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Scholar Athlete: Sarah Ferenz

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- WZZM and Meijer are pleased to recognize Reeths-Puffer senior Sarah Ferenz as our Meijer Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of May 6th.

Sarah serves as captain for the Rockets' softball team and is in her third year on the school's varsity squad. She plays first base and shortstop and is putting up excellent numbers. Through 18 games her batting average is .356 with six extra-base hits including a home run. The Rockets are currently 14-4 and recently captured the city tournament championship for the first time since 2007.

Sarah was all-district, all-conference, all-area and academic all-state as a junior in 2012. She plans to play softball at Muskegon Community College next year.

Police wrap search in Grand Haven for Jessica Heeringa

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- Day 11 in the search for Jessica Heeringa lead investigators to the north side of Grand Haven.

Michigan State Police searched Harbor Island and the the Grand Haven Power Plant for three hours Tuesday morning, using two K-9 units. Investigators combed the area around ponds and marshes.

Betty Mackenzie has been passing out the flyers with Jessica Heeringa's photo. She says her concern for Heeringa increases every day. "I just do not know what to think about this whole deal," said Mackenzie. "I hope and pray they find her and she is safe."

Norton Shores Police Chief Daniel Shaw says besides Harbor Island investigators also visited the John's To Go business. The company is one of several in the area that maintains a fuel account at the Exxon station where Heeringa disappeared April 26. Investigators have been visiting those companies and talking with employees.

"Someone knows something" about Jessica's abduction

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- Her face has been on TV, online, and in the newspaper for 10 days and despite the publicity, Jessica Heeringa remains missing.

"We're quite confident about the timeline, about the silver minivan," said Norton Shores Police Detective Sergeant Michael Shaw.

The 25-year-old mother disappeared from the Exxon gas station on Sternberg Road in Norton Shores on April 26.

"We know everything in my opinion except for the who right now," he said. And that's what's eating at Sergeant Kasher. "Disappointed in yourself and disappointed in how things have turned out-- it's always around you."

But Kasher is more disappointed in who he believes may be withholding information. "Somewhere along the line, that time around 11 p.m., the disappearance-- I truly believe someone knows something," he said.

Families concerned after latest Muskegon Hts. murder

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI (WZZM) - A 37 year old father of three is the third unsolved murder so far this year in Muskegon Heights.

Darese Sanders died from multiple wounds after he was shot about 3 a.m. Monday while standing on the corner of Columbia Avenue and Park Street.

"They told me he was shot a bunch of times," says friend Woodrow Carson. "He grew up down the street from me."

Police Monday were not saying what Darese Sanders was doing on a street corner at three in the morning, if they know who killed him or why.

But some residents say this and the other recent murders and shootings show how dangerous it is in Muskegon Heights.

When her son left for college, Juhlanda McBride told him not to come back.

"We talked about this the day he left," she says. "Because of all the stuff that's going on, there was no coming back to Muskegon Heights.

Man shot and killed in Muskegon Hts. Monday

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - A 37-year-old Muskegon Heights man is dead after being shot overnight.

Darease Sanders died at Hackley Hospital after being shot at about 3:30am Monday near Columbia and Park Streets.

Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Observer at 231-72-CRIME.

Sanders is the third homicide victim in Muskegon Heights so far in 2013.  The other two homicides have also gone unsolved.

Investigators honored after arson-for-profit conviction

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A group of Muskegon County fire investigators are receiving recognition for their work to bring an arsonist to justice.

Earlier this year, a jury found Gerald Singer guilty in an arson-for-profit scheme in the Muskegon area. Singer set fire to several buildings he owned to collect insurance payouts.

The team that investigated the Singer case includes Muskegon Heights Fire Chief Chris Dean. Part of the reason why they are being recognized is that this is Michigan Arson Awareness Week

"The arsonist who did this scammed insurance companies and affected everybody's insurance in the state of Michigan. They worked together and put him behind bars," says "Lori Conarton with the Insurance Institute of Michigan.

Singer will be sentenced in August. There were 782 residential arson fires last year in Michigan, resulting in $10,000,000 in property loss.

Secret Service analyzing cell phones in search

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) --  It has been one week since Norton Shores Police classified Jessica Heeringa's disappearance as an abduction.

Sunday, Police Chief Daniel Shaw says they still have no clues other than the two surveillance tapes of the silver minivan. More than 1,000 tips have come to the public, but authorities believe cell phone data could be just as important.

If Heeringa had her phone on her, Chief Shaw says they would have been able to track her immediately. But instead, they're trying to track down the suspect's phone, if he has one.