WGHN NEWS HEADLINES FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 24TH

New Roadway

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GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS TOOK THE BOARD ROOM PODIUM LAST NIGHT TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS DURING A PUBLIC HEARING ADDRESSING A PLAN TO RELIEVE TRAFFIC CONGESTION AT GRAND HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL. THE PROPOSED ROADWAY BETWEEN THE CAMPUS TO ROSY MOUND DRIVE HAS BEEN PLANNED SINCE THE SCHOOL WAS BUILT BUT PREVIOUS PROPERTY OWNERS BLOCKED THE PROJECT. A RECENT OWNERSHIP CHANGE HAS RENEWED THE OPPORTUNITY WITH TOWNSHIP BOARD TRUSTEES EXPECTING TO RESUME RELATED DISCUSSIONS IN 3 WEEKS.

Willis

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Prosecutors sought to combine the cases because of their similarities however a Muskegon judge decided this week that Jeffrey Willis will be tried separately for the remaining crime he's charged with. Defense attorneys successfully argued the two cases are complex and should be treated individually swaying the court to rule Monday Willis will first stand trial next month for the murder and kidnapping of Jessica Heeringa - that to be followed by a second for the case in which a teenager escaped his van and went to police.

Promotion

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Muskegon county Sheriff Michael Poulin announced yesterday that Lt. Shane Brown was promoted to the rank of Captain, serving as the Special Operations Commander. Captain Brown has 27 years law enforcement experience, having worked in both the Corrections and Law Enforcement Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office.

GVSU

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As the college continues its search for a replacement for President Thomas Haas Grand Valley State University has announced the appointment of Loren Rullman as vice provost for Student Affairs and dean of students.

Trade Mission

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder who is in Europe on an eight-day trade mission and a British government official have signed a memorandum of understanding designed to strengthen the production of advancements in automotive technology and mobility

USCG

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Officials say agencies led by the U.S. Coast Guard have deployed a remotely operated underwater vehicle in the Straits which is getting a close-up look at submerged electric cables damaged by what Michigan's attorney general has called a tugboat anchor strike in the channel connecting Lakes Michigan and Huron.