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Muskegon murder suspect arrested in Wisconsin

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A man wanted in a 2010 homicide in Muskegon has been arrested in Milwaukee.

Maurice Clemons, 27, was wanted for the murder of Brandon McPherson which happened on November 28, 2010 at the corner of Isabella and Ambrosia.  McPherson was 19 when he was shot and killed.

Clemons was picked up by Milwaukee Police on May 28th on a suspicious person complaint.  He is currently lodged in the Milwaukee County Jail and is awaiting extradition to Muskegon.

A task force made up of members of the Muskegon Police Department, Michigan State Police and the U.S. Marshals service had been working along with other local jurisdictions in Wisconsin to locate Clemons who was believed to be hiding out in the Milwaukee area.

Muskegon Downtown Memorial Day Parade

Muskegon Downtown Memorial Day Parade

As the airplanes flew over Downtown Muskegon, everyone looked to the skies in awe. Some cried, some smiled and some thought of their freedom and the ones fighting for us to retain it. I had a chance to take it all in and have photos to show for it. Check out the photos below:

For all the photos visit: http://www.mieveningout.com/downtown-muskegon-memorial-day-parade/

 

Soldier with Muskegon ties killed

(The Salinas Californian/WZZM) - A U.S. soldier from Salinas, California with ties to West Michigan lost his life in defense of his country Saturday, two days before Memorial Day, according to the Defense Department.

Army Spc. Vilmar Galarza Hernandez, 21, died from wounds suffered in Zharay, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

A Defense Department spokesman said Hernandez and an undetermined number of other U.S. soldiers were patrolling during the attack. Information on whether other soldiers were killed or injured was not immediately available.

The spokesman said Hernandez was likely on foot when attacked. No other details were provided.

Salinas Mayor Dennis Donohue said he learned of Hernandez's death while attending Sunday's Memorial Day service at the Monterey County Vietnam Veterans Park. The news spread quickly moments after the ceremony.

Muskegon's desire: to be known for art

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A lakeshore community want's to be known for its public art and next month community leaders will take another step towards that goal.

In 2003 the Muskegon Mall came down and a newly formed public art committee went to work.

The nine members helped design a downtown space for something special.

"To do something significant and dramatic that would become an icon for Muskegon," said Chris McGuigan, President & CEO of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.

Muskegon Together Rising was the result. It and other works have been paid for with private funds.

"It gives you goose-bumps," said McGuigan. "You go by and see Charles Hackley and you feel his presence."

Interaction with the art is encouraged.

Next is a work to honor former Muskegon resident Sherm Poppen. He created the Snurfer, which eventually evolved into the modern snowboard.

KDL Holiday Closing — Memorial Day

KDL Holiday Closing — Memorial Day

All Kent District Library branches will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 29.

All KDL branches will be closed on Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Sunday hours will resume on Sunday, September 9.

For additional 2012 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Memorial Day!

Weekend Wakeup: Oakridge Elementary

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Sunday's morning greeting comes to us from the students at Oakridge Lower Elementary School.

Another complaint against Muskegon cemetery

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A second woman is speaking out against Sunrise Memorial Gardens after a story WZZM 13 News aired earlier this month.  Both women claim the Muskegon cemetery is selling a service, but not delivering on its promise. 

The story has gotten the attention of State Senator Rick Jones (R-Eaton Rapids), who has contacted Michigan's Cemetery Commissioner to look into the accusations.

Previous Coverage: Mom's grave still lacking grave marking

Almost a year after purchasing a granite marker for her parents' grave, Jamie Brewer says it became clear something was wrong.

"There are so many families that have no idea what takes place here," says Brewer.