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Wake Up West Michigan: Hot Rod Power Tour & Relay for Life

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- Saturday's morning greeting comes to us from the organizers and car enthusiasts from the Hot Rod Power Tour and the runners at the Relay for Life event in Grand Rapids.

 

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UPDATE: Man found wallet but kept the cash

UDPATE - MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The man who police say took money from a 14-year-old says he only found the boy's wallet, but says he did keep the cash.

The unidentified man, who wished to remain unidentified in his call to the WZZM Information Center, says that he looked for the boy to return him the wallet and didn't steal the wallet.  But, he did take the cash.

The man says he was arrested and spent the night in jail.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- A Muskegon County man accused of stealing money from a child is facing charges.

Fruitport Township Police say the 28-year-old man took a 14-year-old's wallet Wednesday while he was on the playground at Beach Elementary School. When the child asked the suspect about the wallet, the man gave it back to him. The boy says it was missing the money though.

Police found the stolen cash on the man and arrested him.

Overnight search fails to find wanted man

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - An overnight search involving multiple police agencies in Muskegon County is over and the man police were after is still missing.

It started late Thursday evening just before 11:00pm when a Muskegon deputy and a state police trooper went to a home on Carr Road to pick up a man on outstanding warrants.

Police say after they knocked at the door, he ran out the back door and into a wooded and swampy area near Laketon Avenue and Carr Road.  A K-9 unit and Coast Guard helicopter using a searchlight could not locate the man.

This morning, police say they want to locate Antonio Lee Gallegos. He is 46 years old and faces charges for domestic violence, friend-of-the-court violations, and now fleeing from police. Police say he did call relatives Friday morning to say he was OK, but would not tell them where he was.

Muskegon Summer Sailstice

Muskegon Summer Sailstice

Muskegon sailors will be joining sailors around the world making plans to celebrate the sailing lifestyle by sailing ‘together’ on, June 23'“, the weekend closest to the summer solstice. Now in its 12th year, the Summer Sailstice sailing holiday invites all sailors to hoist their sails, wherever they are, aboard whatever they sail, to simply connect and celebrate all aspects of sailing whether racing, cruising, kite surfing, windsurfing...anything powered by sail.

There are many events happening at Muskegon marinas on Junes 23”.

10:00am - 4:00pm Torresen Marine will be offering free sailboat rides to the public. Space is limited so please RSVP. Certain physical restrictions may make it difficult for some people to
participate.

11am - 1pm Torresen Marine Customer Cookout & Potluck.

SOLAR NOON Cannon shoot off by the mark.

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Second local rider dies after Wisconsin crash

FOND DU LAC, Wisc. - A second member of a West Michigan motorcycle club is now dead because of a crash last week in Wisconsin.

Muskegon Motorcycle Gang member Doug Yonkers, 43, died Thursday morning.

"A lot of people had a feeling he wasn't going to make it," says Muskegon Motorcycle Gang member Roger Johnson. "It's tough to take, man."

MMG member Dan Winsemius, 59, died at the scene last Thursday when a car plowed into a dozen MMG riders about 60 miles from Milwaukee.

"You know, you wake up in the morning and you're like, 'Yay they made it one more night," says 46 Posse Motorcycle Club member Deb Edward. "Then you get the call. What do you do?"

The driver, 25-year-old Clinton Lovelace is charged with reckless homicide, reckless injury, and reckless endangerment.

Origins of snowboard traced to Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The evolution of the modern snowboard can be traced back to the "snurfer".

In 1965, Sherm Poppen says he just wanted something fun for his young daughters to do on Christmas Break. So, on Christmas Day in 1965, he connected two small skis and "snurfed" down the dunes near Pere Marquette Park in Muskegon. He is now considered to be the "Father of Snowboarding."

Poppen was a Muskegon businessman and with the encouragement of his 11-year old daughter, he convinced the Brunswick Company to take a chance and mass produce the "snurfer". The company made some design changes and over the next decade sold 1 million "snurfers."

The "snurfer" was big and so others jumped on and took Poppens' invention to the next level. Eventually all popular designs evolved into the modern snowboard.

Industrial accident victim identified

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- State workplace safety inspectors are investigating the accident that killed a Muskegon County man.

Thomas Carty, Jr. died Wednesday afternoon at NuPak Solutions in Norton Shores. Firefighters say the 46-year-old was trying to clear a piece of styrofoam packaging from the press when it activated, crushing his torso.

The Laketon Township man died at the scene.