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Recognize this man? Call Norton Shores Police

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are hoping surveillance video of an armed robbery will help catch the suspect.

Wednesday night, a man walked into the Marathon gas station on South Getty Street. The man flashed weapon at the station employee, then ran away with the money.

Police picked up the suspect's footprints in the snow on East Broadway, where they believe he got into a waiting vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call Norton Shores Police or Silent Observer.

U.S. 31 reopens after 40 crashes; one deputy hurt

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- Snowy conditions and drivers' speed led to a 40-vehicle pileup on southbound U.S. 31 north of Muskegon. The pileup began around 9 a.m. between White Lake Drive and Russell Road and included two police vehicles.

Heavy snow was falling at the time of the pileup, "We could not see and we were not even going that fast," said Jennifer Metts, of Walkerville.

Authorities say the pile up began when drivers did not slow down as they approached what was a minor two-car crash. That initial small crash quickly blossomed.

Police were already on scene when cars started colliding. A Muskegon County Sheriff deputy went to the hospital with a bump on his head after a car slammed into the back of his cruiser. "He was inside his vehicle when it was struck," said Muskegon County Undersheriff Dan Stout.

Scholar Athlete: Abby Clark

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- WZZM and Meijer are pleased to recognize North Muskegon High School senior Abby Clark as our Meijer Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of December ninth.

A three-sport athlete at North Muskegon, Abby is currently captaining the varsity basketball team. She has also lettered in volleyball and track. Her coach (and proud father) calls her a "true leader in the classroom and on the court."

Indeed, Abby is a hard working student with a 3.96 grade point average. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is the student government secretary at school.

Abby also has a rare claim to fame outside of school: she learned to fly a plane before she learned to drive a car. Abby wants to study flight science and become a commercial pilot as an adult.

WZZM and Meijer congratulate Abby Clark for her hard work and achievements and wish her continued success!

Muskegon votes to revoke lodge's liquor license

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Muskegon City Commission has voted in favor of permanently revoking the liquor license of The Charity Lodge.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission suspended the lodge's license in September following a deadly triple shooting. The city and police department requested the action.

In addition to the shooting, police have had to visit the lodge 21 times in nine months.

Tuesday night's vote will be sent to the Liquor Control Commission in Lansing, which is expected to move forward with revoking the license permanently.

Top places to visit in 2014: G.R. and Gold Coast

GRAND RAPIDS (CNN) -- Intrepid travelers need not leave the United States to find distinctive cities, spectacular open spaces and wide beaches to explore.

Lonely Planet's top 10 U.S. destinations for 2014 are all available without clearing customs, including long-beloved destinations, spots commemorating important events in 2014 and significant regional spots that deserve your attention.

Police oppose landline termination proposal

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Legislation that would allow phone companies to discontinue traditional landline service is running into some opposition.

Michigan police chiefs and sheriffs are coming out against the bill, saying it puts seniors and people in rural communities at risk. The Muskegon County Undersheriff and the county emergency manager both say it's a bad idea because there are several pockets in the county without reliable cell phone service.

"People will have to drive to a neighbor, or some miles to call for services. It is going to be hard for people especially in the outlying areas. And also with cell phones, remember if you go into a building with lots of concrete and steel, you do not get a signal," explained Daniel Stout, Muskegon County Undersheriff and Emergency Manager.

'Jessica's Law' would add security for overnight workers

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- A West Michigan lawmaker is proposing a bill that could improve workplace safety for gas station and convenience store employees.

Rep. Collene Lamonte (D-Montague) made the announcement Monday next to the Exxon gas station in Norton Shores where Jessica Heeringa was last see working last spring. Heeringa disappeared while working alone on the night shift and has not yet been found.

The bill, which could be "Jessica's Law" would require gas station and convince stores to schedule two employees for the hours between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. The bill would also require security cameras.

"I am not out here looking to punish business owners. I hope this is just the initiation that they need to do the right thing," said Rep. Lamonte.