Two arrested for allegedly stealing lottery tickets in West Michigan
GRAND HAVEN, MI – Police arrested two people early Saturday, Sept. 24 for allegedly stealing lottery tickets in Muskegon and Ottawa counties. The driver admitted to cashing stolen lottery tickets and told police the tickets in the car were also stolen, the news release said. The sheriff’s office said both Muskegon and Ottawa counties had lottery ticket thefts in recent days. Both suspects were arrested and lodged at the Ottawa County Jail. Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office or Silent Observer at 877-88-SILENT or 877-887-4536.mlive.com
Week 4: Grand Rapids matchups, predictions, OK Conference standings
Only one game across the OK Conference divisions will feature a pair of undefeated teams squaring off in Week 4. Belding will visit Calvin Christian for an OK Silver Conference clash. School League Overall Caledonia 1-0 3-0 Grandville 1-0 3-0 Rockford 1-0 3-0 East Kentwood 1-0 2-1 West Ottawa 0-1 2-1 Grand Haven 0-1 1-2 Jenison 0-1 1-2 Hudsonville 0-1 0-3School League Overall Forest Hills Central 1-0 3-0 Lowell 1-0 3-0 Grand Rapids Christian 1-0 2-1 East Grand Rapids 1-0 1-2 Byron Center 0-1 1-2 Forest Hills Northern 0-1 1-2 Greenville 0-1 1-2 Northview 0-1 1-2School League Overall Union 1-0 3-0 Zeeland West 1-0 3-0 Mona Shores 1-0 2-1 Muskegon 1-0 2-1 Reeths-Puffer 0-1 2-1 Holland 0-1 0-3 Wyoming 0-1 0-3 Zeeland East 0-1 0-3School League Overall Catholic Central 1-0 3-0 Forest Hills Eastern 1-0 3-0 South Christian 1-0 3-0 Thornapple-Kellogg 1-0 1-2 Wayland 0-1 2-1 Cedar Springs 0-1 0-3 Ottawa Hills 0-1 0-3 Kenowa Hills 0-1 0-3School League Overall West Catholic 1-0 3-0 Fruitport 1-0 2-1 Holland Christian 1-0 2-1 Unity Christian 1-0 1-2 Coopersville 0-1 2-1 Hamilton 0-1 2-1 Allendale 0-1 1-2 Spring Lake 0-1 1-2mlive.com
West Michigan workforce training programs awarded state grants
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Three training programs in Ottawa and Allegan counties were awarded dollars from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s workforce training center equipment grant program. “Our training providers are educational catalysts for the ongoing development of our local workforce,” Jennifer Owens, the president of Lakeshore Advantage, said in a press release. “As lakeshore companies continue to grow and expand, the need for a trained workforce becomes more pressing. GRCC will use its award to buy equipment for advanced automation training. Statewide, $3 million was distributed to workforce training centers through the MEDC grant program, according to Lakeshore Advantage.mlive.com
Ottawa County issues advisory about E. coli cases as four hospitalized
OTTAWA COUJNTY, MI -- Ottawa County has issued an advisory about increasing cases of an E. coli strain after investigating nine recent cases. Of the nine, four required hospitalization. Health leaders said the cases involve shiga-toxin producing E. coli infections (STEC), which is typically associated with foodborne outbreaks. They are working with state health department and agriculture department to investigate possible links between the cases. Symptoms of STEC are typically:Diarrhea, which is often bloodySevere stomach crampsVomitingLow-grade feverHealth leaders advise the public to prevent infection by using good hand washing, cooking meats thoroughly, washing fruits and vegetables under running water, and not swallowing water while swimming.mlive.com
Ottawa Hills strives for continued improvement behind young offensive line
Ottawa Hills won two games a year ago, and that was the most wins the Bengals have had in a season since 2015. What is especially encouraging for the 2022 season is that Ottawa started four freshmen on its offensive line in 2021. “We have 14 returners, and last year, the unique thing about us was we had four freshmen starting on the offensive line,” Bengals coach Christian Verley said during the July 25 Grand Rapids Football Media Day at Comstock Park. Verley said that there are three Bengals being considered at quarterback in Anthony George, Kamani Jones and Tyreez Buchanan. “It definitely gives us more fire and motivation in the weight room,” George said about opening the season against Union.mlive.com
Where Red Wings stand in Atlantic power rankings after busy offseason
The Atlantic Division was the NHL’s toughest in 2021-22, featuring Presidents’ Trophy-winning Florida, two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay and two other teams with 107 or more points (Toronto, Boston). Stars Matthew Tkachuk (Florida), Alex DeBrincat and Claude Giroux (Ottawa) and 2022 first overall pick Juraj Slafkovsky (Montreal) joined the division in the offseason, as did three new head coaches in Paul Maurice (Florida), Jim Montgomery (Boston) and Derek Lalonde (Detroit).mlive.com
Full closures of I-96 in West Michigan occurring again overnight Wednesday
