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Trio attempts to cross Lake Mich. on paddleboard

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. (WZZM) -- Three college students with ties to West Michigan are planning to cross Lake Michigan on a paddle board.

Craig and Trent Masselink and Ginny Melby are paddling from Milwaukee to Norton Shores starting Sunday. The trio will take turns paddling as the other two follow alongside in a boat stocked with supplies.

The goal of the trip is to raise money for Restore International, an organization that combats human rights violations around the world.

The voyage will take about 30 hours and cover more than 80 miles.

Umpiring softball & baseball is a family affair

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Quite an impressive golden anniversary just wrapped up this spring in Muskegon. Ralph Burr celebrated his 50th year of umpiring area softball and baseball games.

The last 20 years have been very special for Ralph because he's been able to umpire alongside his daughter Jackie. Both Ralph and Jackie Burr were honored earlier this year by the Michigan High School Athletic Association for their milestone years of service as high school officials.

Ralph's son Jeff Burr has also officiated games with his father at various times over the past 36 years. Alongside his officiating duties, he's also volunteered his time as a coach and longtime caretaker of Sheldon Field in Muskegon.

Ralph says he wants his kids to spread his ashes at Sheldon Field when he passes.

Fourth of July fireworks displays in West Michigan

(WZZM)-Fourth of July falls on a Thursday this year, but many West Michigan communities aren't waiting for the weekend to fire off fireworks.

This year's holiday events are as follows:

Allegan County:

Allegan Jubilee Independence Celebration
July 3, 2013 at dusk
On the riverfront
Allegan, Michigan 49010

Douglas Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks
July 4, 2013 at dusk
Cook Park
Harbor Court
Douglas, Michigan 49406

Harbor Days/Venetian Lights
July 27, 2013 at dusk
Over Lake Kalamazoo
Saugatuck, Michigan 49453

Plainwell Fourth of July Fireworks
July 4, 2013 at dusk
Plainwell Airport
616 North Tenth
Plainwell, Michigan 49080

Saugatuck Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 2013 at dusk
Over Kalamazoo River
Saugatuck, Michigan 49453

Whitehall Police: Watch out for counterfeit money

Whitehall Police: Watch out for counterfeit money

WHITEHALL, Mich.—The Whitehall Police Department is urging people to be vigilant, as the number of counterfeit money complaints rise.

On June 28, officers were called to a home in the 800 block of Alice Street, for a counterfeiting complaint.  Police say organizers of a garage sale accepted a fake $50 bill.  Detectives say two other fake bills with the same serial number have been used in Muskegon County.

 Whitehall Police are asking people to be careful when accepting large bills and learn how to identify counterfeit money.  The Secret Service offers these helpful detection tips.

Made in Michigan: Plastic maker KL Industries

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The products made by a lakeshore plastic manufacturer are sold around the world.

There are hundreds of Port-A-Johns at Heritage Landing for the Coast West Music Festival and all of them were made in Muskegon at KL Industries.

But the company's product lines are much broader than Port-A-Johns. 140 employees at the company take plastic pellets and turns transform them into fishing boats; dinghies, canoes, pedal boats, kayaks, and now stand up paddleboards.

KL Industries started in 1982. Its products are sold under the name Sundolphin and can be found at major retail chains and on the web.

Coast West Music Festival kicks off in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Fans of Foghat and Cheap Trick will join other national and local music groups at Heratige Landing Tuesday night for day two of the Coast West Music Festival.

The festival kicked off Monday acts like O.A.R and Allen Stone.

The music event was organized by the non-profit Muskegon Festival Group in the wake of the end of Summer Celebration, which held its last edition in 2011.

Other acts this week include LeAnn Rimes, Chicago, Blue Oyster Cult and Gregg Allman.

The Coast West Music Festival runs through Saturday.

Police: Muskegon man 'armed and dangerous'

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are searching for a man who opened fire Monday morning.

Adrain Wayne, 33, is considered armed dangerous. Authorities say he fired several shots in the area of Ada Avenue and Kenneth Street around 10:40 a.m.

The intended victim, a 47-year-old Muskegon man, was not struck.

Wayne is described as a an African American man, 5'6" tall and 200 lbs. He was wearing a white tee shirt and fled the scene in a white, 2000 Chevrolet S-10 pick-up truck with the Michigan license plate CJG 8665.

Wayne is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone with information should call the Muskegon Police Department at (231) 724-6750 or Silent Observer at (231) 722-7463.