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Chief, mom exchange thank you's over viral video


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two Muskegon police officers went above the call of duty this week, and the video is capturing the hearts of thousands of people.

Jessica Lindsay posted a video to Facebook on Thursday showing two officers playing football with a group of kids in her neighborhood.

The video had nearly 5,300 shares and had been viewed more than 250,000 times as of Friday afternoon.

No one was keeping score in the game, but the two officers were certainly winning over hearts and minds.

"It was just an awesome experience, and you don't see it often," said Lindsay. She captured the impromptu football game on her cell phone, after her son asked the officers if they'd play. The officers had just finished responding to a call in the neighborhood.

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Suspect arrested in fatal Musk. Hts. shooting


MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - A suspect is in custody in the shooting death of a 21-year-old man in Muskegon Heights early Friday morning.

Elishua Pinegar, 21, was killed just before 12:30 a.m. near Park and Columbia.

Muskegon County's chief assistant prosecutor, Tim Maat, told WZZM 13 Friday evening that charges against the suspect will be filed Saturday.

The Muskegon County Violent Crimes Task Force was activated after the shooting, and police and detectives from multiple jurisdictions helped with the investigation.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Muskegon Heights Police at 231-733-8900 or Silent Observer at 231-72-CRIME.


Admitted molester harshly sentenced for separate crimes


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grown men who say they were abused by a former church volunteer decades ago hoped to publicly confront the man during his sentencing Friday.

Randall Doctor was convicted on drug and gun charges and while the men were not allowed to speak, the abuse he has admitted to was taken into consideration.

"I think we are all just feeling relief," said Brad White of North Muskegon. Last year, he and seven other men told police Doctor sexually abused them when they were teenagers. "I do not ever want anybody to live what we went through," he said.

The sex crimes could not be prosecuted because the statute of limitations had expired, but the investigation into the abuse turned up drugs and guns at Doctor's home.

"For all of those years we lived with thinking we were bad people, that there was something wrong with us," White explained. "Guys do not talk about this."

Muskegon ISD launches grassroots "promise"


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Muskegon Area Intermediate School District launched an effort Wednesday to promise college scholarships to area students.

Officials say that the Muskegon Area Promise Scholarships won't be funded by a small group of wealthy people, like the Kalamazoo Promise, but will be through a small grassroots effort through the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.

Those wishing to contribute can send checks directly to the foundation or online at gofundme.com/promisescholarship.

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No Steel Horse Alley for Bike Time in 2015


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Muskegon Bike Time will not be creating Steel Horse Alley in downtown Muskegon for 2015.

Organizers of the annual motorcycle festival posted the notice on their website Wednesday. They say that after nine months of negotiating with local merchants, city officials and others, they will not be bringing the exhibition to Western Avenue as in past years.

For 2015, the event is moving out of downtown Muskegon to the site of the former Great Lakes Downs racetrack. Earlier, organizers had said that Steel Horse Alley would still make an appearance downtown, but the posting yesterday changes that decision.

According to Bike Time organizers, "after 8 years of planning, organizing and funding Steel Horse Alley, the City of Muskegon has chosen to re-classify the 2015 Muskegon Bike Time as a different event, subject to new rules and policies."

Live Spring Concert on April 17

Live Spring Concert on April 17

Watermark 920 comes alive with guest performer, Drew Nelson on Friday, April 17.

All ages are invited! Doors open at 920 Washington Avenue in Muskegon at 6:00pm with this musical performance starting at 7:00pm.

Admission is Free but you’re invited to bring a brand new jar of peanut butter to donate to the Kids Food Basket.  

Call: (231)578-0469 or visit www.watermarkcenter.com for more information.

Muskegon Hts. to cut hours, staff at water plant


MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - Muskegon Heights leaders are cutting hours at the city water plant after Norton Shores and Fruitport switched their cities' water sources Wednesday morning.

Norton Shores and Fruitport had been getting water from Muskegon Heights, but they've switching to the water system from the city of Muskegon. Norton Shores and Fruitport had accounted for 70 percent of Muskegon Heights' water customers.

Muskegon Heights Mayor Darrell Paige announced Wednesday morning that the city water plant will reduce hours and switch to part-time automated operations. The moves should have no impact on water service, he said.

Paige said water rate hikes are possible in the future, but at this time rates will stay the same.