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Egelston Twp. supervisor defends fire station plan

EGELSTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Some voters in Egelston Township say they feel deceived and betrayed over a tax increase for a new fire station.

"Very much so," says resident Nichole Girben. "Everything they said before is now twisted."

Some residents say they approved higher property taxes to pay for a new fire station after promises the current station would be demolished and a new one built in it's place.

"Going to build a new fire station on the current location so we voted 'yes' on that," confirms resident Alex Maginity.

But township supervisor Mike Thompson now says temporarily relocating the fire department during construction would be too expensive.

"We started looking into it and the cost to temporarily locate a fire station is tremendous -- not only monetarily, but safety for the public," he says.

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Muskegon County covered by few warning sirens

WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) - Large parts of Muskegon County do not have sirens to signal dangerous weather and it has been that way for years, according to Muskegon County Emergency Manager and Undersheriff Dan Stout.

Stout says in 2003, Muskegon County commissioners asked him what it would cost to cover the county with severe weather sirens. The price was more than $3 million. Commissioners then passed on the project.

There are only seven weather sirens in Muskegon County -- three in Whitehall, two in Montague, one in Blue Lake Township, and one in Lakewood Club.

Stout recommends a personal weather radio to stay safe. Most cost around $30. The small units remain quiet until weather watches or warnings are issued.

Lumberjacks get back on track in Sioux City

Lumberjacks get back on track in Sioux City

The Eastern Conference playoff race has suddenly gotten a lot more interesting, and the Muskegon Lumberjacks are playing a big role.

The Lumberjacks improved to 3-1-1 in their last five games and jumped within six points of the East’s final playoff spot with a gritty 3-1 win over the Sioux City Musketeers Saturday night at the Tyson Events Center.

Ryan Bullock authored his first USHL two-goal game and goalie John Keeney denied 31 of 32 Musketeers shots en route to his first road win since Nov. 11, a span of 10 starts. The Lumberjacks (15-24-6, 36 points) as a team ended a five-game winless streak in away games.

Tyler Heinonen scored the other Muskegon goal, which put the Jacks up 2-1 entering the third period. The Lumberjacks improved to 12-1-3 in such situations when they fended off a late Sioux City power play and Bullock tossed a backhand shot from his own zone into an empty net with 27 seconds left.

Church visitors unplug and 'Leave the World Behind'

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)-A Muskegon church is helping electronic users unplug through silence.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church held its sixth "Leave the World Behind" day Saturday. Visitors were encouraged to refresh themselves through quiet reflection or by walking a labyrinth.

Organizer Linda Reynolds says the event is a good way to unite all faiths.

"It seems our lives are so fragmented and so terribly busy these days. It's really hard to find a time of peace; a time to just be," she explained. "I just can't tell you how wonderful [this time] has been for myself and for everyone who's come."

The next "Leave the World Behind" day will take place June 9.

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Church celebrates silence

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- A Muskegon Congregation is holding a silent event Saturday.  The Community Quiet Day and Labyrinth Walk will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church across from Hackley Park in Muskegon.  The free event runs from 10 to 3.

Organizers say quiet reflective time is important for peace and direction in life.  The event is open to people of all faiths.

Linda Reynolds with St. Paul's Episcopal Church says, "This is interfaith. There is no agenda. Come for one hour or come for just 20-minutes. Come for the day."

Space will be available for sitting and meditating and reading.  Organizers want participants to leave their cell phones behind to avoid any possible interruptions.

Muskegon Heights schools:"Fallen off the cliff"

LANSING (WZZM) --  The Muskegon Heights School District finances have "fallen off a cliff".   That comment came Friday as the state review team looking into those finances held it's first meeting in Lansing

The struggling district asked for the state's help in December by requesting an emergency manager.

This stems from the Muskegon Heights School's deficit, which district leaders say has reached $12 million.

David Martel, executive director of the Michigan School Business Officials Association, said the Heights' financial position is likely to get worse.

"It's kind of a never ending spiral in a district that's losing kids" he said via teleconference at the Lansing meeting.

Muskegon man cited after dogs, alligator found in home

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) -- Authorities have cited a 26-year-old man for neglecting animals, including pit bulls and an alligator, which were left at his western Michigan home.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports Friday that Thomas Cryderman was arraigned Thursday in Muskegon County District Court on an abandonment/cruelty of animals charge.

Police said Cryderman also received 47 ordinance violations.

Ten pit bulls or pit bull mixes and a number of exotic animals were removed last month from his home in Muskegon. Six dogs were reported tied up outside the house. Four other dogs were found in side, along with two dead snakes, a dead spider, an iguana and a small alligator.

Police said the animals were apparently left to fend for themselves.
The Associated Press left a message Friday seeking comment from Cryderman's attorney