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Man killed in Muskegon Heights shooting


MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Investigators are looking for the shooter who killed a man Friday afternoon in Muskegon Heights.

Marquis Grider-Sims, 22, was found in the road at Amsterdam Ave. and 9th St. with a gunshot wound around 1:30 p.m. He was taken to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

The Muskegon County Violent Crimes Task Force is working with the Muskegon Heights police on the investigation. No suspects have been identified yet.

Later Friday, the high school football game between Muskegon Heights and Muskegon Catholic Central was cancelled because of safety concerns.

Anyone with information on the killing should contact Silent Observer at 231-72-CRIME or this link.


Muskegon Co. intersection gets safety improvements


EGELSTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Muskegon County intersection where three people died in a July crash has changed.

In that crash, Michigan State Police said an 85-year-old driver ran a stop sign and pulled into a pickup's path. The 85-year-old and two female passengers in their 80's died.

After all fatal crashes here in Muskegon County, the road commission conducts a site safety survey. In this case, road engineers made preventive steps to reduce the chance of another fatal crash at this intersection.

The intersection now has new "cross traffic does not stop" signs. The stop signs are also larger. To improve visibility of the signs the road commission cut back several branches along Evanston Avenue, too. That should make the new signs more visible for drivers approaching Maple Island Road.

2 men charged in connection to Muskegon Heights shooting


MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office is charging a second man connected to several shootings in Muskegon Heights Sunday, one of which led to a man's death.

Police arrested 25-year-old Serlanding Crowley Monday. He's not charged with shooting anyone, but for lying to police. He told investigators he wasn't at the shooting scene.

Four people were shot at the East Park Manor housing complex in Muskegon Heights. One victim died, while two others remain in critical condition. A fourth victim had minor injuries and is charged for being a felon in possession of stolen ammunition.

Investigators have not released the names of the victims still in critical condition. At this time no one has been charged with the actual shooting.

Center in Muskegon Co. helping rehab birds of prey


TWIN LAKE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center in Cedar Creek Township helps dozens of birds of prey every year, including a red tailed hawk hit this week by a car in Oceana County.

Inside a large cage, two red tailed hawks are recovering. One was hit by a car near Grand Haven. "She is doing much better," said Susan Stamy with the center. The other was struck while flying across Scenic Road in Oceana County. "She has yet to fly to another perch, but both of these birds were x-rayed on Tuesday and there were no fractures."

Stamy hopes very soon both hawks can be placed on this releasing platform and to return to the wild. But, some birds that can't return to the wild become education birds.

"She is blind in her right eye and she also had a dislocated elbow that was surgically repaired," said Stamy.

Pearl Mist cruise ship docks in Muskegon for the day


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Muskegon Lake had some unexpected visitors Wednesday afternoon.

Passengers on the Pearl Mist cruise ship were supposed to dock in Holland on Lake Macatawa Wednesday morning during their trek from Chicago to Toronto. But, a Lake Michigan freighter was already docked at the site. The Pearl Mist was then rerouted to Muskegon Lake.

Busses were waiting to take the passengers to Holland for a tour of the city, including Wind Mill Island.

Muskegon Rescue Mission expanding to help more families


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The Muskegon Rescue Mission is in the midst of a renovation and building project to fill a need in its community.

The mission has started construction on a new women and family shelter. A capital campaign is underway to pay for the $1,250,000 project.

The shelter will fill a growing need to shelter family units around the country. At any time there are as many as 25 homeless families in Muskegon County. Mission leaders say this project will help them meet that urgent need, and it's just a better way to help families in turmoil.

Muskegon Hts. PD re-opening East Park Manor sub-station


MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The vice mayor in Muskegon Heights says police will be more visible in the community.

"This has to end," said city councilman and mayor pro tem Eddie Jenkins, referring to violence. To that end, the city is re-opening a police substation in the East Park Manor public housing community. City leaders and police on Friday made the decision to assign officers to this neighborhood. The substation was closed several years ago after budget cuts to the police department. "Our intention is to have a couple of officers here, or more all of the time."

That decision was made before the weekend shooting in this community that injured four men. Two remain in critical condition. One, 20-year-old Thedrick Bryant, died.