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Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014


The Meijer Simply Give program – held three times a year – generated nearly $6 million in 2014 for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation total to nearly $14 million since it began in November 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign, which ended in January, was the most successful holiday campaign in the program’s history, resulting in a total of more than $1.8 million for hungry families.

Teen avoids prison time for deadly crash

WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) -- The teenager who caused a crash that killed his closest cousin and another close friend will not serve prison time. Dozens of letters, in support of that teenager, likely swayed the judge's decision.

Jordyn Garza, 18, earlier pleaded no contest to two counts of reckless driving causing death. He told the judge he sped through a Whitehall alley, ignored a stop sign, and then lost control and crashed into a tree and utility pole.

At Tuesday's sentencing, Garza told Muskegon County Circuit Judge William C. Marietti he accepted responsibility for the outcome of his blink-of-an-eye decision behind the wheel.

The crash resulted in the deaths of 15-year-old Makalia Stever-Knapp, Garza's cousin, and 16-year-old Colton Wood.

The teens had just returned from a church youth group outing. Garza wasn't on the trip, but was asked to go to the church and give the others a ride home.

Counterfeit bills being discovered at businesses on the lakeshore

WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) - Counterfeit $20 and $50 dollar bills are being discovered at businesses in Oceana and Muskegon counties.

The most recent was a $50 dollar bill a customer was given for a winning Lotto ticket at the Wesco on Colby Road in Whitehall. According to a Whitehall police, the customer went back to the store, returned the counterfeit and called police.

Around $300 has been turned into police so far. Most of the counterfeit bills have been recovered by workers at business in New Era and Rothbury. The Oceana County Sheriff's Department has collected around $200 worth of phony bills.

Police say anyone with a bill that doesn't feel right should hold the bill to a light and look for the security thread.

Police ask anyone with information to call the Oceana County sheriff's office at 231-873-2121 or Muskegon County Silent Observer at 231-72-CRIME.

My Town: City officials vote on proposed restrictions on food trucks

My Town: City officials vote on proposed restrictions on food trucks

WHITEHALL, Mich.—The City of Whitehall is steering clear of additional regulations on food trucks.

The planning commission recently voted down more restrictions on food vendor trucks.  The issue surfaced last fall, when council member Orville Smith mentioned receiving complaints about food truck operations within the city.  He said citizens were unhappy the vendors did not have to pay taxes, and they would park all day in two-hour parking spots. City officials agreed to look into the issue this year.

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

40+ vehicles crash in whiteout conditions on US-31

DALTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- One person was seriously hurt and several others hospitalized with lesser injuries following a massive pileup on U.S. 31 in northern Muskegon County.

The crash happened just before noon Wednesday in the southbound lanes, between White Lake Drive and Russell Road.

Michigan State Police say approximately 40 vehicles were involved, including four semi-trucks, an ambulance, and an armored truck.

There was at least one tow truck already on the highway hooking onto a vehicle that slid into the median. But multiple drivers involved say some of the blame should be placed on at least two semi trucks that were passing slower traffic.

"He passed us and then, whiteout," said Robert Coulson, a driver from Montague; "Blew up all of the snow. If they stay over it is not so bad; when they come over, that blows all the snow up on us."

Teen pleads no contest in double fatal crash

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A Whitehall teen has pleaded no contest in a crash that killed two other teens.

Jordyn Garza, 18, pleaded no contest as charged to two counts of Reckless Driving Causing Death.

In August, Garza admitted he was speeding in an alley between Mears Avenue and Division Street when he lost control of the car and crashed into a utility pole and tree. Makalia Stever-Knapp,15, died in the crash. In October, Colton Wood, 16, also passed away from injuries sustained in the crash.

Garza is expected to receive a jail sentence for the felony charges. A sentencing date has not been set by the court.