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Woman pleads "no contest" in fatal wrong-way crash

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) A woman accused of being intoxicated when she caused a fatal wrong-way crash on I-96 last summer has pleaded "no contest".

Heather Luke entered the plea Monday morning in Grand Haven Circuit Court. She pleaded no contest to Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death and Manslaughter with a Motor Vehicle. She will be sentenced on June 1st.

In exchange for the plea, no further charges will be filed in this incident.

Luke was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-96 in Wright Township on July 10th when she struck a minivan driven by William Foster, 52, of Wyoming head-on. Foster's van exploded and he was killed at the scene. Luke was also seriously injured in the crash.

New Wausau Homes Builder Opens Design Studio to Serve Area Homebuyers

New Wausau Homes Builder Opens Design Studio to Serve Area Homebuyers

(Ada, MI)  (April, 1 2015)

 The hammering has stopped and the dust has settled for new Wausau Homes builder Michael Nosko to celebrate his new showroom  located at 6739 East Fulton Street, Suite D10 in Ada.


Visitors can tour the new, state-of-the art Design Studio that showcases a welcome area where homebuyers can share their life story and vision for their new home.  It also features everything from cabinets and countertops to siding and shingles while providing the latest technology to help homebuyers plan and customize their new homes.  Among the highlights is a 3D viewer that allows homebuyers to see their home plans take shape before their eyes so they will know exactly what their new home will look like before it’s ever built.    


More bear sightings reported in Ottawa County

NUNICA, Mich (WZZM) -- Following more reported black bear sightings in Ottawa County on Thursday, the DNR says any black bears in the area aren't cause for serious concern and are likely to migrate north soon.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says it received a couple separate reports of a bear sighting around 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon in the area of 152nd Ave. and Riley in Park Twp. Deputies investigated and said they believe sightings to be credible. They contacted the DNR, where experts said sightings are not uncommon during early spring. They asked residents not to approach or harass any wild animal.

Since last weekend, several people in the area between Nunica and Spring Lake reported seeing a large black bear roaming their properties, and some even said the bear destroyed their bird feeders.

Job Fair, May 11, 2015 in Holland, MI

Job Fair, May 11, 2015 in Holland, MI

As a service to our community, the City of Holland and WORKFORCE will host a Job Fair on Monday, May 11, 2015 at the Holland Civic Center located at 150 W. 8th St., Holland, MI from 3 – 6pm.

There is no charge to participate or to attend. Below is a list of businesses participating in this Job Fair:

ITW Drawform

Zeeland Farm Services

Dykhuis Farms

Zeeland Lumber


JR Automation

Holland Hospital

Taco Bell


GVSU. Meijer Campus (Higher Education Opportunities)

GRCC (Higher Education Opportunities)




The list of participants is growing daily. A great way to explore new opportunities in the working world.

2015 Minority Business Award Recipients Announced in Holland

2015 Minority Business Award Recipients Announced in Holland

Approximately 225 guests were in attendance on Wednesday, April 22nd at The Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Midtown Center to honor two recipients for the 2015 Minority Business Award.

Lon Aguilar of Promesa Logistics and Andrew Lebron of the Bank of Holland were both honored. Lon became an entrepreneur in 1997, starting a business as a sole operator. As it grew, the company held the philosophy to provide a very personalized service for their customers. The company has grown 50% and looks forward to continued growth.

He was chosen using the following criteria:

He was a member of the West Coast Chamber

He is a minority business owner

He has been in business more than 3 years

His company demonstrates strong financial stability

GHAPS Board of Education Narrows Candidate List to Three

News Release: 

The Grand Haven Area Public Schools Board of Education has selected three candidates for a second interview to fill outgoing superintendent Keith Konarska's position. They are (in alphabetical order): Craig Carmoney, Meridian Public Schools Superintendent; Scott Grimes, GHAPS Assistant Superintendent; and Andrew Ingall, Chelsea School District Superintendent. 

A team of board members, administrators, teachers, support staff, parents and students will make site visits over the next several days. In addition, stakeholder groups will meet with each candidate on Friday, May 1. 

Second interviews, which are open to the public, are scheduled for Saturday, May 2, at Mary A. White Elementary School. The second interview schedule is as follows: 

Woman sentenced for killing couple on motorcycle

ALLEGAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan woman who pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana causing death in connection with a crash that killed a Holland couple has been sentenced to prison.

Ciara Byers, 23, of Grand Haven on Monday was sentenced to at least four years, nine months in prison.

She earlier entered the plea as part of a deal with prosecutors.

Police have said 69-year-old Robert John Kammeraad and his passenger, 68-year-old Susan Mae Kammeraad, died last June when the motorcycle they were on was hit in Allegan County's Allegan Township, about 30 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.

Byers, who wept during the hearing, apologized and told their family members she wished she could "do anything to bring your family back."