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Tensions escalate at Venezuela-Colombia border | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 23, 2019
CARACAS, Venezuela (CNN) — Three members of the Venezuelan National Guard defected Saturday at Venezuela’s border with Colombia, the Colombian immigration department said. The troops abandoned their posts at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge on the Colombia-Venezuela border and requ...
1 hospitalized after Saturday shooting in Kalamazoo County | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 23, 2019
OSHTEMO, Mich. — One person is in the hospital after being shot early Saturday morning. Deputies with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of shots fired in the 3000 block of Dori Drive at the Evergreen South Apartment Complex in Oshtemo Township. Shortly after they...
Lego block party! | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 23, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich —Your kids can put their creativity to the test by building and exploring at the Grand Rapids Public Library. The library is hosting a Lego block party today from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. . Kids will be challenged to see who can use Lego’s to build the tallest building. Childr...
Water shut off after main breaks in Battle Creek | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 23, 2019
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Water has been shut off on Cambridge Drive due to a water main that broke Saturday morning. The city of Battle Creek made that announcement shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday. The water has been turned off on Cambridge from Greenridge Road to Morningside Drive. Crews anticipa...
Consumers Energy planning solar power plant in Cadillac | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 23, 2019
CADILLAC, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy is planning to develop a solar power plant in the northwestern Michigan community of Cadillac. The Jackson-based utility says the Cadillac City Council has approved an agreement to allow Consumers Energy to place solar panels on a vacant site. The plant coul...
Pistons survive Blake Griffin’s ejection, top Hawks 125-122 | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 23, 2019
ATLANTA (AP) — Thon Maker sank a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 16.7 seconds remaining and the Detroit Pistons overcame Blake Griffin’s ejection to beat the Atlanta Hawks 125-122 on Friday night. Reggie Jackson scored a season-high 32 points. Andre Drummond had 26 points and 21 rebounds, but the...
7th-grader skips school, sits outside U.N. to combat climate change | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 23, 2019
NEW YORK – A New York City seventh-grader is taking world leaders to task, going on strike from school to demand action on climate change, according to WPIX. With her signs by her side, 13-year-old Alexandria Villasenor has set up shop at a bench outside the United Nations headquarters for the...
Wild win 2nd straight road game, beat Red Wings 3-2 | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 23, 2019
DETROIT (AP) — Luke Kunin and Jordan Greenway scored in the first period, and the Minnesota Wild went on to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night. Eric Staal added a goal in the second for the Wild, who are 3-6-3 in their last 12 games but occupy the final playoff spot in the We...
Spectrum teams with 3 universities to train doctors on opioids | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 23, 2019
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Three Michigan universities are teaming up with Spectrum Health to tackle the state’s opioid crisis through physician training. The University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University are working with the Grand Rapids-based health system on tr...
Giraffe dies in tragic accident at Kansas City Zoo | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 23, 2019
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Zoo announced Friday that, for the second time this week, a beloved animal has died. Hamisi, one of the zoo’s adult giraffes, died Wednesday morning due to a tragic accident, according to the zoo’s Facebook page. The giraffe sustained an acute spi...
Michigan among 4 states that lock up 17-year-olds as adults | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 23, 2019
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lawmakers who want Michigan to no longer automatically try 17-year-olds as adults are pointing to its outlier status as among the reasons to pass bipartisan bills to “raise the age.” Michigan is among just four states whose default is to treat 17-year-olds as adults in cr...
Cadbury looking for next commercial star | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 23, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The company famous for their chocolate eggs is on the lookout for talent. Cadbury is holding a contest to find a talented pet will appear in their upcoming bunny commercial. All anyone has to do to enter is visit bunnytryouts.cadburyusa.com, enter their email, and su...
Board game shop holding grand opening | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 23, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Blue Ridge Games is hoping to draw in new customers with a grand opening event. On Saturday, March 2nd, the Grand Rapids company is hosting free games from 10 a.m. until midnight at their location on Fulton St. The store says they plan to have many different g...
Temporary power outage planned for Saturday night | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 23, 2019
FREMONT, Mich. — Consumers Energy is hoping making some repairs Saturday night but they need to take down power for about 3,300 customers to do it. Consumers says the temporary outage will affect customers in the Fremont area on Sunday morning. It is expected to begin at midnight and last ...
