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Catalytic converter thefts 'resurged' in Ottawa Co.

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- There are new cases of valuable car parts stolen from vehicles in Ottawa County after a spike in the same crime last year. In the latest incidents, investigators say thieves stole catalytic converters from half a dozen cars at park-and-ride lots in Coopersville and Nunica earlier this week.

Those who know what to look for can turn what looks like trash into treasure. Managers of KLW Recycling in Holland Township buy and sell scrap metal. Unfortunately, thieves have also discovered the value of a catalytic converter.

"Some people might just see it as an easy way to make money," says Andy Swett, plant manager for KLW Recycling.

Because of recent changes to state law, scrap dealers are no longer allowed to pay cash for big purchases.

"Send a check in the mail for any items over $25, and that's going to be the catalytic converters," says Swett.

Ottawa Co. ranks healthiest in state

PRINCETON, NJ and MADISON, Wisc. (WZZM) - Ottawa County ranks as the healthiest county in Michigan, according to a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Wayne County is ranked last.

The 6th annual rankings show that the healthiest counties have higher college attendance, fewer preventable hospital stays, and better access to parks and gyms. The least healthy have more smokers, more teen births, and more alcohol-related car crash deaths.

Allegan County ranked 13th, Kent ranked 17th, Ionia and Barry, 20th and 21st, respectively, and Muskegon 65th.

To see the complete interactive rankings, visit www.countyhealthrankings.org

My Town: Three people injured after ATV flips

My Town: Three people injured after ATV flips

WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Three teenagers are recovering after being thrown from an all-terrain vehicle.

The crash happened on Taft Street west of 32nd Avenue in Wright Township. Sgt. Steve Austin with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says 17-year-old Patrick Foster and two 16-year-olds were on the vehicle when Foster tried to make a quick U-turn and the vehicle rolled over.  All three teenagers were not wearing seat belts or helmets when they were thrown.

Foster was taken to a nearby hospital, where his condition is stable.  The two 16-year-old passengers were treated at the scene.

My Town Coopersville: Safety hazards force historic business to close indefinitely

My Town Coopersville: Safety hazards force historic business to close indefinitely

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A historic business on Eastmanville Street is shut down indefinitely, after a city inspector deemed the building unsafe for occupancy.

The Ottawa County court last week ordered the owner of Tom’s Feed Mill to stay out of the building until meets all safety codes.  It appears the owner heeded the court’s warning; no one answered the phone Monday when WZZM 13 My Town tried contacting the business for comment.

My Town: Sneak peek of women's WWII baseball documentary March 17

My Town: Sneak peek of women's WWII baseball documentary March 17


Comstock Park Rotary is hosting the annual Interclub dinner, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Pepsi Stadium Club at Fifth-Third Ball Park.  The event will feature a sneak preview of a new documentary which tells stories from the all-American girls’ professional baseball team. 

Dr. Jim Smither, Grand Valley State University, Veterans History Project, tells how the league was part of the home front during World War II and how this led to the documentary on baseball. The collaborators participated in two reunions of the whole girls’ professional baseball league and did 48 interviews with former players including the Grand Rapids Chicks. 

This documentary is a collaboration of Professor Jim Smither, GVSU, Professor Frank Boring, GVSU Film & Video program, producer working with the editors, Professor Janet Coryell, Western Michigan University History Dept. who wrote the script, and a student editor.

My Town: City of Grand Rapids releases Water System Water Quality Report

My Town: City of Grand Rapids releases Water System Water Quality Report


Findings in the City of Grand Rapids’ Water System Water Quality Report for 2014 show that the agency continues to provide safe, quality drinking water that meets or exceeds national requirements.

According to Joellen Thompson, water system manager, the System is proud of its water quality and the steps taken to ensure the safety and reliability of the public water supply. She said the annual Consumer Confidence Report, which provides information and results of water quality monitoring for 2014 as required under the Safe Drinking Water Act, is currently being mailed to all Water System customers. The System provides residential and commercial water service to the cities of Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Walker, to the townships of Ada, Cascade Charter, Grand Rapids Charter and Tallmadge Charter, and to portions of Ottawa County.

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward


Daylight Saving Time, the weekend of March 7-8, when everyone turns their clocks ahead, the American Red Cross reminds them to also take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.

The Red Cross and the Muskegon Heights Fire Department have formed a partnership for preparedness and prevention to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install smoke alarms where needed. On March 7-8 teams will be canvassing Muskegon Heights neighborhoods from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Please contact (231) 733-8893 to schedule a home visit.

“It’s important for everyone to make sure their household is ready,” said La Forice Nealy, Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Region. “A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time. We urge people to take these steps now and know what they should do if an emergency occurs.”