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Prosecutor: Curfew enforcement about making good decisions

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Muskegon police have begun their extra effort to find children out after curfew -- but they are giving them and their parents the chance to avoid a ticket and fine.

The point of the extra enforcement isn't to punish more children, authorities say -- it's to teach them how dangerous it is for them to be out on the streets late at night. If a child who violates curfew agrees to take a class and obey the rules, the fine and juvenile court case is forgiven.

He's 43 now, but Richard Taylor says he remembers late nights out on the streets when he was 14 and 15.

"Hanging out, late running around, just being out there -- accomplishing nothing," he says of those nights. "Twelve, one o'clock: what can a 15-year-old accomplish out here? Only thing you can accomplish is death or jail."

"We always use the cliché: nothing good ever happens after midnight."

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Man sentenced for December party shooting

FRUITLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A judge has sentenced a 22-year-old western Michigan man to 30 to 65 years in prison for fatally shooting a 21-year-old man and wounding of three others outside a house party in Muskegon County.

Deontay Black-Wickliffe pleaded no-contest in July to second-degree murder, attempted murder and having a firearm in a felony.

Muskegon County Circuit Judge Timothy G. Hicks sentenced Black-Wickliffe on Thursday after rejecting his request to withdraw the plea.

Authorities say Gary Ogreen was killed following a fight with uninvited guests about 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 21, 2013, at his home in Fruitland Township, northwest of Muskegon.

Muskegon increasing curfew enforcement

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- More police patrols are planned to enforce Muskegon's curfew.

Unless they're with a parent or legal guardian, kids under 12 are supposed to be off the street by 10 p.m. every night. Curfew's 11 p.m. for teens 12 to 17.

Starting this weekend, officers finding kids breaking curfew will take them to the police department to meet with their parents and a prosecutor. Authorities will offer the youths and their parents or guardians the option to participate in the curfew intervention program (C.I.P.) or receive a citation.

Police say it's a proactive approach to helping young people stay safe.

Loaded gun found during fight at Muskegon High

Muskegon, MI (WZZM)A Muskegon High School freshman isn't saying why he brought a loaded hand gun to school on Tuesday.

That student isn
t responding to any questions by the school or law enforcement,
says Muskegon school superintendent Jon Felske.

Investigators say the 15 year old dropped the gun while fighting with a 14 year old classmate.

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Muskegon HS locked down after fight, gun found

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Two Muskegon High School students were taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after police found a gun following a fight.

WZZM 13 has learned that the fight happened in the school at about 12:50pm. In the process of breaking up the fight, a Muskegon police officer assigned to the school found a handgun and ammunition.

Police say one of the students, a 15-year-old, dropped that loaded gun, which had been hidden in his waistband. Investigators say the weapon had been reported stolen in February.

The school was locked down for a short time, but students were soon released to go home.

Detectives are still investigating.

New Muskegon County Jail to be safer, less crowded

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Detectives in Muskegon County are investigating a fight Saturday afternoon in a holding cell between three inmates that sent two to the hospital.

Sheriff Dean Roesler says one of the men used a combination lock as a weapon. Low security risk inmates with work release privileges use the locks to secure belongings. The two injured in the fight were treated at an area hospital and returned to jail.

"One guy got some stitches to an area above an eye and the other guy some stitches to the back of the head," Roesler said.

The new Muskegon County Jail, currently under construction, will have fewer locations where inmates are out of sight from guards.

"From our prospective it will be safer. It will be a podular; direct supervision design, as opposed to an old style linear, indirect supervision," explained Roesler.

Attorney turns author to help with addiction

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- While he waits to find out the rest of his punishment for once again using cocaine, prominent Muskegon defense attorney Terry Nolan is keeping busy.

Nolan is writing crime novels.

"I love it," he says during a recent book signing at the Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor. "It's been very therapeutic, very therapeutic."

Nolan was arrested in February 2013 trying to buy cocaine. It was his fourth arrest on drug charges in the past 25 years.

He was sentenced to a month in jail and four years of probation. He is still waiting for punishment from the State Bar Association.