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.

9.30.14: Anglers find woman’s body floating in Grand River


OLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A woman’s body was found in the Grand River near Coopersville.


Ottawa County sheriff’s Capt. Mark Bennett says two anglers were launching their boat Monday morning when they saw the body floating in several feet of water in Ottawa County’s Polkton Township.


The area often is used to launch boats and is popular with anglers.


Monday afternoon police got a call from an area man saying his mother was missing from a residence on Ann Street in Coopersville.  The victim in the water ended up being the missing woman.  She was identified as 72-year-old Sharon Roersma.


Her death was ruled as a homicide.  Police say she was struck and died before she was put into the river.  She body had not been in the river long before it was discovered.



9.30.14:  Toyota recalls 690,000 pickups to fix rear springs


DETROIT (AP) — Toyota says it is recalling 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks because the rear leaf springs could break, puncture the gas tank and cause a fire.


The recall covers Tacoma Four-by-Four and Pre-Runner pickups from the 2005 through 2011 model years.


The automaker says the leaf springs can fracture due to stress and corrosion. They can move out of position and come into contact with surrounding components, including the gas tank. Toyota says it’s not aware of any fires, crashes or injuries from the problem.


Owners will be notified by mail and Toyota says dealers will fix the problem at no cost.


Owners with questions can call Toyota at (800) 331-4331.

9.30.14:  Netanyahu says militant Islam is a cancer


UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says militant Islam is a cancer that’s spreading and must be removed before it’s too late.


In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Netanyahu warned that wherever militant Islam rules, “women are treated as chattel, Christians are decimated and minorities are subjugated, sometimes given the stark choice: convert or die.”


The Israeli leader said Hamas and the Islamic State group are “branches of the same poisonous tree,” both bent on world domination through terror, just as the Nazis were. But a Palestinian official says the speech was “a blatant manipulation of facts,” hate language and slander.


Turning to Shiite Islam, Netanyahu warned that the gravest threat to the world today is the danger of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons.


He concluded his speech by quoting a verse from the Bible’s book of Isaiah: “For the sake of Zion I will not be silent. For the sake of Jerusalem I will not be still until her justice shines bright and her salvation glows like a flaming torch.”


9.30.14:  US home prices rise at slowest pace in 20 months


WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices in July increased at the slowest pace in 20 months, reflecting sluggish sales and a greater supply of houses for sale.


The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 6.7 percent in July from 12 months earlier. That’s down from an 8.1 percent gain in June and the smallest increase since November 2012.


Nineteen of the 20 cities in the index reported lower annual gains than in June. And a new national index of home prices compiled by S&P rose just 5.6 percent.


Lower price gains should make homes more affordable for would-be buyers. Sales of existing homes picked up over the summer but then dipped in August. Sales have fallen 5.3 percent in the past year.

9.30.14:  Michigan AD apologizes for mistakes with QB injury


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon says a “serious lack of communication” led to ailing quarterback Shane Morris playing Saturday against Minnesota when he should not have.


Brandon apologized for mistakes that “created a circumstance that was not in the best interest of one of our student-athletes.”


Brandon says medical staff and coaches on the sideline did not see the fourth-quarter hit Morris took from Minnesota’s Theiren Cockran, who was called for roughing the passer. A wobbly Morris briefly looked as though he was having trouble standing, but the sophomore remained in for the next play and threw an incompletion before coming out of the game.


Brandon says Morris had been treated for a sprained ankle earlier in the game, and medical staff on the sideline believed that was why he stumbled.

9.29.14:  Number of bad weekend accidents in West Michigan


-59-year-old Douglas Deridder died when his motorcycle hit the guardrail along I-196 near Lake Michigan Drive in Grand Rapids. Alcohol could have played a role.


-4 people were injured in a head-on crash southeast of Hastings.  The at-fault driver had a suspended license.  He crossed the center line and hit a van.


-A bicyclist was hit along Hanna Lake Avenue in Gaines Township when a vehicle turned into the path of the 48-year-old man from Kentwood.


-A 17-year-old from Coopersville was hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle at Conran Drive and West Randall.


-A 67-year-old bicyclist was killed following a collision with a mini-van near Augusta.

9.29.14:  FAA: 2 weeks to reopen Chicago-area control center


CHICAGO (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says it will take about two weeks to fully reopen a Chicago-area control center where an act of sabotage brought the city’s two international airports to a halt last week.


The FAA said Sunday it hopes to return the facility to full service by Oct. 13.


Authorities say a contract employee started a fire Friday at regional control center in suburban Aurora and then attempted to commit suicide. More than 2,000 flights were canceled that day at O’Hare and Midway international airports, disrupting travel nationwide.


About 600 flights were canceled at the airports Sunday, and delays were about a half-hour.


The FAA said crews are working to install replacement equipment. Air traffic controllers from Aurora are now at other FAA offices in the Midwest.

9.29.14:  More bodies spotted at Japanese volcano


KISO, Japan (AP) — Five more bodies have been found near the summit of a Japanese volcano, bringing the total presumed dead to 36. But toxic gases and ash from the still-erupting mountain have forced rescue workers today to halt efforts to recover the victims.


Police say eight bodies were airlifted today off Mount Ontake before work on the peak was called off. Together with four victims brought down on Sunday, 12 bodies have now been recovered. That leaves 24 near the summit.


Exactly how they died remains unclear, whether from gases, suffocating ash, falling rocks or other causes.


Police say the latest victims were found near a shrine at the summit, the same area where other victims were reportedly found.


Mt. Ontake, a popular climbing destination, erupted Saturday, as at least 250 people were going for a hike.

9.29.14:  US-led airstrikes hit 4 Syrian provinces


BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say the U.S.-led coalition has carried out several airstrikes targeting Islamic State group positions in northern and eastern Syria.


The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the air raids overnight took place in four provinces: Aleppo, Raqqa, Hassakeh and Deir el-Zour. The entrance to Syria’s largest gas plant, Conoco in Deir el-Zour, was among the targets.


The Observatory says there were casualties in the airstrikes, but that it has no concrete figures.


A resident on the Turkish side of the Syria-Turkey frontier says strikes this morning also struck the Islamic State-controlled town of Tel Abyad. The town is home to a border crossing. He says the strikes hit an abandoned military base and an empty school.