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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.

Local inventor's holiday tech on Shark Tank tonight


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Haven inventor is appearing on ABC's Shark Tank Friday night.

Last month, we showed you the high-tech decorations Brad Boyink and his GeekMyTree company developed, called Animated GlowBalls.

On December 11, Boyink's pitch to investors will be featured on Shark Tank. He says his invention lets users set lights on their Christmas tree in about 10 minutes. Then, the lights are programmable with different displays.

Watch Shark Tank Friday nights at 9 on WZZM 13.


Boy describes his reaction to new sisters' gender reveal


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) — Video of young Nolan Van Vels' devastating reaction to learning that he will be getting three new sisters has gone viral. The Van Vels now share their story about what it means to get triplets.

Sitting on a couch in their Grand Haven home, Matt and Missy Val Vels and 5-year-old Nolan re-watch the video they made this week. It shows Nolan learning that he will be getting three sisters, as Missy is pregnant with triplets.

Missy and Matt weren't too surprised by Nolan's reaction, but they wanted to capture the moment on video. "We thought it would be a good memory to have, and to have his little sisters watch it," said Missy. "My parents would tape me and my brother doing crazy stuff, and we laugh about it now."