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Two busted for Ottawa County business burglaries

ROBINSON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Deputies believe they've cracked a string of business break-ins in Ottawa County -- and beyond.

Investigators responded to a burglar alarm early Sunday morning at the Yellow Jacket Inn at Lake Michigan Drive and 120th Avenue in Robinson Township. They found signs someone had broken in and stolen items from the restaurant.

A short time later, the deputies found the suspects' vehicle nearby on Rich Street near 144th Avenue, then found two men believed responsible for the burglary.

Detectives also found property belonging to several northwest Ottawa County businesses that had recently been burglarized. Other property found was apparently linked to more break-ins in other jurisdictions. Deputies plan to contact other police agencies that may have open burglary cases.

Fire destroys barn in Grand Haven


Fire crews are investigating a fire that destroyed a barn in Grand Haven. According to the

Grand Haven Tribune, the fire started Friday night on Lake Michigan Drive, near U.S. 31

The homeowners say they were eating dinner when they heard two loud bangs.
When they looked out a back window, they could see their barn on fire.
Police say Lake Michigan Drive was closed for a short time while crews battled the blaze.
The barn, along with 2 cars, tools and machinery, were all destroyed.

There are no reports of any injuries.

Spring Lake organization prepares hygiene kits for hurricane zone

SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WZZM) -- After Hurricane Patricia moves through Mexico, people there are going to need help.

West Michigan is already taking action. International Aid in Spring Lake is a longtime health and medical resource for aid workers around the world.

Every month, volunteers from the area help pack kits needed in a disaster.

Just last week, in conjunction with Global Hand Washing Day, 175 elementary school students from Hudsonville helped pack hygiene kits, which will now be shipped to hurricane victims, according to Bry Schultz of International Aid.

"Hygiene is a natural fit to what International Aid is already doing and working with partners who work in clinics around the globe or serving areas that don't have access to basic hygiene," she said. "Really we found its the front line of defense for health and health care."

MDOT holds ribbon-cutting ceremony on M-231

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Michigan Department of Transportation dedicated a new highway in Ottawa County during special ceremony at the Grand River bridge on Friday.

The seven-mile long M-231 highway will connect I-96 to Lake Michigan Drive, providing an alternative north and south route to driving through Grand Haven on U.S. 31. M-231 is intended to ease congestion on U-S 31. 

The two-lane highway cost 186-million and is expected to help boost economic development. 

"So, let me tell you, the investment is well-spent and our region will continue to grow, thanks to this investment”, says Jennifer Owens, President of the Lakeshore Advantage.

The highway is scheduled to open to vehicular traffic on Oct. 30.

Injured Spring Lake man found in watery ditch

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man suffered serious injuries while riding a bicycle, but police aren't yet sure how they were sustained.

Police responded just before 11 a.m. Wednesday to Harbor Island Drive where Gregory Vancleave, 57, was found in a ditch, partially submerged in water and suffering from a severe head injury.

Vancleave was last seen riding on the bike path from Spring Lake over the lift bridge. 

He remains in critical condition at Hackley Hospital Thursday afternoon.

According to a release from GHDPS, a witness said they were walking on the bike path when they encountered a bicyclist pushing his bicycle. The witness noticed that the man was bleeding from the head and asked if he was okay. The man said he was and continued walking.

Annual Community Wellness & Massage Expo Returns

Annual Community Wellness & Massage Expo Returns

The community is invited to this 5th Annual Expo to learn of many healthy options.

Discover the importance of preventative maintenance and total body wellness during this Expo. There will be free massages given by West Michigan Massage Therapists from 11am - 2pm, free yoga with Jane Donnelly at 11:30am and free Tai Chi with Marcia Geissinger at 1pm, along with many health professionals.

Drunk driver sentenced, faces up to 15 years in fatal crash

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- On Monday morning, an Ottawa County judge sentenced the drunk driver involved in a deadly crash on I-196 over the summer.

Richard Rish now faces up to 15 years behind bars for causing the death of 64 year-old Bernard Langmeyer.  

Rish pleaded no contest to the charge against him last month. 

WZZM 13's Alex Shabad was in court on Monday morning, when the Langmeyer''s wife asked the judge for the maximum sentence. 

It was Saturday, May 23rd, a day after their niece's wedding.  That event was planned, but what happened on the way home wasn't. 

"Our car had a flat tire," Debbie Langmeyer told the judge. "I have very little memory of being struck from behind by the defendant."

Debbie Langmeyer wanted that defendant, Richard Rish, to see what she'll never forget. She brought pictures of her family and her husband, Bernard.