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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


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.

Family of boy convicted in school swatting: it 'ruined our life'

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) – Bomb threats and other swatting incidents are on the rise in West Michigan, with nearly a dozen in recent months at area school districts. As the troublesome trend continues, frustrated police, school leaders, and parents are looking for ways to stop them.

WZZM 13 spoke with the mother of a 14-year-old boy who was convicted as an accomplice in an incident in Coopersville last fall. We are not naming the student because he is a juvenile, even though he has been identified elsewhere and is known in the community. Also for that reason, we are not naming his mother, either.

That doesn't change what she had to say about how the incident has affected her family and how easily she says her son got snarled into a very serious crime.