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Crash victim's dad underwhelmed by driver's charge


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- David Talsma, 13, was killed over the summer in the backseat of a minivan stuck in traffic when another driver's vehicle rear-ended that van. Now, the Indiana driver, who investigators say was distracted, has been charged in David's death.

WZZM 13 spoke to David's father, who was surprised to learn the driver might face only one year in jail.

"It's tough to swallow as a father," said Jason Talsma, David's father. His pain speaks to all of us about the dangers of distracted driving. "I know my family is devastated."

David was killed on a stretch of I-196 near Hudsonville. Travis Fox, the Indiana driver whose vehicle rear-ended the van, was distracted when he caused the crash. Fox has now been charged with a misdemeanor. That means up to one year in jail.

Grandville votes to raise certain streets' speed limits


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- City leaders in Grandville voted unanimously Monday night to raise speed limits on five streets.

The changes mean the streets will comply with state law.

The streets that will have new speed limits are Fairlanes Avenue and parts of four other roads: Ivanrest, Kenowa, Prairie and Wilson. Most of the roads will going from 35 miles per hour to 40.

"I think what we're after in Grandville is to put the speed limits on that result in the safest possible streets for all street users," said city manager Ken Krombeen. "It's not necessarily an easy number to identify, and you're probably never going to get 100% agreement that the number we got is the right one."

These are the first roads the city commission has looked at. They plan to consider the speed limits for other roads in the future.


UPDATE: "Suspicious package" deemed safe at Grandville Post Office


UPDATE: GRANDVILLE (WZZM) -- The Michigan State Police bomb squad confirms clothing was found inside a bag earlier deemed "suspicious."  They have reopened the shopping center where the Grandville Post Office is located at 2939 Wilson Avenue.  The bag was spotted outside the post office around 7:30 Saturday morning when it was called in to authorities.

Train travel will resume as well, it was halted since the tracks are so close to the post office.

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Emergency crews hold safety expo in Hudsonville


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- September is National Preparedness Month, a reminder to review your own safety plans and make sure you know what to do in case of an emergency.

In Hudsonville on Tuesday, the Fire Department and the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department hosted a community cookout. They also demonstrated the different tools they use to respond to different situations.

First responders want to help teach people who live there about all of the emergency services that are available, said emergency management director Dave Dahl.

West Mich. man returns from trip to surprise home makeover


JENISON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Last Friday, we told you about the group of people in Jenison working together to help a friend in need.

Herm Kent's wife Debbie has Alzheimer's. Between working and caring for her, he hasn't had much time for home maintenance.

So while Herm was away in Kentucky, his friends and co-workers made some major updates to his home.

Herm arrived home on Monday to the surprise improvements, and WZZM 13 photojournalist Bridgette Pacholka was there. Watch the video above to find out what happened.

Community comes together to help a neighbor in need


JENISON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Teaming up to help. That's what family, friends and co-workers of a Jenison man are doing while he is out of town.

Herm Kent and his wife Debbie will celebrate their 39th wedding anniversary next month.

Debbie has late stage Alzheimer's. With his wife's health issues, Herm hasn't been able to keep up with work around the house.

While he's away out of state, family and co-workers are rehabbing his home. They're replacing the driveway, back deck and landscaping.

Kent Companies even shut down a couple job sites for the weekend to allow employees to volunteer their time. Some of the company's vendors are also donating time and work on the makeover.


Two Bagger Dave's locations closing


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two Bagger Dave's restaurants in West Michigan are no longer open for business.

A note posted at the door of the chain's Grandville location on Canal Ave. tells customers the restaurant is closed. Bagger Dave's opened in Grandville back in 2012.

The chain is also closing its restaurant in Holland.

That leaves the chain with two West Michigan locations: one on Fulton St. in Grand Rapids and one on Kraft Ave. in Cascade Twp.