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Drunk driver sentenced in mother's death


GRAND RAPIDS (Mich.) The drunk driver who killed a mother of five in Lowell Township could be heading to prison for more than two decades. Just before Jay Hobbs was sentenced for the February crash, the victim's family asked the judge to protect other families from the same situation.

The victim's husband, Ali Beha, described losing his wife in the February crash as an "unleashing of evil." Tonya Beha was pushing her van on the Alden Nash bridge after running out of gas, when Hobbs struck her. Seven people were in the van, including three of her children. Hobbs tried to run from the scene, but was arrested a short time later.

Last month, Hobbs pleaded no contest to drunk driving causing death. On Monday, the judge sentenced Hobbs to between 6 and 22 years in prison. Just before the sentencing, Ali Beha described an emotional conversation he had with his six year old daughter.

Alden Nash overpass re-opened after crews complete bridge slide project


Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) - The Alden Nash Bridge over Interstate 96 in Lowell reopened to traffic this morning as constructions crews completed a bridge slide that took place over the weekend.

Workers used nearly 500,000 pounds of pressure and dish-washing liquid to slide the new bridge into place. The new one replaces the 50-year-old Alden Nash overpass.

"With each push, it's supposed to move the bridge 3 to 3 1/2 feet. We're talking 470,000 pounds of lateral pressure pushing the bridge. You've got a jack on each end, and another jack in the middle, and a pulling jack on the other side to get that initial nudge going, and break that friction," said John Richard. Spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The technique adds about $2 million more on the cost of the project, but saved drivers months of lane closures.

M-50 bridge slide underway; I-96 detoured


UPDATE 10/18: According to MDOT, I-96 is back open, but drivers should expect shoulder closures near the overpass. M-50 will continue to be detoured through Monday morning as they complete the bridge project.

LOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - A unique construction project underway could delay drivers on I-96 in Lowell Township.

MDOT crews are working on sliding a bridge into place at an interchange. Other projects have used the bridge slide technique already, but this is the state's first bridge slide at an interchange.

The new bridge is replacing the 50-year-old Alden Nash overpass. The old one was demolished several months ago, and traffic has been using the new bridge in its temporary location.

MDOT says the bridge slide costs about $2 million more than the traditional construction method, but it saved drivers months of lane closures.

Caledonia blanks Lowell


CALEDONIA, Mich. (WZZM) -- Caledonia knocked off state-ranked Lowell 33-0 Friday night.

The Fighting Scots handed the Red Arrows their first shutout loss in 16 years.

Caledonia, which qualified for the state playoffs with its sixth win, led 20-0 at the half.


Picking the perfect pumpkin


LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- Pumpkin pie, pumpkin doughnuts, and pumpkin lattes -- it is that time of year when it seems like every sort of treat is available in pumpkin flavor.

But if all you really want is an actual pumpkin, we talked to the experts at Heidi's Farmstand about picking the perfect one.

Aaron Kaeb, one of the owners of Heidi's Farmstand, picks up two pumpkins and walks down a line of pumpkins he has for sale. Each one has a price tag, and if you want, you can take a stroll through the pumpkin patch to find your very own.

"People are buying pumpkins primarily for decoration," said Kaeb. "They buy them for pies, and I have been selling them for 'punkin chunkin.'"

"Punkin chunkin" is the art of launching a pumpkin with a cannon or catapult.

Lowell: Girls Night Out 'Zombie Chicks'

Lowell: Girls Night Out 'Zombie Chicks'

 

Thursday, October 16th - 5 pm to 10 pm

 

Woman spotted stealing razors from drug stores in two counties


GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kent County Sheriff Department investigating several incidents of theft involving large quantities of men's razors.

Store surveillance cameras captured a woman stealing razors from two Walgreens locations in Grand Rapids Township and Lowell Township.

Detectives say the woman has also stolen razors from stories in Ionia County.

Anyone who recognizes the woman is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff Department at (616) 336-3113 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.