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USS Silversides featured in Naval Institute magazine


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The USS Silversides submarine is receiving national attention in the United State Naval Institute's monthly magazine.

The World War Two submarine is credited with sinking 23 ships. The Naval Institute's December 'Proceedings' magazine includes an article on how the sub interrupted Japan's maritime highway during the war.

The Silversides is open for tours during the holiday break and on Monday, December 29, a special event at the museum will allow visitors to use submersible remote control vehicles. They will also learn how plastics are hurting our waterways.

The museum opens at 10 a.m., seven days a week.


Muskegon posts Safe Haven Law signs after newborn death


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A murder case involving a Muskegon teen accused of killing her newborn baby has led to a new effort to inform moms about the state's Safe Haven Law.

The city of Muskegon is posting signs in English at Spanish at police and fire stations.

The Safe Haven Law allows women to leave their unwanted child with an emergency or medical worker without fear of punishment. State law says it also needs to happen within 72 hours of birth. Mothers can also call 911 for help.

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Career criminal arrested in string of lakeshore armed robberies


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Authorities in Muskegon County have arrested a man in connection with a string of armed robberies in Muskegon and Mason counties, dating from September to December.

Mark Anthony Miller, 41, is charged with robbing the Kentley's Pizza, Hab's Restaurant, McCormick Food and Fuel, and Jet Fuel in Muskegon County. He's suspected of robbing at least three other businesses in Muskegon County and at least one in Mason County.

The Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office says Miller is a "career criminal" and is also being charged as being a habitual offender. His prior charges include attempted resisting or obstructing a police officer, a second offense of drunk driving, attempted unlawful driving of an automobile, attempted larceny, and three cases of unlawful driving of a motor vehicle.

Miller is being held on $250,000 bond in each case.

Muskegon police partner with Elks Lodge #274 on food boxes


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Some families in need have a little more in their pantries for the holidays, thanks to the Muskegon Police Department and the Elks Lodge #274.

Less-fortunate families were able to request food items they'd like for the holidays, and volunteers packed the boxes for delivery.

Police say the program helps them connect with the Muskegon community.

More than a dozen boxes of food were delivered on Thursday.


Muskegon police: Man attacks 2 in hospital parking lot


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The man police say assaulted two women reporting to work at the Mercy Health Partners Hackley Campus, is now officially charged.

Victor Lee Vandervort, 35, is charged with one count of unarmed robbery and one count of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct. He's also charged as a habitual offender.

Police say around 6 a.m. Wednesday, Vandervort walked into the hospital and used a restroom. A short time later in the parking lot, he's accused of grabbing a woman's buttocks, then stealing another woman's purse.

Officers were already looking for Vandervort because his is a parole absconder. He was found hiding in a house on Dale Avenue, two blocks from the hospital.

Free smoke alarms in Muskegon and Muskegon Heights


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) The fire department has always told you how smoke detectors could save your life. Tuesday in Muskegon County, two fire departments took smoke detectors right to people's homes.

The Muskegon Fire Department visited a home on Laketon Avenue today on a non-emergency call. Homeowners in Muskegon and Muskegon Heights are eligible to receive free smoke alarms.

The offer is only for owner-occupied homes. More than 1,000 smoke alarms are available. They were purchased with a federal grant. Some were donated by Home Depot.

To apply for a smoke alarm in Muskegon Heights, click here.

Muskegon Heights receiving $1.8M from state to fight blight


DETROIT (AP) -- The state of Michigan has divided more than $75 million in federal funding to fight blight among 12 cities, with Detroit getting about two-thirds of the money.

The funding details announced Tuesday are part of the latest in a series of efforts to deal with vacant and dilapidated buildings across the state.

The efforts under the Michigan State Housing Development Authority will help fund work in Detroit, Ecorse, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Inkster and River Rouge in Wayne County as well as Adrian, Ironwood, Jackson, Lansing, Muskegon Heights and Port Huron.

Detroit is getting $50 million, including $2.6 million in reserves from an earlier round of funding. Funding includes $6 million for Lansing, $5.5 million for Jackson, $5 million for Highland Park, $2.25 million for Inkster and $2.19 million for Ecorse.