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Family Friendly MSU vs. U of M Tailgate in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore is hosting its second annual Family Friendly tailgate.

Community members are invited to watch the matchup aboard the WWII USS LST-393 Veteran's Museum moored in the harbor of Muskegon Lake in downtown Muskegon on Saturday October 25th. Doors for the event will open 30 minutes before kickoff. The benefit will include the opportunity to buy football squares, a 50/50 drawing, and raffle tickets for great prizes including a TV donated by Best Buy.

Tickets are a $25 donation for adults and $10 donation for children; children under 3 are FREE and includes admission to the tailgate party, food and a raffle ticket for the TV. The event is BYOB (bring your own beverage). Additional non-alcoholic refreshments will be available for purchase.

Big Crunch promotes Michigan apples, healthy habits

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Several West Michigan school districts worked together Friday to break a world record.

The students and teachers wanted to to set the record for the most people eating Michigan apples at once.

The yearly event is called the Big Crunch, and it started in Montague.

On Friday, students at Oakridge High School did their part to help break the record. The apples were all donated by Michigan farmers.

Oakridge health teacher Heidi Reister says it's one way to help students make healthy snack choices.

"What I think is so cool is how appreciative the kids are over an apple," Reister said. "It is healthy, and a healthy message, and that is what we are trying to do."

Muskegon County set the record last year at 19,087 apples. It will take some time to determine if the students and staff on Friday broke their own record.

Therapy dog helping children at Muskegon County Court

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Young victims of crime in Muskegon County now have a unique security blanket to take with them when they have to testify in court.

Oscar is a canine advocate at the Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office. He will support children when they talk to investigators and especially when those children testify.

"The court experience can be traumatic," explained prosecutor D.J. Hilson. "We are already seeing the benefits of what Oscar can bring not only to this office but to the community at large."

Lynn Meeuwenberg, Oscar's handler, says he's already assisted one young witness. "She said that she had butterflies, bad butterflies in her tummy." The girl and Oscar bonded outside the courtroom, then walked in as a team. "She said I forgot about my butterflies."

Muskegon lawyer gets license suspended for 3 years

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - The license of a 56-year-old Muskegon lawyer has been suspended for three years following his 2013 cocaine conviction.

Terry Nolan, one of the city's highest-profile trial attorneys, won't be able to practice again until Nov. 5, 2017. A Michigan Attorney Discipline Board hearing panel comprised of three Muskegon County lawyers announced its decision last week.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports Nolan must also follow his four-year misdemeanor probation, including monthly drug tests, counseling and a recovery group, if he doesn't want to lose his license altogether.

Railroad crossing repairs cause Norton Shores road closure

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- There could be some minor traffic issues in Norton Shores, as a project to replace a railroad crossing is underway.

The work requires a full road closure on Henry Street between Sherman and Summit until next Monday.

Posted detours will send drivers around the construction site using Sherman, Seaway, and Summit.

The work will result in a smoother crossing of the railroad tracks.

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."