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Video catches Norton Shores theft

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) - Police are hoping that surveillance video will help them find the person responsible for breaking into a convenience store overnight.

Norton Shores Police were called to Jack's Corner Store in the 4100 block of Grand Haven Road just after midnight on a burglar alarm.  Police found a broken glass door.  A full list of missing items isn't complete, but it appears the suspect took a contribution jar and several packs of cigarettes.

If you have information about this crime, you are asked to call Silent Observer (231-722-7463) or the Norton Shores Police Department (231-733-2691).

Fourth Annual Labor Day Community Walk

Fourth Annual Labor Day Community Walk

From: http://www.muskegon-mi.gov

Muskegon’s Fourth Annual Labor Day Community Walk will take place on Monday, September 5th, beginning at Fisherman’s Landing.

Walkers are asked to register at the pavilion at 8:30 a.m. with the walk following at 9:00 a.m.

We will follow the Lakeshore Trail to the nature preserve in North Muskegon.

Participants will circle around and complete their walk at Fisherman’s Landing for a total of 4.2 miles. For questions, call 724-6705.

The Lakes Mall celebrates anniversary

FRUITPORT TWP., Mich. (WZZM)-  Michael Hagen, the General Manager of The Lakes Mall in Fruitport Township, is bringing smiles to shoppers faces this week. The mall is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and Hagen has a stack of gift cards to randomly pass out.

The gifts range from free food to a stay at the Double J Ranch.  They are intended to thank shoppers for supporting the mall during its first decade in business.

On Tuesday the Makowicki family from Ludington visited the mall for school clothes. They left with a coupon good for a mini-vacation at the Double J in Rothbury. Lisa Makowicki says her three children just yesterday did their own random act of kindness by making a donation to a Ludington area charity.

Michael Hagen says this year he expects the mall to attract around 9-million visitors.

Tim Hortons prepares to open in Norton Shores

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's the restaurant many of our viewers say they want in West Michigan -- now the Tim Hortons in Norton Shores is almost ready to open.

The doughnut, coffee and sandwich shop will open at 6 a.m. Wednesday on Henry Street near Meijer. It's paired with a Cold Stone Creamery, and will be open 24 hours a day.

On Monday, the employees went through training before opening day.

"It was a tough process, but in the end we hired about 38 team members," says co-owner Mike Grail. "A lot of them are going to management. As we grow into the future, everyone here is going to have that opportunity to grow with us."

The Canada-based Tim Hortons chain already has two West Michigan locations open -- one is inside the Gun Lake Casino in Allegan County, while the other is in Grand Haven.  It also sells doughnuts inside Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.  Another Tim Hortons location is being built in Walker.

Two die in car crash; others injured

WHITE RIVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)- Two Montague men died Saturday night in a car crash; Brad Lee Varela, 24, and his passenger, Michael Allen Nafe, 29.

Authorities say Varela ran a stop sign at the intersection of at Eiler and Chase roads.  Varela's Ford Mustang hit another a Chevy Impala, seriously injuring Julie Casebolt and all three of her young daughters. 

Just before the deadly crash, the men had attended a send off party for Nafe.  He was being deployed to Afghanistan.

Investigators are waiting for the results of Varela's toxicology report to determine whether alcohol or drugs were in his system at the time of the crash.

Julie Casebolt says she and her daughters are recovering slowly from their numerous injuries.

Funeral arrangements for Varela and Nafe are pending Monday. 

Week 1 candidates for "Sidelines" MVP

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) The first candidates of the season have been selected for the "13 On Your Sidelines" weekly most valuable player award.

GABE DEAN - Ran and threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns in the Lowell Red Arrows' win over Rockford Thursday.

KYLE KUJAWA - Rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns in the Zeeland West Dux' victory over Forest Hills Central Friday.

CALVIN VANDERWAL - Rushed for 258 yards and three touchdowns in the Ravenna Bulldogs' win over Kent City Thursday.

Voting runs through Wednesday afternoon and the award will be presented Thursday night on "13 On Your Sidelines."

Vote now by clicking here!

One arrested after pointing gun at police

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The Muskegon Police Department is investigating a shooting from overnight where an officer fired at a suspect.

Police say that they were called to the area of Fifth Street and Southern Avenue just before late Sunday night on a call of shots being fired.  They found three subjects at the scene.  The first officer on the scene asked one of the suspect to raise his arms and the suspect reportedly pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the officer.  The officer fired a single shot and missed.  The suspect ran from the scene, but was found later hiding from police.

Police found a loaded handgun at the scene and the suspect is in custody.  The officer has been with the department for six years.

Police are still investigating.