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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.
Mandela's admirers mourn, sing, dance and celebrate former leader
Grand Rapids MI December 10, 2013 | WGVU Tributes for the late South African president Nelson Mandela continue to pour in from around the world. WGVU’s David Moore had the chance to talk with a regular visitor to the country.
Government sells remaining stake in GM
Detroit MI December 10, 2013 | AP The U.S. government no longer owns part of General Motors.
2nd vigil to mark anniversary of EMU student death
Monroe MI December 10, 2013 | AP A second candlelight vigil is planned for a 23-year-old Eastern Michigan University student whose bathtub drowning last December was ruled a homicide.
Man caught in school bus to get mental health care
Grand Rapids MI December 10, 2013 | AP An aspiring Grand Rapids-area rapper who authorities say stole a school bus last year and drove to Detroit with hopes of doing some recording is expected to get mental health care.
St. Nicks learn tricks of trade at Santa School
Midland MI December 10, 2013 | AP Santa Claus came to town-dozens of times over, as it turns out.
Group gives $189,000 toward leafier Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MI December 10, 2013 | AP A Grand Rapids parks group has received an $189,000 grant to help make the western Michigan city a leafier place.
Can kin trump foster parents? Michigan court has case
December 10, 2013 | AP The Michigan Supreme Court has heard arguments in the case of a Florida woman who wants to be the guardian of four children in Michigan.
Michigan to move more bad schools to state district
December 10, 2013 | AP Michigan Superintendent Mike Flanagan says he'll move more failing schools into a statewide district, and more should be transferred there than he previously indicated.
Icy surface blamed for 30-vehicle freeway pileup
December 10, 2013 | AP A snowstorm pushing across Michigan's Lower Peninsula is being blamed for a 30-vehicle pileup that is forcing the closing of U.S. 131 north of Grand Rapids.
Medical marijuana activists cheer as dispensaries, “medibles” bills clear House panel
December 10, 2013 | MPRN Legislation that would give medical marijuana patients more ways to obtain and use cannabis is one step closer to becoming law. A state House panel unanimously approved the bills today.
We have more from Jake Neher.
Protecting Michigan wolf hunt a science debate
December 9, 2013 | WGVU After a 40 year hiatus, hunters have returned to the Upper Peninsula forests to hunt wolves. The state legislature’s approval has led to anti-wolf hunt groups seeking a referendum on next November’s ballot. A pro-hunting group began petitioning this weekend to protect the hunt. The argument from both sides; let the science behind the issue determine the outcome.
Rep. Lamonte proposes “The Jessica Heeringa Act”
December 9, 2013 | WGVU Can an extra set of eyes prevent crime or abductions at gas stations or convenience stores? State Representative Collene Lamonte, a democrat from Montague, thinks it would help. She crafted legislation called “The Jessica Heeringa Act.”
Law enforcement asks Legislature to go slow on landline overhaul
December 9, 2013 | WGVU Law enforcement groups are asking the Legislature to slow down approval of a bill that would make it easier for phone companies to end traditional landline service, and switch customers to internet phones.
Rick Pluta reports.
Michigan bill designed to protect late-night clerks
Norton Shores MI December 9, 2013 | AP Legislation is being announced that would require Michigan gas stations open after 11 p.m. to have two employees working or to install security cameras.
2 vigils to mark anniversary of EMU student death
Ypsilanti MI December 9, 2013 | AP Candlelight vigils are planned for a 23-year-old Eastern Michigan University student whose bathtub drowning last December was ruled a homicide
Scientists test ideas in bird botulism outbreaks
Traverse City MI December 9, 2013 | AP Scientists are stepping up efforts to learn where and how many Great Lakes water birds are getting fatal food poisoning.
Audit: One-stop state licensing system little used
Lansing MI December 9, 2013 | AP Michigan's auditor general says state departments mostly aren't using a one-stop online permitting system designed to help people who want to start, operate or expand a business.
Philanthropist makes $1M donation to GVSU center
December 9, 2013 | AP Philanthropist Ralph W. Hauenstein is donating $1 million to Grand Valley State University's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies.
Anti-abortion measure could come for votes in the state Legislature this week
Lansing MI December 9, 2013 | MPRN The state Legislature could take up a measure this week that would ban abortion coverage in standard health insurance plans. As Jake Neher reports, Republican leaders in the House and Senate say they expect to act soon.
High-profile medical marijuana bills could clear state House panel Tuesday
December 9, 2013 | MPRN Medical marijuana advocates say support has grown significantly in the state Legislature for a pair of high-profile bills.
As Jake Neher reports, a state House panel could approve the legislation as soon as tomorrow.
