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Deputies shut down WB I-196 near Hudsonville

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man could soon face charges for a serious wrong-way crash on the night of Thanksgiving.

It happened around 10 p.m. Thursday on I-196 just west of the Hudsonville city limits. Before the crash, drivers had reported a man driving a van in the wrong direction.

Investigators say he nearly hit a deputy before crashing into a 2006 Toyota driven by 55-year-old Thi Pham of Kentwood.

Pham was taken to the hospital by ambulance in serious condition. A passenger, 42-year-old Thao Vo of Kentwood, was also take to the hospital with less severe injuries.

The wrong way driver's name has not been released. Deputies say he could be facing charges for "Operating While Intoxicated Causing Serious Injury" once his lab results come back.

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Boy's father 'expected' distracted driver's guilty plea

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The man involved in a deadly distracted driving crash has decided to change his plea.  

Travis Fox of Indiana was charged in the crash that killed 13-year-old David Talsma over the summer. Last month, he pleaded not guilty to those charges, but he has now told a judge he wants to plead guilty instead.

Fox has admitted to eating and checking his GPS when he smashed into the minivan carrying Talsma.

WZZM 13 spoke to Talsma's father about the plea and about Michigan's distracted driving laws.

"From what they’ve all told me, it’s something to be expected," said Jason Talsma, David's father. "No surprises."

It's hard to be surprised for a father who had the worst shock of his life just a few months ago. 

"Thoughts of David will come up," said Talsma. 

Taste of My Town: Rush Creek Bistro

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's not always easy to put together a holiday meal for your family. And if you're thinking of passing on the cooking and cleaning this year, there are a number of places that will take care of that home-cooked style meal for you.

One such place is Rush Creek Bistro in Grandville. They offer a Thanksgiving buffet and managers say they love being a part of those precious family moments you'll remember forever.

They also have an eclectic menu offering great selection on any other day of the year. It includes everything from sandwiches to salads, even pizza and steak. This place prides itself on offering something for everyone.

15 vehicles involved in crash on 44th St, over I-196

GRANDVILLE, Mich.(WZZM) - Westbound 44th St. was closed at the I-196 overpass, for several hours Saturday night, after a 15 car accident. The crash happened around 7:30.

Investigators say one of the drivers got out of his vehicle and was hit by another vehicle. That driver and one other person were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

The accident remains under investigation, but police do not think alcohol was a factor in the crash.

A Grandville Police Department patrol car was hit about 15 minutes before that crash. Investigators say the patrol car was on the side of Eastbound I-196 near Chicago Dr.

The cars emergency lights were on when it was hit. The officer was investigating another accident at the time and no one was injured. Michigan State Police are investigating that crash.

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Hudsonville traffic stop nets 3-½ pounds of crystal meth

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) – A Texas woman pulled over in Hudsonville with 3 ½ pounds of crystal methamphetamine in her rental car has been indicted on federal drug trafficking charges.

Kelli Nicole Drake, 31, was indicted this week for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine.

In addition to the crystal methamphetamine, officers found nearly 11 ½ ounces of cocaine, court records show. The combined street value of both exceeds $180,000.

"These quantities far exceed user quantities; rather, they are distribution quantities,'' Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Jon Schafer wrote in a Sept. 17 criminal complaint. Schafer arrested Drake in Grand Rapids that same day.

Drake was driving a rented 2014 Nissan Maxima with a Vermont license plate when she was pulled over by Michigan State Police on Sept. 16.

Petraeus speaks at sold-out Dutch heritage event

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A West Michigan group is honoring a well-known military leader Tuesday.

General David Petraeus is the keynote speaker of the sold-out, 2015 Dutch-American Heritage Day celebration in Hudsonville. He's speaking about his military career and his Dutch heritage. Petraeus is the son of a Dutch-American sea captain.

It's at the Pinnacle Center at 3330 Highland Drive in Hudsonville.

He commanded several operations during the Iraq War, and later led all U.S. military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. After retiring from the Army, he served as director of the CIA.

Mother, child taken to hospital after I-196 accident

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Emergency crews are on the scene of a multiple injury accident in Georgetown Township.

The accident occurred around 2 p.m. on I-196 East.

Our crew on the scene tells us a mother and child were taken to the hospital, a second child was able to walk away from the crash.

Witnesses say it looked like the mother, driver, may have had a medical issue and the vehicle went airborne before crashing into a tree.