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My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

KENTWOOD, Mich.—As the busiest shopping day of the year approaches, police are offering 10 ways to protect yourself and your vehicle from thieves.

 

Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (H.E.A.T.) works with Michigan law enforcement agencies to track down suspected car thieves and those suspected of auto theft-related insurance fraud.    Shoppers are encouraged to follow these tips:

My Town: West Michigan home to three of most dangerous Mich. places

My Town: West Michigan home to three of most dangerous Mich. places

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich.—West Michigan is home to three of the 10 most dangerous places in the state, according to Movoto Real Estate.

The company based its rankings on cities with populations of 10,000 or more that also ranked high in murder, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes, based on the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report.  Flint topped the list, followed by Benton Harbor, Detroit, Highland Park, Muskegon Heights, Harper Woods, Inkster, Flint Township, Ypsilanti and Kalamazoo. Grand Rapids came in at No. 16, Holland ranked 26th,  Walker took 32nd place, Grandville ranked 41st, Norton Shores landed at No. 42, Kalamazoo Township was 45th and Grand Haven came in at No. 50 among the 102 qualified communities.  To see the entire list, visit Movoto’s website here.

My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Walker police officer killed while trying to stop two robbers is among the nearly three dozen officers who will be honored during the Police Memorial Day of Service ceremony Thursday, May 15.

The memorial will begin at 10 a.m. inside the Grand Rapids Police Department lobby, due to the weather.  Dave Hiller, the executive director of the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police, will be the guest speaker at the event. Those who will be honored are:

My Town Grand Haven: Play confronts the violence of rape in society today

My Town Grand Haven: Play confronts the violence of rape in society today

 

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - Local playwright Walter (Mac) Davis,  who had written, directed and starred last year in his Emily Dickens play, "Aberration of Starlight", has written another work- a more emotional piece titled "Every Six Minutes Violence" presented on Thursday, April 24 at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Avenue.

Davis’s play brings light to the fact that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. He believes his play provides a painful self-analysis of the violent act of rape to women in today’s society.

“'Every Six Minutes' is an attempt to create a work of art as its title identifies a primary fact: in the U.S. today,  a woman is raped every six minutes-and this statistic reflects only reported rapes,” said Davis.

Discount available for Katty Shack 5K Jan. 15

Discount available for Katty Shack 5K Jan. 15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—  In honor of the upcoming “Celebrate Law Day”, the Ottawa County courts are offering a discount on an upcoming run this Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Participants of the Katty Shack 5K Memorial Run/Walk can save $5 on the $20 registration fee by signing up at the Grand Haven Days Inn Wednesday, between noon and 6 p.m.  Those who register that day will also be entered into a giveaway contest which includes a Grand Haven hotel package, movie gift certificates, food and a restaurant gift card.

The Katty Shack 5K honors those affected by violent crime.  The run was created in honor of four people murdered in September 2008 in Wright Township: Katherine Brown (nicknamed "Katty Shack"); and Jeremy, Tyler and Sharmaine Zimmer. Proceeds from the event will go to the Crime Victim Foundation of Michigan.

Ottawa County Sheriff's deputy shares tips to curb cyberbullying

Ottawa County Sheriff's deputy shares tips to curb cyberbullying

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Has your child been a victim of cyberbullying?

Bullying is no longer limited to the playground and school hallways. With the advent of Facebook and other social media websites, today’s youth can be targeted even in their own homes. Join Ottawa County Sheriff's Deputy Sara Fillman at Spring Lake District Library on Wednesday, October 9 at 7 p.m. to learn how you can deal with cyberbullies. Deputy Fillman will discuss how cyberbullying occurs, social media sites kids use most, what actions schools are taking and pertinent laws addressing bullying.

Church hosts information sessions to protect seniors September 10

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—United Methodist Church of the Dunes will host attorney general Bill Schuette’s Senior Brigade programs to help seniors and others interested in becoming knowledgeable about online safety and identity theft.

The free programs will be held Tuesday, September 10 from 1 p.m.  to 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary. The general public is invited to attend.  Program attendees can expect to learn the following information: