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Man in Grandville kidnap, ransom case wins appeal


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A man sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison for kidnapping his ex-mother-in-law, who was blind-folded and duct-taped to a telephone pole, will get a new sentencing hearing, the Court of Appeals ruled.

For the second time since his 2011 conviction, Regan Adam Reynolds appealed a Kent County Circuit Court sentence that has him behind bars for between 30 and 90 years.

Whether a third appearance before the same judge will shave time off his sentence remains to be seen.

Reynolds recruited two others to break into the Grandville woman’s home in Aug. 2011 and abduct her for ransom. The 60-year-old woman was blindfolded and duct-taped to a telephone pole in an Allegan County corn field, but managed to escape.

Reynolds and one of his confederates held the woman’s husband at knife-point inside the couple’s home on Navaho Court SW, demanding ransom for the woman’s safe return.

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New Hudsonville store invites crafters, pickers to do business


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - A business that got its start on social media now has a physical store in Hudsonville.

The Found Cottage was started by a group of women who share a love for antiques and crafts. The physical store opened last week and had a line of people out the door, waiting to get in.

One of the owners, Liz Galvan, credits social media for their success.

“I blog full-time, so I have a presence on social media and that's where I talk to a lot of my readers. That's how the word got out. The store is a mix of old and new. We have 12 vendors who are pickers and makers. We gathered under one roof and sell our goods,” said Galvan.

No jail time for man who killed teenager in distracted-driving crash


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- There is no jail time for the distracted driver who caused the death of a teenage boy in Ottawa County. On Tuesday morning, a judge sentenced Travis Fox of Indiana to probation and community service instead.

Fox caused a chain-reaction crash on I-196 over the summer, killing 13-year-old David Talsma and injuring several others.

There was plenty of pain, but also forgiveness, in the courtroom. At one point, David's father, Jason Talsma, hugged Travis Fox to show he understands the pain Fox is going through, as well.  Now, Talsma is asking everyone in the public to address the issue of distracted driving.

"This tragic event will continue to replay and unfold for the rest of my life," Jason Talsma told the court.

"Losing David has devastated us all," David's mother, Kristin, told the court. 

Nearly 900 customers lose power in Grandville


Update: The majority of customers' power has been restored, the utility reports.

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Nearly 900 people are without power near Grandville Sunday morning.

According to the Consumer's Energy website, power is expected to be restored around 10:30 AM.

The outage has caused at least one church to cancel services.

For complete updates, visit the Consumers Energy website.


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Police: 1 killed in Jamestown Twp crash


JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash that its driver dead.

The crash happened on Byron Road between Kenowa Avenue SW and 8th Avenue, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department. Police have identified the driver as a 55-year-old man from Byron Center.

His name has not yet been released.

An early investigation finds that the man was traveling eastbound on Byron Road when his car hit an embankment and flipped. The victim was pinned inside the car and was found dead upon police arrival.

Santa to boy with autism: 'OK to be who he is'


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The story of a West Michigan boy's meeting with Santa is making thousands of people smile -- and shed a tear or two -- this Monday on Facebook.

Naomi Johnson's son, Landon, and his cousins recently went to visit Santa at RiverTown Crossings Mall. Her son "said his piece" to Santa, but it's a second encounter garnering reactions to the social media post.

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Jo-Ann Fabrics offers craft classes for the holidays


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Jo-Ann Fabrics is helping West Michigan create hand-crafted gifts this holiday season by offering crafting classes.

Classes are offered both in store, and online. There are also many craft ideas available.

You can learn more about the classes offered both in store, and online by visiting the Jo-Ann Fabrics website.