Lawsuit: Man dies after 911 calls for help go unanswered | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 23, 2019
CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The widow of a man who died after suffering a heart attack is suing two suburban Detroit 911 operators after emergency calls were missed because the volume on a 911 line was turned down or off. Former Canton Township employees Rachel Rowell and Joshua Choroba are name...
Dogs fly through the air at Dash to the Big Splash Bash | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 23, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — You’ve heard the expression “when pigs fly,” well this weekend, it’s dogs doing the flying! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the Michigan K9 Athletic Center in Grand Rapids is hosting the Dash to the Big Splash Bash. The event is a regional qualifier f...
Alan Jackson is in Grand Rapids | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 23, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — Country music fans hold on to your seats, a star is in town today. Hall of fame artist, Alan Jackson, will be performing at Van Andel Arena today. The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $40.00. He’ll be performing hits singles like “Here in the re...
Australian mammal becomes first to go extinct due to climate change | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 23, 2019
(CNN) — A small brown rat which lived on a tiny island off northern Australia is the world’s first mammal known to have become extinct due to “human-induced climate change,” the government says. The Bramble Cay melomys inhabited a small coral island on the Great Barrier Reef,...
Police round up 2 juveniles detainees who allegedly walked away | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich.  —  Two juvenile detainees allegedly walked away from an outing Thursday night in Holland Township, but their flight to freedom didn’t last long. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release deputies responded to a church in the area of 104th ...
4 arrested, 3 firearms recovered in Kalamazoo | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Kalamazoo police have arrested four suspects over the last six days in three separate investigations that resulted in the recovery of three firearms. The first incident happened around 10 p.m. Feb. 15 in the 1400 block of Fox Ridge Drive. Officers were responded to a tip when th...
Poole has 22 points, No. 7 Michigan beats Minnesota 69-60 | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jordan Poole scored 22 points to lead a long-range shooting spree by seventh-ranked Michigan and the Wolverines beat Minnesota 69-60 on Thursday to set up a weekend matchup against rival Michigan State for first place in the Big Ten. Jon Teske had 17 points and seven rebounds an...
Caught on camera: Grandville officer helps man with tie for son’s school dance | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
GRANDVILLE, Mich. — A Kent County police officer is getting some recognition for going above and beyond the call of duty, with the entire thing caught on camera. When a car sped up to a Grandville Police Officer Rich Brown’s vehicle on Saturday, the last thing he thought he’d be doing was tyin...
Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting sex in Florida | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
JUPITER, Fla. — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being charged with two counts of soliciting someone to commit prostitution, stemming from a raid in a day spa in Florida, police said Friday. The day spa is in the Florida city of Jupiter, and Kraft was picked up as part of a sting tha...
Visitation plans set for three girls killed in Solon Twp. | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
FOX 17 – Memorial services have been set for the three children killed by their mother earlier this week in northeastern Kent County. Family will greet friends of Kyrie and Cassidy Rodery, and Alaina Rau, Friday night from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home in ...
Police respond to report of paintball shootings overnight in Kalamazoo | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Several people reported being shot at with a paintball gun in Kalamazoo overnight. Police in Kalamazoo say they were called Thursday night to the intersection of Redwood Avenue and Greenwood Avenue where a person reported being shot by a paintball gun from a vehicle. Other v...
Jussie Smollett’s ‘Empire’ role cut from season’s final episodes | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
(Fox News) – Jussie Smollett’s character has been removed from the final two episodes of the upcoming season of Fox’s “Empire,” the show’s creators said Friday. “The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us. Jussie has been a...
In letters, Whitey Bulger fondly recalled old days, Alcatraz | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
BOSTON (AP) — Locked up for life after 16 years on the run, murderous Boston gang boss James “Whitey” Bulger couldn’t stand how much the world around him had changed. Prison was nothing like his days at Alcatraz, with its “great view” and clear-cut rules, Bulger said....
WMU track coach on paid administrative leave | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Western Michigan University’s track team is on paid administrative leave ahead of the Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships. A WMU spokesperson said track coach Kelly Lycan is on leave, but declined to provide any more information. The Broncos began competition in the i...
Man sells VCR on eBay, receives heartwarming letter from buyer | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
ST. LOUIS – What seemed like an ordinary eBay transaction to one St. Louis man turned into a heartwarming interaction with the customer, 86 years old and new to online shopping, according to KTVI. Matt Shoukry sold a VCR to a man in Phoenix for $40 and didn’t think much of it. “There is a ...
