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Slippery roads blamed for two crashes, fatality

MONTAGUE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - The Muskegon County Sheriff says even though there's no snow on the ground, motorists should drive like there is.

Slick roads and excessive speed contributed to multiple crashes on the lakeshore early Monday morning, killing one person and critically injuring another. The most serious accidents were in the northern Muskegon County: One on Oceana Drive, and minutes later another occurred on U.S. 31 near Colby Street.

Around 6:30 a.m., he driver of a Jeep slid off Oceana Drive north of Fruitvale Road and hit a large tree. The driver, a man in his 20s died at the scene. Deputies say he was wearing a seat belt.

Wind energy and then some

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Muskegon, an industrial deepwater port that was extremely busy in the World War II war effort, could get very busy again if a proposal unveiled by Rockford Bergé and L-3 Combat Propulsion Systems gets off the ground.

Rockford Bergé, a Grand Rapids company offering logistics and construction of wind farm projects, and L-3, which mainly manufactures heavy-duty engines and suspensions for armored military vehicles, believe Muskegon is perfectly situated to become a wind-farm construction and logistics center. In late November, the two companies jointly unveiled a Michigan Wind Energy Consortium that will set to work over the next six months to plan a proposed Michigan Energy and Technology Center somewhere on Muskegon Lake.

Breakfast on the Go: Mrs. Chessman & Mrs. Klein

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)-  Our Breakfast on the Go: Teacher Edition honors Mrs. Cheesman from Campbell Elementary and Mrs. Klein from Steele Middle School.

They were treated to a gourmet breakfast at Third Street Grille inside the Holiday Inn Muskegon.  Sous Chef Daniel Solowi and Chef Edward Madison created a stuffed raspberry french toast and a veggie omelet.

Consumers Energy closing several electric plants

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- Consumers Energy is changing its plans for several coal burning electric plants, including the shutdown of Muskegon County's biggest taxpayer. 

The B.C. Cobb Generating Plant is on the eastern end of Muskegon Lake.  The Muskegon facility is now set to close in early 2015, along with Consumers' other small coal burning plants near Luna Pier and Bay City.  A Consumers spokesman says it would be too costly to upgrade the Cobb Plant to meet state and federal clean air regulations. 

The Cobb Plant was built in 1948.  There are 116 people working at the facility.  A spokesman say they would try to find those employees positions at other Consumers' facilities.

The Cobb Plant also pays more than $4 million in tax money to Muskegon, the county and local school districts.  Much of that revenue would likely be lost.

UPDATE: Woman killed in Muskegon fire

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A Muskegon woman has died while trying to escape a fast moving house fire early Friday morning.

Flames were first reported around 4:45 a.m. at a house in the 200 block of Myrtle Street. Firefighters say flames were shooting through the roof when they arrived on the scene.

There were four people inside the house, and at least two escaped by jumping from a second-story window. But 42-year-old Vatina Smith died in the fire. Ken Chudy of the Muskegon Fire Dept. tells WZZM 13 News crews tried to rescue the woman, but could not because of the intense flames.

Joyce Yeaw, a friend of Smith says the three people who escaped the fire thought she was behind them. She believes the Smith fell and was overcome by smoke.

The two people who jumped to safety and another person inside were taken to the hospital, but are expected to survive.

November and Autumn 2011 Weather Stats for Muskegon

Muskegon (WZZM) -

The month of November and the autumn season were both warmer than the average, with nearly average precipitation, but with much less snowfall than usual.

Temperatures in November averaged 44.2°F, 4.0°F above average, making it the sixth warmest on record and 1.6°F warmer than last year (42.6°F).  Twenty days were warmer than average, nine were cooler and one was average.  The highest temperature occurred on November 13 with 64°F while the lowest temperature occurred on November 23 with 26°F.  The autumn season (September, October, and November) averaged 52.6°F, 1.6°F above average but 0.1°F cooler than last autumn (52.7°F).

UPDATE: MSU cheerleader out of hospital

EAST LANSING, Mich. (LANSING STATE JOURNAL) - Taylor Young, the Michigan State cheerleader who took a hard spill during MSU's basketball win Wednesday at Breslin Center, is fine and out of the hospital.

MSU associate athletic director John Lewandowski confirmed that Young was discharged from Sparrow Hospital early this morning.

MSU athletic director Mark Hollis said in a text message that Young is "all good" after a scary few moments Wednesday evening.

The 20-year-old junior from Twin Lake fell on her face during a timeout in the first half of the Spartans' win over Florida State. She was motionless for a few minutes before medical personnel carefully lifted her to a stretcher.

Young was able to smile and give two thumbs up as she was wheeled off the court.

Well wishes for Young have poured in over social media and LSJ.com.