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Muskegon man has concerns about "free shipping" on website

MUSKEGON, Mich (WZZM) -- 13 is on your side with a cyber shopping problem you might want to be aware of. A Muskegon man says he bought an item that said "free shipping", but later found out it wasn't. It's a problem that could come up with any online site, at any time.

"I had been looking for an ice shanty, saw it was $100 off. I thought it would be a great deal," says Jack Oliphant. Gander Mountain had the ice shanty for $529.99. "There was no shipping or freight fees or anything, so I went ahead and paid for it with my Visa."

Oliphant was having trouble entering some information, so he called a customer service representative. She helped him finalized the purchase and he printed out the receipt. It still said free shipping. That's when the woman said there was a problem. "I asked what the problem was and she said there was supposed to be additional fee because it's an oversized item."

Old Muskegon fire station could be sold tonight

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The City of Muskegon appears to have a buyer for its old central fire station. The building has been for sale since it closed in 2007.

The city commission could vote tonight to sell the building to a local developer for $1. The agreement is with Parkland Muskegon Incorporated and company owner Jon Rooks. Rooks also owns the Muskegon Shoreline Inn and other area businesses.

The purchase agreement would require Rooks to invest $100,000 in the building and move his corporate offices into the old station after renovations are complete.

Man rescued after driving into Muskegon Lake

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Two off-duty Muskegon County Sheriff deputies and the manager of a towing company are credited with rescuing a man who accidentally drove his van into Muskegon Lake Monday evening.

The three men were meeting at Fricano's Pizza in Muskegon to plan this years polar plunge on Muskegon Lake when they saw the white van go over the sea wall behind the restaurant. The front of the van landed in Muskegon Lake. The three quickly ran out of the building and rushed to help the driver.

The driver, a man in his 60's, said he recently had surgery on his right leg and somehow he hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. He was not injured, but he was getting cold in the water which had reached his chest.

The three men helped him climb out of the van.

A tow truck was needed to pull the van out. Then the three men, one of which is the head of the sheriff's Marine Division, returned to their meeting.

Parkland takes the lead in Muskegon investment

Parkland takes the lead in Muskegon investment

Written by  Elijah Brumback

MUSKEGON — As urban development gains momentum across the country, one veteran developer plans to lead the charge in getting others interested in investing in downtown Muskegon.

Jon Rooks, president of Parkland Properties of Michigan, is about to bite off an ambitious chunk of development in and around downtown Muskegon.

Building off his successful turnaround of the Shoreline Inn & Conference Center, Rooks is planning to add between 50 and 60 homes to an adjacent piece of property that was part of the original hotel purchase in 2009.

The plan also includes the nearby HighPoint Flats, a 72-unit high-rise apartment complex at the former Comerica Bank building and a connected new two-story structure in downtown Muskegon.

Mercy Health CEO Roger Spoelman steps down

Mercy Health CEO Roger Spoelman steps down

Written by  Mark Sanchez

MUSKEGON — Giving up day-to-day duties as president and CEO of Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon allows Roger Spoelman to spend more time focusing on the regional operations for parent company Trinity Health.

The move ends Spoelman’s 25 years as chief executive at a hospital in Muskegon, where he engineered two mergers that led to the creation of Mercy Health Partners in April 2008 following the union between Hackley Hospital and Mercy General Health Partners. Spoelman was also chief executive of the former Muskegon General Hospital when it merged with Mercy General Health Partners in 1995.

Tree auction benefits Muskegon museum

Muskegon, Mich. (WZZM) Organizers of a holiday event in Muskegon County want you to come see 39 elaborately decorated Christmas trees and make a bid to take one home.

The Festival of Trees is an annual fundraising event at the Muskegon Museum of Art.  The trees are decorated by local residents and professional designers. They are all for sale by silent auction with the money benefiting the museum.

The display runs until December 2nd. For more information click on the link to the Muskegon Museum of Art.

Send us your Thanksgiving photos!

Send us your Thanksgiving photos!

As the Thanksgiving weekend comes to an end, we ask what the holiday means to you..? Is it family, food, football, Black Friday, volunteering, or maybe just relaxing as you take advantage of your time off?

Please send us a photos of what Thanksgiving means to you along with your name, location and a brief comment about Thanksgiving to MyTown@wzzm13.com for our My Town Thanksgiving photo gallery to be published early this week.

Thank you and we hope you've had a wonderful thanksgiving weekend!