100-year-old using crocheting hobby to help area preschool | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
NEWAYGO, Mich., — Most days, you can find Erma Palmiter, sitting quietly in her Newaygo home, her fingers nimbly crocheting item after item. “Her typical day, which is everyday, she gets up about 9:30 a.m. to have breakfast and do her little morning routine,” explained Erma’s gra...
House Dems introduce measure to revoke Trump border edict | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have introduced a resolution to block the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump issued to fund his long-sought wall along the U.S-Mexico border. Friday’s move sets up a fight that could result in Trump’s first-ever veto. It starts ...
Denver family collecting cards for sick dog during his final days | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
DENVER — A family in southeast Denver is asking the community to help lift their dog’s spirits during his final days. Army veteran Sean Nunez and his wife Ruthy consider their German Shepherd, Dylan, to be a member of the family, according to KDVR. According to the Nunez family, 14-year-old...
Oklahoma City man loses over 140 pounds to win bet with friends | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
OKLAHOMA CITY – A bet made during a night of drinking left one Oklahoma man down 140 pounds and up $2,000, according to KFOR. Tyler Segraves said it all started one night in September 2017. “My buddy and I are sitting out, hanging out drinking, having a good time, and he always gives me a hard t...
World’s largest bee – as big as a human thumb – spotted for the first time since 1981 | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
The Wallace’s giant bee is as big as a human thumb. That might be frightening to most people, but scientists were delighted when a team of researchers recently found it in Indonesia. It’s the largest bee in the world, and scientists feared it might be extinct — until now. A group o...
Crews fighting fire at Grand Rapids residence | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Crews are working to contain a fire at a Grand Rapids residence Friday night. The fire happened Friday at a home in the 600 block of Emerald Avenue NE, north of I-196. It wasn’t immediately clear if there was anyone in the home when the fire started or if anyone was inj...
Jason Aldean bringing tour to Grand Rapids | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Country superstar Jason Aldean is bringing his “Ride All Night” tour to West Michigan. Aldean will perform on May 10, 2019 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. He is bringing special guests Kane Brown, Carly Pearce, and Dee Jay Silver. Tickets go on sale Friday...
The world’s biggest Nutella factory has temporarily shut down, but don’t panic | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
Oh nuts! The maker of the chocolaty hazelnut spread known as Nutella shut down the world’s largest factory that produces it because of a quality issue. Production at the factory, in Villers-Ecalles, France, was halted Tuesday, after a “quality defect” was detected in semi-finished ...
WMU students targeted in paintball attack | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Austin Abdall said he was hanging out with his roommates and friends on his front porch Thursday night when a car sped down the road and shot paintballs at them. “You can see a couple of bullets,” Abdall said pointing to the orange spots on his house on Greenwood Avenue. “...
Winter Beer Festival tokens may not get you as much beer this year | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. – The Winter Beer Festival kicks off Friday night in Comstock Park, bringing thousands to West Michigan to try hundreds of different brews. But, there could be some notable beers missing and others may cost more than you’d expect.  Tokens may not get you as much bee...
Mom: Daughter ‘traumatized’ after ‘suspicious encounter’ in GR | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Grand Rapids mother is voicing concerns after she says a daughter tried to lure her into his truck. Tonya Davis says her 14-year-old daughter Taliyah called her Monday afternoon in a panic, describing how a man tried to pick her up near Dolbee Avenue and Thomas Street while...
Wind will howl Sunday from Michigan’s ‘bomb cyclone’ | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
WEST MICHIGAN — This weekend’s winter storm will be so strong, it will be categorized as a bomb cyclone. A bomb cyclone is when a low-pressure system, like we will see push through Sunday, has a pressure drop of 24 millibars in 24 hours. This weekend’s storm will do exactly that, dropp...
West Michigan preparing for potential heavy winds | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
WEST MICHIGAN — As West Michigan braces for strong winds this weekend, tree cutters are preparing for what might be a busy week ahead. Meantime, workers contracted by the City of Grand Rapids finished picking up what’s left from ice and freezing rain earlier this month. While the city’...
