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G.H. man surrenders after threatening girlfriend with sword


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Haven man was arraigned Friday after police say he threatened his girlfriend with a sword.

Samuel Moya Jr. is charged with felonious assault and third-offense domestic violence.

Moya was arrested after officers responded to a domestic dispute call around 1 a.m. Friday at a home in the 400 block of Elliot Street. Moya's girlfriend was able to escape the house with two children, all unharmed.

Police say Moya refused to leave the home at first, but they were able to convince him to peacefully surrender after talking with him on the phone for 30 minutes.

He is held at the Ottawa County Jail.

Soup's on Along the Lakeshore benefits local food pantries


SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WZZM) -- "Warming hearts one bowl at the time" -- that's the goal of Soup's on Along the Lakeshore, happening Wednesday in Spring Lake.

The event helps Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry and God's Kitchen Along the Lakeshore. Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry provides food to those in need three days a week, and God's Kitchen Along the Lakeshore provides hot meals to those in need four afternoons every week.

Last year, more than 300 people gathered for Soup's on Along the Lakeshore.

The event will be at the Trillium Events Center starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Entertainment will be provided by one of West Michigan's most popular bands, Plain Jane Glory. Attendees will be able to select one of hundreds of hand-painted bowls donated by youth groups, churches, businesses and other lakeshore organizations to take home as a visual reminder that there are those among us who go hungry each day.

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.A group of real estate professionals have come together to create a service that is giving back to those who serve the public in the Grand Rapids area.

"U Deserve" has brought together several professionals who are dedicated to lowering costs associated with buying, selling or refinancing a home for active military members, veterans, firefighters, police officers, EMS providers, health care professionals and educators.

“Growing up with a father who served in the National Guard and as a police officer, I was able to see first-hand how much public service individuals give back to their communities,” said Kevin Wildman, founder of U Deserve.  “U Deserve is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those individuals.”

Ottawa County: 52 crashes before noon


GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies have been very busy Thursday in whiteout conditions.

At times, US-31 in Grand Haven Township was almost unrecognizable; blinding conditions led to banged-up, battered vehicles. Shortly after 9:00 a.m, nine vehicles were involved in three separate crashes on southbound US-31 between Lake Michigan Drive and Pierce Street in Grand Haven Township. Deputies say traffic was slowing due to a wrecker pulling a school bus out of a ditch. A semi truck stopped for the wrecker, which was blocking a portion of the road. Investigators say another car then crashed into that semi, setting off a chain reaction of crashes.

"A truck slowed and white out conditions and the other person didn't see them," says Lt. Shawn Schrader with the Grand Haven Township Fire Department.

Priest offers ashes to go for Ash Wednesday


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) – A West Michigan priest is offering curbside ashes for the faithful on the lakeshore this Ash Wednesday.

Father Jared Cramer of St. John's Episcopal Church stood on the corner of Jackson Avenue and U.S. 31 in Grand Haven offering ashes to go for those who couldn't attend Mass.

"My hope is even for people who don't stop that I serve as kind of a reminder the church is here," he says. "

"The church is not content to sit inside our warm walls but wants to come outside and invite people in>"

Taste of my town: Grimaldi's Chocolates


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Nothing says Valentines Day quite like a box of chocolates. Make those all-natural, locally made chocolates and your sweetie is sure to be impressed.

This week's Taste of My Town takes us to Grand Haven, where Grimaldi's Chocolates satisfies any chocolate craving with Michigan-Made confections.


Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

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The Meijer Simply Give program – held three times a year – generated nearly $6 million in 2014 for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation total to nearly $14 million since it began in November 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign, which ended in January, was the most successful holiday campaign in the program’s history, resulting in a total of more than $1.8 million for hungry families.