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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.
Michigan won't give up fight over inmate's air mattress
Kingsley, MI April 1, 2015 | WGVU A dispute over a Michigan prisoner's air mattress is returning to a federal appeals court.
Student government rejects call for investment investigation
Ann Arbor MI April 1, 2015 | WGVU The student government at the University of Michigan has rejected a resolution calling for the creation of a committee to investigate the school's investments in companies that do business at what some say is the expense of Palestinians.
Plans call for removal of crumbling dam on Kalamazoo River
OtsegoTownship, MI April 1, 2015 | WGVU Plans call for removing a crumbling dam that helps keep contaminated sediments from heading down the Kalamazoo River toward Lake Michigan as part of a broader cleanup effort.
Judge dismisses lawsuit over bogus work release from jail
Grand Rapids MI April 1, 2015 | WGVU A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the family of a Michigan woman who was slain alongside her husband by a man who was free on a bogus work release.
Hotel workers to get $50,000 in case involving back wages
Detroit, MI April 1, 2015 | WGVU Nearly 100 Michigan hotel workers will get a total of $50,000 in back wages and damages following a labor violations case.
Kent ISD Picks New Leader From Grandville
Grand Rapids MI April 1, 2015 | WGVU Kent ISD picks longtime Grandville Schools Superintendent as its new leader. Ron Caniff was selected by the Kent ISD School Board to replace retiring superintendent, Kevin Konarska. We spoke with the board president.
Uninsured rates decrease across West Michigan
April 1, 2015 | WGVU More than 33,000 Kent County residents enrolled in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s recent signup period, and uninsured rates also decreased throughout West Michigan.
Netherland royalty's U.S. trip includes Grand Rapids stop
April 1, 2015 | AP The king of the Netherlands and his wife are planning a visit to the U.S. this spring, with stops in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Chicago and the nation's capital.
Fair Food Network gets nearly $5.2M to boost fresh food
ANN ARBOR, Mich. April 1, 2015 | AP The nonprofit Fair Food Network is getting nearly $5.2 million to help boost the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables to people receiving food assistance.
US Fish & Wildlife Service puts long-eared northern bat on threatened list
April 1, 2015 | MPRN The US Fish and Wildlife Service has placed the northern long-eared bat on the “threatened” species list. But the agency stopped short of saying the species is threatened with extinction by a fungus that’s already killed millions of bats.
Competition for fuel-efficient vehicles planned for Detroit
Detroit, MI March 31, 2015 | WGVU A competition involving fuel-efficient vehicles is planned for April in Detroit.
Michigan's agricultural officials issue bird flu warning
Lansing MI March 31, 2015 | WGVU The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked domestic bird owners to step up their biosecurity efforts and work to protect their birds from avian influenza.
State police giving away high-visibility motorcycle vests
Lansing MI March 31, 2015 | WGVU State police are giving out specially designed high-visibility vests to motorcyclists who complete a rider training class this year.
Family of man killed by garbage truck awarded almost $14.5M
Kalamazoo MI March 31, 2015 | WGVU A jury has awarded more than $14 million in damages to the family of a 49-year-old southwestern Michigan man killed in an accident involving a garbage truck.
Police: No foul play suspected in man's drowning death
Grand Rapids MI March 31, 2015 | WGVU Authorities say they don't suspect foul play in the death of a missing Grand Haven native whose body was found over the weekend in the Grand River.
Police have a new way of spotting uninsured drivers
Grand Rapids MI March 31, 2015 | WGVU Are you driving without car insurance? If so, Michigan police can now quickly tell just by doing a quick run on your license plate. Michigan State Police say not only is this a good way to get uninsured drivers off the street, but it also cracks down on insurance fraud.
Violent crime remains low in the City of East Grand Rapids
March 31, 2015 | WGVU East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department has released its annual report that it says makes it one of the safest midsized cities in the state.
Two-thirds of Michigan voters polled reject Proposal 1
March 31, 2015 | WGVU A new Epic-MRA poll released Tuesday indicates an overwhelming number of Michigan voters now plan to vote “no” on Proposal 1.
West Mich. agencies among water quality grant recipients
March 31, 2015 | AP Michigan is awarding nearly $300,000 to universities, local governments and nonprofits to monitor water quality.
