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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.

Coopersville prepares for annual Bike Fest on the Grand


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)- Coopersville is about to be taken over by bikers, and rockers for the annual Bike Fest on the Grand.
It's at the Conestoga Grand River Campground, kicking off June 19th. The campground is located at 9720 Oriole Dr, Coopersville, MI. Visit the Bike Fest website for more information.


Allendale man in serious condition after crash


OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- An Allendale man is in serious condition, after crashing his car into another driver in Coopersville.

It happened on 68th Avenue near Leonard street around 11 p.m. Friday.

Ottawa County Deputies say 28 year old Ernest Hamstra was driving his Grand Prix southbound on 68th Avenue, when he crossed over the center line. They say he hit a 50 year old Muskegon driver coming northbound on 68th street.

Hamstra was pinned in his car for some time. Police say he was not wearing his seatbelt. Hamstra was taken to Spectrum Butterworth and was listed in serious condition. The 50 year old driver was also taken to Mercy Hospital in Muskegon, and is listed in stable condition. He was wearing his seatbelt.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department is investigating the crash.