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Big brother devastated to learn he is getting three new sisters


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Typically, learning the gender of your baby is a happy time. When Missy and Matthew Van Vels learned they were having triplets, they wanted to surprise their 5-year-old son Nolan with the gender reveal.

He was not thrilled with the results, and they caught it all on video.

Missy Van Vels is 17 weeks pregnant with triplets. On Monday, she learned that she was having all girls. She and her husband Matthew came up with a creative way to tell their son about it. They put three pink balloons in three different bags, and fired up the camera.

Nolan says he was hoping for at least two brothers and one girl.

He opened the first bag, and the balloon was pink. He opened the second bag, and the balloon was pink. That means two sisters. He opened the last bag... and it's pink. It was another girl.

Teens arrested, accused of stealing from vehicles in Grand Haven


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two teenagers are under arrest, accused of stealing electronics from cars in Grand Haven.

Investigators received a call around 4 Tuesday morning about a suspicious person. After investigating, officers say the suspects had been breaking into cars on Franklin, Columbus, and Fulton, stealing phones, computers, tablets, and GPS units.

Victims of the thefts are asked to call the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety or Ottawa County Central Dispatch.


Indiana pretzel chain opens another West Mich. location


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- An Indiana-based pretzel chain has two new locations in West Michigan.

Our partner the Grand Rapids Business Journal reports Ben's Soft Pretzels opened last week inside the Grand Haven Meijer.

Last month, the chain opened its first location in the Grand Rapids area at the Meijer on Wilson Avenue in Walker.

The company was founded just seven years ago and has grown to more than 50 locations in five states.


Fire badly damages Ottawa County home


ROBINSON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Fire crews in northern Ottawa County say a wood burning stove may have caused a house fire.

It broke out around 8:20 Monday night on 144th Avenue just south of Lincoln Street. That's southeast of Grand Haven. Robinson Township firefighters say the homeowner heard popping noises in an attached garage before noticing flames shooting from the back of the building.

The fire eventually spread to the home causing heavy damage. Firefighters estimate a 70% loss. The only person at home at the time did make it out safely.


Grand Haven man invents custom tree-lighting tech


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- The name Brad Boyink might not yet ring a bell, but lakeshore residents likely remember a synchronized light show he created. The Holiday Road light show ran from 2006 to 2012. The display was retired in part because it attracted too many gawkers.

The shows' end, though, led to the invention of a product you may want on your tree this holiday season.

After retiring the light show, Boyink has been working on a product, using skills learned from programming the elaborate light show. "How do I take that experience of what people had outside and bring it into the family living room?" he asked himself.

So far, he's created a company called GeekMyTree and begun selling a product he calls Animated GlowBalls. Boyink says he's bringing tree lighting into the 21st century. "You can go from box to tree and plug it in, and have a show in ten minutes or less," he said.

Steel City Rovers to perform in New Era, Michigan

Steel City Rovers to perform in New Era, Michigan

Steel City Rovers are bringing their show, “Winter Tidings” to Morat’s Bakery and Pub Stage in New Era, MI on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 7:00pm.

This group from Canada, performs a mix of old world Celtic seasonal standards, secular and non-secular works and some of their new compositions tailored for the season. An energetic show of toe tapping jigs, reals and uplifting songs. A great seasonal outing.

The cost for this great show is a $5.00 cover charge; dinner prices from $10.00 - $15.00 from the dinner menu.

Any additional information can be obtained by calling Mark Fletcher at 226-227-1064 or by e-mail at sadsquirrel@sympatico.ca

Grand Haven considers adjusting winter parking rules


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- With snow on the way, Grand Haven city leaders are considering changes to the parking rules.

Those changes could include odd/even restrictions on overnight parking in neighborhoods on the north side of the city.

Our partner the Grand Haven Tribune reports the area being considered for the new rules is north of the Pennoyer-Howard line and west of US-31.

Neighborhoods in that area have limited off-street parking.

For now, the public safety department has been asked not to approve any more overnight parking exceptions.