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Road construction snarls traffic on US 31

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Michigan (WZZM) - A lane closure on southbound US-31 created some traffic congestion during the Friday morning commute.

Drivers in Muskegon County should expect delays starting Friday mornings for the next three weekends.

M-DOT has multiple construction projects on US 31 from about Apple Avenue to Hile Road.

One project started this morning will fix sections of concrete. Various on and off ramps will close at times.

M-DOT is also working on a weave - merge lane near Apple Avenue and making repairs to US-31 northbound in that same area.


UPDATE: Staff member hurt during school fight

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Muskegon Police were called to break up a fight between two female students where a staff member at the school has been injured.

Police were called at about 12:30pm about a large fight at the corner of Maple Street and Ada Avenue at the Muskegon Public Schools Community Education Center.

District Superintendent Jon Felske tells WZZM 13 that an administrative assistant was escorting two girls from the building after a fight when she was knocked to the ground.  She hit her head and was knocked unconscious.  She was taken to the hospital and treated for her injury.

Felske says the district will review witness statement and take appropriate disciplinary action against the students if needed.

UPDATE: Missing Alzheimer's patient found

RAVENNA, Mich. (WZZM) - The missing Alzheimer's patient from the Ravenna area has been located.

Marilyn Baustert, 75, was found in the garage of a home on White Road about 3/4 of a mile from her home.  The residents of the home found her.

Crews say that Baustert is in good condition but has a bump on her head.

Crews and a volunteer team that was searching for Baustert have cleared the scene.


(WZZM) - The Muskegon County Sheriff's Department is searching for a missing woman, who is an Alzheimer's patient.

The Sheriff's Department says 75 year old Marilyn Baustert left a home in the 200 block of North Bossett Road sometime between 9 pm Wednesday and 3 am Thursday. She was on foot. A family member woke up and found her missing.

Marilyn Bastert is 5'3" tall and weighs 165 pounds. She has brown eyes.

If you have any information, you are asked to call 911.

MDOT dedicates rest stop to lakeshore worker

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Leaders with the Michigan Department of Transportation have renamed a Muskegon County rest stop on U.S. 31 in memory of one of the department's workers, who died in a diving accident.

MDOT director Kirk Steudle was among the officials attending Wednesday's ceremony dedicating the Timothy F. Judge rest stop on southbound U.S. 31 in Dalton Township.  Judge's widow Dawn accepted the honor on behalf of her family.

Timothy Judge, 43, was killed on June 30 while scuba diving with friends to a shipwreck in the White Lake Channel.  Judge was the first person to enter the water, but within moments friends heard him calling for help.  His body was recovered a few days later.

Previous Coverage: Diver's body found in Lake Michigan

Man robbed, shot in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Police are on the lookout for two men who robbed and shot another man outside a Muskegon apartment complex.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports the shooting happened around 9:45 Tuesday night at the Glen Oaks apartment complex on Harvey Street. Residents called 911 after hearing shots fired.

When officers arrived, they found a man laying on the ground. He was shot at least two times and told police two men he did not know robbed him. The man is recovering at a local hospital, however his condition is not known.

State police used a tracking dog but so far, no arrests have been made.

Muskegon Police arrest woman after stabbing

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Muskegon Police are questioning a woman after an argument they say led to a stabbing.

The incident happened around 3:40 p.m. Tuesday at a home in the 1100 block of First Street.

Dispatchers told officers a man had been stabbed inside the house, but they would find the victim outside of the home and the alleged attacker inside.  Initial reports said an argument had taken place between the victim and suspect.

Police found the 22-year-old victim on the ground in front of the home with a stab wound to the chest.  He was taken to a Muskegon hospital, where he was listed in good condition late Tuesday afternoon.

A 27-year-old woman was taken into custody.

Lakeshore museum director dies

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The Executive Director of the Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning.

Bryan Hughes, 59, was appointed to the leadership role in 2008. Museum board members were notified of the passing early Tuesday by museum staff in contact with the Hughes family.

Bryan Hughes was instrumental in the construction and opening of the museum's new $2-million facility along the Muskegon channel in 2008.

Museum board member Bill Seyferth said Tuesday Hughes had remarkable passion and energy for his job and the museum. He credits Hughes with expanding the museum's presence in the community during his time leading the organization.

The exact cause of death is unknown at this time.