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West Michigan reclaims apple crunching record

West Michigan reclaims apple crunching record

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—  West Michigan has recaptured a Guinness World Record, with the help of 19,087 apples.

After crunching the numbers, organizers of October’s world record attempt determined 19,087 children from West Michigan simultaneously bit into an apple, shattering New Zealand’s previous record. All 12 school districts in Muskegon County took part in the October 24th event, along with schools in Shelby, South Haven and Otsego.

“We are very excited to have exceeded our goal of 18,000,” commented Montague and Whitehall School Districts’ Food Service Director Dan Gorman, who also serves as the chair of the 1 in 21 Healthy Muskegon County School Committee. “This event is a great way to make healthy eating fun and to remind our community about our local agriculture and access to fresh local produce.”

Phone lines out at Muskegon City Hall, DPW

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Phones lines to the Muskegon City Hall and Department of Public Works are out at this hour due to a line being cut.

Muskegon Police say that the major fiber line on Apple Avenue was cut.  Calls are not available going in or out and the city is having other connectivity issues right now as well.

There is no current time frame of when the problems will be fixed.

We'll have more updates when they become available.

MHSAA football state semifinal sites announced

 

These are the pairings for Saturday's semifinal football games. All games at 1 p.m. unless noted.

Division 1

Flint Carman-Ainsworth (11-1) vs. Clarkston (11-1) at Lake Orion.

Novi Detroit Catholic Central (10-2) vs. Detroit Cass Tech (12-0) at Troy Athens.

Division 2

Muskegon (11-1) vs. Portage Central (12-0) at East Kentwood.

Birmingham Brother Rice (12-0) vs. Detroit King (10-1) at Wayne State.

Division 3

Zeeland West (11-1) vs. Stevensville Lakeshore (9-3) at Vicksburg.

DeWitt (12-0) vs. St. Clair (11-1) at Goodrich.

Division 4

Comstock Park (12-0) vs. Grand Rapids South Christian (11-1) at Rockford.

Lansing Sexton (12-0) vs. Marine City (11-1) Ortonville Brandon.

Division 5

Do you recognize these Muskegon Heights robbers?

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police hope surveillance video will generate tips leading officers to two robbery suspects.

The Muskegon Heights Police Department provided video from the robbery at the Hackley Liquor Store on Hoyt Street.

Two gunmen with covered faces are seen holding up the store. Police want viewers to look closely at the mannerisms of the men, what they're wearing, and the way they move.

Friday night WZZM 13 talked to Paul Singh, the clerk on duty that night. "They told me 'Give me money otherwise I shoot you!'"

Police say the robbers came into the popular Muskegon Heights store just after midnight while a woman and her teenage daughter were at the counter making a purchase.

"I was working back there stocking wine and I heard something. I came outside and saw they got a gun on Tom and I hide back there-- I don't want to come to the front," recalled Singh.

Hunter on opening day: 'Best buck of my life'

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Opening day of deer hunting season started with a bang Friday morning and brought hundreds of hunters to state game areas in West Michigan.

However, some spots in Muskegon County were slower than usual, because of concerns about a deer disease from last year.

It's that time of year, when the woods become a playground for thrills and adventure. For fathers and sons like Matthew and Mark Booher, it's something special to share.

One of them gets to feel young again. "I'm still a kid you know," says Mark Booher as he laughs. The other is proud to be all grown up. "Looked up and all of a sudden said, 'Oh shoot-- a buck!' and pulled my gun out and shot him real quick," says Matthew Booher.

"This was his second deer killed, two years in a row," says Mark.

Ravenna sisters arraigned in hit man case

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP/WZZM) -- Two sisters in Muskegon County have been arraigned after authorities say they tried to hire a hit man to kill the husband of one of the women.

Diane Hart, 45, and Vickie Brill, 50, of Ravenna appeared in court Friday on solicitation to murder charges. A judge set $100,000 bond for each and said they'll get court-appointed lawyers.

Authorities say Hart's husband told police he learned from a relative about plans to kill him. A hearing is scheduled for Nov. 27.

Police say the women met Wednesday in a Norton Shores parking lot with an undercover officer. It was there that investigators say an agreement was reached. Prosecutors say $5,000 was to be paid for the killing, with jewelry used as a down payment.

 

Video shows student attack on bus

WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) -- A video taken by a Whitehall student shows a classmate being beaten-up on the school bus. Now the aggressors are facing possible assault charges.

Both boys are freshman at Whitehall High School. The alleged victim's sister, Breeanna Morgan, heard the details. "I have not watched and I will not. I saw my stepdad's reaction. He never cries, and it was very emotional to see."

The video starts with a countdown from the person who is recording it. Then, one of the boys can be seen hitting another boy several times. About a minute later, you can see another boy hit the victim in the head with his knee.

The bus driver called 911. Muskegon County Sheriff's investigators say the two aggressors are brothers.

"You're pinning him down and kicking him in the head. You think you're funny-- you're not funny," said Morgan.