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Firefighters put out fire at Grandville hotel


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Firefighters are working extinguish hot spots at the Days Inn and Suites in Grandville following a fire earlier this morning.

The fire is believed to have started in the boiler room around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, according to dispatch reports. Police shut down 28th Street near the hotel to connect additional hoses to hydrants.

As of 1 p.m., crews still were working to put out hot spots.

 


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Jenison inventor takes Shefit sports bra to Shark Tank


JENISON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A West Michigan business owner will face off with the sharks next week.

Jenison native Sara Moylan is the owner and inventor of the Shefit bra, a fully adjustable sports bra.

Recently, she was invited to pitch her invention on ABC's Shark Tank.

"To me, it's just crazy that in this day and age, with all these amazing companies on the market, nobody's went back to the drawing board and truly innovated and brought some amazing technology to one of the most important pieces of equipment we as women have, which is a sports bra," said Moylan.

She launched her company about a year ago.

The episode of Shark Tank featuring Moylan will air Friday, January 29, beginning at 9 p.m. on WZZM 13.

One killed in two-vehicle accident in Georgetown Township


GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- One woman is dead after a two-vehicle accident in Georgetown Township.

Both directions of 36th Avenue were closed near Port Sheldon in Ottawa County while emergency crews were on scene. 

The crash was reported around 8 a.m. Friday. 

Two people were in the southbound Toyota when the driver, 50-year-old Rebecca Kunst, lost control and swerved into the path of an oncoming Jeep. Two people were also in the Jeep. They were shaken up, but uninjured. 

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.