Investigators: Mom took kids from school for fake appointment before shooting | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
SOLON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The mother who shot her three children in a wooded area in northern Kent County unexpectedly picked them up from school the day of their deaths, investigators say. Kent County Sheriff’s Office detectives said Aubrianne Moore showed up at the children’s school in the mid...
Consumers preparing for more outages ahead of strong winds | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
WEST MICHIGAN — Consumers Energy is bracing for another round of power outages as West Michigan prepares for strong winds this weekend. With 50 mile per hour winds in the forecast Sunday, Consumers Energy says people should be prepared for outages as they are expecting downed power lines. “F...
7.5 magnitude earthquake strikes near Ecuador-Peru border, USGS says | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
(FOX NEWS) — A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck near the border of Ecuador and Peru early Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The earthquake struck 71 miles east of Palora with a depth of 82 miles. Another 5.5 tremblor was then felt about 9 miles southeast of Duran. There were no immediate...
Jussie Smollett apologizes to the ‘Empire’ cast and crew but insists that he’s innocent | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
(CNN) — When Jussie Smollett called the cast and crew of the television show “Empire” together Thursday night, they were expecting the actor to come clean about what really happened, a person at the meeting told CNN. Smollett did apologize to his coworkers for any embarrassment the...
Local deals for National Margarita Day | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
We may be missing the warm weather but we can day dream of those sunny days ahead, as we celebrate National Margarita Day this February 22nd! Here’s a look at some deals in our area, according to offers.com: Donkey Taqueria: Check them out for margarita flights, new margarita flavors, sneak p...
Ford begins probe into whether gas mileage was overstated | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has launched an investigation into whether it overstated gas mileage and understated emissions from a wide range of vehicles. The company said Thursday that in September, a group of employees reported possible problems with a mathematical model used to calculate pollu...
Fire knocks power line over Kzoo road | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A Kalamazoo road was closed Friday after a fire caused a power line to fall into the roadway. The fire happened  around 6:10 p.m. Friday in the 3800 block of S Burdick Street. Upon arrival, emergency responders saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the front of the house. A powe...
Video: MSP troopers track hit-and-run suspect | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 22, 2019
EVERGREEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A man was arrested Friday after allegedly fleeing the scene of a one-vehicle crash in Montcalm County. The crash happened late Thursday night on Stanton Road between Wicker and Vickeryville roads. A gas line was hit in the incident, prompting authorities to ask nearby r...
‘Extinct’ Galapagos tortoise found after 100 years | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
A species of giant tortoise believed to have been extinct for more than 100 years has been discovered on the Galapagos island of Fernandina, according to Ecuador’s government. The last known time a Fernandina Giant Tortoise was seen alive was 1906. An adult female believed to be more than a ce...
Video shows Ohio suspect attacking his own attorney during court hearing | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
CLEVELAND – Video obtained by WJW shows a suspect attacking his attorney during a court hearing on Tuesday. The incident happened in a Cuyahoga County courtroom. David Chislton, 42, was sentenced to 47 years in prison on nearly two dozen charges. Chislton pleaded guilty to holding his girlf...
Trial set for Michigan soldiers charged in husband’s killing | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A trial date has been set for a woman and a man who Michigan authorities allege were having an affair and conspired to kill the woman’s husband. Authorities say 23-year-old U.S. Army Sgt. Tyrone Hassel III was fatally shot in an ambush on New Year’s Eve while v...
No-reason absentee voting option starts Thursday in Michigan | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan voters can start casting an absentee ballot without giving a reason. Thursday is the first day residents can request to vote by mail in the May election. It is the first election since voters last fall approved no-reason absentee voting as part of a ballot ini...
Damaging windstorm sets its sights on West Michigan | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
WEST MICHIGAN — You may want to get prepared for a strong storm coming this weekend. Sunday’s powerful winter storm could bring some of the strongest winds West Michigan has seen all season. A storm this strong usually only happens once a year. Wind gusts of at least 50 miles per hour lo...
Helmet cam captures man’s screams as friends dig him out from avalanche | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
WASATCH COUNTY, Utah – Terrifying moments were caught on camera after an avalanche buried a backcountry skier near Guardsman Pass over the weekend. The group had gone off a jump in the canyon last week and earlier that day. But when one of the skiers fell when he went off it again, it triggere...
