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Hofma Park expansion one step closer to completion

GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The expansion of Hofma Park is one step closer to competition for people in the Grand Haven area.

The Grand Haven Township board unanimously approved a purchase agreement for a 48-acre plot of land next to the park, currently owned by the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids.

The township received a grant earlier this year to help buy the land. Now, the purchase agreement will be reviewed by the Diocese and the state.

Brothers busted for business burglaries

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two brothers are facing charges for a series of business burglaries in northwestern Ottawa County.

Christopher Dustman, 36, of Nunica, and Brandon Dustman, 22, of Grand Haven Township, appeared in court yesterday.

Deputies caught them early Sunday morning, after they allegedly broke into the Yellow Jacket Inn restaurant on Lake Michigan Drive in Robinson Township.

Detectives say they're also responsible for three business burglaries in Nunica over the past month. They are also investigating whether the Dustman brothers have been involved in any break-ins in other communities.

2 men arrested in connection with Ottawa Co. break-ins

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two men arrested over the weekend during an attempted break-in are believed to have been involved in a separate burglary earlier this month. 

Evidence recovered during that incident is believed to be connected to a break-in on Oct. 9 at the Allied Cash Advance, located at 1013 S. Beacon Blvd., in Grand Haven. The Grand Haven Tribune reports nothing was stolen at the time.

The sheriff's department and Grand Haven Department of Public Safety officials now are working to determine whether these breaking and entering cases are connected to others in the area.

Two busted for Ottawa County business burglaries

ROBINSON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Deputies believe they've cracked a string of business break-ins in Ottawa County -- and beyond.

Investigators responded to a burglar alarm early Sunday morning at the Yellow Jacket Inn at Lake Michigan Drive and 120th Avenue in Robinson Township. They found signs someone had broken in and stolen items from the restaurant.

A short time later, the deputies found the suspects' vehicle nearby on Rich Street near 144th Avenue, then found two men believed responsible for the burglary.

Detectives also found property belonging to several northwest Ottawa County businesses that had recently been burglarized. Other property found was apparently linked to more break-ins in other jurisdictions. Deputies plan to contact other police agencies that may have open burglary cases.

Fire destroys barn in Grand Haven


Fire crews are investigating a fire that destroyed a barn in Grand Haven. According to the

Grand Haven Tribune, the fire started Friday night on Lake Michigan Drive, near U.S. 31

The homeowners say they were eating dinner when they heard two loud bangs.
When they looked out a back window, they could see their barn on fire.
Police say Lake Michigan Drive was closed for a short time while crews battled the blaze.
The barn, along with 2 cars, tools and machinery, were all destroyed.

There are no reports of any injuries.

Spring Lake organization prepares hygiene kits for hurricane zone

SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WZZM) -- After Hurricane Patricia moves through Mexico, people there are going to need help.

West Michigan is already taking action. International Aid in Spring Lake is a longtime health and medical resource for aid workers around the world.

Every month, volunteers from the area help pack kits needed in a disaster.

Just last week, in conjunction with Global Hand Washing Day, 175 elementary school students from Hudsonville helped pack hygiene kits, which will now be shipped to hurricane victims, according to Bry Schultz of International Aid.

"Hygiene is a natural fit to what International Aid is already doing and working with partners who work in clinics around the globe or serving areas that don't have access to basic hygiene," she said. "Really we found its the front line of defense for health and health care."

MDOT holds ribbon-cutting ceremony on M-231

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Michigan Department of Transportation dedicated a new highway in Ottawa County during special ceremony at the Grand River bridge on Friday.

The seven-mile long M-231 highway will connect I-96 to Lake Michigan Drive, providing an alternative north and south route to driving through Grand Haven on U.S. 31. M-231 is intended to ease congestion on U-S 31. 

The two-lane highway cost 186-million and is expected to help boost economic development. 

"So, let me tell you, the investment is well-spent and our region will continue to grow, thanks to this investment”, says Jennifer Owens, President of the Lakeshore Advantage.

The highway is scheduled to open to vehicular traffic on Oct. 30.