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My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than three dozen organizations and agencies helping people get back on their feet are getting millions of dollars in support.

The Heart of West Michigan United Way awarded $3.3 million in grants to 39 agencies that reach out to the community-from offering home-delivered meals to senior to after school care.

 “We value our partnership and believe a community that takes care of its friends and neighbors is a good place to live. By investing in the basic needs of the community, we are working together to help the people that are the most in need,” says Maureen Noe, president and CEO of Heart of West Michigan United Way.  “If people have their basic needs met, such as food, shelter and a safe home situation, they are able to focus on the future and take the next steps to improving their lives. “

This year’s grant recipients are: 

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Dangerous conditions on Lake Michigan


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Many people spent a hot day out on Lake Michigan Tuesday, but some of them ran into dangerous conditions.

Winds stirred up Lake Michigan, with waves nearly two to three times their normal height. In spite of the hot temperatures on land, the National Weather Service was advising against cooling off in the big lake.

There were more than a few brave souls that headed out to the beach in spite of the warnings, but most of them stayed close to shore.

Waves were forecast to be three to five feet tall this afternoon. It doesn't sound like much, but when you consider the power behind a three-foot wave headed straight for your knees, it can knock you down in a hurry.

Even taller waves are expected Wednesday, with the most recent forecast predicting seven-footers. Winds will shift overnight so, we'll see a bit of a lull after the front passes over Lake Michigan.

Man arrested at Bike Time after groping women


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Muskegon man is accused of groping three women at a Bike Time concert over the weekend.

It happened Saturday behind Hot Rod Harley Davidson on Shoreline Drive in Muskegon.

Police say the man was drunk and grabbed the breasts of a female concert-goer, a paramedic, and a security guard.

They say he then fought officers trying to arrest him.

The man went to jail and prosecutors are awaiting details before deciding on charges..


Prostitute shot overnight in Muskegon Heights


MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman is recovering in the hospital after police say she was shot early Tuesday morning.

It happened around 3:10 near the corner of 9th Street and Broadway Avenue. Police say the 31-year-old, who was working as a prostitute, was intoxicated when the incident happened. The woman was shot in the thigh and she is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

There's no word at this point on what led to the incident, but it is the seventh time someone has been shot in Muskegon Heights since April.


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Patriot Ride wraps up Bike Time


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hundreds of bikers turned out for the annual Patriot Ride Sunday morning, the last big event of Muskegon Bike Time.

The ride benefits Every Woman's Place and Webster House Youth Services, which work to raise awareness for domestic violence, and help homeless and runaway youths.

Riders began their journey at Hot Rod Harley Davidson, before enjoying a scenic, non-stop ride along the Muskegon River through Muskegon and Newaygo Counties.

"Fundraisers like this are vital for our organization, because as grant funding goes down, our need for services continues to rise, and without support for the community at events like this we wouldn't be able to serve the number of youth and women and children that we do," said Amanda Robertson, Campaign Manager for the Patriot Ride.

Stabbing comes after fight between women


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Muskegon Police have a suspect in an overnight stabbing of a 27-year-old man.

Officers responded to the 600 block of Western Ave. at 11:30 p.m. Saturday and found a Muskegon man with a stab wound to his leg.

The suspect is a 21-year-old man from Muskegon Township.

Police say just before the stabbing, a woman who knew the the victim was involved in a fight with another woman. When the victim reportedly tried to break-up the fight, the suspect attacked the victim.

More information will be released when it becomes available.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Muskegon Police Department at 231-724-6750 or Silent Observer at 231-722-7463.


Teen leads MSP on chase, crashes into trooper's car


Muskegon Township, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Muskegon area teen is in the Muskegon County Youth Home after leading Michigan State Police on a chase in a stolen vehicle.

MSP spotted the car Friday night after it was reported stolen. When they attempted to pull over the car, the 15-year-old driver sped away. He led police on a short, high-speed chase, eventually crashing the vehicle on the intersection of Mill Iron road and Apple Avenue.

When the officer approached the crashed car, the teen backed into the trooper's vehicle, causing some damage. Police say he then fled the scene, but did pull over for another officer a short distance away.

The teen was arrested at the scene and was transported to the youth home. He is expected to be charged with vehicle theft, failing to stop for police, and driving without a license.