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Board of Education meeting is NOT canceled

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - Despite the inclement weather and the closing of Coopersville Public Schools, tonight's Board of Education meeting has not been canceled. The meeting will take place at 7:00 pm as scheduled.

Coopersville boy injured after igniting ammo

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ottawa County deputies say a 12-year-old Coopersville boy did not intend to hurt himself when he put a lighter to a rifle cartridge in his bedroom.

Deputies say they were called to a home in the 200 block of Valley Oak Dr. around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.  The initial report they heard was that a child was injured in an accidental shooting.

Officers say the boy had an injury to his neck.  They say the boy had found a 30-06 cartridge from his father's hunting rifle, and put a lighter to it.  The cartridge ignited, and the boy was hit in the neck by a piece of the cartridge casing.

Deputies say the ammunition discharge was "accidental," and the boy was taken to a Grand Rapids hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Police: Conklin man kills two horses over alleged affair

Police: Conklin man kills two horses over alleged affair

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- Ottawa County detectives say a man, upset with his wife, took out his anger by fatally stabbing two horses.

Dennis Finkler, 47,  is charged with two counts of animal cruelty and malicious destruction of property.

It all started Friday night, when Finkler and his wife had an argument at Bramer Equestrians Stables, where they boarded a horse.

Finkler was accusing his wife of having an affair with the owner of the stables.  They eventually left, but investigators believe he showed back up, later that night.  Finkler allegedly stabbed his wife's Quarter Horse and the owner's 8-year old Palomino named "Gambler".

Finkler was released Monday afternoon on a $3,000 bond.  He is due back in court later this month.

Coopersville Driver Featured at Monster Jam

Don't Miss Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® Thunder Nationals
at Van Andel Arena, February 11-13, 2011

Grand Rapids, MI - Tickets for Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® Thunder Nationals, the world's premier monster truck series, are now available. Monster Jam events are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at $15. Advance Auto Parts retail locations are also offering $5 savings coupons for Adult Tickets until February 10, 2011. Tickets are also available at the Van Andel Arena® and DeVos Place® convention center box offices, Ticketmaster ticket centers, including D & W stores and select Family Fare locations, charge by phone: 1.800.745.3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Monster Jam roars into Van Andel Arena for four shows as scheduled:

Friday, Feb. 11 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 13 2:00 p.m.

Marne on front page of USA Today: How will years of war change us?

MARNE, Mich (USA TODAY) - Several landmarks in Marne, Mich., are named "Berlin," including the Baptist church, the fairgrounds and the racetrack. That's because Marne, home to many German settlers in the 19th century, was named Berlin - until the United States entered World War I.

Across the nation, anti-German hysteria drove German-American culture underground. German newspapers and schools closed. Sauerkraut briefly became "liberty cabbage." And Berlin, Mich., adopted a less controversial name.

Marne is one reminder that America's foreign wars always have changed American society - from the War of 1812, which set the stage for continental expansion and Manifest Destiny, to Vietnam, which ignited a political-cultural brawl.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Kwyn, who was born in China, wore a traditional Chinese outfit to school to help celebrate the Chinese New Year.  The 2011 Chinese New Year began on February 3, and this year the Chinese celebrate  "The Year of the Rabbit".  Kwyn shared a book about the Chinese New Year's festivities with her kindergarten classmates in the Coopersville Area Public Schools Kinderclub program.

Coopersville gas station robbed overnight

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department is looking for the man who robbed a Coopersville gas station overnight. 

The robbery happened around 1:30am at the BP station on Randall Street.

The suspect came into the store, implied he had a weapon, and demanded money. He fled with an unknown amount of cash.

The suspect is described as a male in his mid 20's around five foot six inches tall, with a thin build and no facial hair. He was wearing a hoodie and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.