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$14K in tires & rims stolen from dealership

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the theft of more than $14,000 worth of tires from a car dealership.

Thieves used a portable car jack to remove tires and rims from at least four Chevrolet Tahoes at Betten Baker Chevrolet Buick in Coopersville. Investigators believe the theft happened around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

A similar crime happened in October 2012 when thieves stole tires and rims from 15 vehicles at the same dealership.

Investigators are looking for a two-door pickup truck with an open bed that was seen in the area Sunday night. Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Silent Observer at 1-877-88-SILENT.

Family dog killed in Marne house fire

MARNE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A family escaped a fire in their Ottawa County home, but the family's dog was killed.

It happened around 12 a.m. Friday on Johnson Street near 40th Avenue in Marne.

According to the Wright-Tallmadge Township Fire Chief, the homeowner was not at home when the fire started. When he got home, he noticed the house was filled with smoke. When he went inside to find the source of the smoke, he fell through the floor into the basement. He was able to get outside safely, and call 911.

The fire was burning through the house when the first crews arrived. They called in additional firefighters and tanker help from Allendale, Coopersville and Conklin.

No one was injured. Investigators are looking into the cause.

Area awarded $15 million for road projects

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) - West Michigan drivers can expect a smoother ride, beginning next spring.

Thursday morning the state announced more than $15 million in funding for road and infrastructure projects in the region.  The money, which comes from the $115 million allocated to the Michigan Roads and Risk Reserve Fund, will be divided up among Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Ionia and Montcalm counties. 

"These projects will all take place within our state's current budget and without raising taxes, which is what our hard-working taxpayers deserve. By planning ahead and allocating these funds specifically for road and bridge projects, we are paving the way for a brighter future here in Michigan," said Cannon Township Representative Peter MacGregor in a statement released Thursday.

The list of road projects includes:

Kent County

New plans for business previously destroyed by fire

New plans for business previously destroyed by fire

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- A Coopersville area business destroyed by fire nearly four years ago has new plans.

DeVries Meats Inc. detailed plans for an addition during the Polkton Township Planning Commission meeting last month. Very few details are listed in the township agenda and an employee did not want to comment on the proposal Wednesday.

In February 2010, a fire gutted DeVries Meats, located at 17685 80th Street.  No employees were injured, valuable inventory was saved, and their stock of nearly 100 hogs in a nearby barn were all rescued. The owner's brother, Mike DeVries, said then that the business would go on.

WZZM 13 has a contacted township officials about the company's new proposal and will provide more information as it becomes available.

Freezing temps bring ice fishermen early this year

NUNICA, Mich. (WZZM) -- The continuing streak of freezing temperatures in West Michigan is reeling in a unique group of fishermen early this season. 

Last December, ice fishing was almost non-existent in West Michigan, but WZZM 13 followed an ice fisherman, who's finding this year to be quite a catch.

At Bruce's Bayou, the open water is covered by a sheet of ice. Instead of boats, there's a trail of footprints that lead to John Overway. "If a fellow doesn't have a boat, you can fish on the ice."

Overway is one of several ice fisherman taking advantage of the freezing temps and making up for lost time, last year. "There was so much warmth, it kept freezing and thawing," says Overway.  "I didn't go on the ice before Christmas, I waited until I knew there was a good four inches. We got that now, so I'm comfortable with that."

Police: Drunk driver crashes into Grand River

ROBINSON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A driver was hospitalized after driving his car into the Grand River Friday morning.

The incident happened at about 5:30 a.m. near 120th Avenue and Limberlost Lane.

Deputies say a 25-year-old Grand Haven man walked to a nearby residence after the crash into the river. He was taken to North Ottawa Community Hospital for minor injuries and exposure.

Investigators believe alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. The driver could face charges but is not yet in police custody.

Schools step up for Toys for Tots

(WZZM) - West Michigan schools stepped up and made the annual Toys for Tots School Spirit Challenge a great success once again.

21 schools were represented on the Morning News.  Scroll down to find your school's video.

Click here for more on how you can help Toys for Tots: http://www.wzzm13.com/life/seasonal/toysfortots/