Our network


MSP: Successful first month of helicopter patrols

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) - It's been a month since Michigan State Police started helicopter patrols in West Michigan, but troopers are not getting the positive feedback they hoped for from the community.

Troopers are hearing some negative comments, and WZZM is hearing them too. The WZZM 13 Information Center has taken many calls from people complaining about the noise, many saying they don't like how close they are getting to their homes.

F/Lt. Chris McIntire is addressing those concerns: "It's going to become a little more normal for those that don't like it here right now."

The schedule has been tight for Michigan State Police helicopters in their first month in the area. "It's been in the downtown Grand Rapids area so much lately because of the flooding primarily, and it's caused us to fly a lot lower than we normally would fly."

Family prepares for Mother's Day without Jessica

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police in Norton Shores hope Michigan State Police can enhance two pieces of surveillance video in the Jessica Heeringa case.

The goal is to determine the make and year of the minivan they believe was used to take Heeringa from the Exxon station where she was working almost two weeks ago. Investigators are waiting on the video to narrow their search.

Police and Heeringa's family know if Jessica is still missing on Sunday, it will be a difficult day.

"Sunday is Mother's Day and we feel bad that she might miss it right now. But when she does get back, we will celebrate it then," says Diane Homrich, Jessica's grandmother.

Norton Shores Police Chief Daniel Shaw says investigators are committed to working throughout the weekend to find Jessica.

More than a dozen cats removed from RV

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police say they removed an RV with more than a dozen cats from property on Kregle Road because it created a health hazard and violated a Muskegon Township ordinance.

The vehicle was moved to the Humane Society and Animal Rescue of Muskegon County on Tuesday.

Police say the vehicle's owners had recently demolished their house because of a number building code violations and moved the cats into the RV.

Police were able to catch more than 10 cats inside the RV while it was parked on Kregle Road. Moving the RV to the Humane Society allowed staff to coax the remaining cats out with food and catch them.

Jessica Heeringa's blood found at gas station

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- Blood discovered outside the gas station in west Michigan where a 25-year-old woman vanished came from Jessica Heeringa, who has been missing nearly two weeks.

Investigators found a small amount of blood outside the Exxon Mobil on East Sternberg Road in Norton Shores, where Heeringa disappeared during her shift April 26, Norton Shores Police Chief Daniel Shaw said Wednesday.

"We've got to find her," he said. "She's hurt."

Police, who said DNA analysis determined the blood came from Heeringa, have not said where it was found, but said the development in the case confirms Heeringa was abducted.

"We have no idea how she was injured," Shaw said.

Heeringa's grandmother told the Free Press the news still gives the family hope, since the amount of blood found was small.

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.