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Suspicious man approaches group of young girls

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)-Ottawa County sheriff's deputies are investigating a suspicious situation in Coopersville where a man allegedly approached a group of young girls.

It happened around 9:30 a.m. Saturday on East Street south of Cleveland Street, not far from the school. Investigators say a man in his 50's or 60's drove up to three pre-teenage girls and spoke to them. Investigators won't disclose what was said, but the girls ran away and the driver took off.

The suspect is described as a white male wearing large framed glasses who is balding with some gray hair. He was driving a white, silver or gray pickup truck or SUV. Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Silent Observer at 1 -877-88-SILENT.

Brush fires along Interstate 96

WALKER, Michigan (WZZM) - Emergency crews battled at least three brush fires along Interstate 96 Friday morning.

Two of the fires burned in Ottawa County, near Marne.

At least one fire burned in Kent County, in the Walker area.

The fires are not hampering traffic on Interstate 96. All lanes of traffic are still open.

WZZM 13 News has a crew on the way and will bring you more information as it becomes available.

Struyk Named Nobel Educator of Distinction

Struyk Named Nobel Educator of Distinction

ATLANTA, GA – March 16, 2011 – Coopersville High School Band Teacher Scott Struyk  was selected as a CLAES Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). A role model to pupils, Scott was nominated by student Jennifer L. Rotach for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the classroom.

Student members of NSHSS have the opportunity to nominate the educator who made the most significant contribution to their academic career. The Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award recognizes teacher role models who have made a lasting difference in their classroom by encouraging students to strive for excellence.

“Dedicated educators who exhibit a commitment to excellence deserve our highest praise and appreciation,” said NSHSS President James Lewis. “We’re excited to provide an ongoing means to do so, and we encourage our members to nominate teachers who have contributed to their academic success.”

NOCCOA Announces Community Open Office Hours

NOCCOA  Announces Community Open Office Hours

COOPERSVILLE, MI - The North Ottawa County Council on Aging  has announced community open office hours that are available to individuals to meet with a social worker to discuss access to or assistance with social services and programs available to older adults in their home or community.  Drop ins are welcome.  Individuals may also schedule an appointment with NOCCOA’s Case Coordinator at one of the locations by calling (616) 997-1786.

These community open office hours follow months of strategic planning involving community and volunteers leaders.  As a result of this work, NOCCOA’s Coopersville Main Street office was closed March 30 and services are based from community sites and a home office that began April 1.  Clients will continue to be served in their homes by appointment or through consistent open office hours at a variety of locations including local municipal offices.

Community Sessions North Ottawa County residents include:

Children injured in accident near Marne

WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Deputies say two children were injured in a two-vehicle crash near Marne.

The accident happened around 4:15 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Arthur Street and 8th Avenue.

Investigators say the driver of a car heading westbound on Arthur stopped at the stop sign, but pulled out without seeing a southbound minivan on 8th Ave.  The vehicles collided.

They say a five-year-old boy sitting in a booster seat in the minivan was ejected from the vehicle.  He was injured and taken to Helen DeVos Children's hospital.  The boy's 11-month-old sister was in her car seat, but she was not responding propertly to paramedics and was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Gas prices rise to $3.89 in West Michigan

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - If you haven't filled up your car with gas yet, you'll be paying a lot more this week.

Sunday, gas prices around West Michigan jumped, in some cases by about 30 cents.

By Monday, many stations in our area have now settled on unleaded gas for $3.89 a gallon.

"We have a laundry list of things that are affecting prices now," said Patrick DeHaan, with gasbuddy.com. "Middle East, Libya, Egypt, Japan, we're approaching summer driving season, demand is rising, the economy is doing better, more people are hitting the road.

It's one of the highest prices since September of 2008 when the price per gallon rose above four dollars.

"It's getting unaffordable to drive to work," said Holland's Joshua Moore. "You work like a whole hour to put that wage towards gas. I'm going to try a more conservative route."

Coopersville City Council meets April 11th

Coopersville City Council meets April 11th

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - The Coopersville City Council will be meeting at 7:00 pm on Monday, April 11 in the council chamber.

For more information click here to visit the City's website.