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Todd Wenzel Automotive expands with new dealership

Todd Wenzel Automotive expands with new dealership

Todd Wenzel Automotive Group announces the acquisition of their fourth Michigan GM dealership, Red Holman Buick GMC in Westland. This purchase represents the third Buick GMC dealership for Todd Wenzel. The first, located in Grand Rapids, was obtained in 2001 followed by a Chevrolet franchise in Hudsonville in 2004 and a second Buick GMC dealership in Davison in 2014.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the Westland and Metro Detroit communities,” said Todd Wenzel, “We look forward to maintaining the excellent reputation the team at Red Holman has built.”

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Man could soon be charged for wrong way crash


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man could soon face charges for a serious wrong-way crash on the night of Thanksgiving.

It happened around 10 p.m. Thursday on I-196 just west of the Hudsonville city limits. Before the crash, drivers had reported a man driving a van in the wrong direction.

Investigators say he nearly hit a deputy before crashing into a 2006 Toyota driven by 55-year-old Thi Pham of Kentwood.

Pham was taken to the hospital by ambulance in serious condition. A passenger, 42-year-old Thao Vo of Kentwood, was also take to the hospital with less severe injuries.

The wrong way driver's name has not been released. Deputies say he could be facing charges for "Operating While Intoxicated Causing Serious Injury" once his lab results come back.

Local church serves Thanksgiving meal to refugee youth


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Bethany Christian Services teamed up with Harbor Life Church to celebrate Thanksgiving with refugee youth in Grand Rapids. More than 15 volunteers gathered at an independent living home to cook a meal and decorate the house.

"They were interested in connecting the church to our refugee community," said Rhonda Fitzsimmons, a community engagement supervisor with Bethany Christian Services. "We have an awesome community, they step up all the time."

"This was a really cool opportunity for us to actively be Christ to these young men," said Anna Childress, a church member at Harbor Life Church. "For us to just go out to and show them that we are excited that they are here, to be the community that greets them and to just engage with them."

There are currently four young men living in the house, six others will soon join them.

Boy's father 'expected' distracted driver's guilty plea


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The man involved in a deadly distracted driving crash has decided to change his plea.  

Travis Fox of Indiana was charged in the crash that killed 13-year-old David Talsma over the summer. Last month, he pleaded not guilty to those charges, but he has now told a judge he wants to plead guilty instead.

Fox has admitted to eating and checking his GPS when he smashed into the minivan carrying Talsma.

WZZM 13 spoke to Talsma's father about the plea and about Michigan's distracted driving laws.

"From what they’ve all told me, it’s something to be expected," said Jason Talsma, David's father. "No surprises."

It's hard to be surprised for a father who had the worst shock of his life just a few months ago. 

"Thoughts of David will come up," said Talsma. 

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Taste of My Town: Rush Creek Bistro


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's not always easy to put together a holiday meal for your family. And if you're thinking of passing on the cooking and cleaning this year, there are a number of places that will take care of that home-cooked style meal for you.

One such place is Rush Creek Bistro in Grandville. They offer a Thanksgiving buffet and managers say they love being a part of those precious family moments you'll remember forever.

They also have an eclectic menu offering great selection on any other day of the year. It includes everything from sandwiches to salads, even pizza and steak. This place prides itself on offering something for everyone.

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.

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