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More tourists and dollars arriving in Muskegon County

More tourists and dollars arriving in Muskegon County

MUSKEGON, Mich.—The state’s "Pure Michigan" tourism campaign is paying off for Muskegon County.

According to the Muskegon County Convention and Visitors Bureau, For the past two years, Muskegon County has ranked 12th in leisure travel spending for the state, with more than $260 million spent each year.

Muskegon lawyer pleads guilty to cocaine charge

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - A Muskegon defense lawyer who previously had his law license suspended following a conviction for crack cocaine has pleaded guilty to new cocaine charges.

Fifty-five-year-old Terry Nolan was arrested in February and was scheduled for trial Wednesday in Muskegon County Circuit Court but instead pleaded guilty to using cocaine. Sentencing is July 24.

Defense lawyer Ed Anderson tells the Grand Haven Tribune (http://bit.ly/12VJiXs) that there were no plea or sentencing deals. The charges can bring up to 2 years' imprisonment.

A cocaine bust in 2003 cost Nolan his law license, which he regained in 2009. His license has been suspended since his arrest.

President declares disaster following spring floods

(WZZM)-- President Obama is declaring a disaster in 16 Michigan counties because of severe spring flooding.

The declaration frees up federal funding for eligible governments and non-profit organizations to repair damages caused by flooding from April 16 to May 14. Allegan County, Ionia County, Kent County, Muskegon County, Newaygo County and Ottawa County are all included in the disaster declaration. The flooding caused more than $3 million in damages to public property in Ottawa County alone.

Private investigator reveals clues in Heeringa case

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's been 54 days since Jessica Heeringa disappeared from her job at a Norton Shores gas station. The national media attention has gone away and tips are coming in at a much slower pace. If police have a strong theory or even just a solid hunch, they're not saying.

Truth is not much more is known about Jessica's disappearance today than almost two months ago. WZZM 13 has dedicated multiple journalists to the story but as the mystery grew we asked what more could we do to uncover clues?

That's why WZZM hired a licensed private investigator to go beyond what our reporters were doing. We are not identifying her so as to not jeopardize her work. Lee VanAmeyde spoke with her.

Q: You've been doing this for a month now, take me through the process, how you investigate, who you talk to.

Man sentenced for selling counterfeit razorblades at Meijer Stores

A Florida man will spend 30 months in prison for trying to sell counterfeit razorblades at Meijer Stores.

As part of his punishment, 56-year-old Jeffrey Steven Telsey also faces three years of probation and must pay $400,506.17 in restitution, as well as a $25,000 fine.  

In January 2008, Homeland Security Investigations was notified that counterfeit Gillette Mach3 razor refills were being distributed through Meijer Stores.  Homeland Security began buying up the counterfeit razorblades from Telsey, who operated JCA Enterprises.  At the same time, Meijer Stores issued a company-wide recall for the counterfeit blades.

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Thief dines during restaurant break-in

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) - Police are searching for suspects in an unusual break-in at a Norton Shores restaurant.

The manager of Verdonis says someone broke into the business through the roof overnight Saturday. The manager says the suspect ate a bunch of food, drank the restaurant's alcohol and stole the baker's tools before leaving.

Employees of Verdonis have already cleaned up the mess left behind by the thief and reopened the business. The manager says police are reviewing fingerprints left at the scene.

A nearby business on Seminole Road, The Coffee House and Café, was also broken into. The thief broke a window and stole cash.

Anyone with information in these cases is asked to call police.

No injuries in Muskegon house fire

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A Muskegon family was able to get out of their house unharmed after it caught fire early this morning.

The second floor of the home on West Southern Avenue was damaged in the fire that started just after midnight.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.