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Oil leak polluting Muskegon River

BRIDGETON, Mich. (WZZM) - Oil is polluting a picturesque area of the Muskegon river that is known as a prime spot for fishing, swimming and tubing.
The oil is leaking from an old industrial pipeline between Big Rapids and Muskegon that sits on the river bottom near the Bridgeton Bridge.

The pipeline is not in use anymore, but there is still oil in it, and its oozing into the water.

"It slowly seeps out," says resident John Pomeroy, pointing to an oily sheen on the surface of the river. "Smell it? There could be a lot of oil left in there."

Residents say the pipeline used to carry oil to the Cambell, Wyant and Cannon Foundry in Muskegon. Several years ago it was capped to stop leaks, but recently oil started bubbling out of a broken valve.

Funeral held for killed biker

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan State Police are investigating the death of 26-year-old Jake Rameau last week. Family members say he died trying to catch the man who stole his brother's car.

The accused car thief is 25-year-old Dashawn Boylan. He's now charged with vehicle theft.

Rameau crashed his motorcycle in the chase and had been shot, too.

The Muskegon County prosecutor says at this point he's not aware of murder charges against Boylan.

Rameau's funeral was held Wednesday. His mother says he was a rock star who loved attention but would also do anything for his family. She says last week he proved that, and it cost him his life.

Rameau balanced being the lead singer of a local band and a loving father to his 4-year-old daughter, Ella.

His girlfriend, Kristen Wells, said he loved music and family.

Kayaker found dead after being reported missing on Muskegon Lake

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Crews from the US Coast Guard, the City of Muskegon, Norton Shores, and Muskegon County have found the body of a kayaker reported missing.

Muskegon Police say that Vincent Jones, 53, was reported missing about 9:15pm, after leaving on a kayaking trip at about noon on Tuesday. Jones' vehicle was found parked at the Grand Trunk Launch Ramp on Muskegon Lake.

Jones' kayak was found empty near Lakeshore Yacht Harbor at 1200 Lakeshore Drive. Jones was found deceased in the lake, north of the channel to Great Lakes Marina at 1920 Lakeshore Drive at about 11:15pm.

An autopsy is planned by the Medical Examiner.

Anyone with information is asked to call Muskegon Police at 231-724-6750.

Motorcyclist possibly died of gunshot wound; benefit planned

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Muskegon man killed in a motorcycle crash may have died from being shot while chasing a car thief.

Jake Rameau was found dead last Thursday after a crash in Muskegon Heights.

A family friend says that, before the crash, Rameau was chasing someone accused of stealing his brother's car.

The 26-year-old Rameau was shot during that chase, but investigators don't know if he died from that or the crash.

Rameau's funeral is Wednesday, but a benefit next week Friday, July 11, will raise money for his family. The benefit starts at 5pm at the playground at Stony Lake in New Era.

Donors can also support the benefit by contributing at this link.

Task force investigating Rebekah Bletsch death

DALTON TOWNSHIP., Mich. (WZZM) -- People living along the road where a Dalton Township woman was found dead over the weekend say she was a great friend and mother.

Initially, investigators described Rebekah Bletsch's death as a hit-and-run, but during a Monday news conference they announced she had been shot in the head.

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My Town: New superintendent takes over the helm at MAISD

My Town: New superintendent takes over the helm at MAISD

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.— Dr. John Severson is officially on the job as Muskegon Area Intermediate School's superintendent.

Severson officially takes over the post July 1, one day after the retirement of former superintendent Dave Sipka. The MAISD board officially offered the position to Severson on May 29.

Severson previously served as superintendent of Harper Creek Community Schools for a decade.  He also worked as a community education administrator at Portage Public Schools and principal of Harper Creek High School.  He holds a doctorate and master’s in educational leadership from Western Michigan University.


My Town Muskegon: City axes Senior Transit program

My Town Muskegon: City axes Senior Transit program

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A program providing Muskegon senior citizens with a low-cost way to travel around town is over.

The City of Muskegon officially ended its Senior Transit program Monday, June 30.  On its Facebook page, the city blames current economic conditions and a lack of participation in the program.  All residents will be expected to pay regular cab fares beginning July 1, 2014.

The city started the 24 hour service for residents age 62 and older last year, in partnership with Port City/Yellow Cab. The program was meant to help senior citizens make it to their medical appointments, as well as church, stores and restaurants.  The cost was just $3.50 each way, when a participant showed their Senior Transit Pass Card.