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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

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.

Pictures recovered 2 years after camera fell in lake

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Proof of the most amazing catch from a Grand Haven charter boat this summer is in the picture seen here. It's not the four fish on the left; it's that small digital camera on the right.

"The thing fell out and flopped into Lake Michigan," explained Deb Hays of Whitehall. The camera belonged to her husband. "When something falls in a Great Lake, your chance of getting it back is slim to none."

The camera had been underwater in Lake Michigan near Grand Haven for more than two years.

Grand Haven leaders approve backyard chickens

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- People living in Grand Haven are now allowed to have chickens in their backyards.

Our partner, the Grand Haven Tribune, reports the city council unanimously approved the new ordinance Monday night. 

It allows only single family home to have chickens and also requires the chickens be kept in the backyard at all times in a permanent enclosure.

The new ordinance limits the number of chickens a family can have to four and roosters are not allowed.

It goes into effect in 20 days.


Man, 84, seriously injured in Grand Haven crash

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Northbound U.S. 31 has reopened at Comstock St. in Grand Haven after a serious injury accident.

The accident occurred around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at U.S. 31 and Robbins Road. The road was closed until 10:30 a.m.

Police on scene tell WZZM 13 an 84-year-old man exited Southtown Car Wash, drove over the curb and crossed through U.S. 31 where he was hit by a landscaping truck.

After speaking with witnesses, police think the man may have suffered from a medical condition, as his head was seen down at the time of the crash.

The West Olive man was taken from the scene by AeroMed. His condition is unknown at this time.

No one else was injured in the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.