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Man arrested in shooting death of Peggy Everett

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ishmail James Autman, 23, is being charged with open murder, but according to Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson, he is not the person who shot Peggy Sue Everett last week in Muskegon Heights.

Autman and Everett were at least friends, but possibly in a more serious relationship.

The two were in Everett's minivan together at the time of the shooting on June 30.

An arrest warrant for Autman includes open murder and possessing a firearm while committing a felony.

Court staff at the Muskegon County Hall of Justice say he should be arraigned by video Monday afternoon.

According to investigators, Autman and Everett were in Muskegon Heights together to commit a crime. Peggy Everett was driving at the time of the shooting.

Muskegon hosting Lakeshore Art Festival Friday, Saturday

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Lakeshore Art Festival began Friday in downtown Muskegon.

This is the third year of the event, which includes a record number of exhibitors.

In addition to booths of art and crafts, visitors can experience interactive art stations, watch street performers, and enjoy food from nearly 20 vendors.

It continues through Saturday.

Learn more about the event at this link.


17 Muskegon High students graduate Mich. Youth Leadership Academy

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Seventeen young men from Muskegon High are now graduates of the Michigan State Police Michigan Youth Leadership Academy.

The five-day academy in Lansing provides the young men with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and build positive relationships with law enforcement officers.

The teens from Muskegon ran before sun-up, learned how to dress for success, and completed a basic scuba diving class. Now, they're expected to set a positive example for others teens in Muskegon.

Muskegon High sophomore Taylor Smith said it taught him to be a role model by, "encouraging other people; do not walk around and follow one person -- just be yourself; and help out other people."

"The hardest part was waking up every morning at 5 a.m.," said junior Kalil Pimpleton. "I was not used to that."

Bayer investing $50M in Muskegon plant

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Bayer Crop Science is expanding its manufacturing facility on the lakeshore.

The company will invest $50 million to increase production of the site's flagship product, Liberty Herbicide.

The products is used by farmers around the world to control weeds in corn and soybean fields.

The expansion at the plant at 1740 Whitehall Rd. will take about two years to complete; it's expected to result in greater job security for the 73 workers at the facility.

Woman dies after being shot in the head

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman shot in the head while driving in Muskegon Heights has died after being removed from life support.

Peggy Sue Everett, 36, was driving a minivan north on 8th Street near Broadway when she was shot around 6 p.m. Tuesday. She died Wednesday night.

A Michigan State Police K-9 team searched the neighborhood Wednesday and an MSP mobile crime lab was processing Everett's van for evidence.

Investigators from the major crimes task force in Muskegon County are assisting Muskegon Heights detectives with the case.

So far, no arrests have been made in the shooting.

Everett lived in the city of Muskegon, where her children attend school. She worked as a school bus driver for Oakridge Public Schools.

Muskegon Co. deputy back on duty after dismissal

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- A sergeant with the Muskegon County Sheriff's Department is back on duty after he was dismissed for not following policy.

The unnamed sergeant was put on administrative leave in May, after the quick release of Ottawa County Corrections Deputy Dennis Smith less than two hours after Smith's arrest for suspected drunk driving.

The Muskegon County Sergeant and the Fraternal Order of Police appealed the dismissal, and the sheriff rescinded his decision on Wednesday.

Police say Smith was driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.17 or higher, making him to be eligible to be charged under Michigan's super-drunk law.

Woman shot in head in Muskegon Heights

Several law enforcement agencies responded after the shooting was reported around 6 p.m. on 8th St. near Broadway Ave.

Police say Peggy Sue Everett, 36, was shot in the head. As of Wednesday morning, she is in critical condition.

Everett was driving a minivan when someone, described by officers as a young black male, fired on the vehicle. No one else in the van was hurt.

No arrests have been made so far.

Muskegon Heights, Muskegon, and Michigan State Police are among agencies that responded.