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Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Communities impacted by the floods in April have less than a week to file their request for federal disaster money. 

In June, President Obama declared a major disaster in 16 Michigan counties, including Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon and Newaygo. The Small Business Association also issued a disaster declaration this summer.  Both declarations freed up federal assistance for homeowners, local governments and certain non-profits who were forced to clean up.  Homeowners and businesses had until Monday, August 12 to apply for assistance; city officials have until August 17.

The flooding caused $10 million in damage in Kent County alone.  Federal funding would help pay for debris removal and repairs to public property, roads and bridges.

Wake Up West Michigan: Reeths-Puffer Color Guard

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- Saturday's morning greeting comes to you from the Reeths-Puffer Color Guard during a recent band camp in Holland.

Drivers ignoring 'move over' highway law

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- They protect us on highways everyday and there are traffic laws meant to protect them, but WZZM 13 found drivers ignoring traffic laws and putting police and others in jeopardy.

This week, Michigan State Police are targeting Ottawa, Muskegon, and Kent counties to educate drivers about the "move over" law and crack down on those who continue to disobey it.

On a wintry December day in 2007, dash cam video shows where State Trooper Scott Wilber pulled over and was getting ready to write a report. Moments later, an oncoming vehicle failed to switch lanes and hit him on the side of the road.

"I felt something hit me in the small of my back," said Trooper Wilber in 2007. "First thought that went through my mind is I'm never going to see my kids again."

Six years later, Sgt. Nathan Grant is facing the same risks, despite laws meant to protect him and other state troopers.

Million Father March at Muskegon Heights High School Academy

The Muskegon Heights High School Academy is participating in the Million Father March initiative, encouraging our school community fathers, grandfathers, uncles and other male role models, to walk our students to school on the first day of class - August 12th. Special presentations scheduled for that day. More info to come. http://blackstarproject.org/action/

Courtesy: Muskegon Heights High School Academy Facebook Page


Muskegon restaurant closed after raid

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A popular restaurant in Muskegon was closed Thursday morning after a raid by state troopers and government officials. 

Witnesses tell us Flamingo's Two on Laketon Avenue was closed early Thursday.

State Police say they were called in to assist the State Treasury Department at the restaurant. The Department of the Treasury could not confirm if any action was taken.

But the Muskegon County Register of Deeds office has records of more than $120,000 in back taxes due to the state and federal government.

The owner of Flamingos Two, Alvaro Loera, was murdered in April of 2012.  No arrest have been made in his murder.

Muskegon store sold most winning lottery tickets

(Freep/Lansing State Journal) -- Lightning isn't supposed to strike twice, but it apparently can strike 40 times.

At least, for some patrons of Mario's Market in southwest Lansing.

The convenience and liquor store has sold at least 40 winning lottery tickets worth more than $2,000 since July 2011, the most of any location in mid-Michigan in that time, based on a Lansing State Journal analysis of Michigan Lottery records.

"We do a lot with the lottery. ... It means a lot" to the business, manager Ginger Tate said.

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Armed resident fends off serial burglars

FRUITPORT, Mich. (WZZM) -- Detectives are trying to determine if three men arrested for a series of lakeshore home and vehicle break-ins are responsible for crimes in other communities.

Someone living at a home on Dennis Street called police around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday after three masked men tried to break-into their home through a window. Police say the suspects were confronted by one of the residents, who had a gun.

A resident claimed one of the burglars also pulled out a hand gun. No shots were fired and all three suspects ran away.

Police and K-9 units searched the area and all three suspects were arrested. Police also recovered the handgun, which had been stolen during a separate home invasion on East Fruitport Road hours before.