WGVU Top Story
Person of interest in Jessica Heeringa disappearance re-questioned by police
May 2, 2013 | WGVU “It's still a very trying time for the family and for us that it's taken this long in the investigation that we still haven't come to some resolution but it's our number one goal is bringing Jessica home safely to her family and we'll worry about solving the crime and bringing the person who abducted her to justice after that.”
Shores Police Chief Daniel Shaw, who says between 25 and 50 investigators are
working on the case each day, searching for clues in the disappearance of Jessica
Heeringa. The 25 year old woman was last seen by a customer during her late
night shift at the Sternberg Road Exxon Mobil Gas Station. Her belongings
remained at the scene and police believe she was abducted around 11pm – about
15 minutes before a 911 call was placed, alerting police the gas station was open but no one was
video from cameras of nearby businesses showed a silver or grey van thought to
be a Chrysler Town and Country driving away from the scene. Witnesses also
confirm seeing a similar type of van. Chief
Shaw says they are grateful for any tips they receive. “We have received a lot of tips from the public and we are really grateful for that because that gives us some direction to focus our investigation; any information is useful to us."
people have been questioned - including a Muskegon man who was questioned for
several hours Wednesday and again Thursday. “We have been questioning one additional person indepth about their whereabouts on Friday evening at 11pm and and it happens that person does drive a grey or silver mini van. His current status as far as if he's still a person of interest is unknown; we're continuing to talk to him to determine where he was on Friday night.”
distributed an artist sketch of a white man between 30 and 40 of medium to
heavy build, with light brown or dark blond wavy hair parted in the middle.
have also been following up on other personnel at the gas station along with
vendors who supply the business. If you have
any information to offer police about this case, please call the Silent Observer at
231-72-CRIME (27463), or the Norton
Shores Police Department at 231.733.2691.
Financing available for municipal efficiency projects
January 30, 2015 | WGVU Covering the upfront costs of energy efficiency can be a burden on any budget, but perhaps more so in the public sector. WGVU talks to an agency trying to make that easier.
TIF reform expected in 2015 legislative session
January 29, 2015 | WGVU Experts expect tax increment finance reform efforts to continue in 2015.
Snow, sleet, freezing rain contribute to Michigan wrecks
Kalamazoo MI January 29, 2015 | WGVU Snow, sleet and freezing rain are combining to create slippery road conditions across parts of Michigan and leading to traffic wrecks.
Cargo plane slides off Ford airport taxiway; no injuries
Grand Rapids MI January 29, 2015 | WGVU Officials say no one was injured when a cargo plane slid off a taxiway at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in western Michigan.
Detroit homeowners to see lower property tax assessments
Detroit, MI January 29, 2015 | WGVU Mayor Mike Duggan has announced about three quarters of residential properties in Detroit will see at least a 10 percent tax reduction on upcoming notices.
Conviction tossed in case of man who acted as his own lawyer
Ferndale MI January 29, 2015 | WGVU A man who insisted on acting as his own lawyer has persuaded the Michigan appeals court to throw out his conviction - because a judge didn't fully explain the risk of acting as his own lawyer.
Advisers to get training on helping owners protect forests
Lansing MI January 29, 2015 | WGVU State experts will provide training for professional land managers in Michigan with a goal of helping private forestland owners avoid practices that cause soil erosion and degrade water quality.
Detroit NAACP to celebrate installation of elected officers
Detroit, MI January 29, 2015 | WGVU U.S. Rep. John Conyers will administer the oath of office to NAACP Detroit branch president the Rev. Wendell Anthony during the civil rights organization's installation ceremony.
GRAAHI Holds Several Health Care Enrollment Workshops
Grand Rapids MI January 29, 2015 | WGVU The deadline for federal health coverage under the Affordable Care Act is fast approaching. Experts say there’s still much confusion about the marketplace and cost of insurance.
