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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.

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.

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.

Crowd gathers to debate Dewey Hill cross

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hundreds packed the Loutit District Library for a panel discussion Wednesday evening, to debate whether Grand Haven should continue to raise a 48-foot cross on city-owned Dewey Hill.

Each Summer, First Reformed Church pays the city to put up the cross for 10 Sundays for an event called Worship on the Waterfront.

One group is now publicly calling for a halt to the cross raising.

That group says it violates the separation of church and state and claims that equal access is not granted to other groups to use the space. Some opponents also say it makes some people who aren't Christians feel like outsiders in their own community.

A group who wants to keep the cross there says it feels since the church rents the space during those weeks, it has the right to display the cross temporarily.

Man arrested for breaking into gun shop

ROBINSON TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - A Muskegon County man is under arrest for breaking into an Ottawa County gun shop.

Ottawa County deputies responded to an alarm at Felix's Gun Shop on Green Street at about 1:00am. A responding deputy saw the suspect leave the shop and run south. Deputies set up a perimeter around the area and the man was taken into custody about 90 minutes later in a wooded area.

The 21-year-old suspect's name will be released after his arraignment.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Will Host Juried Arts and Crafts Show With 1,000 Items Nov. 14-15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., OCT. 10, 2014―Over 1,000 arts and crafts items from among 50 vendors will be featured for the general public and Christmas shoppers during the St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish Juried Arts & Crafts Show.  The event will be held Friday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parish Family Center.


St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish is located at 920 Fulton Street, directly off Highway 31 in Grand Haven.  Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no charge for admission.


The parish’s “MOM’s Group” will put on a festive luncheon both days, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Attendees may choose from among a display of hearty soups, salads, quiche and desserts available.


“We are encouraging anyone to come and make it a ladies day outing, as this event coincides with the opening day of deer-hunting season,” said Ellen Valdez, St.