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Muskegon leader killed in U.S. 31 pileup

UPDATE AT 10:00 P.M. (WZZM) -- The family of Bob Cutler, well-known member of the Muskegon business community, released a statement Tuesday night on his death in a 20-car pileup on U.S. 31:

Couple sentenced for food stamp fraud

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) -- The owners of a Muskegon barbeque restaurant are returning to court today for their sentence for food stamp fraud.

Mr. T's restaurant owners Ed and Yvonne Townsend pleaded guilty last fall. Their restaurant participated in the food stamp program, but the government says they paid cash to food stamp recipients in exchange for a larger swipe of the electronic benefits card.

















Fire damages Muskegon Twp. auto shop

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Firefighters are trying to determine what started a fire that heavily damaged an auto repair show.

The fire started around 6:30 p.m. Monday at Scott's Automotive in the 1200 block of Whitehall Road in Muskegon Township.

Witnesses say there were explosions coming from the building while firefighters from Muskegon Township and other departments fought the fire.

Crews are also trying to determine the extent of the damage to the building.

For lakeshore youth, MLK Day a day to volunteer

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Monday was a day off school for some students in West Michigan, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. But just because students weren't in class didn't mean they weren't working.

20 members from Mount Zion Church's youth group spent the day volunteering on this day, in honor of the civil rights leader.

The volunteers from Mount Zion unloaded a food truck which was hauling over a thousand pounds of supplies. Volunteers say giving back to their community is how they remember Dr. King's message.

Other Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Muskegon included a short march in the snowy weather, and a Keeping the Dream Alive rally.

Police look for witnesses in AM shooting

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - Muskegon Heights Police are looking for witnesses of a shooting Monday morning.

Police were called to the area of Summit and 8th Street this morning.  When they arrived, they were told that the victim in the shooting had left the scene in a green SUV.  Police caught up with the vehicle at a home a few blocks away near Sherman and 9th Street.  The victim was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries.

Police are currently working both the scene of the shooting and the location where the victim was found looking for witnesses.

We'll have more information when it becomes available.

Semi-truck and several vehicles in crash on I-96

Semi-truck and several vehicles in crash on I-96

There is a crash on I-96 Westbound in Ottawa County this morning that involved many vehicles. WZZM13's Sarah Barwacz sent these photos.

Muskegon PD find dead man on bike path

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) Muskegon Police report that a 37-year-old Muskegon man was found dead Sunday evening on an area bike path.

Police were called after someone left a tip with Silent Observer.  Officers found the man's body on a bike path behind Cole's Bakery in the 1100 block of Lakeshore Drive.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death.  The man's identity is not being released until family has been notified.

The Muskegon Police Department is asking anyone with information on this incident call us at 231-724-6750 or 231-722-7463.