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Michigan man wins World Yoyo Contest in Japan


(WZZM) -- The world has a new yoyo champion, and he's from West Michigan.

Jake Elliot, 20, is originally from Grand Rapids and went to Grandville High School. Now, he lives in Milford, Mich. where he works full time for YoYoTricks.com teaching people how to yoyo.

The annual World Yoyo Contest was held this year in Japan from August 13-17.

The 20-year-old pulled off the most narrow victory in world yoyo competition history. In the exciting "Freehand" style of play, where the yoyo is not attached to the player's finger, Elliott edged out the six-time world yoyo champion from Japan, bringing the title back to the US for the first time since 2007.

Four taken to hospital after Ottawa County crash


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Four people are in the hospital Sunday evening after a two vehicle crash in Ottawa County.

Deputies on scene tell WZZM 13 a gray van with a female driver and two young passengers was traveling eastbound on Barry Street around 4:15 p.m. Initial investigation shows the woman either failed to yield, or didn't stop at the stop sign at 22nd Street.

A male driver, and lone occupant of a black SUV, t-boned the van while heading north on 22nd Street.

All four were taken to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Both drivers are listed in serious condition Monday morning. The passengers of the van, a 14-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy are listed in critical and stable condition, respectively.

The accident remains under investigation by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office.

One person in custody for shots fired report


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- One person is in custody after police received a shots fired report late Monday night.

A viewer called WZZM 13 to report police presence near the corner of Wilson Avenue and 28th Street. When we arrived on the scene, Walker police had a perimeter set up near the corner of Oakes Street and Wilson.

They say no one was hurt by the gun fire and they will be sending out a news release on the incident.

The scene has since been cleared.


Forks ready for Hudonville's Salad Bowl Bash on August 8th.


HUDSONVILLE (WZZM)-- The Hudsonville Chamber of Commerce is hosting their third annual Salad Bowl Bash on Saturday, August 8th. The festivities begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Farmer's Co-op at 3302 Prospect Street.

For more information, visit the Hudsonville Chamber of Commerce website.


Grand Rapids Balloon Festival begins


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A wide array of colors will be floating across West Michigan skies this weekend as the second annual Grand Rapids Balloon Festival gets underway.

27 pilots will take a total of four flights during a competition in an attempt to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes.

The two-day festival begins Friday at 5 p.m. at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds, located at 5235 Park Ave. SW, with carnival games, crafts, and other activities for children.

The event is free but proceeds raised from pilots offering $5 tethered rides will benefit the Children's Miracle Network. That money stay in West Michigan to provide services at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

Activities are subject to change based on weather. Below are a schedule of events.

Vehicle hits bicyclist, slams into Jenison school


GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies have identified the man on a bike hit by a car Wednesday morning.

Glenn Orgega, 59, is in critical condition after the accident at Sandy Hill Elementary near Baldwin St. and 20th Ave.

The driver, Shirley Brisbin, 73, had a green light when Ortega crossed in front of her, investigators said. She swerved to miss him, hit a tree and became airborne, then crashed her SUV into the school building.

Crews had to cut her out of her car but her injuries were minor.

Jenison Public Schools SUperintendent Tom TenBrink tells WZZM 13 the crash caused "significant damage" to two school walls.

Bone marrow drive held for 9-year-old battling leukemia


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- She's only nine years old but has endured what many never have to go through their entire lives.

Lola DeYoung has leukemia and a rare genetic marker. That makes finding a bone marrow match tough.

"Out of all of the people on the registry, millions and millions of people on the registry, there is no one who is a perfect match for her," says her father, Matt DeYoung.