8.21.14:  Michigan police: Toddler left outside in rainstorm


MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Police in western Michigan say a drunk woman left a toddler outside in a rainstorm while she was inside a home.


Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson says the 24-year-old Muskegon woman’s daughter and two other children have been removed from her care.


According to a Muskegon police report, the 18-month-old girl was found by officers in the yard Tuesday “soaking wet from strong rainstorms that came through the area.”


The report says the toddler was outside for at least 45 minutes and was wearing only a diaper while sitting in a stroller. She did not suffer a “permanent injury or damage.”


It’s not clear whether the mother of the children will face criminal charges.

7.16.14:  Death certificate: Slain jogger shot several times


DALTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A death certificate says a jogger found along the side of a road in Muskegon County died of multiple gunshot wounds.


The certificate lists “actual or presumed time of death” for Rebekah Sue Bletsch as about two hours before her body was found on June 29, but doesn’t offer an explanation.


Undersheriff Dan Stout says he has no information on the number of shots or the time of death. A task force is investigating.


The 36-year-old Dalton Township resident was discovered by a passer-by. Bletsch is believed to have been out for a jog on her regular route. Authorities say she had valuables on her, but nothing was taken.


Bletsch lived about three-quarters of a mile away from where she was found.

7.2.14:  Body of kayaker found in Muskegon Lake


The body of a missing kayaker has been recovered from Muskegon Lake.

The man had not been seen since noon on Tuesday and family members called authorities later in the day.

The U.S. Coast Guard was called in to assist the Muskegon County dive team.  The kayak believed to have been used by the man, washed ashore.

The victim was found dead on the south side of the lake.  no name has been released yet.


6.30.14:  Police think jogger a victim of a hit-and-run


The Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department says a female jogger was found on the side of a road Sunday night and authorities are trying to determine the events leading up to her death.


Police say it appears the woman had been jogging along Automobile Road in Dalton Township when she was struck by a hit-and-run motorist.  The woman was found by a passerby and died at the scene.

6.30.14:  Coast Guard choppers rescue hiker and kayakers


The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 2 kayakers from Lake Michigan near South Manitou Island Sunday evening.  The kayakers were too fatigued to complete their journey.  One person was hanging on to a capsized kayak and had symptoms of hypothermia.


A Coast Guard chopper was called in to help rescue a dehydrated woman who had been hiking in the dunes near Muskegon Saturday afternoon.  She had been hiking at Hoffmaster State Park when she began developing heat-related symptoms.  It was too difficult to get rescue crews to her in a timely manner and a helicopter was called in to take the woman to a nearby hospital.



6.25.14:  Police don’t think two Muskegon shootings are related


Police are investigating a shooting in Muskegon Heights that left a man in critical condition and another shooting in nearby Muskegon that wounded one other person.

The first incident happened Tuesday afternoon in the area of Reynolds Street and E. Hume Avenue in Muskegon Heights.  Police say that a 24-year-old man was walking in the neighborhood when he was shot at.

Not long after the first shooting police were called to a shooting in Muskegon on Isabella Avenue where an 18-year-old was wounded.

So far Police have no suspects in custody.

6.25.14: Five MI airports to benefit from grant


(AP) — The U.S. Transportation Department has approved $8.8 million to upgrade five airports across Michigan.


Democratic U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announced the funding Tuesday.


Muskegon County Airport in western Michigan’s Norton Shores gets $2.2 million for research and runway work. Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport gets $1.5 million for runway work and buying new land.


Sawyer International Airport in the Upper Peninsula will use $1.1 million to improve runway lighting and buy an aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle. Flint’s Bishop International Airport gets $1.8 million for runway lighting upgrades, an aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle and a deicing containment facility.


A $2.2 million grant will help the Capital Region International Airport in Ingham County’s Lansing Township expand a building and fix a runway.

6.23.14:   19-year-old from Muskegon drowned over the weekend


A 19-year-old died after being pulled from Muskegon Lake Saturday evening.


The victim has been identified as Darren Raby of Muskegon.


He had gone in the water to swim Saturday evening at the end of Edgewater Street in Muskegon.  He began to struggle and went under.  Divers located the victim in 22 feet of water and pulled him from the lake to administer CPR.  He was taken to mercy Hospital and was later pronounced dead.

6.17.14:  Muskegon Heights School District plans for the fall


MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan charter school district will operate under a self-management plan rather than an outside management company.


The Muskegon Chronicle reports that officials say the move will bring more local control to Muskegon Heights schools.


The Muskegon Heights Public School Academy board on Monday night hired Alena Zachery-Ross as superintendent, approved an agreement to contract with the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District for financial management and picked an employment agency.


Mosaica Education Inc. has served as the management company since the public schools were turned into charter schools. Mosaica, which has said it was losing money on the effort, plans to cease operations in Muskegon Heights this month.


The school system was created in 2012 as a solution to debt that put Muskegon Heights Public Schools into financial emergency.

6.10.14: Michigan awards $2M for 3 brownfield projects


DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has awarded more than $2 million to clean up brownfield sites in Detroit, Kalamazoo and Muskegon Heights.


The agency announced Monday that $1 million has been awarded to the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. for the Orleans Landing Redevelopment Project, a mixed-used development including housing near Milliken State Park and Harbor along the Detroit River.


Another $945,000 was awarded to the Kalamazoo Brownfield Redevelopment Authority to pay for environmental response activities at properties along Portage Creek near Upjohn Park. The work will support the new Health Focused Campus.


And $100,000 has been awarded to Muskegon Heights. A property will be redeveloped by Versatile Fabrication, a stainless steel manufacturer. The grant will pay for environmental investigations, removal of contaminated soil and liability protection.