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15 vehicles involved in crash on 44th St, over I-196


GRANDVILLE, Mich.(WZZM) - Westbound 44th St. was closed at the I-196 overpass, for several hours Saturday night, after a 15 car accident. The crash happened around 7:30.

Investigators say one of the drivers got out of his vehicle and was hit by another vehicle. That driver and one other person were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

The accident remains under investigation, but police do not think alcohol was a factor in the crash.

A Grandville Police Department patrol car was hit about 15 minutes before that crash. Investigators say the patrol car was on the side of Eastbound I-196 near Chicago Dr.

The cars emergency lights were on when it was hit. The officer was investigating another accident at the time and no one was injured. Michigan State Police are investigating that crash.

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Taste of my town: Rush Creek Bistro

Taste of my town: Rush Creek Bistro


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Making a Thanksgiving meal can be stressful and time-consuming. If you're looking for a way to enjoy time with family without all the hours in the kitchen on the holiday, we have the place for you.

In this week's Taste of My Town, producer Matt Gard went to Rush Creek Bistro in Grandville.

Their lunch and dinner menu provides a wide variety of options from artisan sandwiches, steaks, and pizza.

Rush Creek Bistro is located at 624 Port Sheldon Street, just south of Chicago Drive.
They will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, but make sure to make a reservation.

You can visit their website at rushcreekbistro.com


Hudsonville traffic stop nets 3-½ pounds of crystal meth


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) – A Texas woman pulled over in Hudsonville with 3 ½ pounds of crystal methamphetamine in her rental car has been indicted on federal drug trafficking charges.

Kelli Nicole Drake, 31, was indicted this week for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine.

In addition to the crystal methamphetamine, officers found nearly 11 ½ ounces of cocaine, court records show. The combined street value of both exceeds $180,000.

"These quantities far exceed user quantities; rather, they are distribution quantities,'' Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Jon Schafer wrote in a Sept. 17 criminal complaint. Schafer arrested Drake in Grand Rapids that same day.

Drake was driving a rented 2014 Nissan Maxima with a Vermont license plate when she was pulled over by Michigan State Police on Sept. 16.

Petraeus speaks at sold-out Dutch heritage event


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A West Michigan group is honoring a well-known military leader Tuesday.

General David Petraeus is the keynote speaker of the sold-out, 2015 Dutch-American Heritage Day celebration in Hudsonville. He's speaking about his military career and his Dutch heritage. Petraeus is the son of a Dutch-American sea captain.

It's at the Pinnacle Center at 3330 Highland Drive in Hudsonville.

He commanded several operations during the Iraq War, and later led all U.S. military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. After retiring from the Army, he served as director of the CIA.

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Mother, child taken to hospital after I-196 accident


GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Emergency crews are on the scene of a multiple injury accident in Georgetown Township.

The accident occurred around 2 p.m. on I-196 East.

Our crew on the scene tells us a mother and child were taken to the hospital, a second child was able to walk away from the crash.

Witnesses say it looked like the mother, driver, may have had a medical issue and the vehicle went airborne before crashing into a tree.


Hudsonville Christian School announces expansion plans


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hudsonville Christian School has announced an expansion, but leaders need to raise about $3 million.

The Board of Trustees announced the campaign Monday.

The board also announced the purchase of Unity Christian High School's campus next door. The plan is to connect the two facilities and provide more educational space.

They will also create new pick-up and drop-off locations at the school, provide childcare for parents, and grow its early childhood programs.

School leaders say Hudsonville Christian School has seen significant growth in the last four years, and this plan will provide the space needed now and in the future.


Santorum cancels visit to Grandville


Update: Santorum's visit to West Michigan was canceled early Monday afternoon.

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- One of the candidates vying for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination will be visiting the Grand Rapids metro area Monday.

The Ottawa County GOP will be hosting Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who will be speaking at their Reagan Day Dinner. The appearance comes just one day before the fourth Republican debate of this election cycle.

The dinner begins at 6:15 at the Sunnybrook Country Club on Port Sheldon Street. Tickets are $40 dollars if purchased in advance and $50 dollars at the door. Also available is a VIP Reception at 5:30 with the Senator. Tickets are $250 per person or $400 per couple.