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New acts for Coast West, ticket deal tomorrow

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - More acts have been announced for the Coast West Music Festival and there is a special offer tomorrow for tickets.

The festival runs from July 1 - 6 at Heritage Landing in Muskegon.  Previously announced acts include Josh Turner, LeAnn Rimes, O.A.R, Chicago, Foghat, Cheap Trick, and Here Come The Mummies.

Friday, festival organizers announced that Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers will appear on the main stage on July 6.  Country star Easton Corbin has been added to the lineup for July 1.

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Muskegon woman accused of trying to hire hit man

Muskegon, Mich. (WZZM) - Investigators say a Muskegon woman wanted her husband dead so she could collect on his insurance policy.

"She is charged with solicitation to commit murder," says Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson.

Julia Merfeld, 21, was in court Thursday. She is accused of trying to hire a hit man to murder her 27 year old husband.

"I think it's kind of crazy," said Oradawn Villarreal, one of the defendant's neighbors on W. Forest Avenue. "She's only 21 and got 2 little kids."

Police say they found out Merfeld was looking for someone to kill her husband.

They organized a sting and put her in touch with a "hit man" who was really an undercover officer.

"I'm convinced, had the tip not come into our office and this had gone forward, we would be investigating a homicide," says Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler.

After they say she tried to hire the police decoy to kill her husband, Merfeld was arrested.

Muskegon woman accused of hiring hitman

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A Muskegon woman is in custody, accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband.

Julia Merfeld, 21, was arraigned Thursday on charges of Solicitation of Murder.  If convicted, Merfeld could face life in prison.

Investigators say the person Merfeld believed was a hitman, was actually an undercover officer.

The case began with a tip. "Had the tip not been received into our office," said Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler, "and this had gone forward as the defendant intended it, there would be a homicide we would be investigating."

Investigators say they believe the motive was money from an insurance policy.

Merfeld is being held on $500,000 bond.

Double JJ to hold summer job fair

Double JJ to hold summer job fair

Rothbury, Michigan - The Double JJ Resort will be increasing its number of employees to more than 400 as it gets ready for the summer season. That means the business plans to hire around 200 new employees.

The Double JJ will hire for all areas during an upcoming job fair on April 20th. Positions include wranglers, front desk clerks, housekeeping workers, maintenance members, entertainment and activity personnel, lifeguards and restaurant and bar staff.

The job fair will begin at 8am and last until noon. Those who are interested can submit their resumes and participate in an on the spot interview for the department of their choice. The job fair will take place at the Back Forty Ranch inside of the Dance Hall.

The Double JJ asks interested applicants to bring their resumes and applications on the 20th and not send them to the resort early. Applications are available at the Double JJ website, www.DoubleJJ.com.

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Muskegon Heights Annual spring clean-up begins in May

Muskegon Heights Annual spring clean-up begins in May

Muskegon Heights - May is clean up month for the City of Muskegon Heights. Saturday, May 11th and May 18th, the city will have dumpsters available at the Department of Public Works Building at no cost to residents.

You must have a picture ID with you in order to use the dumpsters.  The building is located at 3124 Wood Street.  Between 8am-3pm people can get rid of non-hazardous waste and appliances.

There are some special incentives, including bulk item stickers at half price and a discounted fee for tire dumping.

City leaders ask that all disposable items be put in receptacles with lids and not be put out earlier than noon the day before your scheduled garbage pickup day. They also ask that the receptacles be removed by noon the day of pickup.

For more information and to volunteer to help at the collection sites, call (231) 739-3378 or (231)733-8830.

Should Sandy relief money go to West Michigan?

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - WZZM 13 has learned that communities in West Michigan are getting money that is supposed to help victim's of Hurricane Sandy on the east coast.

The Army Corps of Engineers Lake Michigan office wanted the money for dredging.

"When the hurricane hit the east coast, we ended up getting some back winds from that," says Tom O'Bryan with the Army Corps of Engineers. "The wave energy picks up a lot of sand from the shoreline."

WZZM 13 has learned that Holland and Muskegon are each receiving $200,000 and Saugatuck's getting $350,000. When asked if the money would be better served for on the east coast, O'Bryan said," I believe the majority of the package for Sandy went to the east cost."

The local relief money is part of a larger $40 billion package. Congressman Bill Huizenga supports the idea, but voted down the bill.

N. Muskegon school district closes due to virus

NORTH MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) North Muskegon Public Schools is closing Thursday and Friday due to illness.

The school district sent a letter home to parents saying the district is closing due to a 'possible viral gastroenteritis' among students in the district.

The letter from District Superintendent Curt Babcock, PhD. is below:

Dear Parent/Guardian:

We have become aware of a possible viral gastroenteritis outbreak among students at North Muskegon Public Schools. We are working closely with the Muskegon County Health Department in response to this increase in illness. For the safety and wellbeing of our staff and students, North Muskegon Public Schools will be closed Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12 as a thorough sanitation of the facility must take place.