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Grand Haven man dies in prison homicide

TITTABAWASSEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP/WZZM) - Michigan officials say an inmate at the Saginaw Correctional Facility has been found dead in an apparent homicide.

Sixty-seven-year-old Theodore Dyer died Wednesday in Saginaw County's Tittabawassee Township, near Saginaw.

A state Corrections Department spokesman says authorities believe Dyer's cellmate killed him. The cellmate has been transferred.

Dyer was sentenced in January to serve 25-50 years in prison for first-degree criminal sexual conduct that happened in Grand Haven against a nine-year-old girl. He was appealing his conviction.

The Saginaw News reports his death is the third violent incident reported at the facility in October. An inmate attacked a corrections officer Oct. 17 and a fight broke out between several inmates Oct. 19 in which one inmate was stabbed.

Veterans Day Performance at SLDL

Veterans Day Performance at SLDL

Veterans Day Performance at SLDL


Spring Lake District Library will be hosting a live performance reminiscent of the radio shows of the 1940s in honor of Veteran’s Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 2:00 p.m.  Back by popular demand, the readers’ theatre company Voice Activated will present A Veterans Day Observance which will feature several short performances honoring the generations of veterans who have served our country.


The Voice Activated performers transport their audiences back to yesteryear when radio shows were the entertainment of the day.  They rely on their animated voices, facial expressions, gestures, and the audience’s imagination to create their performance scenarios.


In addition to the performance, members of the Sgt. Alvin Jonker VFW Post 2326 Color Guard will present the colors, place the Battlefield Cross and play “Taps.”


Ottawa County Honors Employee

Ottawa County Honors Employee

Ottawa County Honors Employee for Customer Service

Ottawa County extends its congratulations to Mark Bos for the Outstanding Customer Service Award.  Mark is a Magistrate in the 58th District Court. Learn more about Mark and read excerpts from the three nominations he received at http://bit.ly/cs-award.

Grand Haven sledding death case to head to MI Supreme Court

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court is stepping into a dispute between a western Michigan park commission and the family of an 11-year-old boy who died in a sledding accident.

The issue is whether the Duncan Park Commission is an arm of local government in Grand Haven. The Michigan appeals court said no and said the commission is not immune to a lawsuit.

Chance Nash of Nunica hit an obstruction at Duncan Park and died in 2009.

The appeals court says the park actually is private land, and the city of Grand Haven doesn't make rules for it or maintain it.

School of Choice for Teachers

School of Choice for Teachers

Thanks to Schools of Choice programs in Michigan, students are afforded the opportunity to choose a school environment that best meets their learning needs. These programs also offer our state’s educators opportunities to teach in environments that are best suited for them. Just as some teachers flourish in a traditional school, there are those who prefer teaching at a virtual public school, such as Michigan Connections Academy, the school where I teach.

I work with an incredible team of teachers – they are state-certified, specially trained in online learning, recognized as Highly Qualified under the guidelines of the No Child Left Behind Act—and live in Michigan. In fact, even though we teach in a virtual school, more than 60 teachers travel to the school’s office in Lansing every day to lead online instruction for more than 1,700 students across Michigan in grades kindergarten through 12.

Rake-A-Difference volunteers needed; signup due on Monday

OTTAWA COUNTY. Mich. (WZZM) - Here's a volunteer opportunity in a couple of weeks for those fall lovers.

It's called "Rake-A-Difference." It's happening November 7th & 8th from 8:00am until Noon. Deadline to sign up is Monday.

Shannon Morton, Director of Volunteerism from Greater Ottawa County United Way stopped by the News at Five to talk about the event. She says it
serves residents of Ottawa County. Veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities and/or financial hardships are encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity.

Century-old Grand Haven factory to become RV resort

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Next summer, the site of a century-old factory will become a new option for those who want to camp in Grand Haven. Developers have permission to begin work on a 20-acre RV resort at Beechtree and Fulton Avenue.

The Eagle Ottawa tannery closed in Grand Haven's East Town neighborhood in 2006; it was a site that once provided 800 jobs. Now the land is being prepared for recreation. The Grand Haven Planning Commission has approved plans for East Point R.V. Resort.

Resort general manager Mike Lepo says think camping, but upscale. "A clubhouse with a pool, cable wi-fi, water, and sewer."

The construction work should finish in time for a May first opening. The site includes frontage on the Grand River with boat docks so boaters can access Spring Lake and Lake Michigan.