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My Town Coopersville: City to install security gates to deter thieves

My Town Coopersville: City to install security gates to deter thieves

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Coopersville city council members  have approved plans to install security gates around the Department of Public Works, after another break-in at the site.

City Manager Steven Patrick says someone recently stole more than $1,000 worth of parts for guard rails that were to be installed at the waste water treatment plant. It’s unclear when the crime took place, but Patrick suspects it happened within the past month.  Patrick says the city is filing a claim with its insurance company to cover the cost of the stolen parts, but the city must still meet its deductible.

Patrick says the DPW garage has been broken into in years’ past; thieves then took equipment worth more than $5,000.

The new security plans call for installing fencing on three sides of the building and including electronic key access at one entryway.  The project cost will come out of the city’s general budget. 

My Town: City council to consider tax breaks for expanding company

My Town: City council to consider tax breaks for expanding company

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—On Monday, May 12, the Coopersville City Council will consider a manufacturer’s request for an expansion tax break.

 Aggressive Tool & Die  is applying for a 12-year Industrial Facilities Tax exemption on $1.62 million in property purchases.  Last month, the planning commission approved the manufacturer’s plans to add to its 20,000 square foot facility to expand operations.  The company is currently located at 728 Main Street.

Monday night’s meeting begins at 7 p.m.

My Town: Funeral Saturday for cousins killed in crash

My Town: Funeral Saturday for cousins killed in crash

MECOSTA COUNTY, Mich.—Two cousins killed in a May 3 crash will be laid to rest this weekend.

Roman Aguilar-Emmons, 18, and 22-year-old Michael Jonathan Aguilar were killed when the SUV they were passengers in ran a stop sign and collided with a pickup truck on 8 Mile Road and Northland Drive.   Roman was a senior at Grandville High School, a school that’s already mourning the deaths of  hockey captain Ryan Fischer and Alyssa Arends, 15.   He planned to join the police academy after graduation.

Michael was a graduate of Coopersville High School.  Both men leave behind their parents, and numerous siblings, nephews and nieces.

Funeral services for Michael and Roman will be held Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m. at Church of the Nazarene in Wyoming.  

My Town Coopersville: City to consider stepping up security after DPW thefts

My Town Coopersville: City to consider stepping up security after DPW thefts

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Coopersville city council members Monday night  will consider  adding security gates around the Department of Public Works, after another break-in at the site.

City Manager Steven Patrick says someone recently stole more than $1,000 worth of parts for guard rails that were to be installed at the waste water treatment plant.  He says the DPW garage has been broken into in the past; thieves then took equipment worth more than $5,000.

Patrick is calling on the Coopersville city council to consider studying and eventually constructing gates on the facility’s north and south ends to deter thieves and prevent crimes that cost taxpayers money.

2 people dead after crash in Mecosta Co.

2 people dead after crash in Mecosta Co.

 

MECOSTA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- A faculty member with Grandville Public Schools confirms a senior of Grandville High School was among those killed in a crash in Mecosta County on Saturday.

 

Roman Aguilar-Emmons, 18, died in the crash on 8 Mile Road and Northland Drive Saturday afternoon. He was a passenger in an SUV that collided with a pickup truck. A second passenger in the SUV, a 22-year-old man from Coopersville also died at the scene.

 

Monday morning, the Grandville Public Schools posted the following message on its Facebook page, regarding the accident:

Bankrupt businessman convicted of investment fraud


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - A jury convicted the owner of a Marne pallet company of bilking friends out of more than $1.8 million to fund his online stock trading.

Robert Lee Andrews faces up to 20 years in prison for the ruse, which ran between 2006 and 2010.

Jurors returned the verdict Thursday in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids. A sentencing date for Andrews has not been set.

According to a federal indictment, Andrews told three investors he needed the money to improve property in Indiana, which he'd then sell to the state of Indiana at a substantial profit.

Andrews used the money to gamble in the stock market, federal prosecutors told jurors. His stock picks weren't that good and Andrews filed for bankruptcy in November 2009.

My Town: Fundraising underway to save piece of Ottawa County history

My Town: Fundraising underway to save piece of Ottawa County history

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A group trying to save a piece of Ottawa County history is now collecting donations.

The South Evergreen Schoolhouse is a small one room school that sits at the corner of 88th Avenue and Leonard Road.  Preservationists say it’s one of few one room schools still standing in its original condition.

The building and property are now on sale. A small group of community members are collecting donations in hopes of purchasing the schoolhouse to preserve this piece of history. The fundraising page reads: