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Death of woman found in Grand River a homicide

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says the death of a woman whose body was pulled from the Grand River near Coopersville is a homicide.

Recovery crews pulled the body out of the river after fishermen report it at about 10:00am Monday, near 90th Avenue and Lake Forest Drive in Bur Oak Park and the Bass River Recreation Area.

Ottawa County Sheriff's investigators tell WZZM that the body is that of a woman who was wearing a shirt and underwear. She was not carrying any identification.

Investigators say that the river was very busy on Sunday, so it is likely that she was not in the river yesterday or should would have been found then.

Wrong-way driver charged in two deaths

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) The elderly man who drove the wrong way on I-96 killing his wife and the passenger in another vehicle is being charged with a crime.

The Ottawa County Prosecutors Office authorized two counts of Driving While License Suspended Causing Death for Leslie Laymon, 83. Laymon has not yet been arraigned due to his medical condition.

In the crash, Laymon's wife, Donna, 81 died. Shirley VanHoeven, 79, was a passenger in the other vehicle and died a few days later.

Laymon's license had been suspended and had failed taking the driver's test twice in the past year.

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Erratic driver crashes on I-96 in Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A one-car accident along I-96 Tuesday afternoon didn't surprise the people who called 911 on that car's driver.

Around 1:15 p.m. a Cadillac sedan crashed into the median barriers near westbound exit 16.

The woman driving was not seriously hurt, but six other drivers called 911 moments before the crash, reporting her erratic driving.

"I felt a little tap on my rear; when I looked, I had a Cadillac on the rear of my three-quarter ton van," said driver Mike Redding. "As I was talking to the officer at 911, she hit the center barriers they put up."

The accident is under investigation by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.

Byron Center posts easy win over Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, MIch. (WZZM) -- Byron Center notched six touchdowns in the first half en route to a 49-7 victory over Coopersville Friday night.

Travis Baker and Jarod Rodgers each had two touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Dedicate Hand-Crafted Peace Pole

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Dedicate Hand-Crafted Peace Pole

GRAND HAVEN, MICH., SEPT. 18, 2014―In observance of United Nations’ “International Day of Peace” worldwide, the general public is invited to a local observance at St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish to join in the dedication of a hand-crafted Peace Pole on Sunday, September 21st at 4 p.m. on the outdoor south side of the church, at 920 Fulton Avenue in Grand Haven.

“Pope Francis has asked all people to observe the upcoming International Day of Peace no matter whether they attend church or not and we welcome anyone who is interested to join us as we dedicate this long-lasting monument to peace,” said Sally Moser, an International Day of Peace event organizer with St. Patrick-St.

My Town: Pastors transition to new parishes Sept. 17

My Town: Pastors transition to new parishes Sept. 17

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A pastor from Coopersville and Marne is presiding over a new parish.

Effective Sept. 17,  Rev. David C. Gross of St. Mary Parish in Marne and St. Michael Parish in Coopersville will take over as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Spring Lake. 

Bishop Walkowiak with the Diocese of Grand Rapids has appointed Rev. D. Anton Tran to take over Gross’ duties at the parishes in Marne and Coopersville, beginning that same day.  Tran is leaving St. Mary-St. Jerome Parish in Custer. 

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance






GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To honor all those who sacrificed their lives during the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum hosted the 13th annual Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute from sunrise to sunset on September 11, 2014. WMU-Cooley Law School Professor and retired Brigadier General Michael C.H.