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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.

Police seek driver who hit child in stroller

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Dramatic video from a Muskegon convenience store shows a van hitting a mother and her child in the parking lot. Police are asking for the public's help to identify the driver.

"I was scared, in shock. My main concern was getting him out of there, " says Arieanna Currier, 18.

She says she was with her 1 1/2-year-old son, Elijah at Sam's Drink All in Muskegon to get groceries on June 25. A surveillance camera outside of the store, shows what happened next. As Aireanna and her sister walked across the parking lot with Elijah, a man came out of the store and got into a mini-van. As he backed up, he hit Arieanna and Elijah, who was still strapped into his stroller.

"When I was getting up, I saw my son being dragged with the stroller on the bumper," recalls Currier.

The driver stopped for a moment-- it's unclear whether he was waiting for traffic to clear on Getty Street or if he knew he had hit someone.

Man jailed following deadly Muskegon shooting

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A street shooting left a 27-year-old man dead and a 27-year-old woman in critical condition on Tuesday.

Police report that two men were arguing over property, drugs, or money at 5:30 p.m. on the 300 block of Monroe Street in Muskegon.

"At some point there was a fist fight, and then one individual pulled out a weapon," says Muskegon Police Chief Jeff Lewis.

Lewis says there were two dozen shots fired on the street. One of the men was killed after being shot in the abdomen and the other was arrested and is being held in Muskegon County Jail.

A stray bullet also struck Carmesha Rogers. Rogers' nephews and niece were playing in the street during the shooting. She and her husband, Jeremy, both rushed into the street to bring the children inside when Carmesha was struck.

Jeremy says Carmesha is in critical condition. Another bullet also left a mark on the arm of Rogers' nephew.

Friends for Life: Know your normal

(WZZM) -- It's one way to help detect breast cancer early, and goes beyong the self breast exam. A new initiative by the medical community is urging women to what's considered normal for their own body.

As part of WZZM 13's committment to reducing breast cancer deaths in our community, our Friends For Life campaign is including the Know Your Normal initiative.

WZZM 13 Health Reporter Valerie Lego sits down with Mercy Health Physician Dr. Kristen Brown to give you a clearer definition of what Know Your Normal means.