10.17.14:  Muskegon County opens juvenile transition center


MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Muskegon County has opened a $6 million juvenile transition center for housing and treating young offenders.


Judges, law enforcement officials and youth workers attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the building Thursday. The 32-bed facility was constructed along with the nearby adult jail, which is not yet finished.


Juvenile residents are scheduled to move into the building Tuesday. It has four classrooms, two exercise areas, a computer lab and a medical and dental wing.


The center’s youth services director Vernon Oard says the building represents “hope for the future” and isn’t “a place of punishment.”

10.15.14:  Man arrested after 2 women slain at nearby homes


MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say they arrested a 61-year-old man following the slayings of two women who lived about three blocks apart in western Michigan.


Muskegon Heights police said Tuesday the man was a “person of interest.” The Muskegon Chronicle reports he was charged in 1989 with the stabbing deaths of his estranged wife and her mother, but the case was dropped.


The Muskegon County Jail website indicates he’s being held Wednesday. He’s not formally charged in the new slayings.


Police identify the women found dead Tuesday morning as 63-year-old Anna Lawson and 62-year-old Judy Bushman. Police started separate investigations of the killings but authorities are looking for possible connections.


Police say it appears Lawson was stabbed and they were seeking a vehicle missing from her home. They haven’t indicated how Bushman died.

10.8.14:  Fire official: Elk attacks man in western Michigan


EGELSTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say an elk has attacked a man at a western Michigan campground.


A fire official confirmed Tuesday that the elk injured the 59-year-old man at the Wolf Lake Resort & Campground in Egelston Township. The official says the man required hospital treatment Monday but his condition was unknown Tuesday.


Authorities say the man was inside a home and the animal was back in its pen at a nearby elk and deer farm when fire department officials arrived. It’s unclear how the elk attacked the man.


A woman at the campground office denied the incident happened when contacted by the Muskegon Chronicle.


10.1.14:  Muskegon County, Detroit, get lead abatement aid


MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — The federal government has awarded $4.74 million to Muskegon County and Detroit authorities to protect children from lead poisoning at home.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the grants Tuesday. It says 39 state and local agencies are getting $112 million under several programs designed to reduce the risk of lead exposure to children and families.


The department says that Muskegon County is getting $1.1 million under a program that focuses on the danger of lead-based paint exposure at home. It says Detroit is getting $3.64 million under the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program.


 9.30.14:  15-year-old hit by car


Police say a 15-year-old from Muskegon suffered critical injuries Monday night after being struck by a vehicle along a Crockery Township roadside.


Cameron Smallegan had been walking with a group of friends along State Road when the group was approached by a westbound Plymouth neon.  The car was driven by a 50-year-old woman from Muskegon.


Cameron was taken to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

9.22.14:  Grant money to help Muskegon non-profit


MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have awarded $2.1 million in grants to a western Michigan nonprofit organization that provides services for seniors and disabled residents.


Pioneer Resources director Greg Scott says the Muskegon-based group used the state Department of Transportation grants to buy 15 buses and retire a fleet of 10. He says the new buses provide more space for clients who use wheelchairs.


The nonprofit offers specialized housing, job training and recreational programs and provides transportation to clients. Scott says the group serves about 1,350 people each day during the school year.


He says Pioneer Resources expects the department to give another $300,000 to install GPS technology in the new buses.


9.17.14:  Gun found at Muskegon School


Muskegon High School was locked down for 2 hours Tuesday afternoon after a loaded handgun fell out of a student’s pants during a fight between two freshmen.


The fight took place after lunch when the students were walking back to the freshman building.  It started verbally and then became physical.


A teacher took the gun and turned it over to police.  They found that the gun had been reported stolen to the Muskegon Police Department earlier this year.

9.3.14:  13-year-old Muskegon boy shoots own foot


MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Muskegon police say a 13-year-old boy shot himself in the foot with a revolver near a football game at Muskegon High School last week.


Police say the teen may be charged as a juvenile offender for weapons-related crimes in the Aug. 29 incident. They say the boy threw the gun near the high school after the shooting.


The teen initially told police it was a “random act of violence” while he was taking a shortcut home. He later said he shot himself with a revolver while checking whether it was loaded. He told them he found it in the street.


Police say the incident and the origin of the gun are still under investigation. They say the shooting wasn’t connected to the football game.

8.28.14:  Police identify pedestrian hit, killed by minivan


NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — Police in Norton Shores have released the name of a Muskegon man who was struck and killed by a minivan.


Albert White III was hit around 1 a.m. Wednesday while trying to cross an intersection in the community in western Michigan.


Police say he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.


The minivan’s 63-year-old driver told police he had a green light. When he saw the pedestrian, he says he tried to stop, but couldn’t.


Police are seeking witnesses to the crash for their investigation.

8.27.14:  Replicas of Columbus’ ships make it to Muskegon


MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Replicas of two of 15th-century explorer Christopher Columbus’ ships have arrived in Muskegon.


The 65-foot Nina and the 85-foot Pinta made it to town on Tuesday.


They will remain docked at Heritage Landing until Sept. 2, and will be open for tours beginning on Wednesday.


North Muskegon resident Cheryl Eyestone says she didn’t see the replicas when they last visited Muskegon in 2011, but will be bringing her five daughters to see them this time around.


The ships’ Muskegon stop is part of a tour that has taken them to Maine, New York and Ohio.