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Norton Shores, Fruitport ditch Musk. Heights water system over cost


NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- A long-running dispute over the cost of water on the lakeshore has two communities working to finish building a connection to a new water supplier.

Fruitport and Norton Shores are leaving the Muskegon Heights water system on April 15, 2015, meaning nearly 75 percent of the plant's current customers will be gone in seven months.

A new $15 million water transmission line being buried under Sherman Avenue will allow Fruitport and Norton Shores to buy water from the city of Muskegon. Right now, multiple construction sites around Muskegon, Norton Shores, and Fruitport are busy with activity in preparation of the switch over.

"We feel we are going to have a good stable rate with our new water supplier," says Jerry Bartoszek of the Norton Shores Department of Public Works.

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Muskegon Oakridge tops North Muskegon


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Muskegon Oakridge produced 21 second-half points and turned a defensive battle into a 27-10 win over North Muskegon Friday night.

The Eagles led 6-0 at the half, but their offensive picked it up in the final two quarters en route to the victory.


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."

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.


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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.

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

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

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.