried to answer, but turned the ball over at the five yard line. Then on a "who's got the ball" play, the Dux' Zach Voet raced 84 yards for a touchdown.

The Dux' 28-15 win over Byron Cener gave coach John Shilito his 200th career victory.