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Muskegon residents work to "give a damn"

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Muskegon residents met Tuesday to discuss ways to improve some of the city's problems and its struggling image. This was the first of what will be several "Give a Damn" meetings. It's the community's way to rally and let it be known they are committed to making Muskegon safer and better.

"I moved downtown three years ago and I've worked in the city for over 14 years. But, living downtown and working downtown opened my eyes to some of the issues we face down here and tonight is just a way for all of us who do give a damn to come down here and bring up the issues and start trying to find some solutions," said Chris Drake.

Dog killed after biting man at repair shop

DALTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A worker at a Muskegon County auto repair shop shot and killed a dog that was attacking a visitor to the business.

It happened around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at Brad's Automotive in the 4100 block of Whitehall Rd.

Witnesses say an Akita dog managed to get out of a house behind the auto shop and attacked a 24-year-old man who stopped by the business.  A mechanic tried pulling the dog away from the man before another employee shot the dog, killing it.

The victim was taken to Mercy Health Hackley Hospital in Muskegon for treatment of dog bites to both of his arms.  There's no word on his condition.

Muskegon County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the incident.

Thieves steal alcohol, money from Lincoln Golf Club

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - Police in Muskegon County are investigating a break in at Lincoln Golf Club. Three male suspects in their late teens to mid twenties forced open a door on the south end of the clubhouse.

The suspects took 14 cases of beer and 14 bottles of liquor from the club, a set of golf clubs, and some money in two separate break-ins Monday night.

The first break in happened around 10:30 p.m. roughly 90 seconds after the last employee left for the night. The second entry into the golf club happened about an hour later.

One of the suspects was wearing a black t-shirt with "Guiness" printed across the chest in green letters.

Injury or talent? Volleyball team snub sparks debate

NORTH MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A volleyball tryout has sparked a fiery debate at North Muskegon High School over what kept one girl off the varsity team. Her mother says she wasn't allowed to play because of legal concerns over a previous injury, even though a doctor's note gave her the all clear. However, school officials say she was cut because of ability not health.

"I've put in work since I was 11 years old, but I won't be with the best team I ever had," says Jade Johnson, who was cut from the varsity team.

Jade had a doctor's note saying she was cleared to play volleyball with no restrictions. However, her mother Lori Johnson says the district's new varsity coach wouldn't let her daughter finish tryouts because of liability concerns over a back injury in 2010. Johnson says she was told the decision was made two weeks earlier.

Made in Michigan: Motiv Bowling

ROOSEVELT PARK, Mich. (WZZM) - A Muskegon County company is making a name for itself with bowling balls. But it's not Brunswick, which moved ball production to Mexico years ago, leaving 130 people jobless.

In our Made in Michigan report, we focus on Motiv Bowling. Click on the video link above to watch.

Protesters picket noise from church bells

Muskegon (WZZM) - Protesters lined up outside of a lakeshore church Sunday morning to try to convince the pastors to turn off the church bells.

The bell on Bluffton Church in Muskegon rings every day on the hour until 9pm.

The protesters say the noise is annoying and the pastor and his wife refuse to turn the chimes off.

The pastors say they have already turned the chimes down and that still hasn't made the protesters happy.

"We just want them to play it on Sunday and I don't think that's too much to ask," said Tina Noll, one of the protesters. "They've been unreasonable and they haven't wanted to do anything so now we're here just making sure they get the message."

"Ringing church bells at a reasonable volume is well within the city ordinances and a normal function of a normal church," said Pastor Hugh Kallen. "I'm not saying it's a religious expression issue, but it's just what churches all over the city."

Muskegon Heights' charter schools closer to enrollment goal

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM)- Muskegon Heights' new charter school system is closer to its enrollment goal.

Academy leaders held an enrollment fair Saturday, and nearly 300 people showed up. A spokesman says 80 more students signed up for the charter school system, bringing the total to 580 students. The district hopes to enroll 1,500 students by fall.