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My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves:

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Driver who hit man and left him to die will be charged

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)—The first of two drivers charged with hitting a man who later died will face charges.

The Muskegon County Prosecutor's office has issued a charge against Jared Chumley. He is expected to be formally charged with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death or serious injury on April 8.

Investigators believe on the night of Jan. 31, Chumley hit Rory Deshawn Robinson and drove away. Robinson was lying in the road near Stevens Street and Apple Avenue when the second driver, Ronna Lifer, hit him. Lifer stopped and called police.

Robinson, 28, was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. He was removed from life support and died days later.

Chumley turned himself in after investigators released a description of his vehicle. Detectives have been trying to determine which vehicle caused the most severe injuries to Robinson.

Musk. mental health center cutting programs amid $3.5M shortfall

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Over 50 employees will be out of a job as a lakeshore behavioral wellness center says it's experiencing an unprecedented budget crisis.

Woman found dead on pool cover in Norton Shores

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman's death is under investigation in Norton Shores, following the discovery of her body Friday afternoon.

The woman hasn't been publicly identified by authorities, but she's described as being a senior citizen.

Norton Shores Fire Marshal Ted Karnitz told WZZM 13 it happened at a home in the 3800 block of Hess St. A family member of the woman woke up from a nap and noticed the woman wasn't where she had been. The family member began looking for her and then noticed the gate to the pool area was open. The woman's body was then found in some water pooled on top of the pool cover.

The cause of her death is under investigation.

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Muskegon Y's Club 52nd Annual White Elephant Sale

Muskegon Y's Club 52nd Annual White Elephant Sale

Muskegon Y’s Club will hold its’ 52nd Annual White Elephant Sale on Friday, May 8th and Saturday, May 9th at the Folkert Community Hub, side entrance, located at 640 Seminole Rd. Early Birds admitted at 8am with a $5.00 donation.

This event started in 1963 and since then has given the club an opportunity to help children in a very positive way. Because everyone volunteers, the money raised from the sale goes directly to the YMCA and Camp Pendalouan. The bulk of the money goes to finance camp scholarships for a great number of children in the area.

The public can help in many ways. Donate goods in good condition, like furniture, household goods, office equipment, tools, building materials and supplies. The club will pick donations up at no cost to you. Cash donations along with gift cards or certificates are welcomed. The club will provide a receipt for your tax donations.

Fruitport Township officers buy car seat for couple

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A pair of Fruitport Township police officers say it is their job to help people, so when officers Jason Pavlige and James Hodges stopped a car with a mother inside cradling her small baby in her arms, the officers didn't start writing a citation because the child wasn't in a car seat.

Tug clears shipping lane on Muskegon Lake

MUSEKGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The Great Lake shipping season has begun with Wednesday's opening of locks at Sault Ste. Marie.

And in Muskegon Thursday morning, a large tug was cutting a shipping channel in the ice to one of the busiest commercial docks on Muskegon Lake.

The tug Barbara Andrie cleared a path from Lake Michigan to the Lafarge dock in downtown. Lafarge operates a cement mixing facility on Muskegon Lake and will soon resume receiving material by freighter.

The Coast Guard in Muskegon was already warning anglers to stay off Muskegon Lake after two fisherman fell through the ice this past weekend. The breaking of the ice Thursday morning is another signal the ice on Muskegon Lake is not safe and should soon be gone.