1.12.17:  Deceased Michigan woman, 21, becomes hand transplant donor




NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — A Norton Shores woman who died in September has become the first hand transplant donor for Michigan’s federally designated organ and tissue donation program.

The Detroit News reports that 21-year-old Shayna Sturtevant died after developing a brain abscess stemming from an ear infection. She was a registered eye, organ and tissue donor.

MLive reports that Sturtevant’s parents granted special permission necessary for the hand transplant to go forward. Sturtevant’s kidneys, lungs, pancreas and liver were also donated for transplants.

Officials from Gift of Life say the transplant was successful, but that the organization doesn’t release details about recipients.

According to United Network for Organ Sharing, 30 people have received hand transplants, including 18 single-hand transplants and 12 double-hand transplants, in the United States since 1999.


1.2.17:  One of Chicago’s bloodiest years 




CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago has ended 2016 with 762 homicides — the most in two decades.

Data released by the Chicago Police Department also shows 1,100 more shootings in 2016 than the year before.

Police recovered 8,300 illegal guns in 2016, a 20 percent increase from the previous year.


12-29-16 State Police Not Giving Up on Missing Boys

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police have released age-progression images of three brothers who vanished during the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday. The images released last week were created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and depict how brothers Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton might appear today. The boys were last seen more than six years ago at their father’s home in Morenci near the Michigan-Ohio border.

12-21-16 Still Searching for Missing Kentwood Man

Police are still searching for a missing Kentwood man who walked away from his home earlier this month.  Willie Crawford has dementia and may not be able to find his way back home.  He’s reportedly been spotted in Grand Rapids and the Wyoming area.  He’s a black male, about 6’0 ” and 150 lbs. He has a full gray beard, gray/black hair and brown eyes. Mr. Crawford was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans, brown hiking boots and a black baseball hat.  If you spot someone matching that description, please call 911.


Willie Crawford

Willie Crawford – Missing from Kentwood

12.15.16:  Trial ordered for suspect in slaying of gas station clerk




MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A judge has ordered a man to stand trial on murder and kidnapping charges in the 2013 disappearance of a gas station clerk in western Michigan.

Judge Raymond Kostrzewa ordered the trial for 46-year-old Jeffrey Willis of Muskegon Township, ruling Tuesday there’s enough evidence to show 25-year-old Jessica Heeringa is dead. She disappeared April 26, 2013, from her job in Norton Shores, near Muskegon. Her body hasn’t been found.

The ruling came on the fourth day of a preliminary hearing in which prosecutors must prove there’s enough evidence and probable cause for the case to move to circuit court.

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



11.15.16:  Semi involved in fatal accident



-The driver of a semi truck died early this morning following a roll over accident.  It happened just before 1:30 a.m. along I-96 near Sternberg Road in Muskegon County.

The accident slowed traffic heading into Muskegon this morning as police investigated and crews removed the semi.

Few other details have been released yet.


11-4-16 Strawberry Recall Affecting West Michigan Food Services

Multiple agencies are reporting recalled strawberries imported from Egypt have been served in close to a dozen food service locations around West MI.  The strawberries may be contaminated and result in Hepatitis A infections.

In Kent County, the Health Department’s Adam London says the berries were part of food at Roman’s Macaroni Grill on 28th Street near I-96 as well as at HCR ManorCare on the East Beltline.

In Allegan County, the Health Department reports the strawberries were served at Salvino’s in Plainwell and Wayland.

Ottawa County locations:

8th Street Grille in Holland, Biggby Coffee on Cottonwood in Jenison, and the Savidge Street location in Spring Lake.  The Holiday Inn Grand Haven and the Savidge Street location in Spring Lake.  Jackie’s Place in Holland.

You can find statewide locations at this site:,4610,7-125-50772_51097-397016–,00.html


The berries were served in late October but symptoms of Hepatitis A might not show up until now.  Contact your primary care physician if you have any questions or concerns.

10.24.16:  Small plane crash near Norton Shores




NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — A small plane has crashed while landing at Muskegon County Airport in western Michigan.

The four-seat plane was on a training flight from Purdue University in Indiana and was being flown by a student pilot when it crashed Sunday afternoon.

The pilot was not injured, but the aircraft’s nose was ripped off as it skidded after touching down at the airport in Norton Shores.

Only the pilot was aboard the plane. The cause of the crash is under investigation.


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.