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Student reports being approached by suspicious man


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for a suspicious man who reportedly approached a Grandville Middle School student heading to school Wednesday morning.

The student was walking east on Choctaw near Mohave around 7:35 a.m., when the suspect got out of a vehicle and started jogging toward the boy. The student threw his backpack at the suspect before running to school and immediately reporting the incident.

The suspect fled, and a resident in the area recovered the boy's backpack. When police checked the surrounding area and elementary schools, they were unable to find the suspect or the suspect's vehicle.

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Todd Wenzel Automotive acquires former Suburban Saturn Service Facility

Todd Wenzel Automotive acquires former Suburban Saturn Service Facility
Todd Wenzel announced today that they have purchased the 29th Street property where they will begin remodeling the 34,000 square foot building to house their Collision and Appearance Center; currently located at Todd Wenzel Buick GMC on 28th Street. The dealer group plans to also move their centralized Business Development Center or BDC to the second floor of the building. By relocating the current body shop to 2700 29th St., Todd Wenzel Buick GMC will be able to improve the dealership’s quality of customer service and increase work flow. “We have recognized for some time now that our Buick and GMC business is greatly expanding and the 28th St. facility is bursting at the seams,” Wenzel said, “This expansion will provide much needed relief and allow for additional mechanical service growth.

Man arrested after allegedly stealing iPad from store


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man accused of stealing from a store at Rivertown Crossings Mall Tuesday afternoon will likely be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.

The Grandville Police Department says the suspect allegedly stole a store's iPad around 3 p.m. Police point out the device was store equipment and not for sale.

Around 4 p.m., officers found the suspect, who fled into a retention pond south of the mall.

An Ottawa County Sheriff's Office canine unit helped officers take him into custody.

The suspect was treated for an injury to his arm.

Officers say he'll be charged with larceny in a building, a four-year felony, and other possible charges, pending a prosecutor's review. The suspect's name has been withheld, pending arraignment.

Authorities say they recovered the stolen iPad.


Wyoming teen sentenced to probation for fatal crash


BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - An 18-year-old Wyoming man has been sentenced to two years of probation and a suspended jail term in a crash that killed his two passengers.

Jason Fuentes-Perdomo received the sentence on Monday in Mecosta County court. He faces 176 days in jail if he violates the terms of his probation.

Fuentes-Perdomo pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of a moving violation causing death. Authorities say he failed to stop at an intersection on Eight Mile Road in May and collided with a pickup truck. Twenty-two-year-old Michael Aguilar of Coopersville and his cousin, 18-year-old Roman Aguilar-Emmons of Wyoming, were killed. Aguilar-Emmons was a student at Grandville HS.

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Grandville stuns state-ranked West Ottawa


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grandville put up a season-high points and upset state-ranked West Ottawa 54-14 Friday night.

Brian Cappiello scored three touchdowns for the Bulldogs, while Nolan Meekhoff added two scores,


Made In Michigan company appears on ABC's Shark Week


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - A Made in Michigan company is getting its shot for big money on ABC's Shark Tank. The 'Fun Cake Rental Company' out of Grandville is bringing its unique idea to a national audience.

Kimberly Aya sits in her cake decorating shop putting the finishing touches on an unusual blue shark tank themed cake. "So we are making a replica, a shark tank cake I sent to abc.com to apply for Shark Tank," explains Aya.

Aya's cake helped her beat out over 50,000 applicants to appear on the popular ABC show Shark Tank.

Funeral held for teacher killed in bicycle accident


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The life of a South Christian High School teacher and golf coach is being celebrated later Friday.

Rod VanDyke was killed Tuesday morning in Georgetown Township. He was riding his bike on 36th Avenue when a Hudsonville driver hit him.

VanDyke's funeral began at 1 p.m. Friday at the Hudsonville Reformed Church on Highland Drive.

A day after his death, the South Christian girls golf team won a regional tournament in their coach's honor.

Thursday, school leaders held a memorial for VanDyke at South Christian.

Additionally, another cyclist has put a white bike known as a ghost bike near the scene of the deadly accident. The ghost bike reminds drivers and bicyclists to pay attention to their surroundings.