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Who's aboard the 230 foot super yacht in Muskegon Lake?


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Around Muskegon, people are talking about 'Freedom' but not because it's almost the Fourth of July.

Freedom is the name of a super-yacht anchored on Muskegon Lake. The 230 foot luxury yacht pulled in Thursday and is anchored in the middle of the lake, near the Muskegon Yacht Club and Muskegon Lake channel.

Freedom is larger than the 192-foot Lake Express ferry. It's believed to be traveling north from Chicago; earlier this week the ship was anchored off Saugatuck.

Muskegon resident Laura Kies says it's impressive even from shore. "I have never seen one that high. I was in Florida and did see Judge Judy's and her yacht is called the 'Splendid Lady,' but it is long and not that high. This is neat with the helicopter pad and everything on it."

Up to 4 could face charges following Muskegon shooting


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Four people have been charged so far following Tuesday's shooting on the 400 block of E Isabella Ave. in Muskegon.

Kwaleam Pinkly, an 18-year-old Muskegon man, was shot in the arm and chest. He was taken to Mercy Health Hackley Campus, where he had surgery and was reported Thursday to be in fair condition.

Muskegon County's Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Timothy Maat, said Floyd Banks and Brooks Dawson Jr. are both charged with attempting to interfere with a witness providing information in a criminal investigation and being a fourth-time habitual offender. Carl Adams is charged with lying to a police officer in a felony investigation, being a second-time habitual offender, and possession of marijuana. Lamauri Dent is charged with tampering with evidence.

Muskegon City Manager's wife gets PPO against him


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The wife of Muskegon City Manager Frank Peterson has taken out a personal protection order against her husband.

The two are going through a divorce.

In court documents, Sarah Peterson alleges her husband follows her around the house, takes her keys and on one occasion put his hand on her shoulder.

Frank Peterson says the claims are false and misleading and he has filed a request to have the PPO terminated.

In the meantime, he's ordered not to have contact with his wife and not to go to their home.


Muskegon commissioners put 4-mill tax question on November ballot


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - City staff in Muskegon say streets in their community are in need of $72 million dollars in repairs. And come November, city residents will be asked if they're willing to pay more in taxes to pay for road improvements.

The millage request was approved Tuesday evening by the Muskegon City Commission. If approved by voters, home- and business-owners would see a four-mill property tax increase starting in 2015.

Muskegon City Manager Frank Peterson says the new tax dollars would be dedicated to road related improvements, including "street reconstruction, street resurfacing, curbs and gutters where needed, and street lighting."

Peterson says he believes community opinion seems in favor of the tax increase.

Muskegon resident Shari Bell says avoiding pot holes in her hometown is difficult.

Two shot in Muskegon County


MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man was critically hurt Tuesday afternoon in a shooting near the intersection of Hume Ave. and Reynolds St.

Witnesses say around 2:25 p.m. someone fired a single shot and struck a man in the head.

There were conflicting reports from witness about whether the victim or the shooter was on a bicycle.

Police are withholding the victim's name until family is notified.

In the 5 o'clock hour, Muskegon Police responded to the 400 block of E Isabella Ave., where an 18-year-old man was shot in the torso.

Capt. Shawn Bride said in a statement that the victim was taken to Hackley Hospital for surgery. His condition is unknown at this point. Capt. Bride made no mention of a suspect but said detectives are investigating.

Authorities say there appears to be no connection between the two incidents.

Muskegon proposes millage increase to fix roads


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- City leaders are hearing the public's opinion Tuesday evening on a proposed millage increase.

Commissioners are asking for a November ballot measure to raise the millage rate from 10 to 14 mills. They plan to use the money to fix and maintain roads.

You may remember the City of Grand Rapids just passed a tax increase extension for road funding. Voters approved the measure last month, which extends the tax extension until the year 2030.


CDC: Black mold can cause respiratory problems


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- We're still waiting to hear from the people who run a Muskegon hotel where workers walked off the job over the weekend.

Those workers claim there is black mold inside the Victory Inn & Suites on Henry Street.

We've made repeated attempts to contact the hotel's management, but they haven't made any comment yet.

One of the major concerns about black mold is how it affects your health.

If you research black mold on the internet, you'll get a lot of conflicting information.

Some sites say it causes cancer others say it's not even toxic.

The most reliable information WZZM 13's Valerie Lego found on black mold is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They conducted several studies and confirm there are some health concerns associated with black mold.