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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.


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Muskegon Co. Jail inmate dies in apparent suicide


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- An inmate at the Muskegon County Jail has died after apparently committing suicide Tuesday morning.

Around 11 a.m. corrections staff found Mark Erwin Ferguson, 52, hanging in his cell.

Ferguson was last seen alive around 10:35 a.m. when his cellmate was taken to the visiting area of the jail.

Emergency medical responders performed CPR on the man but were unable to revive him.

Ferguson was arrested in October for criminal sexual assault and was being held on a $250,000 bond. He was awaiting trial in Muskegon County Circuit Court.

No foul play is suspected.


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Salvation Army Asking for Assistance

 

Muskegon, MI (November 19, 2014) – The Salvation Army has begun the yearly tradition of ringing the bells outside local retailers. This year, The Salvation Army has set a fundraising goal of $283,000.00, for the Muskegon County area. “This amount has stayed the same from last year,” stated Captain Daniel Sawka, Corps Officer of the local Salvation Army. “We understand that times are still tough, but we also have seen the great support of our local community,” commented Sawka.

 

My Town: Dozens of new troopers now on the job

My Town: Dozens of new troopers now on the job

LANSING, Mich.—Dozens of new State Police troopers are now on the job throughout Michigan.

Governor Snyder served as the keynote speaker during the 127th Trooper Recruit School’s recent graduation ceremony.  During the event, Tpr. David Williams was recognized with the Academic Achievement Award.