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Musk. Hgts. Academy addressing violence after 3 student deaths

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) – School starts Monday at Muskegon Heights Academy, but as the district transitions into a year-round school year, the death of a third student in four months is weighing heavy on hearts.

Superintendent Alana Zachery-Ross says the topic of street violence will not be ignored.

"This is a part of what our students have to deal with. We have to help them through the grief and loss process. We also have to help them by giving them some real active things to do instead of just walking on the streets," Zachery-Ross said.

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Muskegon Heights schools ready for year-round calendar

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Muskegon Heights schools are one of four districts in Michigan using state Department of Education grant money to transition to a year-round calendar.

Students and teachers report to class Monday, and school will be in session until June 17th.

It's all an effort to prevent what school officials call summer learning loss.

The state grants paid for $750,000 in building improvements in Muskegon Heights -- mostly to expand air conditioning capabilities at the district's three buildings.

Students will get a four-week summer break and a few one-week breaks throughout the year.

The one-week breaks will have extra opportunities for learning at math and science camps.

Muskegon hosts Shoreline Jazz Festival this weekend

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The clear weather this weekend is good news for organizers of a new jazz festival in Muskegon.

The inaugural Shoreline Jazz Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday at Heritage Landing.

Organizers spent Friday setting up for the event.

The line-up Includes Alexander Zonjic, Kenny G, Boney James, Ruben Studdard and Lalah Hathaway.

Organizers say they toured venues all over the state and believe Heritage Landing is the right place to start an outdoor jazz event, according to executive producer Hawkins Lang.

"Heritage Landing is one of the best venues on this side of the state. No, actually in the whole state. It is on the water, great stage, well-manicured all the time. We need to take advantage of that and let people know Muskegon is on the map ."

Student athlete murdered in Muskegon Heights

Newaygo, MI (WZZM) – Muskegon Heights Academy High School football coaches say they asked players if they wanted to go ahead with a Thursday night scrimmage at Newaygo High School. They thought the players might want to cancel after team mate DeQuarious "De De" love was found shot to death early Thursday morning.

"The kids wanted to play," says head football coach Jimmy Purnell. "That's what De De would have wanted. He would have wanted us to play."

17 year old Love was found at the corner of Peck Street and Hume Avenue just before 12:30 a.m. Thursday. Police say he was the victim of a "drive by shooting".

"He was a great guy," says team videographer James Cummings. "Got along very well with the team. He was kind of quiet but he was a great guy."

De De love is the second athlete from Muskegon Heights Academy High School murdered in the street in the past 4 months.

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Muskegon Heights teen athlete gunned down

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) – He was just four days away from the start of his senior year in high school, but instead of preparing to go back to school, family members of a slaim 17-year-old boy are planning his funeral.

DeQuarius Love was gunned down around 12:20 a.m. Thursday in front of the post office on Peck Street, between Hume Avenue and Sherman Boulevard. Police say the Love and a friend were walking to a neighborhood party when someone in a passing van fired shots, striking Love. Neighbors heard six rounds.

"We happened to look down the street and saw the guy laying on the ground… they told me the guy had been shot in the back. We sat here for a minute and the next thing we know, we get the word the guy is dead," a neighbor told WZZM.

Friends and teachers at Muskegon Heights Academy called DeQuarius Love "Dee Dee." He was a student athlete and played on both the football and basketball teams.

Toddler left out in the rain in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Child Protective Services in Muskegon County have removed three children from a Muskegon home, after someone left a toddler outside in a rainstorm.

Officers say they found the 18-month-old girl Tuesday around noon. They believe she had been sitting in a stroller in the backyard for nearly an hour, wearing only a diaper.

The toddler's 24-year-old mother had called police to the home on Fleming Avenue because of a domestic dispute she was having with a man inside the home.

Detectives are trying to determine which adult left the child outside. Prosecutors have asked police for a full report before determining if either adult will face charges.

Man sentenced to 19 years in prison for purse snatching

Muskegon, Mich. (WZZM) A man caught on camera stealing a purse, on two occasions, is headed to prison.

A Muskegon County judge sentenced Arthur Sheard to 19 years in prison for this purse snatching at the Norton Shores Meijer back in March.

The 59-year-old woman didn't let go of her purse right away, was dragged behind the car and critically injured.

He was also sentenced to 16 years in prison for a similar crime at a Muskegon gas station the night before.

Police said Sheard told them he stole the purses because he needed money for crack.