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My Town Muskegon: Police step up patrols during Bike Time weekend

My Town Muskegon: Police step up patrols during Bike Time weekend

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (Muskegon Police Department)-- The Muskegon Public Safety Office wishes everyone a fun and safe weekend.

100,000 expected this weekend at Muskegon Bike Time


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Muskegon will be loud and colorful this weekend as the eight annual Bike Time festival returns to town. Organizers say it's the fastest growing motorcycle event in the country: back in 2007 only 20,000 people attended but this year you can expect five times that number.

With a great weather forecast, Muskegon Bike Time organizers expect big crowds all weekend. "Motorcyclists wait for the last minute and and if they see zero rain and sunshine then they will make plans to come to the lakeshore this weekend," said festival organizer John VanYck.

Attendance should top 100,000 people with 80,000 motorcycles. Bike Time does attract riders from around the country but has grown because so many Michigan residents participate.

"This is more fun than Daytona," said Randy Raines, a Jackson resident whose drag trike has a parachute and wheelie-bar.

One dead in Muskegon Co. crash


CASNOVIA TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - One person is dead after an overnight crash in Muskegon County.

Larry Dale Weener of Kent County, died in the one-vehicle crash on N. Newaygo Road near Moon Road in Casnovia Township at about 11:00pm Thursday.

Muskegon County Sheriff's deputies say that Weener was heading south on N. Newaygo Road in a Chevrolet pick-up truck when he lost control and rolled down a hill. There were no passengers in the truck.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.


Construction equipment falls into small sinkhole


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The vibrations and weight from a steel drum-roller caused the heavy machine to get stuck in a small sinkhole in Muskegon.

The incident happened in a construction zone on the ramp from southbound US-31 to M-120.

The machine is used to compact asphalt.

MDOT tells us no traffic was affected since the ramp was closed for construction and will remain closed through the weekend.


Seven years later, is Muskegon's turtle fence effective?


MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The intense debate over a $318,000, federally funded turtle fence on the lakeshore basically ended in 2007, but a WZZM 13 viewer wonders after all these years, is the fence doing what it was intended to do?

The turtle fence lines both the north and southbound lanes of U.S. 31 where the highway crosses the Muskegon River flats, preventing turtles from crossing the road and being killed.

Amy Klop asked WZZM 13 News to find out if anything has been done to test the fence's effectiveness."Is it doing what it was intended to do? We doubt it," she said.

The Michigan Department of Transportation believes the fence is 95 percent effective, based on site surveys like one done on June 5. Researchers found 11 dead turtles; two were small and able to crawl through the fence and the nine others likely died sometime in the months leading up to the survey.

Bike Time organizers predict record attendance


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Organizers of Bike Time in Muskegon say it's the fastest-growing motorcycle event in the country.

It just got underway along Western Avenue in downtown Muskegon.

Thursday night's events include a beer tent and live music.

Western Avenue will be Steel Horse Alley until Sunday.

Bike Time's John VanWyck says the event should break attendance records -- thanks in part to the forecast of great weather.

"The last couple of years, we had the threat of rain. This weekend, there just isn't anything. It is just going to be a great West Michigan weekend."

Attendance in town is expected to be about 130,000 people and 80,000 motorcycles from through Sunday.


Muskegon Heights councilman aims to quell violence


MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Muskegon Heights councilman says the community is fed up with violence.

There have been seven murders there in recent months, and Wednesday night, a meeting was held to design a response plan. The meeting room was overflowing with attendees.

Councilman Eddie Jenkins brought not just residents, but police and city officials together, too. He says a big issue he wants solved is garnering more resident support for police. He says in all his 38 years here, it's never been done.