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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.

State-owned land in Muskegon up for auction

State-owned land in Muskegon up for auction

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering more than 20 parcels of state-owned land for sale in nine Michigan counties.

The sealed-bid auction began Wednesday and runs through Sept. 4.

Properties in Arenac, Alpena, Gladwin, Lake, Montmorency, Muskegon, Otsego, Presque Isle and Saginaw counties are available.

The properties range in size from less than an acre to 40 acres. Some are wooded tracts; others are in close proximity to lakes, ponds and recreational trails. You can find the complete list on the DNR website here.

Donation helps teens improve driving

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) - A Norton Shores insurance agency is donating $16,000 to help teenagers become better drivers, and to support lakeshore fire departments.

The Jon Sepeshy State Farm office donated the money to the Advanced Teen Driving Program run by the Muskegon County Sheriff's Department.

The money will pay for a few hundred orange traffic cones, and a "Skid Monster".  A "Skid Monster" is a device that attaches to a training car, allowing instructors to put the vehicle into an intentional skid.

The insurance agency also gave the Norton Shores Fire Department $6,000 to support fire education and prevention programs.

Coast West Music Festival done after 1 year

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)-The festival that replaced Muskegon's Summer Celebration is now also being scrapped.

The Muskegon Festival Group Board announced Wednesday that Coast West Music Festival will not return in 2014. The group says the festival revenue did not meet expectations and the financial obstacles are too large to overcome.

Coast West Music Festival made its inaugural debut at Heritage Landing in early July, two years after Summer Celebration folded because of similar financial issues. The six-day event included performances by LeAnn Rimes, Chicago, Blue Oyster Cult, Gregg Allman, Foghat, Cheap Trick, O.A.R. and Allen Stone.

Festival board members say they appreciate all the fans, volunteers and vendors that supported this year's festival.


Grand Valley State University among the best universities in the Midwest

Grand Valley State University among the best universities in the Midwest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—West Michigan is home to one of the best universities in the Midwest, according to new survey results.

Grand Valley State University made it onto this year’s list, compiled by The Princeton Review.  The New York-based company says only about 25 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities make the cut; GVSU was one of just 155 Midwest schools listed in the rankings.

The Princeton Review’s report is based on student surveys addressing several issues, from accessibility of professors to the quality of food on campus.  According to GVSU, students say the school has “a small college feel with the opportunities of a large university.”

GVSU delivers classes to nearly 25,000 students on five campuses and regional centers located in Allendale, Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon and Traverse City. 

National Night Out events held across West Michigan

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kentwood is one of several communities in West Michigan that held events for National Night Out.

Tuesday night was the 30th year for National Night Out. It's estimated 37 billion people participated in nation wide in efforts to take a stand against crime.

In Muskegon County, a picnic was held in Norton Shores Estates. The police and fire departments spoke to children about how to stay safe.

"The community officer will tell you we are a quiet neighborhood. This lets people know if you do see something to say something. We want our elderly neighbors to know we are going to check on them," said Rita Holub, Norton Shores Night Out organizer.

More than 300 people attended the event in Muskegon County and they plan to do it again next year.

The Salvation Army Kroc Center is another place where families gathered for National Night Out.