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Man seriously injured in rollover on GH drawbridge

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man was seriously injured Thursday night after his car rolled on the drawbridge between Grand Haven and Spring Lake.

The crash was reported around 10:30 p.m. on the northbound side of the bridge. Ottawa Co. dispatchers told WZZM 13 there were three vehicles involved.

Authorities on the scene told our partner the Grand Haven Tribune that the man in the car that rolled had been on his way home from work and had been speeding when he hit another vehicle and rolled.

An ambulance took the man to a hospital.

GH cross vote leads to recall effort, new fundraiser

WEST OLIVE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A controversial decision to ban a cross on Grand Haven city property is now prompting a fierce response from some private citizens. Among the new efforts is a fundraiser to fight the decision and a petition to recall one of the city council members.

The debate over the cross on Dewey Hill is full of voices looking for someone in power to listen. At 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Brandon Hall had the Ottawa County Election Commission all to himself. In less than 30 minutes, his petition to recall Grand Haven council member Robert Monetza was approved.

Monetza was one of three council members to vote in favor of no longer displaying the cross on Dewey Hill. The decision came after some threatened legal action if the cross wasn't removed.

"After 50 years of that tradition in Grand Haven, that's just unacceptable to me," says Hall.

Dumpster Dive for Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM)- Join others in the community and support Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity by diving into a dumpster full of frigid water! The fun will include jumping into ice cold water to demonstrate compassion for others in our community, a costume contest, and ultimate exposure during WinterFest!


When: Saturday, January 24th at 4 p.m.
Where: Parking Lot of Portobello off Washington Ave.
Registration Fee: $20

Registration forms and pledge sheets are available at tricitieshabitat.org or can be picked up at 600 S. Beacon Blvd. Ste. C Grand Haven, MI.

Current weakened ice where Grand Haven boy drowned

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- The portion of Millhouse Bayou where 14-year-old Carter Dyke drowned Tuesday is tricky; the water is waist-deep and may have appeared to be one of the more-frozen parts at first glance. The Department of National Resources, however, calls it one of the most dangerous spots.

"This is the point where the water moves more freely, and so the ice isn't going to be as stable here," said DNR Conservation Officer Ivan Perez. "Any place the water is moving or has a little bit of a current, the ice isn't going to form as deep."

RELATED: Grand Haven Twp. teen drowns in Millhouse Bayou

Grand Haven Twp. teen drowns in Millhouse Bayou

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ottawa County Sheriff's investigators say they're not sure what what led to a teenage boy's drowning in Millhouse Bayou Tuesday evening.

Carter Dyke, 14, was walking from him home to a Wesco gas station on Mercury Drive near 148th Avenue. A few hours later when he didn't return, his family called police and reported him missing.

A deputy went to Carter's house and took a missing person report then retraced the possible route Carter would have walked; he found a hole in the ice on the bayou.

RELATED: Current weakened ice where Grand Haven boy drowned

My Town: Chase Bank closing a dozen branches

My Town: Chase Bank closing a dozen branches

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Many Chase Bank customers will have to travel farther to attend to their accounts in person.

At least a dozen Chase Bank branches at Meijer stores are closing, after both companies agreed to cut ties. In a response sent to WZZM 13, a spokesperson for Meijer says “circumstances have changed and we mutually agreed to end the relationship.”  The decision comes just a couple years after Meijer announced Huntington Bank branches would be opening at some of its stores.

The following Chase Bank branches are expected to close:

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include: