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Bash for bikers ahead of Muskegon Bike Time

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The annual Bike Time festival may be three months away, but that didn't stop bikers from stopping by Muskegon Saturday.

Riders filled the L.C. Walker Arena annex to help raise money for the ultimate event in July. It was an opportunity for motorcycle enthusiasts to check out area vendors, catch up with friends, and have some fun after a long winter.

This is the second year for the Bike Time Winter Bash, but organizers say they had to switch locations this year because of economic difficulties. Fortunately, that didn't hurt the number of people attending.

"We're lucky today's a beautiful day, people are riding their bikes, and hopefully we'll have all kinds of folks here to have a good time," said Bike Time organizer Tim Lipan.

Muskegon Bike Time kicks begins on July 15, and runs through the 17th. More than 100,000 people came out for last year's event.

Boy charged with assualting principal and student

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- An Orchard View student is in a youth detention center for allegedly punching his principal, and another student, several times.

The 16-year old was charged with two counts of assault Friday.

Muskegon Township Police believe the boy was angry about the seating arrangement on his bus.

The teenager was already on probation in Kent County.

Former police officer sues Norton Shores

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- A former Norton Shores police officer is suing the city over how his termination has handled.

Timothy Lavigne's lawyer believes city rules were violated when the former detective's termination was upheld by the city's mayor in January.

In November, Lavigne was the focus of a four week internal investigation.  The investigation was not criminal and did not involve police.

Lavigne's attorney was not available for comment on the lawsuit. 

City officials will not say why the detective was fired.

Contract awarded for Muskegon harbor dredging

MUSKEGON, Mich. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, has awarded dredging contracts for two western Michigan harbors on Lake Michigan: Muskegon Harbor and St. Joseph Harbor.

The Detroit District awarded a $396,000 contract to the King Co. of Holland, Mich., for dredging 54,000 cubic yards of material from Muskegon Harbor; and a $445,000 contract to MCM Marine, Inc., of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., for a dredging job involving 61,000 cubic yards of material to be removed from St. Joseph Harbor.

The two contractors will dredge sand, silt and organic shoal material, then deposit it on beach areas for nourishment. Work is scheduled to begin in early spring.

“These are important projects for the local economies,” said Lt. Col. Michael Derosier, district engineer. “Keeping federal navigation channels dredged to authorized depths means millions of dollars worth of commodities can be transported without interruption, keeping hundreds of people working.”

UPDATE: Muskegon Heights District Investigation

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) The President of the Muskegon Heights School Board tells WZZM 13 News he thought the district had appropriately handled issues relating to Federal Title One money at the end of last year.

Avery Burrel arrived home Thursday following a business trip out of state.  Burrel said by phone that he was surprised to hear detectives with the M.S.P.'s major case unit and members of the State Attorney General's office arrived unannounced Wednesday to seize computers and paper files.

Burell confirmed since the issue first surfaced last year one administrator has been fired. Another school administrator was "reassigned" to a new position, then left the district.
The district's attorney asked school leaders not to release the names and positions of the two former administrators.

School Board President Burrel did confirm both departures occurred in the last "couple of weeks."

Grand Rapids man charged with polygamy

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)-- A 34-year-old Michigan man is being held in the Muskegon County jail on charges of polygamy.

Police arrested Richard Leon Barton Thursday. He's accused of marrying a Grand Rapids woman in July of 2010, despite already being married to another woman in Rhode Island.

Authorities first learned about Barton when his first wife contacted them.  She apparently found his new wedding photos on Facebook. Police say Barton married his first wife after meeting her online in 2003.  She told police he left for work one day and never returned home.  She later discovered he was wanted on a parole violation in Michigan and he had been sent to prison.

WMC beats Ithaca for Class C regional championship

RAVENNA, Mich. (WZZM) - Muskegon Western Michigan Christian beat Ithaca 57-48 to capture a Class C regional championship at Ravenna High School.

The Warriors (18-7), the three-time defending Class D state champions, moved onto the state quarterfinals behind 20 points from Omari Lewis.

Western Michigan Christian faces Flint Beecher (24-2) in Tuesday's quarterfinal game at Mount Pleasant High School.