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Mona Shores school employee investigated

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) - They trusted him to work with students - but tonight a school employee in Muskegan county is at the center of a criminal investigation.

The superintendent of Mona Shores Schools is sending a letter home - urging parents to talk to their children - after allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior.

It was sparked by a recent male graduate coming forward - a week later it was a full criminal investigation.

Immediately Mona Shores Superintendent Dave Peden let his employee know he's not welcome.

"I took away his access to the building through the key, " says Peden.

Mike Doyly, a paraprofessional for the school choir is accused of inappropriate sexual behavior with several boys. 

Peden sympathizes with parents worried about their children.

"I would say I have the same fear - and this is a great night to hug their kids, " says Peden.

Ex-Scout leader gets life sentence for child porn

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- The ex-leader of a popular Boy Scout camp in western Michigan will die in prison after a judge sentenced him to 95 years behind bars for child pornography.

Federal prosecutors had asked for 140 years for Scott Herrick. U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney in Kalamazoo settled on 95 Thursday, effectively a life sentence.

Herrick, 40, pleaded guilty last year to possessing child pornography and was convicted at trial of secretly videotaping boys in the locker room at a Muskegon YMCA.

Prosecutors say Herrick had more than 100,000 images of child pornography, most involving boys. Computer hard drives and pornographic videos were hidden in a ceiling at the Gerber Boy Scout Camp in Muskegon County.

Defense lawyer Chris Houghtaling asked for a 15-year sentence. An appeal is planned.

Saturday Snowshoe Hikes Offered this Winter at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park

Get the whole family outdoors for some winter fun. P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon County is sponsoring Winter Snowshoe Hikes starting at 11 a.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 14, 21, 28 and Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at the Gillette Visitor Center.

Snowshoes for the programs may be reserved from the Gillette Nature Association for a $5 fee per pair. Reservations are required to participate in the hikes, and snowshoes can be reserved at the time hike reservations are made. Space is limited. For details or reservations, call 231-798-3573.

P.J. Hoffmaster State Park is located at 6585 Lake Harbor Road in Muskegon. The snowshoe events are free; however, a Recreation Passport is required of all vehicles entering the park.

Ex-Scout camp leader faces child porn sentence

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- The former leader of a popular Boy Scout camp in western Michigan is asking a judge to cap his prison sentence for child pornography at 15 years.

Scott Herrick returns to Kalamazoo federal court Thursday afternoon. The 40-year-old pleaded guilty last year to possessing child pornography and was convicted at trial of secretly videotaping boys in the locker room at a Muskegon YMCA.

Prosecutors say Herrick had more than 100,000 images of child pornography, most involving boys. Computer hard drives and pornographic videos were hidden in a ceiling at the Gerber Boy Scout Camp in Muskegon County. Prosecutors are seeking a 140-year prison sentence for Herrick.

In a letter to the judge, the ex-Marine says he deeply regrets his actions. He's been in custody since his arrest in 2010.

Chrysler sales on the rise

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM)- Chrysler says its sales jumped 37 percent last month.

Employees at Preferred Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Norton Shores say they worked overtime in December to close deals.  The dealership had its best year for sales since 2006.  They believe Chrysler has connected with customers by offering new products, new designs, and fuel efficiency improvements.  the company also attracted new customers with incentives to buy.

The general manager of Preferred Chrysler Dodge Jeep Jim Ferenz says, "They had zero percent going for 60-months.  They had rebates of $3,000 and $4,000 on different vehicles.  So along with the good product we had they definitely had the incentives on to finish the year." 

There's no word on whether Chrysler will extend the rebates and sales incentives through January.

Muskegon gets new public safety director

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- Muskegon's police and fire departments now have a new director.  Jeffrey Lewis took over as director of public safety Tuesday. 

Lewis has more than 30-years of law enforcement experience.  Most recently he worked for the city of Milan as the police chief.

Lewis replaces Tony Kleibecker.  Kleibecker left the city in September for a job with Michigan State University. 

Water main break forces Muskegon road closure

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - A section of Sheridan Road, north of Apple, is expected to remain closed into Wednesday due to a water main break. The break was first noticed in the early Tuesday afternoon when water began to flood Sheridan, near Apple Ave.

Water from the break could be seen bubbling up from cracks in the road. At 4 p.m. a steady stream of water was still flowing down the road.

The road closure is limited to a small section of Sheridan near Apple. One westbound lane of Apple is also close to allow Muskegon Township's Department of Public Works to determine how to fix the break.