Syracuse coach Boeheim strikes, kills pedestrian on highway | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a man walking on an interstate late Wednesday night as he tried to avoid hitting the man’s disabled vehicle, police say. Syracuse police say 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez was in a car with three others befo...
Woman stabbed in head after fight over place in McDonald’s drive-thru line | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 29-year-old woman was charged after police say she stabbed another woman in the head over a place in a McDonald’s drive-thru line, but her family said she did it as an act of self-defense. And there is video to back their claim. Authorities said the incident happened Monda...
Two Kent Co. courts offering waiver program in March | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
KENTWOOD, Mich. – Those with outstanding court debts in two Kent County courts have a chance to settle up without further penalties. Kent County officials with 62-B District Court in Kentwood and the 63rd District Court of Kent County are offering waivers during the month of March.  The court...
Here’s what shows, movies Netflix is removing, adding in March | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
As we near the start of March, some movies and shows are nearing the end of their time on Netflix — but the streaming service is adding some exciting new titles, too. Here’s what’s leaving Netflix in March 2019 March 1 A Little Princess (1995) Adult Beginners (2014) Astro Boy (2009) Before...
Grandfather discovers heart condition thanks to children’s museum exhibit | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
GRAHAM, N.C. – A North Carolina grandfather discovered a heart condition while at a children’s museum with his grandson, according to WGHP. On Jan. 14, Boyd Hudson and his grandson, Andrew, were enjoying a day at the Children’s Museum of Alamance County. Four-year-old Andrew was play...
Victim ID’d in fatal Muskegon Co. crash | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
MOORLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Authorities have identified the victim in a fatal rollover crash in Muskegon County. The crash happened around 4 a.m. near the intersection of Apple Avenue and Goebel Road in Moorland Township, north of Ravenna. Witnesses reported seeing the vehicle cross the centerline ...
Downtown theater project reaches new milestone | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Studio Park project in downtown Grand Rapids reached another milestone Thursday. Crews Thursday laid the concrete on six floors of the newly constructed parking tower, which brings nearly 1,000 new parking spaces to downtown Grand Rapids. The project includes a new mo...
Medical marijuana user loses workplace case in appeals court | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Court of Appeals ruling could reinforce zero-tolerance workplace rules for marijuana even in cases in which a person has a medical marijuana card. The Detroit Free Press reports Tuesday’s ruling came in a lawsuit brought by Angela Eplee of Dimondale, who had ...
Peter Tork, Monkees guitarist, dead at 77 | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
(CNN) — Peter Tork, the bassist for The Monkees and a jokester on the band’s popular 1960s television series, has died at age 77. Tork’s death was announced on his official Facebook page on Thursday, attributed to his friends, family and colleagues. “It is with beyond-heavy a...
Michigan AG’s office takes over investigation of U.S. gymnastics coach | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s new attorney general says her office is taking over an investigation of complaints against former U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team coach John Geddert, who operated a gym where ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar molested athletes. Dana Nessel made the ann...
AG Nessel looks to settle Flint suits; Worthy joins criminal probe | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — New Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says she is hoping to settle 79 lawsuits that were filed against the state and its employees by Flint residents following the city’s crisis with lead-contaminated drinking water. Nessel said Thursday that unlike her predecessor,...
Ex-Lion gets preliminary approval for medical pot dispensary | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson has received preliminary approval of his license application for a medical marijuana dispensary in suburban Detroit. Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board voted 4-0 Thursday in favor of the application. The board ...
GRPD takes at least one armed-robbery suspect into custody | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  — Grand Rapids Police say they pulled over a vehicle on the city’s southeast side Thursday night, and took into custody at least one suspect in connection with a recent string of armed robberies. Police cruisers followed the suspect vehicle while a Michigan State Po...
‘Why so many resources?’ Chicago pastor questions Smollett investigation | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
CHICAGO — Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said Thursday that police treated the Jussie Smollett case just like any other, according to WGN. For many Chicagoans, especially those who live in neighborhoods rattled by gun violence, the superintendent’s words ring hollow. “Why so many resources...
Michigan regulators approve DTE renewable power program | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved a DTE Electric Co. program that lets residential and small commercial customers designate how much of the power they use will come from renewable sources. The commission accepted a revised version of DTE’s MIGreenPower...
