10.19.16:  Kids’ Food Basket in need of sacks



-The Kids’ Food Basket provides sack suppers for students that need a ready-to-eat meal to eat when they go home from school.

Decorated Sack Supper bags provide kids with an extra touch of love.

They are hoping to reach a goal of 75,000 decorated bags by October 22nd.

Organizers say brown or white paper sacks work best ( can be purchased at Sam’s Club and GFS Stores in bulk).  Please keep in mind that many Sack Suppers will be going to public schools and therefore cannot contain religious or political messages.


The bags can be dropped off during regular business hours or Saturday, October 22, from 10 am to 1 p.m. at one of their special drive-through, drop-off locations:


-2055 Oak Industrial Dr. NE, St.C, Grand Rapids

-1011 2nd St., Muskegon

-389 James St., Holland


10.14.16:  2-year-old fires gun in home




DALTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old boy found a rifle in a closet at his western Michigan home and fired several shots, wounding his 4-month-old sister in the arm.

The sheriff’s department responded Thursday night to the home in Muskegon County’s Dalton Township and found the girl with what was described as a graze wound. She was treated at a hospital and released. Investigators say the children’s mother was at home at the time of the shooting.

Sheriff’s deputies seized the .22-caliber rifle. Prosecutors will review the case and Child Protective Services investigators are involved in the investigation.


10.7.16:  Defense seeks closed hearing in gas station clerk case




MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Lawyers for a man charged with murder in the 2013 disappearance of a gas station clerk in western Michigan want a key hearing in the case to take place behind closed doors.

Jeffrey Willis’ defense team this week filed a motion seeking a closed preliminary hearing. Such hearings, where a judge reviews evidence and hears testimony before deciding whether a case goes to trial, typically are open to the press and public.

Willis’ attorneys say the case has received too much media attention. The motion is scheduled to be discussed Oct. 19 ahead of the Oct. 25 hearing.

Willis also is facing charges in two cases: the fatal shooting of a 36-year-old female jogger in 2014 and the April attempted abduction of a teenage girl.




9.28.16:  Praying for the unborn



-The United 40 Days for Life campaign and tour is kicking off today and runs through Nov. 6th.

The mobilization brings together people across all 50 sates to pray, fast, and publicly stand for life.

This year organizers hope to accelerate the momentum.

They are partnering with several key pro-life organizations and will make at least one stop in every state in the next 40 days.

The Michigan event will take place Oct. 8th in Ann Arbor ( 3100 Professional Dr.) and Southfield (24450 Evergreen Road).


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9.22.16:  Man told police he helped cousin bury woman’s body



MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) – €” A court document shows that the cousin of a man charged in the slaying of a 25-year-old western Michigan gas station clerk initially told investigators he helped bury her body.

The document released Wednesday reveals Kevin Bluhm’s statements to police helped lead to murder and kidnapping charges against Jeffrey Willis.

Jessica Heeringa disappeared April 26, 2013, from Norton Shores, near Muskegon. Her body hasn’t been found.

The document says Bluhm told police that the next day he helped to bury her.

Bluhm later told police he had lied. He is charged with being an accessory after the fact.

Telephone and credit card records show Willis had been at the gas station. Willis also is charged in a separate murder case.


9.21.16:   Not guilty plea for man in woman’s disappearance




MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A not guilty plea has been entered on behalf of a man charged with kidnapping and killing a gas station clerk who disappeared from her job in western Michigan in 2013.

Jeffrey Willis appeared at a brief hearing in a Muskegon County court, hours after charges were announced Tuesday. He was accompanied by a lawyer and didn’t speak to the judge.

Willis is charged in the disappearance of 25-year-old Jessica Heeringa, whose body hasn’t been found. He’s also facing charges in two more local cases: the fatal shooting of a 36-year-old female jogger in 2014 and the attempted abduction of a 16-year-old girl in April.

The girl escaped from Willis’ van, an incident that brought him to the attention of police and energized the Heeringa investigation.



9.7.16:  2 dead in crash on US 31 in Muskegon County; tire blamed



MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A blown tire may have contributed to a crash that killed two people in a van in Muskegon County.

The crash occurred Tuesday on northbound U.S. 31, just south of Lakewood.   Sheriff Dean Roesler says the van was “totally demolished” and wrapped around a tree.

Witnesses told deputies that the van was passing a semi-truck when a rear tire blew out. The van rolled several times before hitting a tree.

Mlive reports that the two people who lost their lives were Larry and Wanda Drake of Hesperia.  Their daughter, Wanda Foster of Hesperia, was taken to the hospital in critical condition.


8.25.16:  Bill provides $6.5M to bring fresh food to underserved areas



LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A lawmaker is advocating for $6.5 million in funding to make fresh and nutritious food available in underserved communities across Michigan.

The legislation, which will be promoted Thursday at a farmers market on the Capitol lawn in Lansing, would provide grants and loans for grocery stores and local public health agencies.

The goal is to help retailers open, renovate or expand grocery stores primarily in low- and moderate-income areas without enough fruit, vegetables and other fresh food.

Entities receiving the financing would have to accept cards from residents who qualify for government food assistance.

The bill sponsor, Republican Rep. Dave Pagel of White Lake, is an apple farmer who says expanding access to healthy food will help people live healthier lives.


8.16.16:  Police looking for 2 suspects



-Police in Norton Shores are looking for two suspects involved in a deadly shooting Monday night.

Officers were called to E. Sherman Boulevard on reports of a possible shooting.  When police arrived they located a 23-year-old male victim.

A witness said the homeowner let the suspects in and after a struggle, shots were fired.


8-12-16 Muskegon Man Dies Following Construction Fall

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A 48-year-old man has died following a two-story fall from the roof of a western Michigan college building. David Torrenga toppled Wednesday from Hope College’s DePree Art Center & Gallery in Holland. He later died at a hospital. The Holland Sentinel reports Thursday that police said Torrenga struck his head during the fall.