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Social media opposition to Lantern Fest grows


MARNE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Lantern Fest is scheduled for October 3 at Berlin Raceway, but on social media there's growing opposition.

Some cite safety and environmental concerns, saying the event poses a risk to natural resources. On twitter, people are using the hashtag #LosetheLanterns to voice their thoughts on the event.

The Lantern Fest website says the lanterns are 100% biodegradable. There are also professional lantern chasers who collect 90% of the lanterns after the event.

For those who want to participate in the event, registration is underway at TheLanternFest.com.


16 handguns stolen from local gun shop


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a breaking and entering at the Palladium Gun Shop in Coopersville.

Police were dispatched to 158 Eastmanville St. at 1:20 a.m. on a report of a breaking and entering in progress. When they arrived on scene, they found a broken window on the south-side of the store, but no suspects. After the initial investigation, approximately 16 handguns were reported missing.

An Ottawa County K-9 team tracked the suspect(s) for about two blocks to the north, but was ultimately unable to locate anyone.

If you have any information, please call the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office at 1-800-249-0911 or Silent Observer.


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Police ID man who drowned in Marne quarry lake


WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ottawa County authorities are investigating an apparent drowning Thursday morning near Marne.

It happened just before 12 p.m. in a gravel pit lake in the 2900 block of Roosevelt Street.

Deputies found Richard Buikema, 66, of Grand Rapids unresponsive on the shore. EMS personnel tried reviving him but were unsuccessful.

Deputies say Buikema was fishing with a friend when he tried to stand in the front of an aluminum boat, causing it to overturn. He and his friend started swimming toward shore but Buikema became unresponsive about 15 feet from shore. His friend helped bring him to shore and start revival efforts.

Life jackets were in the boat but not in use, the sheriff's office said, and the incident remains under investigation.

A witness said Buikema came to the Marne area to go fishing twice a year.

Lost in seven tons of garbage, family heirloom found


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Losing a family heirloom can be devastating -- so when a Coopersville woman learned her mother-in-law's snow globe was accidentally thrown in the garbage, she called the landfill to see what, if anything, they could do.

"She got it when she learned she was cancer free on her birthday," said Kasey Davis, who added it's a family treasure. "You really can't put a price on it. It has more of a sentimental value then it does anything."

When Davis learned her mother-in-law's cancer had returned, she wanted to give the snow globe an upgrade.

"We went to get it engraved," she explained, adding the words,"We Love You," to show support.

Deputies looking for driver in suspected road rage case


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Deputies in Ottawa County want to find a driver involved in a possible case of road rage.

Our partner the Grand Haven Tribune reports two teenagers from Grand Rapids were injured in the crash Wednesday night on I-96 near Coopersville.

Deputies say Jeremy Payne was heading east when another driver pulled up next to him, stared at him and then pulled in front of his car and slammed on the brakes.

Payne lost control and hit the guardrail near 96th Avenue.

"I was like, 'Why was he looking at me?'" Payne told WZZM 13. "He went about four feet in front of me and slammed on his brakes. ...If he was mad, which he obviously was, he could have done something else. He could have honked, or anything else than what he did."

Payne's passenger was taken to the hospital and treated for a concussion.

Ottawa Co. dispatches goats to eat parks' invasive weeds


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Ottawa County parks department is fighting invasive plants in one of the most natural ways possible: it sent goats to eat them.

The department has released eight of them into Bur Oak Landing in Coopersville. They will spend the next month munching on plants like oriental bittersweet, honeysuckle, and buckthorn.

People are welcome to visit and watch the goats, but the parks service says the animals should not be touched. Any visitors should also be careful of the electric fence.

The goats will also be sent into Riverside Park and Eastmanville Bayou to take care of the invasive plants there.

This is the second year the county has let goats loose on invasive plants.