Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens

May 26, 2017

Johnny Depp returns in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema about that movie plus The Lovers, and Chuck.

Governor Snyder made some powerful appointments today. The governor filled the five seats of the Medical Marijuana Licensing Board.

   The board includes a recently retired sergeant for Michigan State Police, a licensed pharmacist and healthcare supervisor for Walgreens, and a former Speaker of the House.

   They will use recommendations from the state Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Department to distribute licenses to grow, transport, test and sell medical marijuana.

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Allegan County Sheriff's Department

Authorities say one person has been injured in a plane crash in western Michigan.

The Allegan County Sheriff's Department says the plane crashed on a runway at Plainwell Municipal Airport about 1 p.m. Friday.

It said the extent of the injury was not immediately known and it had no additional information.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the agency had no immediate information on the crash.

Telephone calls to the airport went unanswered Friday afternoon.

The airport is located next to U.S. 131 about 35 miles south of Grand Rapids.

Muskegon area beach takes steps to increase safety

May 26, 2017

Public safety officials have installed numbered markers at a sprawling western Michigan beach to help first responders locate emergencies faster and facilitate beach meet-ups. Seven red markers with white numbers have been placed 300 feet apart along the northern stretch of Pere Marquette Park's beach in Muskegon. 

GRPD: 3-week-old child dies after dog attack

May 26, 2017

Police say a 3-week-old child who was left alone in a house with three dogs has died after apparently being attacked by one of the animals in western Michigan. Grand Rapids police say the child was pronounced dead at a hospital Friday morning after being attacked Thursday night. 

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An hours-long standoff with a barricaded gunman ended peacefully this morning in Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids Police say they worked through the night following the incident that began around 10 pm in the 400 block of More Street near College.

Authorities say they received a 9 1 1 call from a witness that a man had fired a gun into the ground near College and Shirley.

Officers received a description of the man and searched the area. A 27 year old male, matching the description was found nearby around 11 pm.

Authorities say a 9-year-old girl and three firefighters who rescued her were among those injured during an early-morning house fire in southern Michigan Crews responded about 1 a.m. Friday to reports that two adults and four children were trapped in a Jackson home.

Fire department Captain Todd Weaver says the adults, who also were injured, and three of the children were outside the house when firefighters arrived. Weaver says firefighters rushed into the home and rescued the girl, who was trapped on the second floor.

A Michigan developer who plans to create a private marina and nearly 40 home sites near the Saugatuck Dunes State Park is facing pushback from conservation groups.
     The property spanning more than 300 acres once belonged to oil tycoon Aubrey McClendon, who proposed large-scale development that didn't materialize before his death last year.
     David Swan is president of the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance. He says the development proposed by the land's new owner, Jeff Padnos, and development company Cottage Home is "McClendon 2.0."

Gov. Rick Snyder has authorized the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to issue a standing order pre-authorizing pharmacists to distribute the overdose reversal drug naloxone to eligible individuals.
     Snyder's office said Thursday that pharmacies that obtain the standing order will be able to dispense naloxone to those at risk of an opioid-related overdose and to family members, friends, or others who might be able to help such individuals. Naloxone currently is only available to be administered by law enforcement and other first responders.

The Michigan Senate has held its annual Memorial Day ceremony honoring fallen troops.
     The chamber was filled Thursday with veterans of all military conflicts from World War II to the Iraq War, along with their families and friends.
     Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, who heads the state's Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, said in a keynote speech that the holiday remembers the courage of those who come from all walks of life.