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July 29, 2016

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616.846.1640 300 Washington, Suite 250 Grand Haven, MI 49417 DOWNTOWN GRAND HAVEN HISTORIC NATHANIEL ROBBINS HOME located in downtown Grand Haven. The classical order columns welcome you onto the semicircular entry porch to the front door. The second floor offers 5 bedrooms/offices and 3 bathrooms. The third floor which was formerly the ballroom is a separate apartment. $850,000 Mary, Michelle & Kim TRIBUNE the GRAND HAVEN โ˜… SPRING LAKE โ˜… FERRYSBURG 75ยข FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016 | | 1,040 PAGE 3 THE BIG # Dollars raised by the GHHS iCreate 360 class for Bluebird Cancer Retreats. CONNECT WITH US TOP 3 STORIES Truck smashes through used car lot in Grand Haven 1 Crash stalls traffic on north- bound U.S. 31 on drawbridge 2 Construction 99% complete 3 at THANK YOU Cristina Fleener McGroarty For being our FACEBOOK of the day! WEATHER Partly cloudy BY ELLA BOERMAN 80 63 HIGH LOW TOMORROW'S COAST GUARD RUNS PREVIEW SEE SPORTS, PAGE 9 SEVERAL CARS CRASH ON U.S. 31 AT TAFT ON THURSDAY SEE STORY, PAGE 2 v i e w m o r e p h o t o s a t w w w . g h t r i b . c o m / p h o t o s A 53-year-old Muskegon man has been charged with operating a vehicle while impaired after crashing through a used car lot in Grand Haven early Wednesday morning. Arraignment for Charles Curtis Etzel is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4. Police said Etzel was traveling south at an estimated 40-50 mph when his 2015 Chevrolet Silverado left Beacon Boulevard at Seventh Street, went off the road in front of the Tuffy Auto Service Center and plowed into several late-model cars and trucks at Boulevard Used Cars, 421 N. Seventh St. "Speed was excessive based on the damage to and movement of the parked vehicles," Grand Haven Department of Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said. Boulevard salesman Joe Danicek said seven cars were towed to a holding area after the 3:19 a.m. incident because they couldn't be driven. At least three of those were totaled. Six other vehicles damaged due to flying debris, or being pushed into from another car, remain on site waiting to be checked by an insurance adjustor before they can be repaired. Danicek said the ballpark for damage is around $250,000. He said until insurance adjustors inspect the vehicles and property, he wouldn't know exactly how the damages would be covered. A light pole was knocked down and a pickup truck was shoved into the business sign. Strings of lights attached to the fallen pole had to be removed. Late Wednesday afternoon, Danicek said they were still cleaning up the lot. Man in car lot crash charged with drunk driving POLICE Concerns about the safety of the public and marine patrol deputies are what motivated Holland resident and former reserve officer Chris Boyce to run for Ottawa County Sheriff. His opponent, Undersheriff Steve Kempker, a Zeeland resident, says 99 percent of those concerns have been addressed. The two Republicans square off in the primary Aug. 2, each hoping to take over the seat of retiring longtime Sheriff Gary Rosema. Boyce, 49, resigned in December 2015 to make a run for sheriff after working eight years for the department as a squad leader for the marine patrol and reserve deputies. He also works fulltime as an equipment manager at a private golf course He attended Grand Valley State University for four years. He has not attended police academy, but has taken many training courses over the years. Boyce said he supervises employees daily and kept to his budget for more than 20 years "The sheriff 's position is mostly administrative," Boyce said. "We're making sure everyone's got the tools they need. Boyce said that the sheriff needs to be a good leader and a good communicator with the public. Kempker, 55, has been with the department for 26 years โ€“ serving as a marine deputy, road patrol deputy, field training officer, patrol sergeant, traffic sergeant, lieutenant of services and operations, administrative lieutenant and captain before being appointed undersheriff. Kempker is a graduate of Muskegon Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Police Academy, and a variety of training p ro g r a m s i n c l u d i n g accident reconstruction, police command, executive management, incident command and FEMA emergency management. Boyce said he wants to maintain a good relationship with the public as well as staff and wants people to know he would always have an open door. He said he would also have town meetings and go to municipal board meetings. Kempker said Ottawa County already has community-oriented operations and he often stops by different governmental buildings to talk to people when he's riding around between meetings. "I think our agency's great," Kempker said. "We're highly recognized throughout the state." Kempker said if the department wasn't doing things right they would hear about it. The undersheriff said two priorities include getting the department equipped with body cameras and hiring good quality, professional people. Boyce said he wants to establish confidence and trust in the department, increase efficiency in all areas and provide an easy communication avenue for residents. Boyce has been married to his wife, Michele, for 26 years. They have three children. Kemper and his wife, Nancy, have two children. Undersheriff, former reserve deputy vie for sheriff seat DECISION 2016 Tribune photo/Krystle Wagner After a morning on the lake, TeraKen II Captain Matt Whitney hangs up his boat's catch from the 2016 Tri-Cities Kiwanis Salmon Tournament. Throughout the morning, charter boats took patients out onto the lake for the tournament. Money from the event supports pediatric care at North Ot- tawa Community Health System, Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Fishing for a cure A fter a morning on Lake Michigan, fishermen of all ages happily posed with their catch at Chinook Pier Park. Twelve children participated in the Tri-Cities Kiwanis Salmon Tournament on Thursday, which raises funds to support pediatric care at North Ottawa Community Health System, Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Through donations and sponsorships, the event raised more than $55,000. The group of children set out early Thursday morning and returned with their catch around noon and had lunch together. In May, 11 children also participated a salmon tournament. Grand Rapids resident Kennedy Thornton caught one of the largest fish of the day. When the fight to reel in the 15-pound fish became too tiring for the 9-year-old's arm, she said her grandpa stepped in to help. Thornton got involved in the tournament because she is a patient at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. "It was fun because I was hanging out with my friends," she said. Ten-year-old Trevor Freeman's name made the board having caught a large fish. Freeman, of Caledonia, reeled in an 18.9-pound fish, which he said was the best part of his day. After a long morning on the lake, Weston Du Bois refueled with a hot dog lunch. Although Du Bois, 19, said it was exhausting reeling fish in from 400 yards out, but worth it. Du Bois, a patient at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, said it was an enjoyable and successful venture spending time with everyone on the lake. As boats finished unloading in the harbor, Du Bois said he was impressed by the generosity and appreciated the Tri-Cities Kiwanis and sponsors for providing the opportunity for everyone. TRI-CITIES KIWANIS COAST GUARD FESTIVAL After weigh- ing in, fish were cleaned and filleted at the fish cleaning station at Chinook Pier Park. Tribune photo/ Krystle Wagner BY BECKY VARGO See DRUNK on PAGE 3 BY BECKY VARGO Boyce Kempker BY KRYSTLE WAGNER

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