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Lost in seven tons of garbage, family heirloom found


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Losing a family heirloom can be devastating -- so when a Coopersville woman learned her mother-in-law's snow globe was accidentally thrown in the garbage, she called the landfill to see what, if anything, they could do.

"She got it when she learned she was cancer free on her birthday," said Kasey Davis, who added it's a family treasure. "You really can't put a price on it. It has more of a sentimental value then it does anything."

When Davis learned her mother-in-law's cancer had returned, she wanted to give the snow globe an upgrade.

"We went to get it engraved," she explained, adding the words,"We Love You," to show support.

Deputies looking for driver in suspected road rage case


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Deputies in Ottawa County want to find a driver involved in a possible case of road rage.

Our partner the Grand Haven Tribune reports two teenagers from Grand Rapids were injured in the crash Wednesday night on I-96 near Coopersville.

Deputies say Jeremy Payne was heading east when another driver pulled up next to him, stared at him and then pulled in front of his car and slammed on the brakes.

Payne lost control and hit the guardrail near 96th Avenue.

"I was like, 'Why was he looking at me?'" Payne told WZZM 13. "He went about four feet in front of me and slammed on his brakes. ...If he was mad, which he obviously was, he could have done something else. He could have honked, or anything else than what he did."

Payne's passenger was taken to the hospital and treated for a concussion.

Ottawa Co. dispatches goats to eat parks' invasive weeds


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Ottawa County parks department is fighting invasive plants in one of the most natural ways possible: it sent goats to eat them.

The department has released eight of them into Bur Oak Landing in Coopersville. They will spend the next month munching on plants like oriental bittersweet, honeysuckle, and buckthorn.

People are welcome to visit and watch the goats, but the parks service says the animals should not be touched. Any visitors should also be careful of the electric fence.

The goats will also be sent into Riverside Park and Eastmanville Bayou to take care of the invasive plants there.

This is the second year the county has let goats loose on invasive plants.

Coopersville prepares for annual Bike Fest on the Grand


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)- Coopersville is about to be taken over by bikers, and rockers for the annual Bike Fest on the Grand.
It's at the Conestoga Grand River Campground, kicking off June 19th. The campground is located at 9720 Oriole Dr, Coopersville, MI. Visit the Bike Fest website for more information.


Allendale man in serious condition after crash


OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- An Allendale man is in serious condition, after crashing his car into another driver in Coopersville.

It happened on 68th Avenue near Leonard street around 11 p.m. Friday.

Ottawa County Deputies say 28 year old Ernest Hamstra was driving his Grand Prix southbound on 68th Avenue, when he crossed over the center line. They say he hit a 50 year old Muskegon driver coming northbound on 68th street.

Hamstra was pinned in his car for some time. Police say he was not wearing his seatbelt. Hamstra was taken to Spectrum Butterworth and was listed in serious condition. The 50 year old driver was also taken to Mercy Hospital in Muskegon, and is listed in stable condition. He was wearing his seatbelt.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department is investigating the crash.


Motorcyclist critically hurt in head-on crash


TALLMADGE TOWNSHIP. Mich. (WZZM) -- A motorcyclist suffered critical injuries after a head-on crash late Sunday afternoon on Leonard St., east of 24th Ave.

Investigators say around 5:30 p.m., Michael Jones, 25, of Muskegon was riding a motorcycle on Leonard when he crossed the center line going around a curve. Jones collided head-on with a westbound car, throwing him from his bike.

Witnesses told police Jones was traveling at a high rate of speed before the crash. He suffered multiple injuries but was wearing a helmet.

The driver of the car was not seriously hurt.

The crash remains under investigation.


Police: 3 hurt after teen driver runs stop sign


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Three people were hurt when a Wyoming teenager pulled into the path of a pickup truck Sunday evening.

The crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Cleveland Street and 56th Avenue.

Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies said D.J. Keckler, 20 and of Wyoming, and his passenger, Alayna Boomgaard, 17 and of Conklin, were traveling westbound when he did not stop at the intersection and his Chevy Impala struck a southbound Ford F150. Keckler's family said they believe he had stopped at the stop sign before pulling into the intersection.

The truck, driven by Mark Denhoff, did not have a stop sign and had the right-of-way. The two vehicles also hit a utility pole in the intersection.

Keckler, Boomgaard, and Lisa Denhoff, a passenger in the truck were injured, and hospitalized in stable condition.