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World War II ship in Muskegon damaged by high wind


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- High winds in West Michigan caused damage to a former Navy ship on the Lakeshore. The LST 393 was pushed 12 feet away from the dock on Monday.

"It caught boat right at the right angle and away it went," said Ron Morzfeld, the manager at the LST docked along Muskegon Lake. The winds reached 55 mph. "It busted all the lines, now she's coming back in."

As the former World War II ship was blown away from the dock, it caused the stairways to fall into Muskegon Lake, and then some.

"We got our sewers disconnected," Morzfeld said. "All four entrances are damaged and now non accessible. Our water supply is busted up."

Typically the wind wouldn't cause damage but this year, the weather has been mild.

Beach Stampede team takes cover from Texas tornadoes


FRUITPORT, Mich. (WZZM) – The Beach Stampede youth football team that traveled to Texas for its own national championship game felt the impact of the Dallas tornadoes this weekend.

“It was a little trying for some of the kids when it first started,” said Jaime Dornbos, a mother of one of the players. “We were listening to the sirens go off and the hotel was great — (officials) told us to go in the stairwell.”

The team was forced to seek shelter as a string of storms and tornadoes swept across the Lone Star State. Its tournament was scheduled to start Sunday but according to the team’s Facebook page, the initial game has been postponed until Monday because of to power outages.

Woman, 62, dies after home catches fire


EGELSTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 62-year-old woman has died after smoke and fire swept her mobile home on Christmas Day.

Susan Lanore died late Friday at a Grand Rapids hospital, said Mark Cleveland, the Egelston Township fire chief. Her death came hours after her home caught fire around 5:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of Brigadoon Lane. 

Firefighters reported flames coming from the roof upon arrival. They entered the home and found Lanore unresponsive on the kitchen floor, with smoke above her, Cleveland said.

She was taken to a Muskegon-area hospital before AreoMed transported her to Grand Rapids.

Family displaced after home destroyed in Ravenna fire


RAVENNA, Mich. (WZZM) -- A family of three is without a home this Christmas Eve after their house burned to the ground in Muskegon County.

The fire occurred Thursday morning on Blackmer Road near Farr Road.

The family was able to get out safely, but their three dogs died. The house and pole barn are a total loss. Also damaged in the blaze were three vehicles nearby.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

For those that would like to help, you can bring clothing donations to Kristy Korson at 11939 Hts Ravenna Rd. She will make sure all donations get to the family. There's also some information about how to help on the Facebook page at this link.

Muskegon officers save Christmas after girls' presents stolen


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A small pile of gifts intended for two young Muskegon girls were taken right from under their tree.

Police are investigating that home invasion in the 1600 block of Seventh Street, and while they want to catch those responsible, they also stepped in to save Christmas for the children.

Ameerah Stalling says late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, someone knocked in the kitchen window at her home on Seventh Street. Once inside, the thief or thieves stole movies, clothes, and the small pile of presents Santa had already left for Stalling's two daughters. Then, they fled, unlocking a door and leaving it wide open.

Stalling says returning to a home entered by strangers was unsettling. "I was so terrified; I was, like, hurt when I came into the house."

Beach Stampede youth football team preps for title game


FRUITPORT, Mich. (WZZM) -- Most of the current football buzz around the state involves Michigan State's quest for a football championship.

A much smaller team, much closer to home, is also heading to Texas with their own championship hopes.

The Beach Stampede have cruised through the state's youth football ranks and have been nearly unstoppable as they move on to the national tournaments.

Wednesday night, the Stampede practiced for the final time before they pack up and head to Dallas for the national championship.

Many of the teams they will face grab the best athletes from schools nearly 100 miles away. Players on the Beach Stampede come from a much smaller area. Twenty-one of the 24 students come from Fruitport, two from Mona Shores, and one from Reeths-Puffer.

Warm weather allows for fishing, lawn work


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- There are those in West Michigan who might wish for snow instead of rain.

The weather pattern has many doing things they didn't expect this late in December.

With a temperature close to 60 degrees, Wednesday was a good day to do some yard work. The grass at Heritage Landing got a fresh cut.

"In this kind of warm weather the grass grows," said Ken Meyer with Complete Lawn Care and Snowplow. His lawn care company also does snowplowing, but lately the plows have not been needed. "Not a single time. We have plows ready; without snow you can't do much with them."