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Jessica Heeringa's fiance: "We need her home"

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- It has been just over two months since Jessica Heeringa was last seen. She vanished late on the night of April 26 at the Exxon gas station on Sternberg Road where she worked.

On April 29, police released surveillance video of the van seen at the time of her alleged kidnapping. The next day police released a sketch of the man believed to have kidnapped her. On May 3, police searched Muskegon State park, but found nothing.

Since WZZM 13's update on the story, including our own investigation over a week ago, there still have been no new leads.

RELATED: Private investigator reveals clues in Heeringa case  

In the meantime, friends and family, including Jessica's three-year-old son, Zevyn and fiancé Dakota Quail-Dyer, continue to wait for any answers in the mysterious disappearance.

Muskegon airport studies wildlife to avoid collisions

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- Collisions between planes and wildlife are on the rise in the U.S. According to the Federal Aviation Administration there were more than 11,000 collisions last year.

In Muskegon, work is underway to keep wild animals under control near the county airport.

Biologist Austin Boersema is looking on and above the infield at the Muskegon County Airport. In a way, he is hunting. For fox, deer, or any other wildlife. Ground squirrel to bald eagle. But he is not finding much and that is a good thing.

Boersema is tracking the wildlife he does see to collect information that will help the Muskegon County Airport update its required wildlife hazard assessment. The lengthy report is required and must be into the FAA early next year.

From his office airport, manager Marty Piette has a panorama of the infield. And the traffic flying in and out of MKG. Between 50 to 100 aircraft a day.

Group proposes millage to improve school security and technology

Group proposes millage to improve school security and technology

Supporters of a proposed millage to improve technology and security in schools are scrambling to get enough petition signatures to put the proposal to a vote.

The group “Technology4Students” must collect at least 3,000 signatures from voters registered in Muskegon County by July 2 to get the special millage proposal on the ballot.  The proposal would raise property taxes by one-mill for ten years to generate $4.3 million annual for the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.

As of June 20, Technology4Students had collected 2,158 signatures.  The group must hit the 3,000 signature mark before the county clerk will set a date for a special election.

Technology4Students has set up a website with information about the proposal, as well as contact information for those circulating the petition.

If approved, t

Reward offered in fatal Muskegon shooting

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A $2,500 reward is available for any information regarding the shooting of Elijah Henderson.

Henderson, 17, of Muskegon was found with gunshot wounds in the 1300 block of 5th Street near Strong Avenue on May 1. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead.

Silent Observer is offering the reward for anyone who can provide useful information about possible suspects or details about the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Muskegon Police Department at (231) 724-6750 or Silent Observer at 231-72-CRIME.

World War II B-17 bomber evokes emotion

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Several lakeshore residents are taking the opportunity to fly over Muskegon in a World War II B-17 aircraft, which was flown to defeat Nazi forces in Germany. However, the plane brings back a wave of emotion for one Muskegon woman.

Luise Calkins vividly remembers the day in 1945 when a B-17 bombed her hometown. She remembers the "huge noise, the earth shaking, people screaming, and body parts here and there and everywhere."

Calkins grew up in Mainz, Germany, and certainly knows the horrors of war. Her father was arrested because he spoke against Hitler and Nazi troops took over her grandfather's business, and two of her uncles were killed at Auschwitz.

Calkins says she still has nightmares and seeing the plane has restored strong emotions that she thought had gone away.

Consumers Energy payment center opens in Musk. Hgts.

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Consumers Energy has a new payment center in Muskegon Heights that will allow customers pay their utility bill in person. Customers will also be able to place a payment in an overnight drop box.

The new center is located inside the front door of city hall, replacing the center located on Hoyt Street. The city will make a little money in the process, as the city is leasing the space to Consumers Energy.

"That was a plus," Muskegon Heights Mayor Daryl Paige says about leasing the space. "I think at the forefront is that the payment center is here. We are really happy about it."

The payment center will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The address of Muskegon Heights City Hall is:

2724 Peck St.
Muskegon Heights, MI

Police look into shots fired, car crash

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are investigating a shooting that led to a car chase and ended with a crash.

Muskegon Heights Police were called to the intersection of Howell Avenue and Superior Street around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.  There was a report about shots being fired, leading to the car crash.

Detectives say one man was shot in the arm, and believe the shooting happened in a different part of town.  He was taken to a Muskegon hospital by a family member.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the Muskegon Heights Police at 231-733-8900