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USS LST 393 honors America's veterans

MUSKEGON (WZZM) - There are a ton of great places to go and things to do in West Michigan. So many in fact, many of them often go unnoticed. One of those hidden treasures is sitting on the Muskegon waterfront just 41 miles from downtown Grand Rapids.

To the thousands of people passing by every day the USS LST 393 may seem like an old hunk of steel docked on Muskegon Lake and a large but somehow inconspicuous remnant of days long past.

"This ship came to Muskegon in the late 40's and the bow was boarded up and it became a cross lake freighter for a couple of decades," said John Stephenson, board president of the LST 393 Veterans Museum. "Then it sat unused for a couple of decades and people kind of got the impression that it was a crummy old freighter and it would eventually be a barge or go out and be sunk for scrap."

The ship's preservation association had bigger plans.

Causeway construction causing big problems

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Road construction is affecting two of the three locations in Muskegon County where drivers can cross the Muskegon River. A $1.4 million road improvement project on the Muskegon Causeway will have bridges there closed for the next three weeks.

During that time M-DOT will improve two bridges and resurface M-120 between US-31 Business Route and Holton Road.

During construction the Causeway will be completely closed to traffic. To avoid the Causeway drivers will follow posted detours to the East to cross the Muskegon River on US-31.

Bridge projects North of Muskegon and South of Russell Road are causing traffic back-ups as far South as Apple Avenue during the evening rush hour. The work on the Northbound lanes of US-31 could finish Friday, which will help traffic flow smother. Work on the Southbound lanes may finish one week after that.

Lumberjacks make Futures Draft selections

Lumberjacks make Futures Draft selections

The Muskegon Lumberjacks’ 2012-13 season has officially begun, as they added six talented 1996-born hockey players to their Affiliate List in the USHL Futures Draft Tuesday night.

“We love great players from great programs and that’s what we have in this draft,” said Lumberjacks Owner/GM Josh Mervis. “In addition to that excitement, we have an outstanding hockey operations staff and it’s phenomenal to see all their work pay off. These guys did a lot to get ready.”

With the 10th overall pick in the Futures Draft, the Lumberjacks selected Dylan Malmquist, a right winger from Edina (Minn.) High School. As a freshman for the Edina Hornets, the 5-foot-10 Malmquist put up 49 points (23g, 26a) in 30 games.

Muskegon farmers market opens

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- The Muskegon farmers market is now open for the season. The market will be open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Yuba Street in Muskegon.

Some crops have arrived early this year because of the warm weather in March. One farmer says there are already several varieties of vegetables that are fresh and ready to be harvested.

Funeral plans set for 'Uncle Al'

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Funeral arrangements are set for a former Muskegon restaurant owner found murdered in his home.

Relatives found the body of Alvaro Loera, 72, in his kitchen of his Waalkes Street home on Friday.  Police say he had been beaten and stabbed.

Previous Coverage: Muskegon Family: Who killed Uncle Al?

Visitation with Loera's family will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Sytsema Funeral Home, 737 Apple Ave., Muskegon. The Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with Loera's brother, Pastor Roberto Loera of New Era, officiating.

Alvaro Loera will be buried at St. Mary's Cemetery.

Police: Teens go on trailer park crime spree

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- A 19-year old Muskegon girl is facing charges connected to what police call a weekend crime spree.

Jessica Goldsborough is being held in the Ottawa County Jail on unrelated warrants. Deputies believe she and a 19-year old Nunica man stole from the Hidden Oaks Mobile Home Park in Spring Lake Township Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They allegedly took belongings from unlocked cars and stole a Buick which was found crashed into a tree in Crockery Township.

Detectives are still looking for the male suspect.

Tech Center students named top 10 at national business contest

Tech Center students named top 10 at national business contest

Two students from the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) earned top ten placements in the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Chicago, IL, held April 25–29, 2012.  These competitions include written exams and hands-on skills testing.

Internet, Network & Security Technologies student Justin Rohr (Holton) placed second in the Computer Security category. Brandon Ingalls (Fruitport) earned top spots in both Computer Security and Information Technology Concepts. Josh Hooker (Reeths-Puffer) also competed at the national conference in the PC Repair & Servicing category, and Financial Management/Accounting student Torey Melton competed in Banking & Finance. Also competing that day, on the Post Secondary level, was former Financial Management/Accounting student Zack Twork. Zack took first place in Computerized Accounting and received a $2,000 scholarship.