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Abandoned houses a problem in Musk. Hgts.

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Vacant homes in Muskegon Heights have some concerned homeowners calling for action.

William Baker and his wife own a home in the area and are concerned saying the vacant houses are drawing unwanted visitors to the neighborhood.

Baker says the blight has been an issue for years. The homes are not boarded up or maintained, making them easy targets for squatters or criminals.

"My worry is that somebody or someone is going to get raped, hurt, killed. Or someone could die of a drug overdose-- run in and use whatever they've got and end up being dead in there," says Baker.

Baker says the vacant homes also pose a danger for children in the neighborhood. "About a year ago a little girl was leaving school and she was attempting to cut between these two properties," said Baker. "She ran out screaming and I happened to be on my porch and said 'what's wrong with you?' And she said 'there's some guy in the window.'"

Muskegon Police arrest teen in stroller hit & run

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Muskegon Police have arrested a teenager in connection with a hit and run accident involving a baby in a stroller.

Surveillance video from a convenience store shows a van backing into a woman and her young son in late June. Neither the woman nor her child were seriously hurt, but the driver left the scene.

Muskegon Police tell WZZM 13 that officers arrested one person Friday afternoon and are in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant for another person in the vehicle.

The Muskegon County Prosecutor tells WZZM 13 the person arrested is a 17-year-old passenger in the vehicle. The driver, a 20-year-old man has not yet been arrested.

The Prosecutor says when arrested, the driver will be charged with two misdemeanor counts of leaving the scene of an injury accident and a charge of driving without a license. It's not clear what charges the passenger will face.

4 charged with weapons violations in fatal shooting

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Four Muskegon felons each face multiple gun charges stemming from Tuesday afternoon's street fight and deadly shooting.

The incident resulted in one man's death and critical injuries to a young mother. Prosecutors say the investigation into each man's role in the shooting continues.

Witnesses tell WZZM 13 the gathering Tuesday afternoon on Monroe Avenue was intended to be a fist fight between two men. But others joined in and everyone involved was carrying a gun. It wasn't long before guns came out and shots rang out.

The first of four suspects arrested in connection to the shooting went before a judge Friday morning. Derrick Golden, 33, was arraigned on two felony gun charges. Prosecutors say Golden was in close proximity to the shooting.

13 Friends for Life changes Muskegon woman's life

(WZZM) -- It was over 15 years ago that WZZM 13 started our monthly reminders. On the 13th of every month remind your Friend for Life to do a monthly breast self exam.

On October 13, 1998 Valerie O'Brien of Muskegon saw our Friends for Life message and did her very first breast self-exam.

It changed her life.

Watch the video above to hear Valerie's story.

















Muskegon man to be charged in deadly shooting

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Three men are in custody in connection with the street fight that escalated into a deadly shooting Tuesday afternoon.

Now the Muskegon County Prosecutor was ready to charge one of the men involved.

Derrick Golden, 33, will be arraigned Friday on two felony gun charges. Because of his criminal history, if found guilty he could go back to prison for the rest of his life.

The two other men are expected to be charged with participating in the fight that preceded the gunfire on Monroe Avenue.

Alexis Brown, 27, was killed in the shooting. Bystander Carmesha Rogers, also 27, was hit in the head by a stray bullet and remains in critical condition at a Muskegon hospital.

Muskegon 'making real progress' in rebuilding downtown

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Leaders of more than two dozen lakeshore communities gathered in Muskegon this week to focus on revitalizing their local economies.

The "Creating Vibrant Coastal Communities" workshop was a two-day conference at Muskegon's Holiday Inn. Participants discussed key elements needed to attract and retain talented workers in their hometowns.

Presenters complimented the strides made in Grand Rapids over the last two decades. They also praised the work being done right now to strengthen Muskegon's downtown.

"Muskegon started a little later, but it is making some real progress by rebuilding a real downtown. Focusing on waterfront is also important because Michigan has a lot of communities with waterfront assets, some of which we have taken advantage of and some of which we have not," said Mark Wyckoff with the Land Policy Institute at Michigan State University.

Child, two adults jump from burning building

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A young child and two adults are hospitalized after jumping from the window of a burning two-story apartment.

The fire began around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 2300 block of Jarman Street.

The Muskegon Heights Fire Chief tells WZZM 13 a hot moped engine likely kindled the fire on the first floor of the building.

Three people jumped from the second story. They are hospitalized with unknown injuries.

The fire caused about $20,000 in damage.