9.30.14:  15-year-old hit by car


Police say a 15-year-old from Muskegon suffered critical injuries Monday night after being struck by a vehicle along a Crockery Township roadside.


Cameron Smallegan had been walking with a group of friends along State Road when the group was approached by a westbound Plymouth neon.  The car was driven by a 50-year-old woman from Muskegon.


Cameron was taken to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

9.22.14:  Grant money to help Muskegon non-profit


MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have awarded $2.1 million in grants to a western Michigan nonprofit organization that provides services for seniors and disabled residents.


Pioneer Resources director Greg Scott says the Muskegon-based group used the state Department of Transportation grants to buy 15 buses and retire a fleet of 10. He says the new buses provide more space for clients who use wheelchairs.


The nonprofit offers specialized housing, job training and recreational programs and provides transportation to clients. Scott says the group serves about 1,350 people each day during the school year.


He says Pioneer Resources expects the department to give another $300,000 to install GPS technology in the new buses.


9.17.14:  Gun found at Muskegon School


Muskegon High School was locked down for 2 hours Tuesday afternoon after a loaded handgun fell out of a student’s pants during a fight between two freshmen.


The fight took place after lunch when the students were walking back to the freshman building.  It started verbally and then became physical.


A teacher took the gun and turned it over to police.  They found that the gun had been reported stolen to the Muskegon Police Department earlier this year.

9.3.14:  13-year-old Muskegon boy shoots own foot


MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Muskegon police say a 13-year-old boy shot himself in the foot with a revolver near a football game at Muskegon High School last week.


Police say the teen may be charged as a juvenile offender for weapons-related crimes in the Aug. 29 incident. They say the boy threw the gun near the high school after the shooting.


The teen initially told police it was a “random act of violence” while he was taking a shortcut home. He later said he shot himself with a revolver while checking whether it was loaded. He told them he found it in the street.


Police say the incident and the origin of the gun are still under investigation. They say the shooting wasn’t connected to the football game.

8.28.14:  Police identify pedestrian hit, killed by minivan


NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — Police in Norton Shores have released the name of a Muskegon man who was struck and killed by a minivan.


Albert White III was hit around 1 a.m. Wednesday while trying to cross an intersection in the community in western Michigan.


Police say he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.


The minivan’s 63-year-old driver told police he had a green light. When he saw the pedestrian, he says he tried to stop, but couldn’t.


Police are seeking witnesses to the crash for their investigation.

8.27.14:  Replicas of Columbus’ ships make it to Muskegon


MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Replicas of two of 15th-century explorer Christopher Columbus’ ships have arrived in Muskegon.


The 65-foot Nina and the 85-foot Pinta made it to town on Tuesday.


They will remain docked at Heritage Landing until Sept. 2, and will be open for tours beginning on Wednesday.


North Muskegon resident Cheryl Eyestone says she didn’t see the replicas when they last visited Muskegon in 2011, but will be bringing her five daughters to see them this time around.


The ships’ Muskegon stop is part of a tour that has taken them to Maine, New York and Ohio.


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.