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Bold burglars target Ottawa County homes

SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - Over the past two months, police say burglars have broken into at least seven homes in northwest Ottawa County,  and possibly more in Muskegon County.

Lt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department says the break-ins have primarily taken place between eight in the morning and five in the afternoon. Typically the thieves are targeting more secluded areas of Spring Lake Township, Crockery Township, Coopersville and Fruitport.  Lt. Bennett says the burglars wait until no one is home and then force open a door or window.

"It's pretty apparent to us the individuals involved here do a little bit of recon as it relates to the habits of the homeowners,  when they leave for work, etc.," says Lt. Bennett.

"I was just shattered, I was upset," says 144th Avenue resident Melani Smith.

Smith's home was burglarized while she was visiting her mother in Iowa at Christmas.

Meijer Scholar Athlete: Brad Huisken

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) WZZM and Meijer are pleased to recognize Coopersville High School senior Brad Huisken as our Meijer Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of March 28th.

Brad has the highest GPA in his Coopersville senior class at 4.057 and stands to be the class valedictorian. He will attend the University of Michigan next year with plans to study biomedical engineering.

A two-sport athlete at CHS, Brad has lettered in football and baseball. He also has a passion for car racing. He raced go-carts from age four until he moved on to dirt track racing at Winston Motor Speedway in Rothbury.

WZZM and Meijer salute Brad Huisken and wish him continued success!

Coopersville Farmers Markets to reopen in June

From the Coopersville Area Chamber of Commerce:

Thank you for your support of local farmers! 

The Coopersville Farmers Markets will open again in June 2011 and run through the end of October 2011. 

Wednesday Farmers Market

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Farmers Market Pavilion located in the North Main Street Parking Lot

Friday Farmers Market

2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Veteran's Memorial Park located on W.

Coopersville City Council Meeting

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - The Coopersville City Council will be meeting at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 28.

The full meeting agenda can be read by clicking here.

Barn Fire in Ottawa County

CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - Three fire departments responed to a barn fire in 1100 block of Truman in Chester Township of Ottawa County early Sunday monring.

No people were injuried in the fire, but a pig and its six piglets were killed.

Authorities say the barn had thousands of dollars worth of farm equipment inside and is a total loss.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

We will bring you more information online at WZZM 13.com.













Going Back in Time "Touchback" is perfect Date Movie

Going Back in Time "Touchback" is perfect Date Movie

Great football, a love story, and second chances make up the Freedom Films- Hannibal Classics  Movie TOUCHBACK.

Filmed last summer in Coopersville MI. and on the Campus of Coopersville Area Public Schools, this great story incorporates hundreds of extras from the West Michigan area. Many right from Coopersville. The film will be released later this year. Below is the synopsis of the film from Hannibal Classics©

On a crisp Ohio night in the fall of 1996, the best high school quarterback in the country shattered his knee on a heroic play that brought his hometown of Coldwater the State Championship they had long treasured and desired. Fifteen years later, that quarterback, SCOTT MURPHY (Brian Presley), is a struggling farmer, longing for the life he believed he would have, had fate not intervened.

Coopersville business expands services

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - Alliance Analytical Labs, Inc. of Coopersville is "surviving the economy" by expanding their services.

They recently received certification from the National Forage Testing Association for Agricultural Feed Analysis allowing them to do feed analysis, raw milk analysis (State Certified FDA Dairy Lab for Interstate Milk Shippers), manure analysis and water testing (State of Michigan DEQ Certified for Potable Water Analysis).

Visit their website at http://www.aatestlabs.com/ for additional information.