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Grandville PD investigating reports of man following students

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are investigating reports of a suspicious man following Grandville Public Schools students home after dismissal in at least two incidents this week.

Investigators say the first incident was on Wednesday, when the man got out of a newer, two-door, silver pickup with black wheels and a cover over the bed. He tried approaching the students; they went into their homes, and the suspect drove away.

On Thursday, authorities say the suspect was driving a different vehicle: a newer, two-door, black pickup with silver wheels. He again followed the students and was seen parked in the same area as in Wednesday's incident.

The suspect is described as a clean-shaven, white male in his 20s, with black curly hair and sunglasses. In one incident, he wore a gray t-shirt. In the other, he wore a black t-shirt with a red dragon on it.

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Grandville youth pastor arrested on sex charges

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A former youth pastor is facing criminal sex charges for inappropriately touching a 15-year-old girl at his church, the victim claims.

Jeremiah Behrens was arraigned Monday on charges of second and fourth degree criminal sexual conduct. Grandville police say the incidents happened at Grandville Baptist Church.

According to a police affidavit, the 15-year-old girl claimed Behrens touched her chest above her breast, on top of her clothing in January 2013. The inappropriate touching escalated in May 2013 when the girl was 16-years-old; she claims Behrens touched her bare breasts with his hand under her shirt.

First of two Lamar Construction auctions held Tuesday

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Equipment once owned by Lamar Construction was sold Tuesday in the first of two auctions.

The 76-year-old Hudsonville company filed for chapter seven bankruptcy in July, which also shut down its operations in Colorado and Kentucky.

Everything from woodworking equipment, to office furniture, to workout equipment was sold at the company's former headquarters. More than 200 bidders participated in the auction.

"This auction that we're holding is an opportunity for assets to go out to some of the other construction companies and other businesses in the area," said Bill Melvin of Liquid Asset Partners. "They're able to use in their projects to make a little extra margin and be competitive."

Crash’s Landing Fundraiser on September 24

Crash’s Landing Fundraiser on September 24

Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary invites the community to participate in this worthy cause.

Print a flier from Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary website below. On Wednesday, September 24 from 11am to 11pm the public is invited to present the coupon to any one of the 14 Pizza Hut locations and 20% of their total bill will be donated to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary. This is included for Dine-in, Carry out or Delivery.

The Flier has the list & addresses of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations on the North & South side.

Visit http://www.crashslanding.org for the flier & print the coupon.  

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Thieves in Jenison ransack vehicles and steal 2 cars

JENISON, MI (WZZM) – At first Jenison resident Brian Beckett says he thought it was a practical joke.

"I come out my car is not in the driveway," he explains "I thought somebody was playing a joke on me."

During a crime spree down Astronaut Avenue early Wednesday morning, thieves took two vehicles from Beckett's property in the 7200 block.

A Chrysler 300 parked in the driveway and his 2007 Saturn Sky in the garage.

"It's sickening," he says. "It's a collector car. This is not right."

The thieves took two cars from Beckett and ransacked and burglarized an unknown number of other vehicles on Astronaut Avenue.

"Our neighbors across the street and down the street a little ways, their cars were ransacked," says Colleen Beckett.

Police in White Cloud arrested a suspect driving one of the stolen vehicles.

Driver freeing shoe from mat hits bicyclist

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A driver says the heel of her shoe got caught in a mat, causing her to crash into a bicyclist Wednesday morning.

The accident happened on Chicago Drive near 40th Ave. in Hudsonville around 8:08 a.m.

The bicyclist, a Georgetown Township man, was taken to Zeeland Hospital in stable condition after the crash. Authorities say the man had been riding a recumbent bike westbound on the shoulder when he was hit.

The driver, a 47-year-old Jenison woman, says her vehicle drifted into the bicyclist as she freed her shoe from the mat.

The crash sent the bicyclist flying approximately 75 feet into a ditch, investigators said.

Two vehicles stolen from Jenison residence

JENISON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ottawa County investigators are looking for the people who stole two vehicles from a property in Jenison.

The thefts happened sometime between 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday in the 7200 block of Astronaut Drive.

The thieves broke into an unattached garage and took a white 2007 Saturn Sky with Michigan plate KY7, which had been parked inside the garage. They also took a green 2005 Chrysler 300 with Michigan plate BKD 9706. That second vehicle had been parked outside the garage.

The suspects also went through other vehicles on the property.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office or Silent Observer at 1-877-88-SILENT.