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Woman sentenced for role in Muskegon Twp. murder case

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Muskegon woman is going to jail for 10 months for her role in a homicide in Muskegon Township last year.

Kerri Sue Crawford was the girlfriend of Trent Humphreys-McPherson, who was found guilty of killing his grandfather during a robbery.

Crawford was charged with lying to police in a violent-crime investigation, and being an accessory to a home invasion after the fact.

Prosecutors say Crawford drove her boyfriend to the Muskegon Township home where the murder and robbery took place but never went inside the home.

As part of Crawford's sentence, she'll also serve a long probation term.

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'Disturbance' prompts Reeths-Puffer schools lockdown

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Several Reeths-Puffer schools were placed on lockdown for a short time Tuesday afternoon.

Superintendent Steve Edwards confirmed the district's elementary, intermediate and high schools were placed on a soft lockdown from about 1:44-1:55 p.m. Tuesday regarding a "disturbance" about a mile southeast from the campus. Police received a call of shots fired in the 1400 block of North Creston Street, said Ken Sanford, the Muskegon Township police chief.

The schools' perimeter was secured -- no one could enter nor leave, Edwards said -- while police conducted their investigation.

Lake-effect snow hits hardest on lakeshore

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- These are the kind of cold temperatures that make you want to stay inside, but for many there's too much work to be done outside.

Fifteen- to 20-mile-per-hour winds over the big lake pushed big waves and made street signs shake.

Downwind in downtown Muskegon, the cold makes shoveling dangerous.

"It is freezing," said Brandan and Jessica Boyd. They skipped the chore Saturday. Both hoped multiple layers of clothing would make the chore bearable, but the work was miserable, they said.

Outdoor work continued down Monroe Street, where Jim Rogers sings to stay warm. He and his crew are building houses. They take on the frigid weather, even when tools sometimes can't handle the cold.

Muskegon events honor Martin Luther King Jr.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- "Stand up for right" was the central theme for Muskegon's largest MLK Day events.

The community remembered King's dream with the distribution of a food truck to needy families. Then, everyone gathered inside First Congregational Church for a community luncheon.

Participants remembered Dr. King with music and essays from students in the Muskegon Public Schools.

The students wrote about ending violence and bullying. One first-grader shared his dream to one day become President of the United States.

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Mother, daughter reunited after 47 years apart

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Charmaine Handy has searched for her lost family for decades and on Saturday, after 47 years apart, she was reunited with her mother Jessie Thurmond.

“Just feel blessed to have my daughter back in my life,” said Jessie Thurmond, who left her daughter in her mother’s custody years ago due to troubling times. “Very emotional.”

Handy was then removed from her grandmother’s care at the age of three and put in the foster system. Handy said she’s searched for her family for years, but never could find them because of name changes.

Weekend Adventure: Luging in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)-- With the snow finally on the ground in West Michigan, winter sports are in fulls swing. A unique experience can be found at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex. 

Meteorologist Alana Nehring, and Meteorologist Laura Hartman take their chances at luging. 

Muskegon Area Promise passes milestone

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The effort to provide college scholarship money to students in Muskegon County has reached a significant milestone.

Since its launch in October, the Muskegon Area Promise fundraising effort has received support from several donors.

At the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Friday afternoon, organizers announced those donations have passed the $1 million mark. A recent $100,000 donation from the Community Foundation for Muskegon County pushed the fund past that point.

The Muskegon Area Promise is a scholarship program modeled after the Kalamazoo Promise. It provides money for tuition, book costs, and fees, up to $4,000.

For now, it's for graduates of Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, and Holton high schools. It will be expanded countywide in 2017.