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Gun sales are up in the Tri-Cities after recent attacks


NUNICA & ROBINSON TWP., Mich. (Grand Haven Tribune) -- Renegade River owner Mike Hewitt said sales at his Nunica store are up a little higher than usual, probably due to the attacks and President Obama's comments on firearm regulation. November, December and January are the months with the highest sales of firearms anyway, but the recent incidents have probably had some impact, he said.

Hewitt believes sales are also up because of his recent move from the Village of Spring Lake to the strip mall adjacent to I-96 and the new M-231 highway.

Hazmat team called to Grand Haven plant


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- A hazardous materials team was called Friday night after a reported explosion at a Grand Haven plant.

Our partner the Grand Haven Tribune reports firefighters were dispatched around 9 p.m. to Polyply Composites on Marion Avenue near Beechtree Street.

The hazmat team was called because of chemicals used at the factory, which produces fiberglass parts. According to the fire chief, there is no danger to people who live nearby. The fire was reported to be under control shortly before 10 p.m.

Woman who left threatening note on stuffed monkey sentenced to probation


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (Grand Haven Tribune) -- A former Grand Haven woman who left a threatening note on a blue stuffed monkey was sentenced Monday for stealing from the storage unit where the monkey was found — hanged by the neck with a red, plastic jump rope.

Kimberly Lynn Cooper, 49, of Holland, apologized before being sentenced to 18 months probation Monday morning in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

"I just want to say I'm sorry," she said.

Judge Ed Post also gave her credit for nine days served in jail and ordered her to complete the Moral Recognition Program.

GH public hearing postponed due to large turnout


GRAND HAVEN TWP., Mich. (Grand Haven Tribune) -- Monday's public hearing related to the Health Pointe development — a proposed 120,000-square-foot medical facility near Meijer — ended before it could even get started.

A larger-than-expected crowd forced the hearing to be postponed as the number of people in attendance exceeded the Grand Haven Township board room's capacity.

Grand Haven man: 'Shark Tank' appearance was life-changing


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) - A Grand Haven inventor says being on "Shark Tank" was life-changing.

Brad Boyink appeared on the show's Friday episode, trying to sell his innovative holiday lights product.

He received a $225,000 investment in exchange for 50 percent of the company.

"A lot of people will go, 'I cannot believe you gave up 50 percent - are you crazy?' and that was my high number, but the thing is 50 percent, if we do it right, that's millions of dollars in sales," said Boyink.

Boyink says the deal has already helped the product.

"We were able to cut the price in half, we went from $400 a unit to $199 to make it way more affordable for everyone," said Boyink.

Boyink is planning on meeting with a couple major retailers next month to discuss distribution.


Dewey Hill cross reappears in Grand Haven


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Saturday morning, those who gazed upon Dewey Hill likely noticed a new addition – a white wooden cross perched atop the popular local landmark. 

It appears the cross was erected on the hill sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning, according to our partner, the Grand Haven Tribune.

Pictures posted on social media attracted a lot of attention with many people applauding the display and others noting that the person responsible had been trespassing.

The display was short-lived as Grand Haven Public Safety removed the cross later in the afternoon.

No one hurt in Grand Haven house fire, cause unknown


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- No one was hurt in an overnight fire in Grand Haven on Monday. The department of public safety was called to the home on Pennoyer Ave. between Ferry St. and Albee St. just before 3 a.m.

Once on scene, officers encountered heavy smoke in the basement and back of the home. Crews were able to vent the flames through a basement window. The fire was quickly extinguished.

Grand Haven DPS was assisted by the Grand Haven Township Fire/Rescue Department.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.