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Erratic driver crashes on I-96 in Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A one-car accident along I-96 Tuesday afternoon didn't surprise the people who called 911 on that car's driver.

Around 1:15 p.m. a Cadillac sedan crashed into the median barriers near westbound exit 16.

The woman driving was not seriously hurt, but six other drivers called 911 moments before the crash, reporting her erratic driving.

"I felt a little tap on my rear; when I looked, I had a Cadillac on the rear of my three-quarter ton van," said driver Mike Redding. "As I was talking to the officer at 911, she hit the center barriers they put up."

The accident is under investigation by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.

Byron Center posts easy win over Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, MIch. (WZZM) -- Byron Center notched six touchdowns in the first half en route to a 49-7 victory over Coopersville Friday night.

Travis Baker and Jarod Rodgers each had two touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

My Town: Pastors transition to new parishes Sept. 17

My Town: Pastors transition to new parishes Sept. 17

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A pastor from Coopersville and Marne is presiding over a new parish.

Effective Sept. 17,  Rev. David C. Gross of St. Mary Parish in Marne and St. Michael Parish in Coopersville will take over as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Spring Lake. 

Bishop Walkowiak with the Diocese of Grand Rapids has appointed Rev. D. Anton Tran to take over Gross’ duties at the parishes in Marne and Coopersville, beginning that same day.  Tran is leaving St. Mary-St. Jerome Parish in Custer. 

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance






GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To honor all those who sacrificed their lives during the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum hosted the 13th annual Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute from sunrise to sunset on September 11, 2014. WMU-Cooley Law School Professor and retired Brigadier General Michael C.H.

14-year-old identified as Coopersville 'swatting' accomplice

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.(WZZM) -- A 14-year-old former Coopersville student has been identified as an accomplice in a "swatting" incident that put the school district on lockdown last week.

On Thursday, Sept. 4, a caller made a threat against Coopersville Public Schools, prompting lockdown procedure as a precaution. Authorities did not find any evidence of a threat at the schools.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says the 14-year-old forwarded information about the schools to a person he met online, who made the calls. That other person has not yet been identified and may not even live in Michigan or the U.S.

A 54-year-old Pentwater man who visited Coopersville High School earlier that day has been cleared of any involvement in the incident.

Teen charged in Coopersville schools threat

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Ottawa County Prosecutor's Office has authorized a two-count juvenile petition against the 14-year-old identified in the investigation into the threat made against the Coopersville schools last week.

He's charged with false report of a felony and using a computer to commit a crime.

He was lodged at the Ottawa County Youth Home Thursday and will be seen by juvenile court authorities within 24 hours, according to Capt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities are still investigating the case.

Second victim dies from wrong-way crash on I-96

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A passenger in a car struck last week by a wrong-way car on I-96 has died.

Dr. Shirley Van Hoeven, 79, of Montague, died from injuries suffered in Friday afternoon's crash near Marne.

Dr. Van Hoeven was a passenger in a vehicle heading west on I-96 when it was struck head-on by a vehicle heading east in the westbound lanes.

Dr. Van Hoeven was a professor emerita of communication at Western Michigan University. She served the university for 28 years, retiring in 1999.

Leslie Laymon, 83, was driving on a suspended license; the Secretary of State determined him to be not competent to drive. Laymon's wife also died in the crash.

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