Famed LGBT advocate to argue for MI in SCOTUS marriage case
March 31, 2015 | MPRN The legal team fighting Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban has settled on a well-known litigator for LGBT rights to argue the case before the US Supreme Court.
Gov. Snyder open to deal for state to assume Detroit Public School debt
March 31, 2015 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder is open to a plan for the state to take over debt from Detroit Public Schools.
$32,000 project trims trees, helps restore Capitol grounds
Lansing MI March 30, 2015 | WGVU A $32,000 project is taking place to trim trees and help restore the Michigan Capitol grounds.
Police in Michigan use easy way to check vehicle insurance
Bay City MI March 30, 2015 | WGVU Police in Michigan are using an easy way to check whether a motor vehicle is properly insured.
Snyder orders flags lowered for 3 Marines killed in crash
Lansing MI March 30, 2015 | WGVU Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered that flags be lowered to honor three Michigan Marines who were killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of Florida during a training mission.
AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 7 cents in past week to $2.41
Dearborn, MI March 30, 2015 | WGVU AAA Michigan reports statewide gas prices have decreased by about 7 cents a gallon within the past week.
Hundreds celebrate, 4 arrested after MSU Final Four advance
East Lansing MI March 30, 2015 | WGVU Hundreds of Michigan State University students and fans have gathered outside an off-campus apartment complex to celebrate the Spartans' victory over Louisville that advanced them to the Final Four of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
How to move beyond bias
March 30, 2015 | WGVU The 2015 Diversity Alliance Summit on Race and Inclusion was recently held at Grand Haven High School. Keynote speaker, Reverend Alvin Herring discussed how we can all learn to move beyond bias.
International surgeon joins Spectrum Health team
March 30, 2015 | WGVU A cardiothoracic surgeon known for his expertise in heart and lung transplants joins Spectrum Health’s Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center.
Grand Rapids gets $1M for cleanup at future research site
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. March 30, 2015 | AP The state says Grand Rapids is getting $1 million to help clean up the site of Michigan State University's future $85.1 million biomedical research center.
Court says lawyer's brief absence doesn't merit a retrial
March 30, 2015 | AP The Supreme Court says a Michigan man convicted of murder and armed robbery does not deserve a new trial even though his lawyer was absent for 10 minutes during the original trial.
Lawmakers take aim at antiquated, duplicative reporting requirements for schools
March 30, 2015 | MPRN State lawmakers could make big changes to how much and what kind of information schools are required to report to the state.
Businesses join Start Garden to boost interactive technology
Grand Rapids MI March 27, 2015 | WGVU Six businesses are joining western Michigan entrepreneur Rick DeVos' Start Garden venture capital effort to help boost the development of new interactive technologies.
Autopsies scheduled for Detroit children found in freezer
Detroit, MI March 27, 2015 | WGVU Autopsies are scheduled on the bodies of two children found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home.
Unvaccinated students told to stay home amid chickenpox
Birmingham, MI March 27, 2015 | WGVU Unvaccinated children at some schools in a Detroit-area district are being told to stay home from classes until April 14 after three cases of chickenpox were diagnosed.
Think Summer: Cottage & Lakefront Living Show
Grand Rapids MI March 27, 2015 | WGVU For many, there’s nothing like summer in Michigan. With signs of warmer weather ahead, the Cottage and Lakefront Living Show is primed to get Michiganders thinking of summer.
Chief judge encourages pursuit of criminal justice careers
March 27, 2015 | WGVU After fifteen years on the bench, Kent County district judge Sara Smolenski shares challenges and takeaways with women interested in criminal justice careers.
Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain
March 27, 2015 | AP Autopsies have determined that two children found dead in a freezer in their Detroit home were beaten to death, with the youngest child also suffering "thermal injuries."
Court of Appeals refuses to toss staffer lawsuit against lawmaker
March 27, 2015 | MPRN The Michigan Court of Appeals has rejected a lawmaker’s attempt to use legislative immunity to fend off a sexual harassment lawsuit.
MI’s defense of same-sex marriage ban delivered to Supreme Court
March 27, 2015 | MPRN Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's office has delivered the state's defense of its same-sex marriage ban to the US Supreme Court. The court will hear arguments in the case next month.