Muskegon

7.30.15:  Manager at credit union admits embezzling $1.9M from vault

 

 

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — Court documents say a manager at a Muskegon County credit union has admitted to embezzling $1.9 million from its cash vault between 2001 and this year.

Kathryn Sue Simmerman has agreed to plead guilty to embezzlement. She was charged Wednesday in federal court in Grand Rapids.

Simmerman’s attorney, Gary Springstead, says she is expected to plead guilty next month. A plea agreement says Simmerman took cash from the vault at Shoreline Federal Credit Union in Norton Shores and hid it in her purse.

Court documents say Simmerman was fired from her job in February.

In a statement, Springstead said Simmerman has cooperated fully with authorities in their investigation.

 

 


7.23.15:   3 die when SUV fails to yield, hit by pickup truck

 

EGLESTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police in western Michigan say three elderly people were killed when their SUV failed to yield at an intersection and was hit by a pickup truck in Muskegon County.

The Muskegon Chronicle happened about 10 a.m. Wednesday in Egleston Township, east of Muskegon. It says the crash killed 82-year-old driver Allen Ames of Casnovia, his 84-year-old wife Jolene Ames and 85-year-old Beatrice Amen of Ravenna.

Police say the driver and a passenger in the pickup truck were injured. There’s no immediate word on their conditions.

State police Sergeant Doug Roesler says the SUV was on a road with a stop sign, but there’s no stop sign on the road the pickup was on.

Area resident Janet Rogers says it’s a problem intersection that needs a flashing light.

 

 


7.6.15:  Grant to help jumpstart Muskegon middle-income housing plan

 

 

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A $250,000 state grant to fight blight in Muskegon will help jumpstart a $1 million plan to build new middle-income homes.

The grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority will help pay for the demolition of homes that have been abandoned or were forfeited due to unpaid taxes.

City Manager Frank Peterson says officials hope to work with a developer to build new homes on some of the lots that will attract middle-income families. Plans call for demolishing 33 blighted homes in the Nelson, Jackson Hill and Nims neighborhoods.

Muskegon was one of 19 communities to get $3.8 million from the state in competitive blight elimination program grants.

___

 


7.1.15:  Boy, 13, charged with murder in death to get evaluation

 

 

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A 13-year-old who authorities say fatally beat his 16-month-old cousin after the girl’s mother left them home alone is expected to get a competency examination.

The boy is charged with an open count of murder in the Feb. 28 death of A’Laina Brown at the girl’s home in Muskegon Township. Authorities say the Muskegon Heights teen told police he shoved A’Laina.

 

The Muskegon Chronicle reports public defender David Kortering requested the review of mental competency and sanity.

Mental competency involves whether a defendant is capable of understanding court proceedings and assisting in a defense. Legal sanity, also called criminal responsibility, is whether the boy was responsible for his own actions at the time.

 


6.23.15:  Condemned animal rescue operation won’t be allowed to reopen

 

 

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A condemned animal rescue operation in western Michigan that was overrun with rats won’t be allowed to reopen at the same location.

The Fruitport Township Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday found Christine Lea Bishop violated terms of a special zoning variance that had been granted to her in 2013 for the Critter Cafe Rescue.

The board says she had more animals than she could control at the rented home. Hundreds of rats have been removed since last month.

Bishop ran the rescue and has said the rat population started with a cage of pet rats left outside the building in winter. Rabbits, ducks and cats also were cared for at the animal rescue.

The property’s owner worked with officials to deal with the rats.

___


6.17.15:  Effort to deal with oil slicks at lake in western Michigan

 

 

LAKETON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The state is taking steps at lake in western Michigan to deal with oil slicks that have seeping into the water for more than two decades.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent a request to consulting firms for a feasibility study price quote on the Bear Lake project.

The aim is to deal with the problem in the Fenner’s Ditch bayou area of the lake in Muskegon County’s Laketon Township.

David Bandlow, environmental quality analyst with the DEQ’s Remediation and Redevelopment Division, says the study would seek to locate the source of the oil seep and assess containment, disposal or other options. Officials think the oil is from a well drilled in 1929.

___


6.2.15:  Electrical short caused fire that left 2 dead

 

 

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a house fire that left two people dead and another injured in western Michigan was caused by an electrical short.

64-year-old Wendy Carlson and her 36-year-old son Aaron Edwards died in the fire, which started in the basement about 2:30 a.m. Friday in Muskegon County’s Muskegon Township. Authorities say they were found unresponsive inside and pronounced dead at the scene.

The sole survivor, Wendy Carlson’s 66-year-old husband Robert Carlson, escaped the burning home. He was treated for smoke inhalation and burns before being released from a hospital.

Fire officials say crews found one smoke detector. They initially said the home should have had more, but noted Monday that more than one wasn’t required and wouldn’t have guaranteed earlier warning of the fire.


5.29.15:  Authorities: 2 dead, 1 hurt after early-morning house fire

 

 

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead and another is hospitalized following a house fire in western Michigan.

Muskegon Township fire Chief Dave Glotzbach says a 64-year-old woman and her 36-year-old son died in the fire, which started about 2:30 a.m. Friday in the basement of the home in Muskegon County’s Muskegon Township. He tells The Muskegon Chronicle they were found in the son’s bedroom and the woman may have been trying to help her son out of the house.

The woman’s 66-year-old husband was hospitalized for treatment of smoke inhalation. He got out of the house and called 911.

Names weren’t immediately released.

The fire’s cause is under investigation. Glotzbach says crews found only one smoke detector. He says the home should have had at least five.


5.27.15:  Historic lighthouse in Muskegon now open for public tours

 

 

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A historic lighthouse in Muskegon is now open for public tours.

 

A ceremony was held over the weekend to commemorate the start of tours at the Muskegon South Pierhead Light, which was built in 1903.

 

Muskegon Mayor Steve Gawron says “lighthouses are our icons” and they’ve been “the emblems of so much of our identity” in the Lake Michigan community. After a ribbon-cutting, many in attendance took the opportunity to climb to the top of the 48-foot tall structure.

 

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy acquired the South Pierhead Light as well as the nearby South Breakwater Light in 2010. Since then, volunteers have been sought to help preserve and protect the landmarks. Details about preservation efforts are posted online.

 


5.15.15:  Vets are being encouraged to head to Muskegon for work

 

 

The 4th annual Veteran’s Job Fair takes place Friday in Muskegon.

Organizers say some 65 employers will be on hand and it’s not just for Vets.

Make sure you bring a resume if you plan to attend.

It will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the  USS LST 393 Veterans Museum at 560  Mart Street in downtown Muskegon.