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Community helps search for missing women


MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) – Sunday marks the second anniversary of Jessica Heeringa's disappearance.

A small group canvassed neighborhoods surrounding Mercy Health's Hackley Campus and the Norton Shores gas station where Heeringa worked.

"Over the last two years we have walked through public lands and tried to look for any evidence we might find," said Sara Way, a concerned Muskegon County resident.

Bobbie Maples, 33, gave birth to her daughter at the Hackley hospital just ten days before she went missing last December. Both investigations are still ongoing.

The group does not know Heeringa or Maples personally, but told WZZM 13 news its necessary to keep on searching for these women for the sake of the community.

"Because while they're being held captive or wherever they're at, they have no voice of their own and someone needs to speak or them," Way said.


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Earth Fair at Reeths-Puffer Elementary


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Earth Week wrapped up in Muskegon on Saturday with an Earth Fair at Reeths-Puffer Elementary School. The event featured informational and hands on activities, children were even able to hold baby ducks and chicks..

Representatives from a variety of different community groups showed off just how they are working to protect the environment, from recycling efforts, to steps everyone can take to keep pollutants out of the water supply.

Friends of missing woman to hand out flyers this weekend


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Sunday, friends of a missing Muskegon woman plan to hand out flyers.

Bobbie Maples, 33, disappeared December 14, 2014, ten days after giving birth to her daughter.

Maples' mother says Maples had struggled with addictions in the past. She worked at the Roosevelt Park Walmart for a time and then at an adult club in Muskegon Heights.

A post on the "Help Find Bobbie Maples" Facebook page says on Sunday afternoon, a group will hand out flyers and ribbons, starting at Hackley Hospital.

Anyone with information about Maples' whereabouts should call Roosevelt Park Police at (231) 755-3721 or Silent Observer at (231) 72-CRIME.

Marquis Gresham honored 1 year after murder


MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's now been one year since Marquis Gresham was shot and killed while walking to a Muskegon Heights basketball banquet.

Thursday afternoon, Muskegon Heights Public Schools took time at the end of the school day to remember him.

In a dark auditorium, a familiar face shined on the big screen. There were quick snapshots from a life cut too short.

Outside in the courtyard, students released balloons into the bright sky, celebrating Gresham's life.

"Earlier, there wasn't even the sun, and I kind of like that, too, because I think that's like my brother shining down on me," says Marlon Gresham, Gresham's brother.

Gresham, 17, was gunned down while walking with friends. He was on his way to a banquet to celebrate the high school basketball team, which had made it to the state semi-finals.

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Job Fair, May 11, 2015 in Holland, MI

Job Fair, May 11, 2015 in Holland, MI

As a service to our community, the City of Holland and WORKFORCE will host a Job Fair on Monday, May 11, 2015 at the Holland Civic Center located at 150 W. 8th St., Holland, MI from 3 – 6pm.

There is no charge to participate or to attend. Below is a list of businesses participating in this Job Fair:

ITW Drawform

Zeeland Farm Services

Dykhuis Farms

Zeeland Lumber

Woodward

JR Automation

Holland Hospital

Taco Bell

Tennant

GVSU. Meijer Campus (Higher Education Opportunities)

GRCC (Higher Education Opportunities)

Thermotron

Boatwerks

Haworth

The list of participants is growing daily. A great way to explore new opportunities in the working world.

2015 Minority Business Award Recipients Announced in Holland

2015 Minority Business Award Recipients Announced in Holland

Approximately 225 guests were in attendance on Wednesday, April 22nd at The Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Midtown Center to honor two recipients for the 2015 Minority Business Award.

Lon Aguilar of Promesa Logistics and Andrew Lebron of the Bank of Holland were both honored. Lon became an entrepreneur in 1997, starting a business as a sole operator. As it grew, the company held the philosophy to provide a very personalized service for their customers. The company has grown 50% and looks forward to continued growth.

He was chosen using the following criteria:

He was a member of the West Coast Chamber

He is a minority business owner

He has been in business more than 3 years

His company demonstrates strong financial stability

Suspect in Muskegon Heights murder arraigned


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The teen accused of shooting and killing a 21-year-old man in Muskegon Heights last week was arraigned Monday.

Quantay Aldridge, 18, is charged with open murder and felony firearm in the death of 21-year-old Elishua Pinegar early Friday morning. Pinegar's body was found near the corner of Columbia Ave. and Park St. Aldridge was arrested later Friday.

Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Maat said Aldridge has no prior criminal history.