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Muskegon Heights band rocks!

Muskegon Heights, MI. (WZZM) Loud and proud. Dancing and singing. The Muskegon Heights High School band is ready to help kick off the 2010 season of 13 On Your Sidelines presented by Highschoolsports.net.

The Tiger band will be in studio Friday night after watching their football team host Oakridge in our game of the week.

WZZM 13 Sports spent an afternoon recently with the Heights band to watch them prepare for Friday's opener. Band director Robert Moore says leading his musicians each year stays fresh because it's exciting to work with new kids.

We look forward to their appearance this week and hope you'll join us Friday at 11:15!

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Muskegon Opportunity hosts mentor training workshop

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Muskegon Opportunity Hosts Mentor Training Workshop
Caring, committed adults needed to mentor local high school students

Muskegon, Mich., Aug. 24, 2010 — Muskegon Opportunity is hosting a mentor training workshop from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, in the Blue & Gold Room on the Muskegon Community College campus at 221 S. Quarterline Road.

Muskegon Opportunity is working to help local high-school juniors prepare for and enroll in the post-secondary education option of their choice, from a four-year college program to a professional training program; and caring, committed adults from all walks of life are vital to helping these students realize their goals.

Mentors will be good role models and help students navigate the path toward their dreams. Mentors focus on successfully earning a high school diploma, pursuing higher education and planning for a career.

Police search for missing Muskegon woman

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The Muskegon Police Department is looking for help in finding a missing woman.

Deneka Dashay Walker, 30, is black, 5'8" tall, 170 lbs., with medium length straight black hair and brown eyes.  Her first name 'Deneka' is tattooed on her left arm. A clothing description was not available.

Walker was last seen on August 13, getting into a black Cadillac near her home. She has not been heard from since. She was in the company of a black male known only as 'Brick' who has ties to Chicago.   Police received a missing persons report on Walker on August 18.

Walker lives in the 300 block of Amity Avenue in Muskegon.

If anyone has any information about Deneka Walker, please contact the Muskegon Police Department at 231-724-6750, or, after hours, please contact Muskegon County 911.

Man turns himself into Muskegon Police for questioning about a murder

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- A man wanted for questioning by Muskegon Police about a recent murder is now in custody.

Zachary John Kennedy, Jr., 21, turned himself into police Tuesday night.  Officers say he may be a witness to the shooting death of 17-year old Jaquan Norris last Friday.

Monday investigators asked the community to help them find Kennedy, calling him a person of interest.

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State election officials certify Michigan primary results

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- State officials have certified the results from Michigan's August primary election.

The Board of State Canvassers certified the Aug. 3 election results on Monday. The certifications include the results of several Michigan's U.S. House primaries, including a relatively narrow victory in the 2nd District for Bill Huizenga in the Republican race over Jay Riemersma and five others.

Huizenga won by 663 votes and faces Democrat Fred Johnson in the November election for the western Michigan congressional seat.

Election officials earlier had certified a narrow victory for Dan Benishek in the Republican primary for the 1st Congressional District in northern Michigan. Benishek faces Democrat Gary McDowell in November.

Muskegon Police search for missing woman

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The Muskegon Police Department is searching for a woman who disappeared more than a week ago.

Captain Mark Lewis says the woman's name is Deneka Dashay Walker, a 30-year-old who lives in the 300 block of Amity Avenue in Muskegon.

She was last seen August 13th getting into a black Cadillac near her home. She was reported missing on August 18th.

Walker is a black female, 5'8" tall, 170 pounds, with medium length straight black hair and brown eyes.

Her first name "Deneka" is tattooed on her left arm.

Captain Lewis says she was with a black male known only as Brick who has ties to Chicago.

If anyone has any information about Deneka Walker, you are asked to call the Muskegon Police Department at (231) 724-6750, or, after hours, Muskegon County 911.

Woman sentenced for lying to Muskegon police about brother's shooting death

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman convicted for lying to police about her brother's actions before he was shot and killed by a Muskegon officer must serve three months in jail.

The Muskegon Chronicle is reporting Tunisia Phillips, 31, was sentenced Thursday. 

Phillips was convicted in July of filing a false police report, a felony, in connection to the death of her brother, Julius Johnson, 23.

Johnson was a passenger in a car stopped by police on September 23, 2009.  Officers said Johnson ran after drugs dropped from his pants.

Johnson got into a confrontation with Office Charles Anderson in an alley.  Anderson said Johnson overpowered him, hitting him with his own police radio.  Anderson says he shot Johnson in self defense when his pepper spray and baton proved ineffective.