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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.

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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.


My Town: Volunteers needed for Grand River cleanup on Sept. 21

My Town: Volunteers needed for Grand River cleanup on Sept. 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The annual Mayor’s Grand River Cleanup takes place Sept. 21.

Volunteers are encouraged to make a difference in their community by taking part in this clean-up effort focusing on sites in Grand Rapids, Grandville, Plainfield Township, Walker and Wyoming.

Registration takes place on Sept. 21 at Sixth Street Park located at 647 Monroe Ave. on the corner of Monroe Avenue and Newberry in downtown Grand Rapids. Arrivals after 9:15 a.m. may not be guaranteed a place on the bus. Buses leave at 9:35 a.m. sharp from the Sixth Street Park.

Call Becky Brown at (616) 451-3051, e-mail her at bbrown@wmeac.org or visit www.grandrivercleanup.com for more information.

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Hudsonville blanks Zeeland East


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A strong start helped Hudsonville roll past Zeeland East 40-0 Friday night.

The Eagles scored 20 points in the first quarter on a pair of touchdown runs by Kyle Toth and a 14-yard pass from Mason Opple to Jack Ellermets.

Hudsonville led 34-0 at the half and added another score in the third quarter,


Muskegon holds off Grandville


GRANDVILLE, Mich.(WZZM) -- Muskegon raced out to a 14-0 lead in the first half and held off a second-half charge by Grandville for a 24-16 road win.

Keonte Whiteside found the end zone from 40 yards out on the Big Reds' first play of the game.

Caleb Washington added a 23-yard touchdown run late in the first half.

The Big Reds improve to 3-0, while the improved Bulldogs lost for the first time after a 2-0 start.


Dozens receive free care thanks to 'Dentistry from the Heart'


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- People who can't afford dental care received free help Friday thanks to a program called Dentistry from the Heart.

At Hudsonville Dental, a team of dentists and volunteers provided people with a free extraction, filling or cleaning. 40 people were in line when Hudsonville Dental opened its doors Friday morning.

Doctor Bradley Dykstra says many of the people in need have either cannot afford dental care, or they've put off going to the dentist for years because of fear.

"The people need it and they're truly appreciative. For the staff members to hear that sense of appreciation, and for me, even before they came in, we served them coffee. They thanked me and I want to thank my staff and my community so we're able to do this," said Dr. Dykstra.