Marlena Pavlos-Hackney sits in the courtroom during her arraignment, Friday March, 19, 2021 photo
Nicole Hester / Ann Arbor News via AP

Supporters boarded the doors at a western Michigan restaurant to show authorities that the owner will keep it closed, a condition necessary to spring her from jail for violating court orders related to COVID-19.

Marlena Pavlos-Hackney, meanwhile, remained in custody Saturday, 90 miles away at the Ingham County jail.

Holly Shashaguay said she helped board up Marlena’s Bistro and Pizzeria in Holland on Friday night.

“When I painted that ‘complied’ sign, I was crying the whole time,” Shashaguay told MLive.com. “We didn’t want to do it, but we did.”

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Associated Press

A west Michigan restaurant owner defying state health orders restricting the spread of the coronavirus was arrested Friday.

Marlena Pavlos-Hackney is the owner of Marlena’s Bistro and Pizzeria. The Holland restauranteur’s food establishment license was suspended in January by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for violating Michigan food laws and public health orders after investigators discovered the restaurant disobeyed seating capacity restrictions and failed to enforce mask requirements. Yet, it remained open.

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Dana Nessel / mi.gov

Joshua Docter has been charged with one count of terrorism and one count of using a computer to commit a crime. Each count is a 20-year felony offense. The 21-year old Holland, Michigan man made death threats in January using a social media platform against President Joe Biden, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Hand gun with shells photo

Firearms have been stolen from a western Michigan gun shop after an SUV was used to ram the business. Bullet Hole Firearms and Training in Holland was broken into before 4 a.m. Thursday, police said. The SUV had been reported stolen and was used to allow the thieves to get into the gun shop. Surveillance video shows four men wearing masks taking an undisclosed number of guns. No arrests have been made.


The senior pastor of a church in western Michigan has encouraged his congregation to catch the coronavirus to "get it over with" and calling it "all good." The Holland Sentinel reports that Bart Spencer made the statements during a Nov. 14 sermon at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Holland. The sermon was posted on the church's website and shared on Facebook. Spencer later told the newspaper that he and several members of his family contracted the virus and have recovered. As of Thursday, 380,343 virus cases have been confirmed in Michigan. More than 9,500 people have died from the virus.

pic of holiday sign for Holland
city of Holland

Despite cancelling their annual holiday parade due to COVID concerns, the City of Holland announced a successful completion of their Christmas tree fundraising campaign. But, losing the holiday parade won’t dampen the city’s holiday spirit.

“The health and safety of our community is the number one priority but we still wanted to have a lot of holiday fun, downtown.”

Holland Michigan downtown welcome sign
City of Holland

Western Michigan’s Holland usually attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year to see the city’s tulips. Officials are asking them not to — for now — as part of efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“I’m making a request that I never thought I would make — and I hope I never have to make again,”

Mayor Nathan Bocks said Tuesday in a city-produced video.

“Please do not come to Holland to see the tulips this year.”

Full blooms in some of Holland’s tulip beds are expected by May 1.

Coppercraft Distillery logo
Coppercraft Distillery

The coronavirus outbreak has made hand-sanitizers in short supply. One West Michigan distillery is now producing and donating it to local healthcare providers It’s one local company’s call to action during a national crisis.

Holland-based Coppercraft Distillery is adding to its business portfolio producing 10,000 gallons of alcohol-based hand sanitizer its donating to Holland Hospital and other area healthcare providers.

 Holland's Community Action House remains quite busy this time of emergency, speaking today with the ED on how the community can help.

 Holland's Community Action House remains quite busy this time of emergency, speaking today with the ED on how the community can help.


Nov 25, 2019

 Holiday time means shopping time, guests in studio from Fustini's out of Holland. We taste test the trending oils and vinegars

All About Holland

Nov 18, 2019
Holland trucking

  All About Holland, today Holland Area Arts Council's Lori Gramer and Thomas Reverman discuss SinterKlaas eve, woodworking at the council and more happenings in Holland.

 Exit Left Theatre Company's Co Artistic Director Rich Perez joins TMS to discuss the first play of the 4th season at the Brew Merchant in Holland, Building the Wall.

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Courtesy photo / LinkedIn.com

How is the Business Roundtable's revised corporate purpose statement being received by industry leaders and economists? Also, addressing the groundwater issues in Ottawa County and lack of affordable housing in Holland.  

Pat LeBlanc, Chairman EBW Electronics portrait
EBW Electronics

Holland-based EBW Electronics employs 230 workers making automotive lighting circuit boards. The parts come from China and are assembled here. In a Sunday New York Times story the chairman of EBW had this to say about tariffs on Chinese made components, “It’s killing us.” In the Times story it was also stated the tariffs incentivize a company to move to either Canada or Mexico. 

Chairman Pat LaBlanc is a Republican and supporter of President Donald Trump. He spoke with WGVU about the media attention and realities facing his company.