More intermittent full closures of I-96 in West Michigan are planned for Wednesday night and early Thursday. The closures in Ottawa and Muskegon counties starting at 7 p.m. July 20 are for sign work, according to a notice from the Michigan Department of Transportation. Full closures lasting 15 minutes at a time will occur on eastbound I-96 at Apple Drive near Nunica, and on westbound I-96 at Sternberg Road in Fruitport Township. Fifteen-minute closures of westbound I-96 at Sternberg Road and eastbound I-96 at Apple Avenue will occur between 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, and 6 a.m. Thursday, July 21. Also on MLivePaved trail will connect two Lake Michigan parks in southern Muskegon CountyLake Michigan park closes swim area with high waves, strong currents expectedBystanders save woman from drowning in Lake MichiganPlayground at popular Muskegon park to be removed for safety, another one may be toomlive.com
Fugitive slave Jim Gray’s dramatic escape from Ottawa will be commemorated during dedication of historical marker on Fourth of July. ‘Has he done anything but want to be free?’
The tale of how residents of Ottawa, Illinois, helped a fugitive slave escape to freedom marks a transitional phase in the state’s history, experts say, but has been largely forgotten.chicagotribune.com
Dangerous swimming conditions expected at Lake Michigan beaches through Sunday evening
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Strong current and high waves will make swimming dangerous at various Lake Michigan beaches on Sunday, June 26, according to the National Weather Service Grand Rapids. The National Weather Service issued a beach hazard warning for beaches in Mason, Oceana, Ottawa, Allegan, Van Buren and Muskegon counties through late Sunday evening.mlive.com
COVID-19 vaccine available to children younger than 5 in West Michigan
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- COVID-19 vaccines are becoming available to children under the age of 5 in Kent and Ottawa counties. Kent County Health Department officials announced Tuesday they are now taking COVID-19 vaccine appointments for that young age group.mlive.com
59 impacted by COVID outbreaks across Michigan schools
Health officials identified found 50 new COVID-19 outbreaks last week in Michigan, including 15 associated with K-12 schools and 24 tied to long-term care facilities. School outbreaks were reported across six Michigan counties, including Eaton, Genesee, Kalamazoo, Ottawa, Washtenaw and Wayne. In total, 59 students and staff were infected by SARS-CoV-2 with a link back to school, according to the Department of Health and Human Services’ latest outbreaks report updated Monday, April 25.mlive.com
Canada panel to investigate measures against trucker protest
The Canadian government called an independent public inquiry into its decision to use the Emergencies Act earlier this year to deal with a trucker protest against COVID-19 restrictions that blocked border crossings and clogged the streets of the nation’s capitalwashingtonpost.com
Red Wings fall to Senators, who complete season series sweep
DETROIT – Anton Forsberg made 24 saves Tuesday and the Ottawa Senators defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 at Little Caesars Arena to complete a season series sweep. Tyler Bertuzzi scored the Red Wings’ lone goal, on the power play. The Red Wings dropped to 28-35-10. The Red Wings converted on their third power play of the night to tie it at 1-1 at 12:27 of the second period. Austin Watson opened the scoring with 4.3 seconds remaining in the first period.mlive.com
Red Wings seek to avoid season series sweep by Senators
Contain Josh Norris and stay out of the penalty box are two of the keys for the Detroit Red Wings tonight as they face Ottawa at Little Caesars Arena (7:30, Bally Sports Detroit), looking to avoid being swept in the season series by the Senators. Ottawa won back-to-back games vs. Detroit April 1-3, both 5-2, in matchups between teams that have been eliminated from playoff contention. “In the first two we didn’t play great, but we could have won either game,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “I like our game better today than when we went into those games. The Red Wings, 2-0-1 in their past three, are stressing discipline after being shorthanded 16 times the past four games (they killed 15 penalties).mlive.com
Detroit Red Wings vs. Ottawa Senators - NHL (4/3/22) | Faceoff, How to Watch, Preview
After a tough loss to the Ottawa Senators on Friday night, the Detroit Red Wings look to return the favor north of the border, as they head up to Canada’s capital on Sunday afternoon for the second-half of the home-and-home. With the loss two days ago, the Red Wings have now lost five-straight games, albeit two of them coming in overtime. Ottawa remains in seventh in the division despite picking up the win, and sit seven points back of the Red Wings and Sabres. Yet, they are still seven points ahead of the Montreal Canadiens, who are tied for the worst record in the NHL. Check out more stories about the Detroit Red Wings here on MLiveWhat: NHL HockeyWho: Detroit Red Wings (26-33-9) vs. Ottawa Senators (24-37-5)When: Sunday, April 3Time: 1:00 p.m.mlive.com
