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Three arrested for home invasion with assault rifle

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police say they found a loaded assault-style rifle in a vehicle that fled the scene of a home invasion.

Around 5 a.m. Thursday, witnesses say several armed men kicked in the door of a home in the 100 block of East Forest Avenue. A 36-year-old man and his 53-year-old mother inside were not hurt.

The victims called Muskegon Police with a description of a Silver Chevrolet Equinox. Officers pulled over the suspects nearby at Webster Avenue and First Street and arrested three men.

Two of the suspects, a 26-year-old man and a 21-year-old man are from Wyoming, while the third subject is a 19-year-old man from Grand Rapids.

Police were able to locate evidence both at the scene and in the getaway vehicle that connected the trio to the home invasion. The suspects are lodged in the Muskegon County Jail on various felony charges. Their names will be released following arraignment.

Barnaby's Alternative Five

What: Papercuts
Where: Muskegon Museum of Art
When: Now through March 16
Cost: $7, $5 Student Under 17 Free
www.muskegonartmuseum.org 

What: Monster City Park Opens
Where: Cannonsburg
When: Saturday 11a-3p
Cost: Lift ticket
www.cannonsburg.com

What: The Road to America's Got Talent
Where: Wege Theatre
When: Saturday 5-8:30p
Cost: $5 Kids 10 & under are free
www.grsgottalent.com 

What: "Into the Mind" Ski Film Fest
Where: Wealthy Theatre
When: Saturday 7p
Cost: $10 Advance $12 Day of
www.grcmc.org/theatre

 

Muskegon woman charged for Medicaid Fraud

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) - 11 people statewide, including one person from Muskegon, have been charged with allegedly abusing the Medicaid-funded Independent Living Services Program.

Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the felony charges Friday.  The 11 individuals are charged Medicaid Fraud for amounts ranging from $800 to $28,000.  Marilyn Oakes, 57, of Muskegon, was charged for Medicaid Fraud of just over $5000.

The Attorney General's Office says that all 11 defendants improperly received Medicaid funds intended to pay for home help services for Medicaid beneficiaries. In several cases, the defendants, who were often family members of the Medicaid beneficiaries, allegedly received checks for services rendered to the beneficiaries after they died.

Citizens with additional information that may assist this investigation, please contact Attorney General Schuette's Health Care Fraud Division at 517-241-6525.

211 busy with calls about snow shoveling help

ROOSEVELT PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- The snow has stopped falling, leaving behind sidewalks covered with deep snow. While one lakeshore community tells its residents not to worry about the snow, another requires its residents to clear the snow.

In Roosevelt Park, city workers clear sidewalks for residents. "We just purchased a new trackless side walk plow last year," said city manager Anthony Chandler. "We can get through the entire city in one day."

City leaders believe the service is important to continue. "This is a service that they have been doing here for a long time and I do not see any end to it in the near future," said Chandler.

But in Muskegon the work is the responsibility of residents.

William Oakes shoveled his side walk early Thursday morning, but around the city, many sidewalks are still covered in deep snow.

"Some people do not shovel and you have to walk into the street," explained Oakes.

Record turnouts for Muskegon Winter Sports Complex

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- One place not complaining a bit about the cold and snow is the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, which is enjoying one of its most active seasons since it opened 29 years ago.

Officials say they've sold a record number of season passes and the luge reservations this winter have been very strong. The Winter Sports Complex got one of its earliest starts ever, thanks to the cold weather and excessive snowfall West Michigan received prior to Thanksgiving.

The Winter Sports Complex offers four sports for the winter enthusiasts: ice skating, show shoeing, cross-country skiing and luging. It also hosts events.

Vehicle problems rampant in extreme cold

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The cold is creating a lot of problems for drivers before they even hit the road.

In Muskegon County we found a number of people struggling to get out of the driveway. Carlotta Garza had a doctor's appointment and he says she fell into a drift scraping off her windows and then discovered the only way into her van was through the back hatch.

"It started, but I had to climb in from the back to get to the front because my doors are froze," Garza told WZZM 13's Jon Mills.

Mills also had auto problems Tuesday morning when he lost the clip that attaches both windshield wipers to his windshield.

Auto stores have also been busy with a lot of cold weather requests, everything from batteries to wiper blades.

Daycare death investigation completed

Daycare death investigation completed

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  Fruitport Township Police have completed their investigation into the sudden death of an infant at an in-home daycare facility back in September.

On Sept. 10,  5-month-old child had been sleeping in a Graco Playard in a bedroom inside the daycare when his mother arrived to pick him up and found him unresponsive and not breathing.  CPR was attempted while firefighters, paramedics and police rushed to the scene. However the infant was pronounced death at Hackley Hospital.

The autopsy lists the case as Sudden Unexplained Infant Death.  Investigators found no signs of trauma to the child or any other children at the daycare, located in Fruitport Township.  The report is being forwarded to the Muskegon County prosecutor for review, which is routine in cases like this.