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Former Muskegon County corrections officer charged with having sex with former inmate

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A former Muskegon County corrections officer is charged with having sexual relationship with a former jail inmate who now on probation.

Roger Swan, 42, is facing three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a county inmate.

Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler says Swan was fired after an internal investigation found the deputy violated department policy.

The sheriff says Swan met the inmate while she was in jail, and they began a consensual relationship after her release.

Roesler says Swan was a deputy with a good work record before the relationship came to light.

The sheriff says Swan made some bad decisions and is now facing the consequences.

Snyder in Muskegon and Holland Monday; Bernero in Battle Creek and Grand Rapids Tuesday

LANSING, Mich. (AP/WZZM) -- West Michigan residents are getting new chances to meet the candidates who want their votes.

Those running for governor, lieutenant governor and offices further down the ticket hit the road Monday for campaign stops. Republicans and Democrats settled on their general election slates during weekend conventions.

Accompanied by several statewide candidates, GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder viewed the area in Muskegon County where a $600 million electric car battery plant is proposed.

Snyder told reporters:"People all across the state have been rallying to what we're talking about, they're fed up, fed up over a broken system. People want new ways of doing things and it's about innovation and entrepeneurship and that's what we're all about, helping be the catalyst to bring real world, common sense solutions, to Lansing."

Muskegon Township man dies in weekend motorcycle crash

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)-  A Cedar Creek Township resident says he doesn't know what lead to a fatal motorcycle crash in front of his home, but he does know speed is a problem on River Road.

"I have been telling my wife for years someone is going to lose their life, " says Herbert Hibbs.  He says he is concerned the road is gaining a reputation as a place to test fast motorcycles.

The road travels along the Muskegon River and has many sharp turns. In addition to the curves in the road there are many small his that Hibbs believes attracts motorcycle riders. "Zoom, one right after the other."

Hibbs says the motorcycles are often exceeding the speed limit. "Over 100 miles an hour."

Saturday night Hibbs heard a motorcycle crash into his mailbox.

Back To School: Tuning up with Reeths-Puffer

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- Reeths-Puffer High School is serious about marching band.

Since 2005, the band has won the Michigan Competing Band Association State Championship for five consecutive years. Since 1994, they've won eight times.

"The kids have an incredible work ethic," said Band Director Chuck Hodson. "We try to teach them how to work hard, how to go about working hard and to practice excellence at every turn."

For the past two decades, Hodson has crafted argueably one of the best high school programs in the state. His secret? Hard work.

"I push really hard," he said. "I'm demanding when the situation needs to be demanding."

Recruiting starts early and often in the district and because of it, the ensamble maintains a 98% retention rate, ballooning the band's size and popularity to nearly 130 student members.

Muskegon NAACP organizes community meeting discussing recent murders

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Recent Murders on the Lakeshore have community members calling for change.

In the past week, several rallies have been organized, many to come up with ideas to stop the violence. The Muskegon chapter of the NAACP held one on Saturday.

"We've had five killings here in the last month," said Muskegon NAACP President Rev. William Anderson. "It's been a great upsurge in violence and there's a lot of contributing factors. We called a meeting to get the community involved."

The NAACP led the two hour discussion. Members of the audience focused on spiritual guidance, ideas to reform education and public safety.

Others focused on parenting, saying the state of the community starts in each family's home.

Local community activist Naeink says the killings are a symptom of  a greater cultural identity crisis facing urban black youth.

"We must know our history," she said. "We should know where we come from."

Oakridge @ Muskegon Heights

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS (WZZM) - The Game of the Week featured the Eagles of Muskegon Oakridge traveling to Muskegon Heights to take on the Tigers.

For all the week's football action, go to grandrapids.highschoolsports.net

The game featured star quarterbacks.

On Muskegon Heights first drive, Willie Snead, IV, connected with Deontae Hudson for the touchdown and a 6-0 lead.

Oakridge came right back to score on an 11 yard run by senior QB Jamie Potts to take the lead 7-6.

The game went back and forth before Muskegon Heights built a 24-14 lead.

Muskegon Catholic Central downs Mona Shores

(WZZM) - The Crusaders of Muskegon Catholic Central made the short trip to Mona Shores to face the Sailors in the season opener.

The Sailors have never made the playoffs in school history. They came close last season, needing to beat Kenowa Hills in the final game to reach the six-win threshold, but they fell just short. Mona Shores looking to make 2010 the year.

MCC held a 22-12 lead early in the second half. They faced a fourth down and one and were denied by a stout Mona Shore defense.

Heading to the third, MCC's Bryant Westra found Jason Ribecky on a crossing pattern and he would be off to the races. A 75-yard touchdown pitch and catch.

The Crusaders put the game away in the fourth. Damon Armstron went 41 yards to paydirt.

The Crusaders sink the Sailors, 38-12.