Zelenskyy appeals for help from Canada in emotional speech
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has asked Canadians to imagine bombs landing in their communities as urged the nation to apply great economic and military pressure on Russia — including a no-fly zone over his countrywashingtonpost.com
Canada protest convoy organizer Pat King denied bail
A Canadian judge denied bail on Friday to a prominent organizer of the three-week convoy protest against coronavirus measures in Ottawa. Pat King was arrested on Feb. 18 and faces charges of mischief, counselling to commit mischief, counselling to commit the offence of disobeying a court order and counselling to obstruct police. Justice of the Peace Andrew Seymour said he’s not satisfied that King, if released, wouldn’t commit offences similar to those he’s accused of.news.yahoo.com
Ottawa Hills’ four-time school-record holder wins Grand Rapids Athlete of the Week
“I always tell people I love to watch him swim,” Julian said. He makes it look so effortless, even though I know how much effort he is putting into it.”Hoffman, who holds two individual school records and swims a leg on two of Ottawa’s relay records, has been voted the Grand Rapids Winter Sports Athlete of the Week. I owe all of the thanks to them.”Hoffman set Ottawa’s records in the 100 freestyle (48.23) and the 100 backstroke (54.18). “He has rebroken the medley relay record a couple of times with a different relays. He was integral in the 400 free relay record last year and he broke the 100 free record last year in half of a season.mlive.com
Canadian police arrest 2 leaders of protesting truckers
Police have arrested two of the leaders of hundreds of truckers who clogged the streets of Canada’s capital, standing their ground and defiantly blasted their horns as police threatened to break up the nearly three-week protest against the country’s COVID-19 restrictions.
How American cash for Canada protests could sway US politics
The Canadians who have disrupted trade with the U.S. and occupied downtown Ottawa for nearly three weeks have been cheered and funded by American right-wing activists and conservative politicians who also oppose vaccine mandates and the country’s liberal leader.
Canada protests sound common refrain: 'We stand for freedom'
Canadians who have occupied downtown Ottawa, disrupted travel and trade with the U.S. and inspired copycat protests from New Zealand to the Netherlands sound a common note when asked about their motivation: Decisions about their health shouldn’t be made by the government.
Canadian judge orders an end to blockade at border bridge
A Canadian judge has ordered protesters at the Ambassador Bridge over the U.S.-Canadian border to end the 5-day-old blockade that has disrupted the flow of goods between the two countries and forced the auto industry on both sides to roll back production.
Ottawa declares state of emergency over COVID-19 protests
The mayor of Canada’s capital declared a state of emergency and a former U.S. ambassador to Canada says U.S. Republicans must stop interfering in the domestic affairs of its neighbor as protesters opposed to COVID-19 restrictions continued to paralyze Ottawa's downtown.
Ontario mulls how all-Canadian division in NHL might work
(Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)TORONTO, ONT – Ontario’s minister of sport says the provincial government is examining how a Canadian division in the NHL might work. Lisa MacLeod says discussions about the league’s return-to-play plan are being studied by Ontario public health authorities, the province’s chief medical officer of health and officials from Toronto and Ottawa. Seven of the NHL’s 31 teams are in Canada: Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The Ontario Hospital Association on Thursday asked the Ontario government for a strict four-week lockdown in regions with high rates of COVID-19 positivity that would include Toronto and Ottawa, the two Ontario cities with NHL teams. Quebec Premier Francois Legault said Wednesday the province’s public health measures shouldn’t impact a resumption of activities for the Montreal Canadiens.
Report: Red Wings place D Jonathan Ericsson on waivers
Jonathan Ericsson of the Detroit Red Wings looks on during a stoppage in play against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on October 7, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)Veteran defenseman Jonathan Ericsson hit the waiver wires today, according to NHL insider Elliotte Friedman. Ericsson, 35, has been on the Detroit Red Wings' injured reserve list and has not appeared in a game this season. He is in the final year of a six-year contract with the Red Wings. In 662 career NHL games, all with the Red Wings, Ericsson has compiled 27 goals and 98 assists.