Police dept offers office for Craiglist safety
January 29, 2015 | WGVU A West Michigan police department proposes a unique way to keep residents safe on Craigslist.
Poll reveals Michigan voters favor Prop. 1 sales tax increase until details are revealed
January 29, 2015 | WGVU A recently released poll indicates likely Michigan voters would vote ”yes” to raise the state sales tax and fix crumbling roads and bridges. Reveal the Proposal 1 details, and voters polled say “no.” WGVU finds out why.
Report: officer shot in Wyoming
January 29, 2015 | WGVU A police officer was shot in Wyoming Thursday afternoon following an altercation.
Some lawmakers want to give voters alternative to roads ballot proposal
January 29, 2015 | MPRN Some state lawmakers want to pass a legislative alternative to the May ballot proposal to boost road funding.
Governor: Not concerned about early ballot polls
January 29, 2015 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder says he’s not worried about early polls that show the road funding proposal on the statewide May ballot is in trouble.
Ford recalls cars, vans for door latch and seat belt trouble
Dearborn, MI January 28, 2015 | WGVU Ford is recalling more than 221,000 cars and vans to fix problems with door latches and seat belts.
Michigan school mourns loss of students killed in car crash
Ypsilanti MI January 28, 2015 | WGVU The men's basketball team at Eastern Michigan University has honored two students who were killed in a car accident over the weekend.
Michigan agencies collecting travel data from households
Traverse City MI January 28, 2015 | WGVU Two Michigan agencies are teaming up in an effort to project future travel needs and establish transportation priorities for the next two decades.
Community meetings to give updates on Detroit rail project
Detroit, MI January 28, 2015 | WGVU Residents and businesses in Detroit's Midtown and downtown areas can receive updates on construction of a $140 million light rail project.
Porcupine Mountains taking artist-in-residence applications
Lansing MI January 28, 2015 | WGVU Artists looking for inspiration in the great outdoors can apply to spend some quality time at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.
Muskegon public safety emphasizes full-time value
January 28, 2015 | WGVU A Muskegon public safety transition values full-time fire fighters over part-time employment.
GRPD now accepting applications for Explorer Program
Grand Rapids MI January 28, 2015 | WGVU A new program from the Grand Rapids Police Department aims to better the police-community relationship, starting at a young age. It follows the Chief’s commitment to open doors of communication.
RV maker, automaker plan expansion projects in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. January 28, 2015 | AP Officials say recreational vehicle maker Forest River Manufacturing and automaker Toyota are planning Michigan expansions.
Report shows House committees were top direct donors in 2014
LANSING, Mich. January 28, 2015 | AP A new analysis says campaign committees for Democrats and Republicans in the Michigan House of Representatives were the biggest direct donors in state-level elections in 2014.
16 year olds could pre-register to vote under bill at state Capitol
January 28, 2015 | MPRN Michigan teens would be able to pre-register to vote under a proposal in Lansing.
Economist says May ballot has $100 million loophole
January 28, 2015 | MPRN An economic study says the May ballot proposal to raise the state sales tax could also cost Michigan taxpayers 100 million dollars more in federal income taxes.
Eastern Michigan teams plan tributes to basketball player
Ypsilanti MI January 27, 2015 | WGVU The athletic department at Eastern Michigan University has planned tributes for a women's basketball player killed in a car crash over the weekend.
Ex-Detroit emergency manager Orr to speak at econ club event
Detroit, MI January 27, 2015 | WGVU Former state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr will speak at a Detroit Economic Club event.
Michigan township officials gather for annual conference
Grand Rapids MI January 27, 2015 | WGVU More than 1,100 elected and appointed township officials and staff are expected in Grand Rapids this week for the Michigan Townships Association Conference.
Police increase patrols at Kalamazoo College after robberies
Kalamazoo MI January 27, 2015 | WGVU Police say they have increased their presence at Kalamazoo College following five armed robberies on campus.
