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Several hurt in Muskegon County Accident

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) Emergency crews are on the scene of a serious accident on U.S. 31 near M-120 in Muskegon County.

Authorities tell us an SUV went through the guardrail near the bridge that goes over the Muskegon River. There are several people hurt.

Southbound U.S. 31 is partially closed near the accident scene.  We have a crew following the story and we will have more as soon as it becomes available.

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Muskegon Environmental Research and Education Society to honor first-ever class at induction ceremon

MUSKEGON, Mich. – The Muskegon Environmental Research and Education Society (MERES) announced the inaugural class of inductees into the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame.  Five individuals as well as an outstanding environmental education program, one environmental project and a nonprofit organization will be honored for their commitments to environmental stewardship and significant contributions to Michigan’s quality of life
 
Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame Class of 2012
 
Individual contributions to Michigan’s environment

  • Peter Wege, Grand Rapids
  • Robert “Bud” Slingerland, North Branch
  • Tom Bailey, Harbor Springs
  • Theresa Bernhadt, Muskegon
  • Gloria Miller, DeWitt

Outstanding environmental education program

  • Tuscola Intermediate School District, Caro

Project that has made a significant impact on a community’s environment

Muskegon meets to discuss education

MUSKEGON, (WZZM) -- A community meeting is being held tonight in Muskegon, to discuss how to improve education in the city. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Tonight's meeting starts at 6:30p.m. at the United Way of the Lakeshore. If you cannot attend Thursday's meeting there will be on held on March 27th at the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce at 7:30a.m.

You can register by clicking on the link below.

http://www.muskegon.org/

 

Muskegon man charged with child sex assaults

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)-A Muskegon man is facing charges for allegedly sexually assaulting two young girls.

Anthony Lifer, 55, is charged with two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct involving a child under the age of 13. The Muskegon County prosecutor says the assaults allegedly took place between January of 2005 and March 2012.

Lifer was also charged as a habitual offender because of a prior conviction for manufacturing marijuana. If convicted on the criminal sexual conduct charges, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

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Scholar Athlete of the Week: Tara Homfeld

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) WZZM and Meijer are pleased to recognize Reeths-Puffer High School senior Tara Homfeld as our Meijer Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of March 19th.

Tara is a 4.0 student who will attend Grand Valley State university next year and intends to pursue a career in nursing.

A multi-sport athlete, Tara has participated in track, cross-country, soccer and cheerleading at Reeths-Puffer. And she and her father Bob hold an interesting distinction: they both own part of the same school track record. Last year, Tara and her 4x4 relay teammates set a Reeths-Puffer girls record, the same record Bob helped set for the boys in 1985 which still stands. "We're so happy that we could have the same record," Tara tells WZZM. "They put it in our school newspaper and we got a picture taken together-the two Homfelds got the school record."

Muskegon Police begin bike patrols

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Neighborhood police officers in Muskegon are patrolling earlier than ever this year on bicycles due in part to the warm weather.

Members of the Neighborhood Response Team have been using their specially outfitted mountain bikes for the last two weeks. The officers say the bikes help break down barriers between them and citizens that a cruiser with lights and sirens can cause.

The bikes are also quieter, which can be helpful when responding to a call.

So far, March has brought with it what members describe as perfect biking conditions.

Officers often bike between 20 and 30 miles in a shift, working primarily in downtown and neighborhoods close to downtown.

Muskegon board approves sex-ed changes

UPDATE AT 8 P.M. (WZZM) -- Muskegon Public School board members have approved changes to the district's sex education curriculum.

The board voted unanimously in favor the changes.

"It needs to be educated in our classes," said board member Tasha Bibbs-Oakes before the vote. "But we need to make sure the materials that are share in the discussion are handled the right way and in the right fashion."

The school board held two public hearings on the new elementary school sex-education curriculum.

The plan will permit teachers to answer fourth graders when they ask questions about sex.

Fifth grade boys and girls will attend sex-education classes together and learn about abstinence, masturbation, anatomy, behavior, disease and sexual orientation.

"They are not ready for this curriculum in the fourth and fifth grade," says opponent Elizabeth Showers. "It's too steep."