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Abandoned Muskegon home torn down


MUSKEGON, Mich., (WZZM) -- The biggest city on the lakeshore is battling blight by tearing down abandoned houses.

Crews in Muskegon tore down a house Tuesday at the corner Isabella and Wood. It's located in one of the roughest neighborhoods in the city.

The house had been abandoned for several years and there have been numerous shootings in that area.

"Something needed to be done with it. Fixed up. Torn down, whatever, says Clifton Gause. The Muskegon resident says people would just hang out. It was across the street from a liquor store.

Muskegon Public Safety Director Jeffrey Lewis says, "It became a haven for people to stand on porches. There was a lot of litter around the property. We believe these homes are connected to our crime rate and when we beautify the neighborhood, we see crime move out or dissipate in those areas."

Missing Ravenna teen found dead, family confirms suicide


RAVENNA, Mich. (WZZM) -- Bullying is being blamed for a Muskegon County teenager's suicide. Heidi Horn's family confirmed her death Tuesday night, saying she couldn't take the bullying any longer.

Late Tuesday afternoon Michigan State Troopers issued an alert asking for help finding the 15-year-old girl. They called a news conference for just after 6 p.m., pushed it back one hour, then gave vague information about Heidi being found.

We reached out to Heidi's family, who again confirmed she had taken her own life. Her step-sister responded saying, "Heidi was a very, very sweet girl but she didn't dress like other kids at school or listen to the same music. Growing up, life wasn't easy. She was a tough girl, but after so long couldn't handle it. She was loved by many, especially her family."


Muskegon man, 88, shot outside home


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- An elderly Muskegon man is in serious condition after being shot in the torso Sunday night.

Police say they were called to the 200 block of Sumner Street at about 8:15 p.m.

James Modisette, 88, was found outside, conscious and alert. He told police he had heard noises outside of his home and when he went outside, he was shot once.

Modisette is reported to be in serious, but stable condition at a local hospital.

Police are still looking for a suspect. Anyone with information should call the Muskegon Police Department as (231) 724-6750 or Silent Observer at (231) 722-7463.

Muskegon voters to consider library funding


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Voters are being asked to approve a bond proposal to make improvements to Hackley Public Library.

The City of Muskegon, the county, and the State of Michigan together are asking voters to approve borrowing $3.2 million. The money would be used to make repairs and update mechanical systems, including the 1964 boiler and many of the radiators. If passed, it will cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $27 annually.

Hackley Public Library Director Martha Ferriby said the building really needs better windows, too.

"They are double pane, but they leak. The hardware is going out, and the window sills have rotted. We need to make this library more energy efficient, save the taxpayers a lot of money, and preserve the building, because water coming in is not a good thing."

If passed, the bond proposal would last for 15 years.


Residents, council members concerned over violent crimes



MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) – Muskegon Heights council members addressed safety concerns and pushed for more progress, following Tuesday's double murder.

"It went from the street and the drive by violence to domestic occasions now," said Councilman Eddie Jenkins. "Really bad domestic violent occasions."

Until recently, Jenkins lived just doors down from 62-year-old victim Judy Bushman.

Another council member, Anthony McDonald, who works at a local funeral home told WZZM 13 that the violence and crime needs to end immediately and it's up to the public to take a stand.

"We really need the help from the community," McDonald said. "Because a lot of the times when we get the call [the crime] has already been done."

Muskegon Catholic Central extends winning streak


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Muskegon Catholic Central extended its winning streak to 20 games after shutting out Detroit Country Day 30-0 Friday night.

The Crusaders, ranked No. 1 in Division 8, improved to 8-0 after holding the Yellow Jackets to 82 yards rushing.


Muskegon notches easy win over Reeths-Puffer


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Muskegon jumped out to an early lead and rolled to a 37-6 victory over Reeths-Puffer Friday night.

The Big Reds, led by Caleb Washington's 142 yards and two touchdowns, upped their record to a perfect 8-0.