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Victim named in deadly Ottawa Co. crash

TALLMEDGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Coopersville woman is dead after being hit by a pickup truck while jogging Sunday evening.

It happened on Johnson Street, just east of 48th, between Coopersville and Allendale. Police have identified the woman as 35-year-old Rebecca Talsma. Deputies say the person who hit her was a 16-year-old driver.

The driver was going west on Johnson Street when he crossed into the eastbound lane to pass a vehicle. Talsma was jogging the same direction on the opposite side of the road, when the driver hit her from behind. The teenager was not hurt.

Ottawa County Sheriff's Deputies are still investigating the crash.

Flames at Coopersville business after tractor hits power pole

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Several Ottawa County fire departments responded to flames at a Coopersville business Friday afternoon.

Crews were dispatched to Die-Verse Solutions, 15630 68th Ave., south of I-96, after 4 p.m.

No one was in the building when the fire started, according to firefighters, but the building was damaged. Details on the extent of the damage aren't yet available.

The shop owners said they suspect an electrical surge is to blame, since a tractor had crashed into a nearby power pole beforehand.


Trail Point Brewing Company taps into Allendale

ALLENDALE, Mich. (WZZM) -- It seems like everywhere you look in West Michigan, new breweries are popping up. The latest establishment opened its doors on Saturday in Allendale.

When Jamie Mccomb was visiting friends at nearby Grand Valley State University a decade ago, Lake Michigan Drive didn't have a lot of options for social outings.

"There was really nothing out here," said Mccomb. "A couple of party stores out here and there weren't a lot of micro-brews back then either. It was all Budweiser and Bud Lite."

Now, places like Trail Point Brewing Company, are giving them a run for their money. In fact, Trail Point Brewery will be the only micro-brew nearby and along a road that many take to get to and from the beach.

Coopersville cheer team reacts to being national champs

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- As we told you Monday night, the elite cheerleading team from Coopersville spent last weekend representing West Michigan in a national competition in Grand Rapids.

The team made it to nationals for the past four years and never placed -- but on this fifth trip, they won it all.

The team and their coach, Sierra Tank, joined the WZZM 13 News at to talk about their victory. See what they had to say in the video above.

Team try-outs are 6 p.m. on August 19. You don't have to live in Coopersville to make the team. Learn more by emailing coachsierrat@yahoo.com.

Coopersville Elite eyes national cheer title

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- DeVos Place in Grand Rapids hosts 200 cheer teams from across the country this weekend for the Young Champions Cheer Nationals. One of the teams will be the Michigan state champions, the Coopersville Elite squad.

"This team is special because we put a lot of energy and focus into our work, and we really give it 100 percent -- and it's our attitude," said 15-year-old cheerleader Adriana Alcala.

These girls are ready. This is the fifth straight year they're heading to nationals, but they have never placed. This is their best team so far, coming off a state title, and they have their eyes set on conquering the national stage.

"The rush is totally different; there are so many people and the set up is crazy," said Kelsey Matzat. "It's awesome, and a lot more pressure."

Social media opposition to Lantern Fest grows

MARNE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Lantern Fest is scheduled for October 3 at Berlin Raceway, but on social media there's growing opposition.

Some cite safety and environmental concerns, saying the event poses a risk to natural resources. On twitter, people are using the hashtag #LosetheLanterns to voice their thoughts on the event.

The Lantern Fest website says the lanterns are 100% biodegradable. There are also professional lantern chasers who collect 90% of the lanterns after the event.

For those who want to participate in the event, registration is underway at TheLanternFest.com.

16 handguns stolen from local gun shop

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a breaking and entering at the Palladium Gun Shop in Coopersville.

Police were dispatched to 158 Eastmanville St. at 1:20 a.m. on a report of a breaking and entering in progress. When they arrived on scene, they found a broken window on the south-side of the store, but no suspects. After the initial investigation, approximately 16 handguns were reported missing.

An Ottawa County K-9 team tracked the suspect(s) for about two blocks to the north, but was ultimately unable to locate anyone.

If you have any information, please call the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office at 1-800-249-0911 or Silent Observer.