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Off-duty firefighter describes rescuing 2 from submerged SUV


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- There were some scary moments for a Grand Rapids mother and her son after their vehicle flipped over into a water-filled ditch over the weekend. They were rescued, though, by an off-duty firefighter who drove by the scene.

It happened Sunday morning on westbound I-196 in Grandville. Yvonne Turpin was driving with her 14-year-old son Michael. She says a car was entering the highway, and the driver didn't see her in the right lane.

"I honked my horn and she didn't move -- she kept coming over. There was nowhere else I could go but down the embankment. I remember going through the woods; I remember being upside down," Yvonne recalls.

"I remember just all the sudden looking through the windshield and there was water," says Michael. The doors wouldn't open, but he was able to call 911. "I was scared. I said we were on I-196, I was just screaming."

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Car flips onto another in 3-vehicle Georgetown Twp. crash


GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Three people are recovering after a crash Friday morning at Baldwin St. and 28th. Ave. in Ottawa County's Georgetown Township.

The Sheriff's Office says the crash happened around 11:47 a.m., when a 39-year-old Hudsonville woman traveling west on Baldwin ran the red light at 28th Ave. Her vehicle crashed into that of a 55-year-old Hudsonville man who was northbound on 28th Ave. The crash flipped his vehicle, causing it to land on top of a vehicle driven by a 58-year-old Jenison woman who had been southbound on 28th Ave.

The Hudsonville woman had injuries treated at the scene. The Hudsonville man and the Jenison woman were both hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.


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My Town Jenison: Culver's restaurant owner says goodbye

My Town Jenison: Culver's restaurant owner says goodbye

JENISON, Mich.—Community members are encouraged to stop in at Culver's restaurant Tuesday, Jan. 13 and say goodbye to owner Mavis Byers.

Byers handed over the keys to the popular Jenison restaurant Dec. 30.

A popular Jenison restaurant is changing hands.  She opened the restaurant just over a decade ago.  In that time, she has also become a pillar in the community, creating the Jenison Street Dance, organizing the Memorial Day Parade, and serving as a board member for the Grandville Jenison Chamber and Kenowa AMBUCS.

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My Town: Chase Bank closing a dozen branches

My Town: Chase Bank closing a dozen branches

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Many Chase Bank customers will have to travel farther to attend to their accounts in person.

At least a dozen Chase Bank branches at Meijer stores are closing, after both companies agreed to cut ties. In a response sent to WZZM 13, a spokesperson for Meijer says “circumstances have changed and we mutually agreed to end the relationship.”  The decision comes just a couple years after Meijer announced Huntington Bank branches would be opening at some of its stores.

The following Chase Bank branches are expected to close:

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are sharing their top tips to stay safe in this extreme cold.

"As we saw last winter, these arctic blasts can create hazardous situations," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

Exposure to these subzero temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather:

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include: