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UPDATE: Crash injures two; causes traffic backups

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)- Investigators say a piece of furniture is responsible for a Grandville area crash that injured two people.

It happened around 2 p.m. Saturday  on westbound I-196 near 44th Street. Police say the driver swerved to avoid hiting a piece of furniture in the roadway, veered off the road and into a tree.

Firefighters freed both the driver and passenger from the wreckage.  The driver was airlifted to a nearby hospital, but the extent of injuries is unclear.

The accident closed the freeway for about two hours.

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Driver crashes into business, patrol car

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)-A Wyoming man is facing charges for allegedly crashing into a deputy's vehicle while under the influence. 

Around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, deputies were called to 14th and Port Sheldon in Hudsonville on a report of an intoxicated driver. When they arrived, the driver was gone.

About ten minutes later, investigators were called to a hit and run crash involving the same vehicle at the McDonald's on 32nd Avenue. Police spotted the driver on 32nd Avenue and Highland Drive. But when they tried to stop him, detectives say he tried to ram their vehicles multiple times. Investigators say the driver then hit a business before speeding down Highland Drive. The chase ended when he crashed into a patrol car.

Snow, wet roads contributing to accidents

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Local emergency dispatchers say they are sending police, fire and ambulance crews to numerous accidents caused by snow and wet road conditions.

In one accident around 9:10 p.m. Thursday involved a car and tanker truck in the 8100 block of 36th St. SE in Cascade Township.  Our crew says the truck jack-knifed, blocking 36th Street, and the car was underneath the tanker.

Four people were injured and Aero Med was requested by firefighters, but pilots were not able to fly because of weather conditions.

Another accident was reported on the M-6 Paul Henry Freeway at Wilson Avenue in Byron Township.  Crews were heading to that scene at 9:20 p.m. Thursday.

O.K. Conferences realign

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - After three failed votes over the past eight months (including the last three votes each going down to defeat by one single ballot), the O.K. Conference principals Thursday approved a realignment proposal which will change the high school athletic landscape beginning next fall.

Thursday's vote unfolded at Grandville High School.

The new realignment proposal, which was drafted within the past six weeks, was voted on by the principals first.

It went down to defeat 39-11.

A member of the council then brought back one of the previous proposals for a re-vote.

That one passed by a vote of 38-12.

Once Thursday's vote is approved by the Boards of Education next month, the O.K. Conferences will realign beginning in the 2012-2013 school year.

The conference will now consist of six divisions of six teams, one division of 8 teams and one division is 7 teams.

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Grandville Election Results

Grandville Election Results

Elections were held throughout the country on Tuesday. In Grandville, voters had just one race to vote on.

Randal Gelderloos, Joshua Meringa, and Carole Pettijohn were re-elected to Grandville City Council. Steve Zinger and Tomas Kosmak came up short.

Full election results can be seen by clicking here.

GPS - Listening To Our Community & Planning For The Future

GPS - Listening To Our Community & Planning For The Future

We are contemplating a bond proposal to raise revenue for facility, technology and transportation needs. To engage community members and gather feedback on the proposal, the Board of Education hosted six focus group sessions with parents, civic and business leaders from October 18 - 28. Parent participants were randomly selected, and a consultant from Gartner & Associates facilitated the discussions.

Read the summary of comments from the focus group sessions.

Read the Potential Bond Proposal that was discussed at the sessions.

Add your voice. Please let us know what you think of the summary and proposal.