Michigan State Police seek OK to use aerial drone statewide
Detroit, MI January 27, 2015 | WGVU State police are seeking authorization to use an aerial drone across Michigan to photograph vehicle crash scenes and give a bird's-eye view of other emergency situations.
Grand Rapids among top global growth economies
January 27, 2015 | WGVU A recent Brookings Institution report puts Grand Rapids in the top 100 fastest-growing economies in the world.
70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation remembered by child survivor
January 27, 2015 | WGVU Tuesday marks the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. It was January 27, 1945 when Russian troops entered the Nazi death camp. Tova Friedman, one of the few Auschwitz child survivors was there. Earlier this month she visited Grand Rapids and spoke with WGVU.
GRPD body cams to start in March
January 27, 2015 | WGVU A pilot program for Grand Rapids Police Department body cameras is in the works.
Education bills a top early focus for Senate Republicans
LANSING, Mich. January 27, 2015 | AP Republicans who control Michigan's Senate plan to make education legislation a top priority early this year.
Michigan Democrats say they're holding off on Iran sanctions
DETROIT January 27, 2015 | AP Michigan's Democratic U.S. senators have told President Barack Obama they'll hold off for now on a bill to increase sanctions against Iran to allow negotiations on nuclear weapons a chance to work.
Meekhof: GOP frustration has subsided after Snyder vetoes
LANSING, Mich. January 27, 2015 | AP The leader of the Michigan Senate says frustration over Gov. Rick Snyder's recent vetoes of gun, e-cigarette and forestry bills has subsided among Republicans
Police investigating body found in New Buffalo Township
New Buffalo Township, MI January 26, 2015 | WGVU Michigan State Police are investigating the death of a woman found near railroad tracks in Berrien County.
Michigan authorities arrest 3 suspected of taking snow plows
Byron Twp MI January 26, 2015 | WGVU Authorities say they have arrested three people suspected of stealing snow plows in western Michigan.
Kalamazoo girl, 4, saves pregnant mom's life during seizure
Kalamazoo MI January 26, 2015 | WGVU A Kalamazoo mother credits her 4-year-old daughter with saving her life after suffering from an epileptic seizure while nine months pregnant.
Campground fees rise this year at Michigan state parks
Lansing MI January 26, 2015 | WGVU Fees at state-operated campgrounds in Michigan are going up this year to cover higher costs and pay for maintenance projects.
2 stabbed at Muskegon Heights' Brooks Correctional Facility
Muskegon Heights MI January 26, 2015 | WGVU The Michigan Department of Corrections says two inmates were stabbed on the same day in what appear to be unrelated attacks.
AAA Michigan: Gas prices rise 3 cents in past week to $1.96
Dearborn, MI January 26, 2015 | WGVU AAA Michigan reports statewide gas prices have increased by about 3 cents a gallon within the past week.
Grand Rapids Cancels Flights To East Coast
Grand Rapids MI January 26, 2015 | WGVU A number of flights out of Grand Rapids Ford International Airport are cancelled today in anticipation of what’s being described as a "crippling and potentially historic" storm in the Northeast.
'Beer City' brews malt house start-up
January 26, 2015 | WGVU If you live or play near Beer City, you probably know where to find your favorite pint. The question of how it gets there led to a business model for one local entrepreneur.
Michigan, China to work together on fisheries, aquaculture
LANSING, Mich. January 26, 2015 | AP Officials from Michigan and China plan to work together on developing advancements in fisheries and aquaculture.
Gov. Snyder, in rare visit, outlines civil rights priorities
LANSING, Mich. January 26, 2015 | AP Gov. Rick Snyder has made a rare visit to outline his priorities at a meeting of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission in Lansing.
State Senate panel to take up animal abuse bills Tuesday
January 26, 2015 | MPRN State lawmakers will try again to crack down on animal cruelty in Michigan.
Snyder lays out civil rights plans at commission meeting (
January 26, 2015 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder addressed the Michigan Civil Rights Commission today