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Trial delayed for sledding accident lawsuit

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Six years after a sledding accident killed a Nunica boy, a lawsuit filed by the boy's family is being postponed.

In 2009, 11-year-old Chance Nash died hours after hitting a stump or log while sledding at Duncan Memorial Park in Grand Haven. His family sued the park commission, claiming negligence in maintaining the park.

The trial was scheduled to start in February.

Our partner the Grand Haven Tribune reports a judge postponed the hearing 60 to 90 days after attorneys agreed they needed more time.

Woman in wheelchair hurt after being hit by SUV

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries after a car hit her wheelchair Wednesday evening, according to our partner the Grand Haven Tribune.

Emergency crews responded to the intersection of Jackson and Beacon just before 7 o'clock on a report of an accident.

The woman had been crossing Jackson with her son when an SUV hit her. The driver said he didn't see the wheelchair until just before the crash and couldn't avoid hitting the woman, despite slamming the brakes and swerving. It was dark out and roads were wet at the time.

The woman and her son were not using a crosswalk.

An ambulance took the woman to Mercy Health Hackley Hospital in Muskegon.

Grand Haven eyes fundraising to fix pier catwalk

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (Grand Haven Tribune) -- The city continues to look at ways to fund restoration work on the trademark catwalk structure that sits atop Grand Haven's south pier.

The catwalk connects the entrance light and inner light to the shore along the south pier — a structure that's also set to be repaired at some point in the future by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This will require the catwalk to be temporarily moved, or removed if the city does nothing.

"If the corps comes in and wants to do this, it's going to cost $200,000 to lift up the catwalk without making any repairs," City Councilman Mike Fritz said.

This has created some sense of urgency as an ad hoc fundraising committee meets periodically to drum up ways to fundraise for the catwalk.

Gun sales are up in the Tri-Cities after recent attacks

NUNICA & ROBINSON TWP., Mich. (Grand Haven Tribune) -- Renegade River owner Mike Hewitt said sales at his Nunica store are up a little higher than usual, probably due to the attacks and President Obama's comments on firearm regulation. November, December and January are the months with the highest sales of firearms anyway, but the recent incidents have probably had some impact, he said.

Hewitt believes sales are also up because of his recent move from the Village of Spring Lake to the strip mall adjacent to I-96 and the new M-231 highway.

Hazmat team called to Grand Haven plant

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- A hazardous materials team was called Friday night after a reported explosion at a Grand Haven plant.

Our partner the Grand Haven Tribune reports firefighters were dispatched around 9 p.m. to Polyply Composites on Marion Avenue near Beechtree Street.

The hazmat team was called because of chemicals used at the factory, which produces fiberglass parts. According to the fire chief, there is no danger to people who live nearby. The fire was reported to be under control shortly before 10 p.m.

Woman who left threatening note on stuffed monkey sentenced to probation

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (Grand Haven Tribune) -- A former Grand Haven woman who left a threatening note on a blue stuffed monkey was sentenced Monday for stealing from the storage unit where the monkey was found — hanged by the neck with a red, plastic jump rope.

Kimberly Lynn Cooper, 49, of Holland, apologized before being sentenced to 18 months probation Monday morning in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

"I just want to say I'm sorry," she said.

Judge Ed Post also gave her credit for nine days served in jail and ordered her to complete the Moral Recognition Program.

GH public hearing postponed due to large turnout

GRAND HAVEN TWP., Mich. (Grand Haven Tribune) -- Monday's public hearing related to the Health Pointe development — a proposed 120,000-square-foot medical facility near Meijer — ended before it could even get started.

A larger-than-expected crowd forced the hearing to be postponed as the number of people in attendance exceeded the Grand Haven Township board room's capacity.