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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.

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Women and Firearms sales on the increase in Muskegon

Women and Firearms sales on the increase in Muskegon

I have been reading a whole bunch of articles lately about how Female Hunters are on the rise. Handgun sales have been on the rise also with females up 20% from 2010. Peg, co-owner at Gary's Guns in Muskegon, has been helping more an more women with their handgun purchases. She said she feels she gets a lot of word of mouth from other women who have purchased their guns from her in the past. She also said  women feel more comfortable in general, to purchase a handgun from another female.

Between 2004 and 2009, the number of women hunting with firearms jumped 50%, from 2 million to 3 million, according to the National Sporting Goods Association. Bow-hunting women climbed from 500,000 to 800,00 and female target shooters increased from 4.3 million to 4.7 million.

Muskegon man will be charged with open murder

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- A man is in jail in connection with a murder in Muskegon. Police arrested Steven Hendricks, 27, Thursday.

The assistant count prosecutor says Hendricks will be charged with open murder in connection with the Sunday shooting of Eddie WIlson.  The 24-year old was shot in the head after pulling into the parking lot for the Sons of Norway lodge.

It was one of at least five shootings in Muskegon and Muskegon Heights that happened within a week.  Another man was killed near a church parking lot earlier in May.

A group of Muskegon County leaders called the Social Justice Commission will announce ways to fight the rising violence on Monday.

Meeting to stop the violence next week

MUSKEGON, Mich (WZZM) - Community leaders in Muskegon next week will announce progess in their efforts to fight violent crimes.

Those leaders have formed a Social Justice Commission which includes police, prosecutors and faith-based groups. The effort started last summer after a series of murders. Just last month, there were multiple shootings in Muskegon and Muskegon Heights that resulted in two deaths.

On Monday, the commission will announce ways to coordinate community efforts to fight crime, particularly gun violence.

WZZM 13 News will be following this story on Monday and will have more details next week.

$6M coming to clean up former refinery

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- About $6 million is expected to help speed the cleanup of a former refinery site in western Michigan that's leaking contaminants into the Muskegon River and Bear Creek.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is expected to get the money starting this fall to map and remove tainted soil from the sprawling, polluted former Zephyr Oil property. More funding could come later.

The money is part of the recently completed state budget. The state-owned Zephyr site is in Muskegon Township.