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Shopping in Grand Haven area to benefit schools

GRAND HAVEN (WZZM) -- This weekend is an opportunity for people in the Tri-Cities area to give back to their schools.

During the third annual "Shop 4 Schools" event more than 40 retailers and restaurants in and around Grand Haven will be helping educate local students. They will donate 15 percent of their sales to schools on Saturday, November 14. Last year shoppers raised more than $9,300 dollars for seven local schools.

The event is going on from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for stores, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for restaurants.

Click here to find out more about the event, including which businesses will be participating.

Grand Haven piers closed during windy storms

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- The north and south piers in Grand Haven are closed to the public, with the windy storm's arrival.

The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety closed the south pier at 10 p.m. Wednesday. The north pier was closed Thursday morning. Barricades are up, and public safety personnel are monitoring the piers and weather conditions.

Additionally, DPS has closed the fisherman parking lot to try discouraging people from approaching the pier.

Storm poses threat of beach erosion, park trail dangers

GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A powerful storm comes at a time when Lake Michigan is higher than it's been in years.

Water levels have risen more than three feet since January 2013, which has already affected the shoreline. WZZM 13 is now looking at how this storm could further erode West Michigan beaches and lead to a dangerous situation at local park trails.

Damaging 60-mph gusts possible in fall storm

Related: Monster 12- to 18-foot waves possible on Lake Michigan

Free Meals for Military Personnel for Veteran's Day-2015

Free Meals for Military Personnel for Veteran's Day-2015

Brann’s is offering a free 6oz.  Sirloin and two sides on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11th.

Bob Evans-Free Breakfast all day for Veteran’s and Active Military. Choose from 5 different plates.

Golden Coral-Appreciation for Veterans and Active Military: Dinner is free November 11th from 5 – 9pm.

Applebee’s will be serving 7 different free meals to Veterans and Active Military on Wednesday, November 11th.

Red Robin Restaurants will be offering a free Tavern Double Berger with Bottomless Steak Fries at all of its restaurants on November 11th. They will also be offering a 20% discount at participating restaurants from November 12 – December 31.

Red Lobster is offering a free appetizer and dessert from Monday, November 09, 2015 to Thursday, November 12. They have put together a special menu for both items.

US 31 rollover crash injures Wyoming teen

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Wyoming teenager was seriously injured in an early morning crash on U.S. 31.

Marissa Buitendyk, 17, apparently fell asleep at the wheel while traveling on northbound around 7 a.m. Sunday on U.S. 31 just north of Pierce Street, according to the Grand Haven Tribune and police reports.

Authorities say Buitendyk's car drifted off the east side of the road while she dozed off. She woke, over-corrected and the car re-entered the highway and overturned. 

Firefighters used the "Jaws of Life" to cut the roof off the vehicle to free Buitendyk, who was pinned inside. Her condition is unknown.

Driver airlifted to hospital after Grand Haven crash

GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- An Aero Med helicopter transported a crash victim to a Grand Rapids-area hospital just after 12:30 p.m. from the 15770 block of Comstock Street.

The driver has been identified as 32-year-old Donald Shalifoe of Grand Haven, according to the Grand Haven Tribune. His condition was unknown as of 5 p.m.

Dispatch reports indicated Shalifoe struck a tree around noon Sunday. He was pinned inside the vehicle before rescuers were able to free him about a half-hour later.


Man dead of injuries from US-31 crash

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man airlifted to the hospital after a crash Tuesday morning has died.

Our partner the Grand Haven Tribune reports 84-year-old Bob Schiefer passed away in the hospital. He suffered head injuries in the crash near US-31 and Robbins Road.

Police say Schiefer left a car wash in that area., drove across the road, and through the median before hitting a truck pulling a trailer.

No one else was hurt in the crash.