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My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.A group of real estate professionals have come together to create a service that is giving back to those who serve the public in the Grand Rapids area.

"U Deserve" has brought together several professionals who are dedicated to lowering costs associated with buying, selling or refinancing a home for active military members, veterans, firefighters, police officers, EMS providers, health care professionals and educators.

“Growing up with a father who served in the National Guard and as a police officer, I was able to see first-hand how much public service individuals give back to their communities,” said Kevin Wildman, founder of U Deserve.  “U Deserve is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those individuals.”

Truck driver hit retrieving paperwork in roadway


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) A Wyoming truck driver suffered a broken leg when he was hit by a car early Monday morning.

The accident happened on 64th Avenue near west Randal Street at about 6:30am Monday.

Investigators say that James Schumacher, 55, had pulled his semi-truck to the side of 64th Avenue from Randal Street to retrieve some paperwork that was left on the truck. That paperwork then blew into the roadway. While he was trying to pick up the paperwork and searching for it using a flashlight, he was struck by a 21-year-old Coopersville resident in a passing vehicle.

The driver slowed and moved into the inside lane, according to investigators, but he could not avoid him. Schumacher is in stable condition with a broken leg at Spectrum Hospital.


I-96 reopens after large propane leak near Coopersville


POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- An employee at Van Andel Propane received burns to his face and neck while filling a large tank near Coopersville.

Around 11 a.m. Friday, Brent Alan Phies, 50, was disconnecting a hose from a tank when it began spewing liquid propane in his face. Another employee turned turned off the emergency shutoff valve, but the the line continued to flow, spilling an estimated 200 to 300 gallons of propane.

The accident forced the closure of both directions of I-96 between 48th and 68th Avenue. The interstate reopened 15 minutes later after the propane leak was contained.

Phies was taken to Mercy Health in Muskegon where he was treated and released.

Woman arraigned in fatal I-96 wrong-way crash from July


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) The woman who investigators say caused a fatal wrong-way crash on I-96 this past summer has been arraigned.

Heather Luke has officially been charged with Operating while Intoxicated Causing Death and Manslaughter with a Motor Vehicle. She is currently out on bond until her next court hearing on March 2nd.

Luke was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-96 in Wright Township on July 10th about 7:30pm when she struck a minivan driven by William Alfred Foster, 52, of Wyoming, head-on. Foster's van burst into flames and he was killed at the scene. Luke was also seriously injured in the crash and was flown by AeroMed to Spectrum Hospital.

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

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The Meijer Simply Give program – held three times a year – generated nearly $6 million in 2014 for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation total to nearly $14 million since it began in November 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign, which ended in January, was the most successful holiday campaign in the program’s history, resulting in a total of more than $1.8 million for hungry families.

Funeral for former Coopersville coach held Saturday


SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WZZM) - The community of Coopersville said goodbye to a long time coach and teacher Saturday. The funeral was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spring Lake with around 1,000 people there to remember to Jim Meerman.

Meerman graduated from Coopersville High School in 1977, before spending 30 years coaching at the school. He was the varsity football coach for 25 years. Meerman was inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame last year.

His teams went 177-77, with 8 conference titles, they also finished State runners-up three times, in 1991, 2000, and 2006. He retired from coaching in 2010.

Meerman died at the age of 55 on Monday after a long battle kidney cancer.


With many people questioning the teenager's sentence, WZZM 13 took the concerns to the Ottawa County Court Administrator.


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- WZZM 13 taking a closer look at how Coopersville boy was punished, after he pleaded guilty to being an accomplice to swatting. The 14-year-old was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution and now has a felony on his record.

The punishment provoked some strong reaction on the WZZM 13 Facebook page. Most people commenting agreed with Melissa, who says "The boy admitted his sin and called police. He should be punished but a $10,000 fine and felony charges? Just ridiculous."

However a few people, like Chris, point out that "This isn't a 'mistake' that anyone should take lightly. This could have had serious ramifications."

With many people questioning the teenager's sentence, WZZM 13 took the concerns to the Ottawa County Court Administrator.