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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.


Brett VanderKamp named Small Business Person of the Year


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The West Coast Chamber awarded Brett VanderKamp the award for the Small Business Person of the Year.

VanderKamp is Co-Founder and Presdient of New Holland Brewing Company.

The award was given at Tuesday morning's Early Bird Breakfast.

VanderKamp shared his journey of success with the crowd.

MAX bus ridership experiences decrease


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Transit officials blame several factors for a drop in bus ridership in Holland since July.

Leaders of the Macatawa Area Express, or the MAX, say the bus service lost some riders because the organization, Kandu, closed this year. It supplied jobs to people with mental or physical disabilities, who often used the bus service.

Service is down 5.7 percent, from 382,696 to 360,693 riders.

MAX officials say a stronger economy, fewer students riding the bus and lower gas prices have also contributed to the decline.

Now, the MAX is spending $20,000 on new TV advertisements through a deal with Charter, but officials say it's not related the dip in ridership. While overall ridership is down, the number of people using the bus service at night has increased, officials said.


Co-worker of murdered woman: 'Dark cloud hanging over'


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- She was known as a hard-worker and a dedicated mother.

WZZM 13 is learning more about the Holland woman murdered in Grand Rapids last week, as police actively search for her killer.

A city street-sweeping crew witnessed 31-year-old Melissa Moore being shot early Friday morning.

"I'm still in a state of shock," said Nate Toppen, Melissa's former co-worker.

Toppen, a seven-foot man also known as Tiny, says he worked with Melissa for 12 years at Coral Gables in Saugatuck. He is a doorman and she was a bartender, according to Toppen.

"It won't be the same there without her."

Toppen says another co-worker shared the bad news with him.

"Melissa had been shot and killed and I was just like, 'Oh, holy cow,'" Toppen said, "and I didn't know what else to say."

G.R. murder leads police to victim's home in Holland


GRAND RAPIDS and HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- An overnight murder in Grand Rapids has led police to the victim's home in Holland.

Police have identified her as 31-year-old Melissa Moore of Holland. A Grand Rapids street sweeping crew witnessed the shooting that killed her near Knapp and Truxton around 4 a.m. on Friday.

"City street sweepers were in the area cleaning up the debris from the roadway when they happen to witness this; they saw an individual fire a weapon at the victim," said Sgt. Terry Dixon. "We're still looking into exactly if there was a victim-suspect relationship at all."

Ronald Wert lives near that scene and said his granddaughter heard the killing through her bedroom window. "She said, 'Grandpa, I heard a shot and a scream,' and then I come out here and we heard another scream and that was it," said Wert.