5.2.16:  Michigan’s Adventure seeks to link to public sewage system



MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan amusement park that last month received a permit allowing it to increase how much sewage it treats and releases into groundwater is now seeking to hook into a public system.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports Michigan’s Adventure said in a news release Friday that it is working with Muskegon County, Fruitland Township and Dalton Township to finalize an agreement to connect to the Muskegon County wastewater system.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality issued a permit on April 6 allowing Michigan’s Adventure to increase the amount of sewage it treats and releases into the groundwater by up to 10 times the current limit. A vocal group had opposed the permit because of concerns the wastewater discharge could harm the Duck Creek-Duck Lake watershed.


4.29.16:  Lake Express kicks off 13th Season 




The Lake Express Ferry is launching its 13th season of service Friday, April 29, providing modern high-speed ferry service from Milwaukee, Wisc. to Muskegon, MI.

The 4-engine powered, 148-ton, 248-passenger- carrying ferry takes only two and a half hours to cross the lake.  The ferry is able to transport cars, motorcycles, bicycles and pets.


The ferry will provide service with four daily trips through June 15 and six daily trips from June 15 through September 6th.  Service continues through October 24 with four daily trips.


For full offer details and additional savings opportunities on the Lake Express Ferry, visit



4-26-16 Family Marks Three Years Since Jessica Herringa Disappears

It’s been three years since Jessica Herringa disappeared from her job at a gas station in Norton Shores.  Jessica’s family continues to mark the sad anniversary.  The family posts regular updates on the “Find Jessica Herringa” Facebook page and it garners several tips a week.  Police report they follow up on each one but so far, none has been the breakthrough they had hoped for.

Jessica’s case was featured recently on a national broadcast and according to the Facebook page did result in a number of tips.  The program was described as “accurate” according to family members and identified several people who have not been ruled out as suspects.

The family is still hopeful but told MLive the loss is still palpable and there are no plans to stop looking,  but “you have to go on.”

4.15.16:  Ex-funeral director pleads guilty to 1 of 4 charges



MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan funeral director accused of empty-box burials has pleaded guilty to drunken driving.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports a judge Wednesday accepted Thomas Clock III’s plea and scheduled a May 23 sentencing.

His January arrest led to the discovery of a woman’s body in Clock’s parked funeral van. Authorities say Clock buried an empty urn and misled relatives into thinking it contained her remains.

He waved a hearing earlier this week and awaits trial.

He faces another fraud charge after a container meant to hold the cremated remains of a baby was found empty.

He’s been in jail or a hospital under guard since his arrest last month in a second drunken driving case.

Clock was owner-operator of the now-closed Clock Funeral Home of White Lake in Whitehall.


4-12-16 Funeral Director in Court

A West Michigan funeral director accused of misleading a family into believing he had buried a woman’s cremated remains is going to trial.

Thomas Clock III waived a hearing to determine if there was enough evidence against him.

Muskegon County investigators say he buried an empty box in December — not the cremated remains of Helen Anthony. Her remains were found in his van while he was in a hospital.

In a separate case, Clock is accused of deceiving the parents of a baby boy into believing he had buried the child’s ashes earlier in 2015.

4.7.16:  Efforts to preserve 2 acres of beach, dunes nearly complete



WHITE RIVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Advocates are nearly done with efforts to save 2 acres of beach and dunes from construction in Muskegon County.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Tuesday that allocates $300,000 to help with purchasing the 2 acres that has 200 feet of low-bluff shoreline on Lake Michigan.

Mike Cockerill, White River Township supervisor, said finalization of funding “is a big relief.” An expansion of the White River Barrier Dunes Sanctuary has long been planned by locals.


The Land Conservancy of West Michigan has raised about $700,000 to get to a sale price of roughly $970,000, which attorneys for the private owners and township negotiated previously.

Land Conservancy spokesman Colin Hoogerwerf expects the property will be closed on in the next two months.

3.23.16:  Private, public interests work to boost Muskegon’s port



MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Private and public interests are working to boost interest in Muskegon’s port.

The Muskegon County Port Advisory is planning a “Port Day” this summer that would include tours of the western Michigan port along Lake Michigan for executives from across a 13-county region.

A similar set of tours took place last year when Muskegon hosted the American Great Lakes Ports Association.

The Port of Muskegon faces a pivotal year without coal shipments to the B.C. Cobb power plant, which is being shut down.

Shipping of other bulk and raw materials continues at the port. New initiatives are planned to boost port traffic and local officials hope a Great Lakes cruise line might use it as a stop.


3.16.16:  Michigan’s Adventure marks anniversary with petting farm



MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Adventure is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the attraction that later became the popular amusement park by opening a petting farm.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports “Funland Farm” will bring back memories of the park’s origins. Deer Park was established in 1956 as an animal park featuring deer, a llama and a variety of barnyard animals. It became Deer Park Funland in 1972.

The Muskegon-area attraction later became Michigan’s Adventure.

The “Funland Farm” will be similar to its predecessor. It will feature a variety of animals, including llamas, alpacas, a miniature horse and a miniature donkey. Visitors will be able to interact with the animals and take photos in a barnyard-style environment.



3.14.16:  Deputies hurt in struggle with man described as suicidal



SULLIVAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two western Michigan sheriff’s deputies were hurt in a fight with a man they describe as suicidal.

Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler tells reporters officers were called to a Sullivan Township home Sunday morning on a report of an armed, suicidal person. The man’s relatives were evacuated and some weapons were removed, but a struggle started when officers tried to get a rifle out of his hands.

Roesler says the man screamed and fought as deputies worked to get him into a patrol car, and they subdued him with a stun gun. One deputy has a broken his leg and the other a broken or separated shoulder.

The sheriff says the man had minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.


3.2.16:  Basketball teams to play ‘unity game’ after shootings



MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — The Muskegon Heights Academy Tigers will host Kalamazoo Lakeside in what’s being called a “unity game” as people in both cities deal with recent incidents of violence.

Wednesday’s matchup will be the Tigers final home game of the season, but not against its scheduled opponent.

Citing safety concerns after a shooting outside the Muskegon Heights school, Shelby Public Schools said it wouldn’t let its boys’ team make the trip.

Three people — including two Muskegon Heights Academy students — were wounded after a Feb. 9 game. A sheriff’s deputy later shot and wounded the gunman, a Grand Rapids man.

Six people were killed and two others wounded Feb. 20 in three separate shootings in the Kalamazoo area. A Kalamazoo-area man is charged in those attacks.