WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY & WINTER STORM WARNING

SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY MONDAY

 A strong storm will be crossing the Ohio Valley Sunday, bringing snow to West Michigan, with some areas perhaps seeing as much as 10-14" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so near/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected... 10-14" possible. However, Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Ottawa, and Kent could see anywhere from 6-10". Additionally, gusty winds will be blowing the snow quite a bit, causing drifting on roads along with poor visibility. Travel is discouraged from late Saturday night through Sunday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for the following counties in West Michigan, effective until 6 am Monday: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Kent, Ionia, Ottawa, Van Buren,  St.Joseph, Branch, and Hillsdale. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Muskegon, Newaygo, Mecosta, and Montcalm  until 6 am Monday.

Stay with Newschannel 3 and wwmt.com for the latest updates.

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Ex-deacon pleads to stealing from Michigan church

Updated: Saturday, March 2 2013, 12:06 AM EST
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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) - A former West Michigan church deacon accused of taking cash from the weekly offertory basket has pleaded guilty to larceny.
   
Joseph Finnigan made the plea Friday in Ottawa County Circuit Court. The 73-year-old pleaded to two counts of larceny over $20,000. A count of embezzlement over $20,000 was dropped in exchange for the plea.
   
As part of the deal, the 73-year-old has until his sentencing on April 22 to repay $120,000, or the embezzlement charge could be filed again.
   
The agreement also leaves open the possibility of the church filing a civil lawsuit against Finnigan to recoup civil damages regardless of whether the $120,000 is paid in full.
   
Finnigan had worked as a deacon at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Grand Haven for 11 years before being fired in November.
Ex-deacon pleads to stealing from Michigan church
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