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Downtown Muskegon to close for hot rods

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Parts of downtown Muskegon close at midnight in preparation for a big gathering of hot rods.

Hot Rod Magazine's Power Tour officially starts at noon Thursday. Because the Muskegon stop is so close to the tour's finish in Detroit, it could attract more than 4,500 vehicles.

Organizers in Muskegon say they've heard from other tour stops that Jay Leno and Kid Rock are following along on the tour.

 

Watershed group to begin Muskegon River voyage

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A dozen paddlers will launch a voyage of discovery early Wednesday on the Muskegon River.

Over the next 11 days, members of the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly will paddle 220 miles down the entire length of the river.

Their journey starts in Houghton Lake.

Members of the group hope to discover an appreciation for one of the states largest watersheds and find locations where they can improve the river.

In the past, the group has restored shorelines, removed an old dam, and built rain gardens.

The voyage ends on Saturday, June 18th at Fisherman's Landing on Muskegon Lake.

Muskegon leaders study plan to convert prison

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Muskegon County commissioners continue to work toward a solution to solve jail overcrowding issues.

The public safety committee Tuesday approved the first step in a plan to bring in a consultant that specializes in jail and prison issues.

The elected officials want a non-biased opinion on whether they should pursue a plan to transform a vacant state prison in Muskegon into a county jail.

Recently, a group of county leaders and members of the sheriff department toured the state facility.

"This will be bringing in a professional group of outsiders to look at the issues here and see what their recommendation is," says Dan Stout, Muskegon County's undersheriff.

The analysis could start as early as this month.

The study would include cost estimates for converting the prison into a jail.

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Gun Buy-Back program coming to Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Muskegon community leaders announced a Gun Buy-Back event coming up to hopefully help end the gun violence over the last few weeks.

Police, prosecutors, and church leaders announced the June 25th event Monday morning.  The Gun Buy-Back event will be held at Corinthians Baptist Church in Muskegon Heights from 10a.m. - 2p.m.  Leaders say they know that the event won't stop the violence, but every little bit helps.

The group of leaders also announced the forming of a social justice commission.  The commission is going to explore more partnerships to help quell recent violence they say is being caused by a handful of bad youth in the community.

The group informally launched last summer, during a string of violence. 

There have been five shootings in the Muskegon area in the last couple of weeks.

Teen charged with shootings at Pere Marquette Park

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- Police in Muskegon have arrested a teenager they say fired shots at Pere Marquette Park on Memorial Day.

Larry Diggs, 19, was arraigned Monday for assault with a dangerous weapon and possessing a firearm while committing a felony.  Diggs is accused of firing a gun out of a car window in the 1600 block of Beach Street last Monday.  The shots hit cars parked in Pere Marquette Park.  Nobody was injured.

Police say 22-year old Daris Jefferson of Muskegon was driving the car.  A warrant has been issued for his arrest though officers have not found him yet.

Hot Rod Power Tour to cruise the lakeshore Thursday

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- The Hot Rod Magazine's 2011 Power tour will be cruising the Lakeshore-Muskegon this week.

It's considered to be the finest high-end automotive tour in the world.

Chairman of Crusing the Lakeshore, John Van Wyck and West Michigan Street Rod Association member Charlie McMullen stopped by the Weekend Morning News to share details.

For more information, click HERE.