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Two big lottery winners in Muskegon

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) - The Michigan Lottery announced that two Muskegon residents claimed prizes of over $100,000 Wednesday.

Lori Seng won $107,969 playing Club Keno with The Jack at Pat's Roadhouse on S. Getty Street. Seng works at the restaurant and won while on her break. She went to Lansing Wednesday to claim her prize.

Another player from Muskegon won $105,000 in the Saturday evening Fantasy 5 drawing. That person bought the winning ticket at the Plumb's on W. Sherman. That winner chose to remain anonymous, according to the lottery.

Crews battle overnight structure fire in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A family of six is without a home after an overnight fire on Apple Avenue.

It happened near the corner of Forest Road around 2 o'clock Thursday morning. When firefighters arrived on the scene they say part of the home was fully engulfed in flames.

Three adults and three children all made it out of the home okay. The homeowner believes the fire started in the laundry room, but there's no word at this time on what may have caused the fire.

The deputy fire chief tells WZZM 13 News that the home is a total loss. The Red Cross is stepping in to help the family.


Governor adds Muskegon County to disaster declaration

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Governor Snyder has added Muskegon County to the list of those covered by a disaster declaration related to April's flooding.

The declaration issued April 17 initially covered Newaygo and Osceola counties. Wednesday, the Governor added Isabella, Mecosta, Missaukee, Muskegon, Roscommon and Wexford counties.

The Governor's declaration authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division to coordinate state response and recovery efforts.

My Town: Norton Shores among best places for home ownership in Michigan

My Town: Norton Shores among best places for home ownership in Michigan

FOREST HILLS, Mich.—West Michigan is home to six of the top ten best places for home ownership in Michigan.

That’s according to a new report out by the consumer advocacy website,  NerdWallet.  The publication based its rankings on home ownership rates, monthly homeowner costs, monthly household income and population growth.  The rankings are as follows:

  • #1: New Baltimore
  • #2:  Forest Hills
  • #3: Jenison
  • #4: Lambertville
  • #5: East Grand Rapids
  • #6: Norton Shores
  • #7: Holt
  • #8: Northview
  • #9:  Cutlerville
  • #10: Allen Park

To see the entire report, click here.

2nd person charged with murder of Musk. Hts. teen

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - A second person has been charged in the murder of Muskegon Heights teen.

Rhyeim Beasley had previously been charged with lying to police in the murder of Marquis Gresham in April. Monday, prosecutors charged him with open murder. saying the new charge is the result of the on-going investigation.

Beasley is being held in the Ottawa County Jail to keep him away from the other man charged in the Gresham case, Shundarius Lawson. He was charged on April 30 and is being held on $1 million bond.

Police say they were already looking for Lawson who didn't appear in court for a separate home invasion charge.

My Town Muskegon: Chamber of Commerce celebrates new farmers market

My Town Muskegon: Chamber of Commerce celebrates new farmers market

MUSKEGON, Mich.—The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the new Muskegon Farmers Market and all the people who made it a reality during a special breakfast at the market May 23.

The market, located at Western Avenue and Terrace Street, opened to the public last weekend, with the help of more than 50 vendors. The new venue has a stage for live music and indoor stalls that will be used year-round. A grand opening and ribbon cutting will take place on May 24.

“Business for Breakfast at the Farmers Market” will include a presentation by the executive director of Downtown Muskegon Now about the progress being made to revitalize and rebuild downtown Muskegon. The cost is $18 per chamber member and $30 for general admission.  The event will begin at 7 a.m. with networking, followed by a 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. program.  To register for the event, click here.

Softball teams raise funds for Gresham funeral

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Friends and family said goodbye Friday to the Muskegon Heights teenager killed last week in a drive-by shooting.

Marquis Gresham was remembered at his funeral at Muskegon Heights High School. He played on the school's basketball team, leading the Tigers to the state semi-finals this year.

Shundarius Lawson, 20, is charged with open murder in Gresham's death.

The varsity softball teams at Western Michigan Christian and Muskegon Catholic Central this week raised $3,000 for Gresham's funeral, and Friday -- after a double-header -- the coaches participated in a cold water challenge, plunging into Lake Michigan.

We spoke with them about their teams got involved. Jeff Nestell coaches Western Michigan Christian.