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Thieves target ATM customers twice in 2 days

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Twice in two days, thieves have targeted ATM customers at the same bank chain in the Holland area.

On Monday night, suspects stole money from a woman at the Macatawa Bank branch on Riley Street in Holland Township. The night before, an 80-year-old man was the victim of a strong-arm robbery at the bank branch on Maple in Holland.

Investigators suspect the cases are connected.

"If you can't feel safe after work when you're needing to go get money, I mean, that's scary," said Kelsey Sivertson, a Macatawa Bank customer.

"I'm probably not going to go to the ATM; I'll probably go inside," said another bank customer.

Holland police: Robbers target elderly man at ATM

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are investigating a reported strong-arm robbery at a Holland ATM.

An 80-year-old man told police he was using the ATM at the Macatawa Bank branch at 701 Maple (near 29th) shortly after 7 o'clock Sunday evening when two males took his money after finishing at the machine. They didn't imply or show any weapon. The victim said they also took his wallet and tried to take his watch, too, which broke in their fight.

Holland police tried tracking the suspects with a K9, but they didn't find anyone. A nearby security camera did get the accompanying photo of one of them, though.

Police described the suspects as Hispanic and in their late teens or early 20s. One wore a gray, hooded sweatshirt, while the other wore a black one.

Holland Civic Center gets 'reboot' after farmer concerns

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The initial multi-million dollar proposal to improve the Holland Civic Center is not going to happen.

Holland's new mayor says the city is instead starting from scratch, after concerns about how the original plan would negatively impact the city's farmers market.

It's no surprise that an aging building like the Holland Civic Center needs a face lift, but now the proposal to fix the property is getting a new look too.

Former Mayor Kurt Dykstra announced the initial proposal with several drawings back in June.

Now, newly elected Mayor Nancy De Boer says there will be a new plan.

WATCH: Fall storm in 360° at Holland State Park

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Watch huge waves crash onto the pier in Holland during the Nov. 12 storm.

This video was shared with WZZM 13 from the City of Holland.

For the best viewing experience, watch on a regular browser and use your mouse to move the image.


Tunnel Park repairs complete after summer fire

PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Repairs are now complete at an Ottawa County park that was damaged by fire over the summer.

Last week, crews replaced the wooden staircase at Tunnel Park, which went up in flames on July 3. Investigators consider the fire to be suspicious in nature.

The $54,000 project also paid to upgrade the observation deck, which was not damaged in the fire. Park officials say it made sense to fix the deck and the stairs at the same time.

Investigators found fireworks at the scene, but they have not determined an official cause for the fire.

Students, staff honor fallen Sgt. Andrew Seif

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Students and community members in Holland gathered Wednesday morning to honor local veterans.

The ceremony was held at West Ottawa High School. The event paid a special tribute to Staff Sergeant Andrew Seif, a graduate of West Ottawa High School.

The special speaker at the event was Gunnery Sergeant David Pizana who served with Seif on multiple tours with the Marines.

"That is how we remember these men, remember their stories, continue to talk about who they were who they are," said Sgt. Pizana. "That is how those legends grow, that is how they are never forgotten."

Along with Sgt. Seif, students also remembered eight-other fallen service men who graduated from West Ottawa High School.

Popular GR bakery to open location in Holland

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids baker who has been featured on the Food Network show "Cupcake Wars" is taking his act to the lakeshore.

Jason Kakabaker owns the Cakabakery at 1436 Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids. But on Wednesday, he is opening his new location, Cakabakery West, at 48 E. Lakewood Boulevard in Holland.

"We live to bake, and bake to live. We're your custom dessert manufactory making any style and flavor you could imagine," Kakabaker says on the new location's Facebook page.

Wednesday's Grand Opening celebration will run from 5 to 8 p.m. at the new location. It will be an open house style event where the people behind the business are hoping to "get all our favorite people close and meet new pals in our new place."

Cakabakery West will regularly be open Wednesday through Saturday.