Report of man stranded on Lake Michigan iceberg was cold-water swimmer

By John Tunison

The Grand Rapids Press, Mich.

PARK TWP. — A man doing training and “cold-water swimming” prompted a brief scare at Holland State Park when observers thought a person was stranded on an iceberg, police said.

Park Township firefighters and Ottawa County sheriff’;s deputies responded about 10:30 a.m. Saturday to the state park on a report of a man stranded on an iceberg.

When they arrived, the man already was ashore.

Deputies spoke to the man and learned he was never in distress. He told them he was doing some type of training that involved cold-water swimming.

Deputies advised him that, to avoid any misperception about his activities, he might want to train in a different location.

No injuries after small plane crashes in Mecosta County

By John Tunison

The Grand Rapids Press, Mich.

MECOSTA COUNTY — Two people were aboard a small plane that crashed in Mecosta County on Saturday but no one was injured, police said.

State police responded to Canadian Lakes runway about 10:40 a.m. on a report of a crash. The single-engine plane crashed at or near the runway.

Police did not give other details of the crash.

Federal Aviation Administration investigators are looking into the incident.

Search for woman continues

By Corky Emrick

Sturgis Journal, Mich.

FAWN RIVER TWP. — St. Joseph County Sheriff’s deputies, along with five K-9 units from the Michigan State Police, searched several areas in Fawn River Township for a woman reported missing late last year.

The area searched, near and around Fawn River and Watt roads, was searched by K-9’s from Marshall, Niles, Paw Paw, Wayland and Jackson.

Brittany Nichole Shank was most recently seen around 9:30 p.m. Nov. 30, 2018, in the 33000 block of Fawn River Road in Sturgis after her vehicle went off the road.

Authorities said that they have conducted over 70 interviews and have received about 120 tips, all have been investigated. Shank is a white female, age 23, about 5-1 and 110 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

She was seen earlier that day with a white male, between 5-6 and 5-8 with short, blond hair and mutton-chop sideburns. He appeared to be in his early- to mid-20s, officials said. Also assisting was Sturgis Police Department and St. Joseph County Victim Services.

Anyone with information regarding Shank’s whereabouts, has had contact with her or who may know the man is asked to call the sheriff’s department at (269) 467-9045, or Central Dispatch at (269) 467-4195


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