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My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

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Modern Manufacturing Day connects students, employers


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- If all goes as planned, some high school students in Muskegon County met their future boss Friday.

An event at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center placed representatives from the county's largest manufacturers in the same room as students interested in manufacturing careers.

Organizers of the first Modern Manufacturing Day say it will become an annual event. They hope it bridges the gap between schools and local employers and shows students they don't have to leave the county to find employment.

"This is something I cannot even say how proud I am," said MACTC placement specialist Sasamon Parker. "All of these community partners that showed up here today; I can't be more thankful that they are here."

Man arrested after dispute, multiple 911 calls


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- One man is in custody on multiple charges after multiple 911 reports Thursday night.

Muskegon Police were first called to an apartment in the 1400 block of Hoyt Street on a male "causing problems." A man and a woman inside the apartment told police the problem person had left.

A short time later, they were called back to the residence on reports of a man outside the apartment with a gun. When police arrived, he was gone. In both instances police describe the couple in the apartment as uncooperative.

A little while later, a third call came to police from a woman stating that the suspect was in the apartment with a gun. The caller said there was also a child in the home.

Muskegon Heights native charged in California cold case murders


San Mateo, CA (WZZM) - Even his own brother says a Muskegon Heights man accused of multiple murders is a bully and violent.

"Everybody in neighborhood was terrorized by him
," John Halbower recalls about his brother Rodney.

Thursday in San Mateo County Court, 66 year old Rodney Halbower was charged with the murder of two young women in California 40 years ago.

"
It is time to bring this man to justice,
"
declared San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.




Cold case investigators linked Halbower to the homicides using modern D-N-A matching techniques.

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North Muskegon pharmacies targeted for robbery


NORTH MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Police in North Muskegon are investigating two crimes at different pharmacies.

Monday night, a man with a gun held up employees of Keefe's HomeTown Pharmacy around 6:40pm. Police say the white male suspect is in his early 20's and around 5' 11". He was wearing a camouflage coat and fled on foot.

Earlier on Monday morning, the same suspect may be the person who attempted to break into a window at the Right Aid Pharmacy a few blocks away. The HomeTown Pharmacy was also broken into in October.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact Silent Observer at 231-72-CRIME.

Keefe's HomeTown Pharmacy is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the robber.


Lucas back in Muskegon to face scamming charges


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A man police say made thousands of dollars by scamming Muskegon County women he met online is in the Muskegon County Jail.

Jeffrey Lucas, 34, was arrested earlier this month in Florida. He didn't fight extradition, but it did take three weeks to arrange his transport back to Muskegon.

Investigators say Lucas started romantic relationships with women he met through online dating sites and scammed them out of more than $10,000.

Muskegon County courts are now scheduling hearings for Lucas. He's expected to be charged with obstructing justice, failing to appear for court appearances, and two felony cases of false pretenses for allegedly scamming the women.


House burns in Muskegon Heights


MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - A home in Muskegon Heights was severely damaged Tuesday morning by a fire.

The fire was in a home near the intersection of Summit and Laketon.

All the members of the family and two pet rabbits were able to escape the home. Initial reports say that the fire was an accident when a canister of gasoline stored in the home was knocked over and spilled to a heating source.