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Community comes together to help a neighbor in need


JENISON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Teaming up to help. That's what family, friends and co-workers of a Jenison man are doing while he is out of town.

Herm Kent and his wife Debbie will celebrate their 39th wedding anniversary next month.

Debbie has late stage Alzheimer's. With his wife's health issues, Herm hasn't been able to keep up with work around the house.

While he's away in Florida, family and co-workers are rehabbing his home. They're replacing the driveway, back deck and landscaping.

Kent Companies even shut down a couple job sites for the weekend to allow employees to volunteer their time. Some of the company's vendors are also donating time and work on the makeover.


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Two Bagger Dave's locations closing


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two Bagger Dave's restaurants in West Michigan are no longer open for business.

A note posted at the door of the chain's Grandville location on Canal Ave. tells customers the restaurant is closed. Bagger Dave's opened in Grandville back in 2012.

The chain is also closing its restaurant in Holland.

That leaves the chain with two West Michigan locations: one on Fulton St. in Grand Rapids and one on Kraft Ave. in Cascade Twp.


Michigan man wins World Yoyo Contest in Japan


(WZZM) -- The world has a new yoyo champion, and he's from West Michigan.

Jake Elliot, 20, is originally from Grand Rapids and went to Grandville High School. Now, he lives in Milford, Mich. where he works full time for YoYoTricks.com teaching people how to yoyo.

The annual World Yoyo Contest was held this year in Japan from August 13-17.

The 20-year-old pulled off the most narrow victory in world yoyo competition history. In the exciting "Freehand" style of play, where the yoyo is not attached to the player's finger, Elliott edged out the six-time world yoyo champion from Japan, bringing the title back to the US for the first time since 2007.

Four taken to hospital after Ottawa County crash


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Four people are in the hospital Sunday evening after a two vehicle crash in Ottawa County.

Deputies on scene tell WZZM 13 a gray van with a female driver and two young passengers was traveling eastbound on Barry Street around 4:15 p.m. Initial investigation shows the woman either failed to yield, or didn't stop at the stop sign at 22nd Street.

A male driver, and lone occupant of a black SUV, t-boned the van while heading north on 22nd Street.

All four were taken to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Both drivers are listed in serious condition Monday morning. The passengers of the van, a 14-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy are listed in critical and stable condition, respectively.

The accident remains under investigation by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office.

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One person in custody for shots fired report


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- One person is in custody after police received a shots fired report late Monday night.

A viewer called WZZM 13 to report police presence near the corner of Wilson Avenue and 28th Street. When we arrived on the scene, Walker police had a perimeter set up near the corner of Oakes Street and Wilson.

They say no one was hurt by the gun fire and they will be sending out a news release on the incident.

The scene has since been cleared.


School Supply Santa collecting again

School Supply Santa collecting again

The School Supply Santa all started eight years ago, thanks to Denise Kooiker of Byron Center, MI. Once again she is asking for your donations for kids in the Grand Rapids areas to start the upcoming school year.

Donations are distributed to administrators at schools in Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming, Kelloggsville, Godwin, Godfrey-Lee and Vista Charter Academy. Adding to the list this year are Rockford and Grandville schools.

Donations of backpacks and all school supplies can be dropped off at all the Kent District Library branches, local Starbucks and Biggby coffee houses, Talsma Furniture stores, Macatawa Banks, Byron Community Recreation and Gaines Township Hall. The drive runs from August 1 – 28. More information is available at the School Supply Facebook page at Facebook.com/SchoolSupplySanta.

Forks ready for Hudonville's Salad Bowl Bash on August 8th.


HUDSONVILLE (WZZM)-- The Hudsonville Chamber of Commerce is hosting their third annual Salad Bowl Bash on Saturday, August 8th. The festivities begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Farmer's Co-op at 3302 Prospect Street.

For more information, visit the Hudsonville Chamber of Commerce website.