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Tall ships sail into Muskegon Lake for port visit, tours

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A lesson in maritime life and Lake Michigan sailed into Muskegon Lake Thursday night.

People lined the boardwalk along the Muskegon Channel to watch as the German tall ship Roald Amundsen sailed into port around 6 p.m.  The Dutch tall ship Bark Europa arrived in Muskegon earlier Thursday.

Our partner, the Grand Haven Tribune, is reporting the vessels are near the end of a summer-long educational journey and race program.  They will reach the end of their trip next week in Chicago.

The ships will be open for tours at the Mart Dock in Muskegon from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Muskegon Heights man dies in moped crash

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - A Muskegon Heights man died overnight when he apparently hit a guardrail while driving his moped.

Dawann Allen, 31, was found dead at approximately 1:00am Friday at Ottawa Street and Shoreline Drive in Muskegon.

Muskegon Police say that it appears Allen left the roadway and hit a guardrail causing severe head injuries.  He was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene.

Allen was not wearing a helmet.  Police say that the current Michigan Moped Law does not require a helmet on moped users over the age of 19.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is continuing.

Muskegon Heights man dies in moped crash

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - A Muskegon Heights man died overnight when he apparently hit a guardrail while driving his moped.

Dawann Allen, 31, was found dead at approximately 1:00am Friday at Ottawa Street and Shoreline Drive in Muskegon.

Muskegon Police say that it appears Allen left the roadway and hit a guardrail causing severe head injuries.  He was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene.

Allen was not wearing a helmet.  Police say that the current Michigan Moped Law does not require a helmet on moped users over the age of 19.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is continuing.

Warm summer brings record number of Lake Michigan drownings

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)- The state park in Holland has not suffered a drowning yet this summer, but the Ottawa County Sheriff's Marine Division Chief fears that could change before summer ends.

"I'm very concerned," Sgt. Keith Koeman said Friday.

Warm, sunny days have brought Lake Michigan water temperatures to above 70 degrees for over a month.  Combine that with a large number of no-swim "red flag" days, and the result has been a record number of drowning deaths in the big lake.

21 of the 65 deaths have been attributed to rip currents that can exhaust even strong swimmers.  Many beaches have posted information on dealing with rip currents.  Sgt. Koeman says swimmers caught in a rip current should let it carry them out and swim parallel to the shore until they escape.

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Michigan officials seek help for trumpeter swan census

(AP)- Michigan wildlife officials are seeking the public's help to determine how many trumpeter swans live in the state.

It's part of a census covering the entire continent.

Trumpeter swans historically nested in wetlands across the U.S., but hunting and habitat loss nearly drove them extinct in the late 1800s. Restoration efforts in Michigan began a century later.

A count in 2004 turned up 655 trumpeters statewide. The greatest numbers are found in the eastern Upper Peninsula. They're still listed as a threatened species.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is asking people to report sightings of trumpeter swans in August and September. They should not be confused with mute swans, which have bright orange bills while trumpeters have black bills.

Ships open for tours this weekend in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- Two ships that have sailed the world are in Muskegon for the weekend.  The dutch and german tall ships arrived Thursday night.  Friday they were open for tours.  Both ships are wrapping up a summer-long educational journey and race program that concludes next weekend in Chicago. 

The captain of the dutch ship Europa says his crew is enjoying time sailing on the Great Lakes.  Klaas Gaastra says, "People do not get sea sick as much, and that is good.  We sit deeper in the water.  It is easier sailing for us."

The Europa will be open for tours on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mart Dock on Shoreline Road in Muskegon.

Police investigating homicide in Muskegon Heights

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM)- Police in Muskegon Heights are investigating a homicide that occured around 3:30 a.m. Friday.

17-year old Jaquan Norris was shot and killed while behind the wheel of a sports utility vehicle on 8th Street.  That vehicle crashed into a fence on 8th Street between Amsterdam and Rotterdan.

Police interviewed witnesses Friday, but no arrests were made as of Friday night.  Officers are asking for help from the community.  Anyone with information on this crime may leave an anonymous tip with Muskegon County Silent Observer.  The number to call is (231) 72CRIME.