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MIOSHA investigating Continental Dairy worker's death


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Coopersville dairy where a worker died Saturday has been cited in the past for health-related violations.

MIOSHA is looking into the accidental death of 54-year-old Ronald Yell. The Muskegon man was run over by a semi Saturday night.

In September 2012, MIOSHA cited the dairy for what it determined to be three serious health-related violations. Those violations were resolved with an informal settlement in which Continental Dairy paid a fine.

State records show MIOSHA also did a routine inspection at Continental Dairy in October 2013.


Car hits man dressed as zombie


NUNICA, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police in Ottawa County are looking for the driver who hit a Muskegon man Saturday night. The accident happened shortly before 8:30 p.m. on Main near Cass in Nunica.

Investigators say Jeffrey Stiles, 45, of Muskegon was attending a Halloween party and decided to step outside to try and scare drivers with his zombie costume. While in the road, he was hit by a car. The driver of the car did not stop and was last seen going north on Main.

Deputies say Stiles was in the traffic lane at the time. He was taken to a Grand Rapids hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department or Silent Observer.


Man shocked, burned while working on 130 ft. tower


POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Rescue crews responded to a commercial tower where a man was shocked and burned Friday afternoon.

The incident happened around 2:15 p.m., along 60th Avenue north of Garfield Street.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says the 22-year-old Lansing-area man was part of a crew working on the tower, measuring a section of it. Wind blew his measuring tape into a high-tension wire. The measuring tape became energized and burned the man's arms.

The man was working more than 100 feet above the ground, and his coworkers helped him down. An ambulance treated him at the scene and then took him to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids for further treatment.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Will Host Juried Arts and Crafts Show With 1,000 Items Nov. 14-15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., OCT. 10, 2014―Over 1,000 arts and crafts items from among 50 vendors will be featured for the general public and Christmas shoppers during the St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish Juried Arts & Crafts Show.  The event will be held Friday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parish Family Center.

 

St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish is located at 920 Fulton Street, directly off Highway 31 in Grand Haven.  Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no charge for admission.

 

The parish’s “MOM’s Group” will put on a festive luncheon both days, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Attendees may choose from among a display of hearty soups, salads, quiche and desserts available.

 

“We are encouraging anyone to come and make it a ladies day outing, as this event coincides with the opening day of deer-hunting season,” said Ellen Valdez, St.

Ottawa County begins well water tests


BLENDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ottawa County leaders are beginning a new round of well water screenings to check for potential contamination.

People living in the Bass River and Deer Creek watersheds are being asked to bring in samples of drinking water from their wells. The Ottawa Conservation District is screening for nitrates in the water.

People who live in in the watershed areas can bring their water in a clean glass jar to the Blendon Township hall at 7161 72nd Avenue from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. today.

The Polkton Township hall at 6900 Arthur will be doing screenings from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. tomorrow.

Testing at the Robinson Township hall at 12010 120th Avenue will be held next Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.


Court docs: Man admits to putting mother's body in river


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Coopersville man who's the suspect in his mother's murder this week admitted to police that he was with her when she died and then dumped her body in the Grand River, according to court documents obtained by WZZM 13.

Michael Roersma had two court hearings Thursday.

He was arraigned in District Court on a charge of lying to police in a violent crime investigation. Authorities investigating the death of his mother, 72-year-old Sharon Roersma, say Michael on Wednesday admitted to lying when he said on Monday that he didn't know how his mother died. After that admission, he then told authorities he was with his mother when she died and then left her body in the river. Investigators then arrested him on the obstruction charge and named him the primary suspect in the murder. He's held on $100,000 bond and could face up to four years in prison if convicted on that obstruction charge.

Homicide victim's son named primary suspect


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Investigation into the beating death of a 72-year-old Coopersville woman, whose body was pulled from the Grand River on Monday, is now focused on her son, a habitual felony offender and self-described heroin addict.

Sharon Roersma's body was found along the Grand River near Coopersville. An autopsy shows she died of a broken neck and blows to the head. Investigators say they believe she was dead before her body was placed in the river.

A few hours after fishermen discovered the body, her son, 50-year-old Michael David Roersma reported her missing from the home they shared on Ann Street, located north of the downtown Coopersville business district.

After speaking with Roersma on Monday, Ottawa County investigators arrested him for a parole violation. He was charged Wednesday with obstruction of a felony investigation.