7.6.15:  Grand Haven State Park gets new walkways for beach access



GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Grand Haven State Park along Lake Michigan now has two new walkways that are designed to improve beach access.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says a 180-foot walkway is available at the pavilion and day-use area while a 190-foot walkway is available near some campsites.

The walkways provide beach access to people using wheelchairs, walkers and canes. Each walkway includes a midpoint resting area and viewing deck at the end. The nonprofit group Friends of Grand Haven State Park worked with park and state officials on the effort.

Friends of Grand Haven State Park contributed $15,000 to the project through fundraising activities and the DNR contributed an additional $15,000 through its Partnership Match Program. The DNR Parks and Recreation Division also provided $10,000.



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.



7.6.15:  Hundreds search for 9-year-old boy at Flint-area park



DAVISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of law enforcement officials and volunteers have joined the search for a 9-year-old boy reported missing following a gathering at a Flint-area park.

Authorities say Omarion Humphrey has been missing since Saturday evening from Lake Callis Recreation Complex in Genesee County’s Davison Township. An Amber Alert was issued for the child, who authorities say is severely autistic and may not speak but answers to the name “Mars.”

Davison Township police say the search was ongoing Monday morning.

Khisha Humphrey tells The Flint Journal her son was with his foster family. She says he’s previously hid but hasn’t run off.

Volunteers were sent home Sunday night as searchers including police kept up their work. Dog teams searched a creek and a dive team searched ponds as well as Lake Callis.


7.6.15:   Group nears $4.1 million goal to preserve Glen Lake’s shore



GLEN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Preservationists say they’re nearing their goal of raising the $4.1 million needed to place 708 acres adjoining Glen Lake and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore into a land conservancy.

Organizers say it’s the largest privately owned unfragmented northern hardwood forest in Leelanau County and is vital to keeping a clean watershed for the northern Lower Peninsula lake.

The Grand Rapids Press says the Leelanau Conservancy is heading efforts to buy the area just northeast of the lake, known as Palmer Woods.

Conservancy Executive Director Tom Nelson says Glen Lake’s water quality depends on the eastern lakeshore. He calls it a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to acquire the land.

The land abuts Sleeping Bear Dunes along Lake Michigan in the Glen Arbor area.


7.6.15:  Gas prices up 6 cents in past week to $2.94



DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Triple A Michigan says gas prices statewide have gone up by about 6 cents in the past week.

The Dearborn-based auto club says the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.94 per gallon on Sunday. That’s about 85 cents less than at the same time last year.

AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations across the state. The lowest average price was about $2.74 per gallon in the Marquette area, while the highest average was about $2.99 a gallon in the Ann Arbor area.


7.6.15:  Man, 26, dies after kayak capsizes in western Michigan lake


DAYTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — State police say a 26-year-old man drowned while kayaking on a lake in western Michigan.

A statement from the state police post in Hart says troopers got a call about 3:20 a.m. Sunday saying that the man was kayaking with a friend on Martin Lake when both kayaks capsized. The post says the man couldn’t swim and his friend couldn’t bring him to shore.

The lake is in Newaygo County’s Dayton Township, about 25 miles northeast of Muskegon.

State police say troopers and two members of the Newaygo County sheriff’s dive team were able to recover the man’s body. His name is being withheld while family members are notified.

State police say alcohol “appears to be a factor” in the death.



7.6.15:  2 men uninjured after ultralight aircraft gets stuck in tree



CLAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two men have been rescued after their ultralight aircraft malfunctioned and got stuck in a tree on a sparsely populated island in northern Lake St. Clair in eastern Michigan.

The Detroit Free Press reports neither man was injured in the crash Saturday afternoon on Dickinson Island, which is a part of Clay Township in St. Clair County.

Clay Township Fire Department Captain Frank Bayly says the aircraft and two men from Harrison Township, ages 50 and 60, were found caught in branches roughly 30 feet above ground.

Bayly says the U.S. Coast Guard sent a helicopter to the scene. A rescue diver attached a harness around the men, and they were lowered to the ground.

The aircraft was still in the tree as of Saturday night.


7.3.15:  Michigan gets money for health emergency



(AP) – Michigan is getting more than $5.5 million in federal money to help it prepare for a health emergency.

The money will support the Special Pathogen Response Network that was established last year and includes hospitals, local health department and regional health care coalitions.

7.3.15:  Fireworks explode near kayak on creek



(AP) – Two men have been injured after fireworks exploded near their kayaks in western Michigan.


The men, ages 46 and 27, were on Prairie Creek in Ionia Township about 6:30 p.m. Thursday when the explosion occurred.


One of the victims suffered leg injuries and the other suffered back and abdomen injuries.


A witness said she heard the explosion and says it “blew a big hole in one kayak and blew the whole front end off the other.”



7.2.15:  Public space to honor first responders in Sept. 11 attacks


BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A public space is being created in southwestern Michigan to honor first responders involved in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks as well as local rescuers.

A groundbreaking by Project Resiliency was held Wednesday on 9-11 Resiliency Plaza in Benton Harbor.

The plaza also will be home to a 500-pound piece of steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center site in New York City that visitors will be able to touch.

Two firefighters went to New York to pick up the beam.