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Fruitport Twp. officer fired after DUI arrest


FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Fruitport Township police officer arrested last week for drunk driving on Int. 96 with a three-month-old baby in his car has lost his job.

Officer Timothy Michael Thompson was a full-time officer with Fruitport Police for just over two years. The Township's Director of Public Safety would only say Thompson is no longer employed with the department.

Thompson, 36, was arrested about 4:30 a.m. near the 68th Avenue exit in Coopersville. He had a blood alcohol level of .14; court records show. The threshold for drunken driving in Michigan is .08.

According to a criminal complaint in Hudsonville District Court, Thompson was charged Nov. 25 and released after posting bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 3 on a charge of drunken driving with a person under the age of 16 in the vehicle.

My Town: Where to find Santa and holiday cheer this season

My Town:  Where to find Santa and holiday cheer this season

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(West Michigan Tourist Association)-- It’s getting to be that time of year when good ole’ St. Nick starts getting his list out, and checking it twice. Find out where in West Michigan you can catch Santa Claus this holiday season, along with some other special events that will let you get in the Christmas mood.

 

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Live Reindeer at Silver Beach Carousel

Silver Beach Carousel has some jolly fun planned for the entire family! Come meet two live reindeer on Friday, Nov. 28, noon to 5 p.m., and Thursday, Dec. 18, 4 to 8:30 p.m. Come into Santa’s Christmas Corral in the Shadowland Ballroom where you can pet and have a professional keepsake photo taken with these friendly, gentle animals of North Pole fame.

My Town Spring Lake: Shoreline Sport & Spine holds name-guessing contest

My Town Spring Lake: Shoreline Sport & Spine holds name-guessing contest

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SPRING LAKE, Mich. Shoreline Sport & Spine plans to reveal a new name December 10 and encourages the community to enter a contest on its Facebook page  to guess the new name for a chance to win a prize.

People can share their thoughts on the Shoreline Sport & Spine Facebook page at www.facebook.com/S3PhysicalTherapy by liking the page and posting a guess of the new name. The person who comes closest to guessing the new name will win a free adult fitness class membership. Individuals can also cast their guess on Twitter by tweeting with the hashtag #S3NewName.

Owners Dave Van Andel and Marty Sytsema said the name change represents a new opportunity to communicate the full scope of services Shoreline Sport & Spine now provides.

My Town: Predicted weekend warm-up raises flooding concerns

My Town: Predicted weekend warm-up raises flooding concerns

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.— A predicted weekend warm-up is leading to flooding concerns in Ottawa County.

Although flooding along the Grand River is not anticipated,  The Ottawa County Emergency Management team says the melting snow and rainfall could be a challenge for some county drains, which may be clogged by leaves and other debris.  Emergency managers are  asking residents to clear driveway culverts, drains and rain gutters once the warmer temperatures melt away the ice and snow, possibly preventing clogs that can lead to damaging ice dams. 

“Being proactive now may save a lot of inconvenience next spring,” said Beth Thomas, Ottawa County Emergency Management director. “No one knows for sure what the weather will be like when spring arrives and as always, it’s best to be prepared.”

My Town Grand Haven: Chamber announces 2014 Jingle Bell Parade Grand Marshal

My Town Grand Haven: Chamber announces 2014 Jingle Bell Parade Grand Marshal

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg is pleased to announce that Kelly Larson will lead this year’s Jingle Bell Parade as Grand Marshal through downtown Grand Haven on Saturday, December 6.

Larson was honored this past May at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner as the 2014 Spirit of Community Award recipient for devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others and demonstrating leadership and initiative in the development of volunteer projects.

My Town: Lake-to-Lake Food Drive kicks off with turkey donation

My Town: Lake-to-Lake Food Drive kicks off with turkey donation

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Lake Trust Credit Union will kick off its annual Lake-to-Lake Food Drive this Friday, Nov. 21 with a donation of 400 turkeys by Firekeepers Casino Hotel.

Now through the holiday season, community members are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food donations at any of the credit union’s 21 branches, including locations in Grandville, Holland and Grand Haven. The donations will go toward restocking pantry shelves at local food banks.  In the past two years, the holiday campaign has brought in more than 45,000 pounds of food.

In addition to Firekeepers Casino Hotel, Lake Trust is partnering with the Greater Lansing Food Bank, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, Food Gatherers, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan and Isabella Community Soup Kitchen and Two Men and a Truck.

My Town: Dozens of new troopers now on the job

My Town: Dozens of new troopers now on the job

LANSING, Mich.—Dozens of new State Police troopers are now on the job throughout Michigan.

Governor Snyder served as the keynote speaker during the 127th Trooper Recruit School’s recent graduation ceremony.  During the event, Tpr. David Williams was recognized with the Academic Achievement Award.