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Oh deer! Saugatuck beach-goers surprised by animal encounter

• Jul 8, 2019 at 8:00 AM

SAUGATUCK (WZZM-TV) — Beach-goers at Saugatuck Dune Park were surprised Saturday afternoon when a deer showed up on the beach.

Paul Bratt shared a photo of the encounter and he said that people on the beach started yelling "deer! deer!" 

"It walked down to the water, smelled a sleeping woman and walked down the beach. It must be a regular because it was so comfortable around people, especially when they offered Cheez-its and Pringles," Bratt said. 

Bratt said people were petting it, and the deer "appreciated the petting." He said the deer seemed accustomed to being around people. 

"We stayed back thinking we'd let nature be but the deer was already well accustomed to people apparently." 

Authorities search Lake Michigan for missing Indiana teen

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Indiana conservation officers say authorities are searching the waters of Lake Michigan for a missing teenager.

They say witnesses saw 17-year-old Rahem Mason of South Bend go underwater Saturday evening near Washington Park in Michigan City and didn't see him resurface.

Officers say Michigan City firefighters began to manually search the waters, but high waves and currents prevented a search by scuba divers. A U.S. Coast Guard vessel searched the area by boat and a Coast Guard helicopter conducted an air search.

Search efforts resumed Sunday morning. The incident occurred after normal swimming hours and the water had been closed throughout the day due to dangerous waves and currents.

Suspect at large after western Michigan officer shot in arm

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS (AP) — Police say a man believed to have shot a western Michigan officer remains at large.

Muskegon Heights Police Chief Joseph Thomas says the officer was shot in the arm around 4 p.m. Saturday while trying to locate a person involved in an earlier shooting. Thomas says the officer located the suspect, who then fired at the officer, striking him in the arm.

Thomas said the officer, who hasn't been identified, underwent surgery and was in good spirits.

Shortly after that shooting, police surrounded a house and demanded the suspect surrender. But after more than 14 hours of waiting, officers discovered Sunday the suspect wasn't inside the house.

Thomas says investigators believe they know the identity of the suspect and are actively looking for him.

Arkansas man seriously injured in mid-Michigan plane crash

BAY CITY (AP) — Police say an Arkansas man has suffered life-threatening injuries in a mid-Michigan plane crash.

Bay City police say the 27-year-old Arkansas man was conscious with life-threatening injuries when officers arrived at the scene of the crash Saturday evening at James Clements Airport.

MLive.com reports firefighters used the Jaws of Life to free the pilot from the aircraft, and he was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.

The man's name wasn't immediately released. He was the only occupant of the single-engine aircraft.

The plane was found heavily damaged and leaking fuel but not on fire. Additional details about the crash were not available.

Police say the airport will be temporarily closed until investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board arrive to investigate the incident.

Four people injured in Grand Rapids motorcycle crash

Two motorcycles were involved in a crash on Sunday evening on the west side of Grand Rapids.

The crash occurred around 7:04 p.m. at Bridge Street NW and Garfield Avenue NW. 

Lt. Terry Dixon with the Grand Rapids Police Department said there were two people on each motorcycle and all four were injured—two critically. The victims were transported to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital.  

Witnesses said that they saw one of the motorcycles crash into a parked car on Bridge Street NW and then the two motorcycles collided into each other. The witnesses responded to victims who were suffering from injuries — one of whom was unconscious. 

Grand Rapids police were investigating, and shut down two streets in the area. Bridge Street NW was closed at Barker Avenue NW and Garfield Avenue NW was closed at Jackson Street NW. 

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