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Coast Guard officer accused of assault


MILWAUKEE (AP) - A U.S. Coast Guard officer is accused of having abusive sexual contact with a female colleague while he was stationed in Milwaukee last year.

The Coast Guard identifies him as Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua M. Raymond, a 30-year-old from Deerfield. Raymond also faces tentative charges of attempted sexual assault and making false statements during the investigation. He now faces an Article 32 hearing, which is similar to a civilian grand jury hearing.

Coast Guard spokesman Christopher Yaw says the outcome could range from having the charges dropped to initiating court-martial proceedings. Raymond's defense attorney, Grover Baxley, says his client intends to plead not guilty to all charges.

Raymond had been assigned to the Lake Michigan facility in Milwaukee. He was transferred to Station Grand Haven, Mich., after the investigation.


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My Town: Coast Guard officer accused of assault transferred to Grand Haven

My Town: Coast Guard officer accused of assault transferred to Grand Haven

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A U.S. Coast Guard officer is accused of having abusive sexual contact with a colleague while he was stationed in Milwaukee last November.

The Coast Guard said in a news release Tuesday the officer was assigned to the Lake Michigan facility in Milwaukee. The release doesn't describe the alleged contact but says the man is also accused of attempted sexual assault and making false statements during the investigation.

His case has been referred to an Article 32 hearing, which is similar to a civilian grand jury hearing. Coast Guard spokesman Christopher Yaw says the outcome could range from having the charges dropped to a court-martial.

The man was transferred to Station Grand Haven, Mich., after the investigation. A message left for him there was not immediately returned.

My Town: Four-legged landscapers coming to Ottawa County parks

My Town: Four-legged landscapers coming to Ottawa County parks

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  Three Ottawa County parks will welcome some four-legged landscapers next month.

The Ottawa County Parks Department is bringing in goats to combat invasive plant species.  The goats will be released at Bur Oak Landing in Coopersville, Eastmanville Bayou in Allendale and Riverside Park in Grand Haven in May.  Parks officials say eating plants instead of grain is healthier for goats, and the animals like to eat graze on woody, shrub-like plants including poison ivy, which is in abundance at the parks. The Ottawa County Parks Department says repeated use of grazing goats has been shown to eliminate 90 percent of invasive, woody plants over three years.

Spring Lake girl mauled by raccoon getting new ear


ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - A surgeon at a Detroit-area hospital plans to perform a procedure that will begin the process of creating a new ear for a western Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby.

The surgery for Charlotte Ponce of Spring Lake is scheduled for Tuesday at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate is to take cartilage from Charlotte's ribs and carve it into the shape of an ear using a computer-generated template based on the 11-year-old's other ear.

He's to implant the ear structure under the skin of Charlotte's forearm. The skin then will mold to the ear shape over a period of weeks.

Chaiyasate already has done extensive work rebuilding Charlotte's nose and repairing her lip and cheek.


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Grand Haven Area Public Schools Athletic Director Dies of Cancer


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Students and staff in Grand Haven were grieving Sunday following the death of their athletic director.

Robin Bye passed away Saturday after a courageous battle against cancer. He was 56 years old.

Bye has been with the district for 34 years, serving as an art teacher, basketball coach, driving instructor and athletic director. He was honored with the Spirit of Grand Haven award last year.

A crisis team will be at Grand Haven Public Schools Monday to help students and faculty deal with the loss. Students and staff are encouraged to wear purple Monday in honor of Bye.

Bye's visitation will take place Friday in the high school gym. The funeral will be Saturday at Covenant Life Church.


Get Fit: Grand Haven Fit Body Boot Camp


Grand Haven, Mich. (WZZM) - One West Michigan man has an ambitious goal, to help change the lives of 10,000 people by the year 2020.

Matt Wilber owns Grand Haven Fit Body Boot Camp, a unique fitness facility on the lakeshore. He talks about his goal and about the facility that focuses on 30 minute intense group workouts.

Click on the video link to watch the segment. Click here to learn more about Grand Haven Fit Body Boot Camp.


My Town: GVSU string chamber quartet to perform at LDL April 13

My Town: GVSU string chamber quartet to perform at LDL April 13

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Classical music has been the most requested music form for concert goers of the Loutit District Library Sunday Afternoon Concert Series. As a result, that popular genre will again be featured as LDL presents the Grand Valley State University Student String Quartet on April 13.

The GVSU Student Quartet is comprised of violinists Jaclyn Ruedisueli and Alison Sall, violist Elizabeth Boyce and cellist Kevin Flynn. They will perform Ludwig Van Beethoven’s String Quartet op. 18 No. 4 in C Minor. The movement consists of Allegro ma non tanto, Andante scherzoso quasi Allegretto, Menuetto: Allegretto, and Allegro – Prestissimo.

The monthly concert series begins at 2 p.m. on the library’s upper level and are free to the public. Library officials urge patrons to arrive early due to limited seating. LDL opens at 1 p.m. on Sundays.