MSP: Stolen car crashes in Montcalm Co; driver then swipes a pickup truck | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  — Michigan State Police say the driver of a car stolen in Grand Rapids crashed it along U.S. 131 early Thursday morning in Montcalm County. And then, got out and stole a pickup truck belonging to a Good Samaritan who stopped along the road to see if he was okay. The chain...
Woman moves childhood home from Mattawan to Paw Paw | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
PAW PAW, Mich. — People traveling in Van Buren County got to see a wide. slow-moving sight Thursday: a house blocking off some major roads for hours as it was moved from Mattawan to Paw Paw. The home shut down traffic in both directions on Main Street, Red Arrow Highway and Hazen Street. The 7.5-m...
GRPD releases sketch of attempted abduction suspect | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids police have released a composite sketch of a man who attempted to abduct a teen. The incident happened between 3-3:15 p.m. Feb. 18 near Franklin Street SE and Dolbee Avenue SE. Police didn’t release specific details regarding the encounter, but called it a susp...
Godfrey-Lee schools schedule make-up day | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
WYOMING, Mich. — Godfrey-Lee Public Schools announced Thursday it will have to make up one school day at the end of the year. The district has had to cancel classes 10 times this year: nine for weather and one for a staff member’s funeral. The State of Michigan allows schools to have six forgive...
Ford begins probe into whether gas mileage was overstated | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has launched an investigation into whether flaws in an internal mathematical model may have caused it to overstate gas mileage and understate pollution from a wide range of vehicles. The company says a group of employees reported possible problems with the model in Se...
Murder trial testimony focuses on cell records, stalking | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The trial of a man accused of killing a girl who he also raped continued Thursday. Quinn James is accused of killing Mujey Dumbuya in the days before he was to stand trial for her rape. James has been convicted of the rape and was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in pri...
School bus driver revived with Narcan after crashing with 12 students aboard | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
NEWARK, N.J. – A school bus driver was arrested after she overdosed while driving and crashed into a tree, Newark police said. The driver, Lisa Byrd, was transporting a dozen students from 14th Avenue School in Newark when the vehicle crashed into a tree on Wednesday, officials said in a state...
‘Empire’ actor turns self in to face charge | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
(AP) — Chicago police say “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has turned himself in to face a charge of making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck. Police spokesman Antho...
Chicago man writes massive proposal in snow for girlfriend at work in skyscraper | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
CHICAGO – A Chicago man went all out on a massive message to his girlfriend working on the 37th floor of a skyscraper: “MARRY ME.”  Bob Lempa had big plans for Valentine’s Day this year; specifically, he wanted to propose to his girlfriend Peggy Baker with a message she coul...
Tips sought after man tries to lure young girl in Kalamazoo Co. | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The search is on for a suspect accused of trying to lure a 12-year-old girl into his car while she was walking home from school. Deputies say it happened Wednesday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. in the 9500 block of M-89 in Richland Township. The sheriff’s office s...
Public gives input on wind turbines in Odessa Township | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
ODESSA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Wind turbines are on the table for discussion in Odessa Township. The community held a public meeting Wednesday to get people’s perspectives. The room had mixed feelings, some saying the turbines would add a much-needed economic boost to the community, others rai...
Nestle and other brands pull YouTube ads over child exploitation fears | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
(CNN) — Nestle and other major companies have pulled their ads from YouTube after a video blogger raised concerns that pedophiles were using the platform to trade information and draw attention to clips of young girls. In a 20-minute video that has been viewed about 1.9 million times since S...
Winston scores 28, No. 10 Michigan State beats Rutgers 71-60 | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Xavier Tillman got off to a shaky start, filling in for Nick Ward in the starting lineup for No. 10 Michigan State. Tillman finished strong, scoring a career-high 19 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, and Cassius Winston had 28 points help the short-handed Spartans come ...
Kane scores 2, Blackhawks beat Red Wings 5-4 in OT | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
DETROIT (AP) — Patrick Kane scored two goals, including the game winner with 2:18 left in overtime, extending his point streak to 19 games and lifting the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou scored two goals each fo...
Contractor headed to trial on previously featured complaint | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 21, 2019
OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — Another questionable contractor previously featured by the FOX 17 Problem Solvers found himself in front of a judge today. Joel Cross is now fighting a fraud-related charge. In May 2018, Cross was paid to build a carport for a homeowner in Walker. Rose Bush paid $3,000. ...
