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Mother and son face charges after gunfire erupts in Muskegon

Mother and son face charges after gunfire erupts in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A 38-year-old woman and her 17-year-old son are facing charges after gunfire hit a home on the city’s south side.

Officers were called to the 1900 block of Hoyt Street just after 11 p.m. Saturday, after someone reported hearing gunfire.  Police determined the gunfire came from inside and outside a home that was hosting a teenage party.  Officers believe the people outside the home left the scene, heading toward Muskegon Heights.

No one was injured.  Officers found evidence of illicit drug use inside the home. The homeowner is facing criminal charges and her son has been detained and charged with obstruction.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Muskegon Police Department tip line at (231) 846-8477 or Silent Observer at (231) 722-7463.

SAT AM JAVA Chat w/ Jennifer and Alana: Bowling and Rykes cookie poll

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- WZZM 13's Jennifer Pascua & Alana Nehring talk about weather.

Jennifer shows how she's helping cure her son's cabin fever with a little bowling time.

They also talk with Renee Rouwhorst about the Rykes Cookie Poll for the Super Bowl. 


'Angel' credited with saving driver from water-filled ditch

'Angel' credited with saving driver from water-filled ditch

FRUITPORT, Mich.—Witnesses are crediting an “angel” for rescuing a driver after her vehicle flipped into a ditch filled with icy water.

Around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Fruitport Township Police say the woman slid off South Dangl Road near Ellis Road.  Her vehicle flipped, coming to rest upside-down in a water-filled ditch. 

One witness says a man risked his own safety to rescue the woman, wading through chest-high icy water to free the driver from her car.  Another person helped the woman into their vehicle to stay warm until officers arrived.

The driver was not injured.

Officers are cautioning drivers to take it slow on the roads- even if they appear clear, there may be black ice.

Ice two feet thick on Muskegon Lake

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Those hardy enough to fish on the frozen lakes in West Michigan are enjoying the winter.

The ice on Muskegon Lake is about two feet thick in most places, making most of the lake safe to go onto. Anglers are using all-terrain vehicles to get to shanties; a few have even driven out in four-wheel drive trucks. However emergency officials say that's not recommend.

This comes after a couple of years in a row when ice on area lakes was unpredictable. "This has been a good year, we have ice," said Wess Wagner of Muskegon County. "The last few years have been spotty and not safe. Two years ago I never even got out at all."

And the fishing is good: a Holland man caught a record-setting white perch while fishing at Muskegon Lake. It weighed just under two pounds and measured 13.25 inches.

Musk. Heights Fire Dept. hiring 8 with grant

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The full-time staff the Muskegon Heights Fire Department will soon double in size thanks to a large federal grant. The department will add eight new firefighters this spring.

A nearly $1-million grant will pay for the staff. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to help departments maintain 24-hour staffing.

"It is a two year utilization period; we actually have a 60 to 90 day waiting period, so we expect to fill these positions at least by May first," said Muskegon Heights City Manager Natasha Henderson.

The positions will be posted soon. The only other Michigan community to receiving a similar grant is in Benton Township.

Muskegon Co. biz suffers roof collapse

EGELSTON TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - A Muskegon County business is dealing with damaged equipment after their building suffered a partial roof collapse Thursday.

The roof of the steel building belonging to Gonyon Well Drilling on Chatterson in Egelston Township partially collapsed due to snow.  No one was hurt.

The building was significantly damaged and some of the businesses' equipment was trapped in the collapse.  A gas line also broke, but DTE has been able to shut off the gas.

Holland man makes record-setting catch on Muskegon Lake

Holland man makes record-setting catch on Muskegon Lake

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A Holland man has reeled in a Michigan record, with the help of a spoon.

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Aaron Slagh caught a record-setting white perch from Muskegon Lake in Muskegon County.  The fish weighed 1.93 pounds and measured 13.25 inches.  Slagh was ice fishing with a spoon when he landed the record fish, which was verified by a biologist from the Muskegon field office.

“It was just another normal day on the ice for me, as I get out as much as I can,” said Slagh. “We were actually targeting yellow perch and I thought I had a walleye. When we pulled it up we thought ‘Holy cow – that’s a big white perch!’”

Michigan’s previous white perch record was set on July 13, 2002 by Kyle Ryan on Lake Huron.  His fish weighed 1.88 pounds and measured 13.25 inches.

Slagh’s fish is the second state record-breaker caught this month.