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Driver, 14, charged in fatal Ravenna crash


RAVENNA, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 14-year-old driver will be charged in a crash that caused the death of his 10-year-old friend.

The Muskegon County prosecutor decided Tuesday to charge the 14-year-old boy in the fatal crash from Dec. 3, 2015, near Ravenna.

The teen will be charged with three counts. Count one is reckless driving causing death. Count two is operating a motor vehicle without a drivers license causing death. And count three is unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

The 14-year-old will be charged in juvenile court. An arraignment has not been scheduled yet.

Culinary students create 'Snoopy's Christmas' in chocolate


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Students at the Culinary Institute of Michigan have again gone over the top in creating some extraordinary confectionery creations.

The works are the final exams for the 21 students taking the wedding cake and chocolate classes. The students spent weeks learning how to manipulate chocolate and sugar. Then, they had three days to complete their final project: creations fitting the theme "Snoopy's Christmas."

The display is located in the lobby of Baker College of Muskegon's downtown campus on West Clay Avenue.

The program's director, Chef Luis Amado, says students will use the skills taught in the class after they leave school. "Regardless of where our graduates end up, more than likely they will be requested to do some type of art; that is why it's called culinary arts!"

Muskegon winter parking ban goes into effect


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- There's just one day remaining before Muskegon's winter parking ban goes into effect.

City officials remind residents that parking is not allowed on any street between the hours of 2-6 a.m. starting Tuesday, Dec. 15 through Feb. 29, according to a news release. A red "warning" tag will be placed on offending vehicles into the holiday season.

Vehicles can be legally parked on the terrace -- the area between the street and sidewalk -- however.

During significant winter weather events, a snow emergency can be declared by the city. Residents have six hours to move all vehicles and/or trailers from city streets to be cleared of snow and ice.


Man loses appeal in 2013 jail assault


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man who attacked two Muskegon County jail deputies during an escape attempt will not get a reduced sentence.

Terry Raap was sentenced to 23 years for the attacks in 2013.

A Muskegon County judge determined that Raap didn't attempt to kill one of the guards during the August 2013 escape attempt.

Raap then asked for a shorter sentence, but the Michigan Supreme Court this week said Raap isn't entitled to shorter sentence, siding with a similar decision in July from the Court of Appeals.


Orchard View schools warn of suspicious person


MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A warning for parents with children in the Orchard View School District: the Superintendent sent home a letter Thursday about a suspicious person in a white van possibly trying to lure children.

The warning is also posted on the district website.

The incident reportedly happened near Orchard View Elementary. District leaders say it's similar to other reports at Mona Shores and Holton schools.

The district is reminding parents to talk to their children about what's happening and educate them about appropriate and inappropriate conversations with strangers.


Former restaurant owner to prison for disability fraud


NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- The former owner of a popular restaurant will be spending the next 15 months in federal prison for Social Security fraud.

Pablo Razo Fierro, the owner of Pablo's Tacos in Norton Shores, was sentenced Wednesday for fraudulently collecting disability benefits for more than six years.

He opened Pablo's Tacos in 2004, but he didn't tell the government so he could collect disability payments for a back injury he got in 1992.

Prosecutors say he lied about not having worked in years.

A 2008 newspaper article with photos of Fierro working at Pablo's Tacos launched the fraud investigation.

Fierro is also ordered to pay the government more than $232,000 in restitution.


Attempted abduction at Mona Shores school bus stop


NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are investigating the attempted abduction of a 15-year-old girl from a Mona Shores school bus stop.

Police tell WZZM 13 the incident occurred at the corner of Grand Haven Road and Mt. Garfield around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The girl told police a man in a white minivan asked for her to come over to the vehicle. When the girl refused, the man told her if she didn't get in, they would have a problem. It was at this time the school bus pulled up and the man drove away, northbound on Grand Haven Road.

The man is described as a black man in his 40's, mostly bald, with a scruffy beard and a large build. He was also described as having a deep voice. The minivan had rust over the passenger side rear wheel.

The incident remains under investigation.