Police investigating fatal Kzoo Twp. fire as arson | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 20, 2019
KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Kalamazoo Township police are investigating a fatal fire at a home as arson. The fire happened Jan. 24 at a residence in the 4000 block of Grand Prairie Road, west of Skyline Drive. Upon arrival, firefighters found the home engulfed in flames. Gary Selig, 71, was killed...
Downed power line – Leonard St blocked in northeast G.R. | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 20, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  — Grand Rapids Dispatch Authority says a downed power line has prompted crews to block off Leonard Street N.E. to traffic,  between Union and Paris avenues. The problem was reported around 6:24 p.m. Wednesday. Consumers Energy crews have been dispatched to address the is...
Battle Creek lifts system-wide boil water advisory | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 20, 2019
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The City of Battle Creek has canceled a system-wide boil water advisory. The advisory was issued Tuesday after a contractor struck a water main while working near the city’s Verona Pumping Station, causing a short-term drop in water pressure. Crews isolated the area and...
GRPS leaders to meet with state health agencies | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 20, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Public Schools officials have scheduled a meeting with state and county health services regarding the potential asbestos exposure at North Park Montessori Academy. GRPS sent a letter to parents saying district leaders will meet with the Kent County Health Departm...
‘Let Rian be Rian’: Raising a ‘theyby’ in West Michigan | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 20, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — It’s the big question after a family learns they’re pregnant: is it a boy or a girl? However, instead of biology dictating the expectations that come with being either, some parents are choosing not to assign their child a gender right away. It’s a small but gro...
Cherished Grand Haven ice cream shop may be torn down | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 20, 2019
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — An iconic building that holds sentimental value for a lot of people in Grand haven may not be around much longer. The city is currently reviewing a plan to tear down the Dairy Treat building that has stood since 1969 and replace it with condos. “I have the fondest memori...
Feds: Coast Guard lieutenant compiled hit list of lawmakers | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 20, 2019
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Coast Guard lieutenant who was arrested last week is a “domestic terrorist” who drafted an email discussing biological attacks and had what appeared to be a hit list that included prominent Democrats and media figures, prosecutors said in court papers. Christopher P...
Stalled train backs up traffic in Wyoming – moving now | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 20, 2019
WYOMING, Mich.  — A train is moving again in Wyoming, after stalling on the tracks near 36th Street SW and Clay Avenue. Kent County Dispatch Authority told FOX 17 around 5:55 p.m. Wednesday motorists should avoid 36th Street SW near Clay Avenue. That was before the situation was resolved. Tra...
Man creates giant proposal message in downtown Chicago | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 20, 2019
CHICAGO —A highly visible public area in downtown Chicago became home to a grand romantic gesture on Tuesday. Tribune affiliate WGN-TV says reporter Shannon Halligan saw the message as she flew by in the station’s helicopter and took it upon herself to find the couple. The man who wrote the mess...
Porn company suing west Michigan residents for illegal downloads | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 20, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Two individuals in west Michigan are facing lawsuits filed by a Delaware-based adult film company for allegedly downloading several of their films without paying. Strike Three Holdings filed two separate complaints in the United States District Court for the Western Distr...
Court docs: Mom had history of mental illness before murder-suicide | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 20, 2019
SOLON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The woman who investigators say shot and killed her three children had a history of mental illness, according to court documents. The bodies of 28-year-old Aubrianne Moore and her three daughters were found Monday in the driveway of a home in the 200 block of 19 Mile Road n...
We Do Care – Benefit and Dance | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 20, 2019
The 34th Annual We Do Care Benefit and Dance is Saturday, March 2 at Lincoln Country Club. For more details visit their Facebook page here.
Committee convened to provide input on election reforms | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 20, 2019
DETROIT (AP) — Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has put together a committee to advise her administration and Michigan’s Elections bureau on election reforms. Benson’s office says the Election Modernization Advisory Committee includes county, city and township clerks from across the s...
Memorial foundation ending annual run to honor fallen Kzoo officer | Fox 17
Fox 17 | February 20, 2019
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — An annual memorial run in honor of a Kalamazoo police officer who was fatally shot in the line of duty is coming to an end. Eric Zapata was killed in 2011 while trying to help an officer who had been shot. Since then, the Eric Zapata Memorial Foundation has held an annual 5K/10K...