Body recovered from Plaster Creek in Grand Rapids

Associated Press • Mar 25, 2019 at 8:00 AM

(WZZM-TV) — The Grand Rapids Police Department confirmed that a man's body was recovered from Plaster Creek Sunday, March 24.

It's been over a week since Austin James Huisingh, a 25-year-old from Hudsonville, drove his car into Plaster Creek near the Grand River on March 16.

Police believe the body is likely Huisingh but cannot confirm the identity until the Kent County Medical Examiner has completed an examination, including dental records, which is expected to take place later in the week.

Officers received the original call around 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, that a car was in the water. Crews tried to search for Huisingh that night, but it was too dark and conditions were not optimal for a successful attempt.

On Sunday afternoon, a memorial had been set up at the spot where Huisingh crashed on Market Street.

GRPD said water levels receded to a point where it was safe for divers to continue the search this morning. The body was located under the bridge in close proximity to the crash scene.

The vehicle was recovered Sunday morning, March 17.

Hungry wolves relocated to Isle Royale National Park

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A U.S.-Canadian team has successfully relocated about half a dozen gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan.

One of two private organizations helping to fund the effort reported Sunday on its Facebook page that the relocation involved six wolves from a second Lake Superior Island in Canadian territory and one from the Ontario mainland.

The National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation said Sunday that the animals were captured, vet checked and transported over the past couple days.

The half-dozen from Michipicoten Island were in danger of starvation after gobbling up a caribou herd.

The National Park Service is winding up the first phase of a multi-year effort to rebuild wolf numbers at Isle Royale, which have plummeted in the past decade. The latest arrivals join eight existing wolves.

Michigan offers grants to boost rural electronics recycling

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is taking applications for grants that would support increased access to proper electronics recycling in rural areas.

Officials say $250,000 will be available for such grants this year, each worth up to $10,000. There are two application periods, with deadlines of April 5 and Aug. 1.

The funding could be used to support improvements of existing collection programs, or events leading to establishment of new, permanent collection locations.

The rural electronics recycling grants are part of the DEQ's 2019 sustainability grants, which also include funding for scrap tire cleanups and marketing, plus recycling infrastructure.

Those eligible to apply include local and tribal governments, conservation districts, nonprofit organizations, health departments, colleges or universities and regional planning agencies.

Ludington City Council to vote on seeking grant for splashpad, fishing pier

The Ludington City Council on Monday will vote on approving submitting an application for a $150,000 grant to help finance the proposed splashpad and fishing pier replacement at Copeyon Park.

The grant would be from the Michigan Natural Resources Recreation Passport program, and it must be submitted by April 1 to meet the deadline for the funds to be awarded in 2020.

The splashpad, which is planned as a public water play area, would be paid for by $50,000 of the requested grant funds and $180,000 in private donations. The public fishing pier, which would be a permanent, year-round dock, would cost an estimated $150,000, of which $100,000 would come from the grant funds and $50,000 from the city, according to the grant application.

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