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Prelim for Muskegon Heights murder suspect delayed


MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Lawyers representing a man accused of killing four Muskegon Heights women say they need more time to review the case.

Leon Means, 61, is charged with killing Judy Bushman and Anna Lawson on October 14. Means also faces separate charges in the 1989 murders of his estranged wife and her mother.

A preliminary examination scheduled for Wednesday was postponed. Lawyers defending Means say they are still going through police reports. Prosecutors are also waiting for full autopsy reports on the cause of Bushman's and Lawson's deaths.


Driver struck on I-96 while moving dead deer


FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man trying to drag a dead deer from I-96 was struck by another driver Wednesday morning.

The crash happened around 7:40 a.m. in the westbound lanes near Sternberg Road.

Police believe the 50-year-old man struck the deer and stopped to remove it from the highway so other drivers wouldn't run over it. He was then hit by a vehicle driven by an 80-year-old Muskegon County man.

Police found another deer at the edge of the road in the same location; they say removing an obstruction from the road is always dangerous, even for emergency workers.

Power restored to 3,400 after squirrel causes outage


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Power has been restored to nearly 3,400 people on the lakeshore following an outage Wednesday morning. The outage was caused by a squirrel that got into a substation.

There were a number of school delays and cancellations in the Muskegon area, including at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center and Muskegon Community College's Muskegon campus. Other schools, like Timberland Charter Academy dismissed students early.

Consumers energy reports power was restored around 12:30 p.m.

Click here for the Consumers Energy's Outage Map.


Woman injured after stepping into uncovered water pipe


MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) A woman walking in Muskegon Heights suffered a minor injury Tuesday afternoon after stepping into an uncovered water pipe.

The incident happened on Broadway and Jarman Street Tuesday afternoon.

The Department of Public Works tells us that the 12-inch tube is normally covered, but sometimes the covers get stolen and sold as scrap metal. The woman did not notice the cover was missing and stepped into the tube and got her leg lodged in the tube.

The DPW and Muskegon Heights Fire Department were able to free the woman. She was taken to the hospital with a minor leg injury.

The DPW says they will be getting a cover for the tube as soon as possible.


Superheroes among year's popular Halloween costumes


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Halloween is right around the corner, and that means it's time to pick the perfect costume. From pirates to ninjas, and princesses to superheros, we look at the most popular costumes of 2014.

Chantel Howell is the general manager of Party City in Muskegon. She says for her store, superheros are a big draw. They have superheros in both genders, too.

Zombies, Day of the Dead, and ninjas are also traditional big sellers, says Howell: "Our ever-popular pirate section, from guys to girls and even the children."

Still, topping the list this year are princess outfits. Howell says that Elsa from Frozen is a hot commodity, selling out as soon as they get the costume in.

Man on moped leads dozens of police on chase


NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) - Police say a Norton Shores man threatened his girlfriend and her mother, slashed tires on a car and threatened to burn down the house.

Then he jumped on a moped, and led more than a dozen squad cars with sirens wailing on a slow speed chase.

Top speed: 35 miles per hour.

The police started following the moped at about 6:45 p.m. Sunday.

When the parade of police cars rolled past the Norton Mini Mart on McCracken Street, clerk James Herbert stepped outside to get some video on his phone.

Shootings reported near Muskegon's Hackley Stadium


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for information on a possible suspect after at least two people were shot Friday evening near Hackley Stadium in Muskegon.

Officers responded to reports of shots fired near Peck St. and Irwin Ave just after 9 p.m.

The shooting was reported during the Muskegon vs. Mona Shores High School football game.

They found a 43 year old man from Norton Shores with a wound in his side. He was taken to Hackley Hospital for surgery. Right now his condition is unknown.

A 20 year old Muskegon resident turned up at the Emergency Room with a gunshot wound in his lower leg.

So far there is no information on a suspect.

Muskegon Police ask anyone with information to call the department at 231-724-6750, or Silent Observer at 231-722-7463.