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Police: Woman featured on 'Dateline' scammed elderly Musk. man

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan State Police detectives and the Muskegon County Prosecutor are working to bring a Maryland woman to Muskegon for scamming an elderly man.

Jessica Travers, 20, is currently in custody in Baltimore on charges of unlawful possession of a motor vehicle and larceny by false pretenses over $20,000.

According to detectives, Travers met the Muskegon man on a flight from Detroit to Virginia and convinced him she was a cancer patient with two small children trying to find a way to pay for her medical bills. She gave the man a fake name and told him she was waiting for a large financial settlement, but needed a loan to pay for chemotherapy. The man agreed to lend her the money. His only income was from Social Security.

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BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– BISSELL Homecare, Inc. knows that life with pets can be messy, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. BISSELL is setting out to embrace pet messes, creating a lighthearted campaign around the dirtier side of being a pet parent—like fur balls and garbage raids. To educate consumers on helpful ways to eliminate the messes (and support pet causes), BISSELL launched the #PetHappens campaign.

Through the campaign, BISSELL invites pet lovers to share their stories and photos of pet messes with #PetHappens on Twitter and Instagram from now until February 15, 2015. Each post tagged with #PetHappens will trigger a $1 donation to the BISSELL Pet Foundation®, up to $50,000*.

Muskegon woman wins $1M in lotto

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A Muskegon woman is the winner of a $1,000,000 lottery jackpot.

The woman, who chose to remain anonymous, won Saturday's Lotto 47 drawing.

She bought the winning ticket at the E&A Pit Stop on east Apple Avenue in Muskegon.

She claimed her prize yesterday and will receive her winnings as a one-time lump sum of $666,000.

According to the lottery, she plans to use the money to pay down debt.

Orchard View HS evacuated due to threat

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police have given the all clear at Orchard View High School following a bomb threat Tuesday morning.

Muskegon Township Police say they were made aware of a threat which was called to the Muskegon Police Department at about 9:40am. A second call came a few minutes later making the threat specific to the high school building.

The school was evacuated and students were moved to the middle school. The building has been deemed safe by the Michigan State Police and a K-9 unit. Students returned to classes at about 11:30am.

Investigators say that the calls came from public phones in California. They also believe that this "hoax" is probably from the same person making threats at other schools in Ottawa and Kent County.

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My Town: Free event to honor 70th year of liberation from concentration camp

My Town: Free event to honor 70th year of liberation from concentration camp


The World War II atrocities of the Nazi regime are still fresh in the mind of local Veteran James Zuidema. He and other members of the Muskegon community are urging all people to come together in a stand against anti-Semitism by remembering and honoring the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of Auchwitz-Birkenau.


Ryke's cookie poll takes Super Bowl predictions

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Muskegon bakery is once again inviting its customers to cast their votes in the Ultimate Smackdown Cookie Poll.

This is the sixth time Ryke's has been hosting this fun, and delicious, event.

Renee Rouwhorst joined the WZZM 13 News at 5 to explain how this all works. See what she has to say in the video above, and follow along on the Ryke's Facebook page at this link.

Former sheriff remembers Blizzard of '78

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- January 26, 2015, included peeks at the sun over frozen Muskegon Lake. This same week 37 years ago, though, "was intense," as former Muskegon County Sheriff Bob Carter recalls it.

The snow storm that became the measuring stick for West Michigan dropped 35 inches of snow. School was out for more than a week. The snow started falling Wednesday night.

"I forged my way through it and never dreamed I would not get home until Saturday," Carter said. "That was Thursday morning."

Carter was a jail deputy at the time. He and other deputies knew outside streets were buried.

"There was nothing moving," he said. Few were able to move from place to place. Those who were were "People with four-wheel drives and people with snowmobiles," Carter says.