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Mother and son face charges after gunfire erupts in Muskegon

Mother and son face charges after gunfire erupts in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A 38-year-old woman and her 17-year-old son are facing charges after gunfire hit a home on the city’s south side.

Officers were called to the 1900 block of Hoyt Street just after 11 p.m. Saturday, after someone reported hearing gunfire.  Police determined the gunfire came from inside and outside a home that was hosting a teenage party.  Officers believe the people outside the home left the scene, heading toward Muskegon Heights.

No one was injured.  Officers found evidence of illicit drug use inside the home. The homeowner is facing criminal charges and her son has been detained and charged with obstruction.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Muskegon Police Department tip line at (231) 846-8477 or Silent Observer at (231) 722-7463.

Break-in suspects surprised by resident

Break-in suspects surprised by resident

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Four teenagers are facing charges in connection to an armed break-in at a Muskegon home.

It happened at a home in the 300 block of Sumner Street around 9:15 p.m. on Jan. 21.  Police say the teenagers tried to break into a nearby home when they were surprised by one of the residents.  The suspects ran down an alley and into a vehicle.  Officers arrested the teenagers after finding two weapons in the vehicle.

The teenagers include two 15-year-old boys, a 17-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man.  All four are from Muskegon.

Anyone with additional information in this case is asked to call the Muskegon Police Department at (231) 724-6750 or Silent Observer at (231) 722-7463.

Restaurant employee accused of stealing customer credit card information

Restaurant employee accused of stealing customer credit card information

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A Taco Bell employee will face charges for using a customer’s credit card information to make purchases throughout the Muskegon County area.

On Jan. 10, officers say the suspect was working the drive through window at the Fruitport Township Taco Bell at 5425 Blueberry Lane when they took a customer’s credit card and copied down the information on it.  The employee then returned the card to the customer.

Police say the suspect presented a faulty credit card at businesses.  When the card was declined, the suspect would offer to call the credit card company to straighten things out.  The suspect would then present the handwritten account number, saying the credit card company provided that information to complete the transaction.

The Taco Bell customer saw the suspicious transactions listed on their account and contacted police, who tracked the crimes to the employee.

Police seek tips about vehicle break-in suspect

Police seek tips about vehicle break-in suspect

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  Fruitport Township police are asking for help in identifying a man suspected of breaking into a series of vehicles.

Surveillance video taken Jan. 11 shows the man stealing from unlocked vehicles in the area of Shettler and Quarterline.  Officers want to remind drivers to lock their vehicles, refrain from leaving valuables inside the car and report all suspicious activity to police.

 Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to call police at (231) 865-8477.  Anonymous tips can also be left with Silent Observer at (231) 72-CRIME or http://www.silentobservermuskegon.com/.

Norton Shores Police launch scam alerts program

Norton Shores Police launch scam alerts program

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (Norton Shores Police Department)--We are launching the NSPD SCAM ALERTS program starting November 20, 2013.  The goal of this new program is to educate the public on recent scams we have investigated.

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Muskegon Police unveil new cruiser design

Muskegon Police unveil new cruiser design

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- The first of the newly redesigned Muskegon Police cruisers is on the road.

The city clerk's office says the entire fleet will be updated as each cruiser is replaced.

The new vehicles may travel fewer miles; newly released statistics show vehicle thefts and break-ins within the city are down this year, when compared to last year.

Survivors of abuse share their stories through shirts

Survivors of abuse share their stories through shirts

MUSKEGON, Mich.--  In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, those affected by sexual/domestic abuse are encouraged to create a shirt in honor of their struggle.

Every Woman’s Place/Webster House Youth Services are hosting the series of workshops, which are open to the public.  All shirts decorated in memory of victims or in honor of survivors will be added to the Every Woman’s Place Clothesline Project collection, which currently consists of more than 400 shirts.

The color of each shirt has meaning: