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Teen charged with burying newborn daughter denied bond

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Muskegon teenager accused of suffocating her baby and hiding the newborn's body behind an apartment building will stay in jail.

Jessica Brewster's attorney asked a judge to provide his client with an affordable bond while she waits for a December court hearing. The judge denied the request.

RELATED: Police: Teen mom smothered newborn daughter with towel

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My Town: Where to find Santa and holiday cheer this season

My Town:  Where to find Santa and holiday cheer this season


(West Michigan Tourist Association)-- It’s getting to be that time of year when good ole’ St. Nick starts getting his list out, and checking it twice. Find out where in West Michigan you can catch Santa Claus this holiday season, along with some other special events that will let you get in the Christmas mood.



Live Reindeer at Silver Beach Carousel

Silver Beach Carousel has some jolly fun planned for the entire family! Come meet two live reindeer on Friday, Nov. 28, noon to 5 p.m., and Thursday, Dec. 18, 4 to 8:30 p.m. Come into Santa’s Christmas Corral in the Shadowland Ballroom where you can pet and have a professional keepsake photo taken with these friendly, gentle animals of North Pole fame.

My Town: Tech Center Students “Go All Out” at National FFA Convention

My Town: Tech Center Students “Go All Out” at  National FFA Convention

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (MAISD)--  Eight students from the Environmental/Veterinary Sciences (EVS) program at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) recently attended the 87th Annual National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, October 29–November 1, 2014.

This year’s theme was “Go All Out.” There, students were exposed to agricultural careers, colleges, workshops, entertainment,  and an expansive Career Show including Bayer Cropscience, Dow AgroSciences, John Deere, and others. 

My Town: Festival of Trees underway in Muskegon

My Town: Festival of Trees underway in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- The Muskegon Museum of Art invites the community to the opening of this traditional Festival of Trees, which runs through Nov. 30.

Come out and see Muskegon transformed with festive Christmas trees and décor, along with a model train display and a gingerbread village. There will also be special attractions throughout the month of November.

Festival hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving

Admission: $7 per adult;  $3 per child ages 3 to 17;  $5 for museum members

Visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org/festival-of-trees for more information.

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Muskegon leaders could adopt winter parking rules next week

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The heavy snow has made it difficult to drive around West Michigan. Road crews are desperately trying to keep up. To make their job easier, some communities have winter parking rules in place.

Muskegon does not, but that could change next week.

The city council may now be ready to pass winter parking restrictions. At intersections like Larch and Elwood, the problem is evident: a dozen vehicles are all parked on the snow-covered streets. It creates an obstacle course for City of Muskegon plow driver Troy Marciniak.

"That is as close as I feel comfortable getting to it," Marciniak says of taking the plow down a constricted street.

Those vehicles are legally parked, but Marciniak says, "It makes it difficult with all of the vehicles in the way, for sure." It's even more troublesome when it's snowing and the vehicles are hard for plow drivers to see.

My Town Muskegon: Bringing the joy of Christmas to children in need

My Town Muskegon: Bringing the joy of Christmas to children in need

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- The Greater Muskegon Jaycees is once again leading the campaign to ensure toys are under the Christmas tree for every West Michigan child.

The group will kick off Muskegon’s only Toys for Tots drive Dec. 6 at the Plaza 1 & 2 on Henry Street in Norton Shores. Members of the community can drop off new, unwrapped toys between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. This year, the Muskegon area is especially in need of toys for kids from infant to 2 years and 8 years  to 18 years.

Man charged with 4 Muskegon Heights murders waives prelim

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Muskegon County man charged with four counts of open murder waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Leon Means, 61, is charged with killing four Muskegon Heights women, two of whom died in October of this year and two of whom who died in 1989.

Anna Lawson was one of the victims killed last month. Her sister Erline Lee McCrae saw Means in court Wednesday for the first time. She says Means stabbed Anna nearly two dozen times.

"I can not understand why he would do something like that; so barbaric," she said. "He brutalized my sister, like something on a horror movie. I have never seen something like that but on a horror movie."

Means faces four life-without-parole sentences if found guilty. A trial date is expected to be set early next year.