Muskegon's Hughes wants her job back
December 6, 2013 | WGVU Former Muskegon State Representative Holly Hughes wants her old office back. She’s announced an election run for the 91st District seat.
Michigan elected officials praise Nelson Mandela
Dearborn MI December 6, 2013 | AP Michigan elected officials are praising ex-South African South African President Nelson Mandela, who paid a visit to Detroit soon after leaving prison.
Group favors opening Muskegon port to river barges
Muskegon MI December 6, 2013 | AP Michigan business interests are asking the U.S. Coast Guard to open the port of Muskegon to river barge traffic.
WMU to become tobacco-free
Kalamazoo MI December 6, 2013 | AP Western Michigan University plans to become tobacco-free starting Sept. 1 as part of a broader effort to improve the health of the campus community.
Donor offers $5M to help protect Detroit art
Detroit MI December 6, 2013 | AP A philanthropist says he's willing to donate $5 million to help protect the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection amid the city's bankruptcy.
Explosion sparks fire at West Michigan plant; no injuries
Whitehall MI December 6, 2013 | AP Authorities say an explosion sparked a fire at a western Michigan manufacturing facility and prompted an evacuation at the plant.
New center aims to help better preserve roadways
December 6, 2013 | AP A new center at Michigan State University aims to look for better ways to preserve roadways.
New MSU center aims to help better preserve roadways
East Lansing MI December 6, 2013 | AP A new center at Michigan State University aims to look for better ways to preserve roadways.
Christmas tree ship arrives in Chicago from Michigan
Chicago IL December 6, 2013 | AP A Michigan-based U.S. Coast Guard ship loaded with more than 1,200 Michigan Christmas trees has arrived in downtown Chicago.
Police: 3 dead in possible double-murder, suicide
Lansing MI December 6, 2013 | AP Lansing police say three people are dead in what initial reports by investigators say appears to be a double-murder and suicide.
Michigan investigation sought of non-citizen voting
Lansing MI December 6, 2013 | AP Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says she's asked the state Attorney General's office to investigate 10 people who aren't U.S. citizens but have voted in past Michigan elections.
Snyder: Prison upgrades on the way
December 6, 2013 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder says he’s looking to overhaul corrections and criminal justice in the coming year. As we hear from Rick Pluta, the governor spoke to a graduating class of corrections officers.
Giving back at Christmas time
Grand Rapids MI December 5, 2013 | WGVU The newly founded celebration of Giving Tuesday has helped increase awareness of the need to support non-profits and charitable institutions.
But as WGVU’s David Moore reports, feeling good isn’t the only reason we share our blessings.
West Michigan economy in a "slow growth" pattern
December 5, 2013 | WGVU The November edition of the Supply Management Research Survey shows West Michigan’s economy continues its slow growth trajectory.
Ford celebrates Mustang's 50th with new design
Dearborn MI December 5, 2013 | AP Ford Motor Co. will reveal the 2015 Mustang Thursday at events in New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Sydney, Barcelona and its hometown of Dearborn, Mich.
4th Michigan death now linked to November storm
Mount Morris Twp MI December 5, 2013 | AP - A fourth death in Michigan has now been linked to a damaging November Midwestern storm that hit the state.
2 vigils to mark anniversary of EMU student death
Ypsilanti MI December 5, 2013 | AP Candlelight vigils are planned next week for a 23-year-old Eastern Michigan University student whose bathtub drowning last December was ruled a homicide.
House votes to assume teen prostitutes are victims
Lansing MI December 5, 2013 | AP The Michigan House has voted to give legal protection to teen prostitutes in an attempt to address human trafficking.
Murder charge for man accused of fatal beating
Kalamazoo MI December 5, 2013 | AP Prosecutors have filed a murder charge against a man accused of beating another man with a baseball bat, then leaving him critically injured in a trash bin.
Anti-blight bills headed to Michigan governor
December 5, 2013 | AP Michigan is close to enacting laws designed to crack down on the owners of blighted properties.
Michigan House doesn't vote on education bills
December 5, 2013 | AP The Michigan House has put off voting on legislation to hold back third-graders who aren't proficient in reading and grade public schools from A to F instead of colors.
Senate votes to ease ability to drop land lines
December 5, 2013 | AP Phone companies would have an easier time discontinuing traditional land lines under legislation that has passed the Michigan Senate.
Abortion rights advocates push lawmakers to put question on ballot (
December 5, 2013 | MPRN Abortion rights advocates were at the state Capitol today to ask lawmakers *not* to vote on a controversial abortion measure. As Rick Pluta reports, that would allow the measure to, instead, go on the 2014 ballot.