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Pope criticizes separating families at border | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 20, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pope Francis is criticizing the Trump administration’s immigration policy, telling a news reporter earlier this week that he agrees with U.S. Catholic bishops that separating children from their parents at a border is “immoral.” Continuing his criticism Wednesda...
Protesters shout ‘shame’ at Kirstjen Nielsen as she dines at Mexican restaurant | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 20, 2018
WASHIGNTON, D.C. – With chants of “shame” and “end family separation,” protesters shouted at Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as she dined at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, DC. Protesters from the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America ...
Lewandowski on immigrant girl with Down syndrome taken from parents: ‘Womp womp’ | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 20, 2018
Corey Lewandowski dismissed the story of a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was reportedly separated from her mother after crossing the border illegally. While appearing Tuesday on Fox News, former senior Democratic National Committee adviser Zac Petkanas shared an anecdote he had read about ...
Votto breaks drought with grand slam as Reds beat Tigers 9-5 | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 20, 2018
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto ended a long homer drought with his third career grand slam Tuesday night, powering the Cincinnati Reds to a 9-5 victory that ended the Detroit Tigers’ longest winning streak in two years. Sal Romano (4-7) had a second straight solid outing, limiting the Tigers t...
Mother of boy who died in abuse case pleads guilty | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 20, 2018
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich– A Kent County mother has pleaded guilty in connection to her son’s death. Prosecutors say Sonja Hernandez pleaded guilty to Perjury and 2nd Degree Child Abuse this week. Officials say Hernandez lied while under oath during the trial of her boyfriend, Elis Ortiz-Nives,...
Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 20, 2018
(CNN) — Recreational marijuana use will soon be legal in Canada after the Senate passed a “historic” bill on Tuesday with a vote of 52-29. Canada is only the second country in the world — and the first G7 nation — to implement legislation to permit a nationwide marijuan...
West Michigan reps weigh in on family separation issues | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 20, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – West Michigan Representative Bill Huizenga (R-Grandville) has released a statement calling for the “inhumane policy” of family separations to end along the U.S./Mexican border. “The Administration must end the policy of separating children from their families i...
Trump says he’ll be ‘signing something’ on detained children | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 20, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has drafted an executive action for President Donald Trump that would direct her department to keep families together after they are detained crossing the border illegally. She was at the White House where Trump told reporters he would...
AP: Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 20, 2018
(AP) – Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned. Lawyers and medical providers who have v...
Motorcyclist seriously injured in 28th Street crash | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 20, 2018
WYOMING, Mich. — An investigation underway after a crash involving a motorcyclist at a busy intersection. It happened at the intersection of 28th Street and Burlingame Avenue around 5 a.m. Wednesday morning. Police say the motorcyclist suffered serious injuries and was taken to a nearby hospit...
Motorcycle crash closes 28th Street | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 20, 2018
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A heads up to those who use 28th street as part of their morning commute: a crash has closed a major intersection. The intersection at 28th Street and Burlingame is closed as police investigate a crash that happened around 5:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. Our crew on scene te...
Police: Missing child in Van Buren Co. located | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 20, 2018
PAW PAW, Mich. — Police say a 2-year-old child missing in Van Buren County has been located. Michigan State Police said Wednesday morning that the boy had been missing for several hours from the Paw Paw area before being found alive.  A police  helicopter was called in to assist with the se...
Father drowns saving twin daughters in Atlantic Ocean | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 20, 2018
ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. – A Virginia father died Friday after he swam into the Atlantic Ocean to help his twin daughters who were having trouble swimming, according to his colleague at the real-estate firm Spotts & Carneal. The man, identified as 48-year-old Charles Austin Joy, of Beaverdam,...
Flooding an issue for residents in Barry County | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 20, 2018
BARRY COUNTY, Mich. — As lake levels continue to rise, so do the concerns for residents and elected  officials in Barry County. It’s a story we first brought to you last month, with 10 area lakes above average levels. It also looks like another lake is now on the rise as well. Sandbags ...
GRPD involved in standoff with barricaded gunman | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 20, 2018
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids police department is asking people to stay away from a home on the city’s Northwest side. Police are currently involved in a standoff with a barricaded gunman on Dale Street NW. We’re told negotiators are on scene working to get the person out...
Man with gun tattoo on forehead arrested for illegally possessing a gun | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 20, 2018
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Police arrested a South Carolina man with a handgun tattooed on his face for unlawful carrying of a firearm, among other charges, according to the Greenville Police Department. Michael Vines – who has a large image of a handgun inked over his left eye, the clip extending down ...
Holland company to hold job fair Thursday | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 20, 2018
HOLLAND, Mich. — A West Michigan company is looking to fill up to 40 positions at a job fair Thursday. LG Chem Michigan in Holland will host the job fair from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. They are looking to fill positions such as technical operators, maintenance technicians, engineers and electrician...
Indonesia raises number of ferry-sinking missing to 166 | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 20, 2018
TIGARAS PORT, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian officials say 166 people are missing from a ferry sinking Monday evening at a popular lake on Sumatra, a much higher number than previously believed. The boat didn’t have a passenger manifest and disaster officials have several times raised the numbe...
Multiple fire departments responding to Allegan Co. fire | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 20, 2018
ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. — Multiple fire departments are responding to a fire. It’s happening at a building in the 143rd Avenue and Lincoln Avenue. We’re told no one was inside during the fire and flames are still showing from the road. We have a crew on scene working to learn more in...
Teen bicyclist killed after being hit by vehicle | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 20, 2018
SCIPIO TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A teen is dead after being hit by a vehicle while riding his bike and alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. Michigan State Police say the Braxton Petrie, 16, of Jonesville, Michigan, died after being hit by the vehicle at about 10:00 p.m. Tuesday on Mosherville ...
5 charged in ‘smuggling scheme’ after fatal crash in Texas | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
DALLAS (AP) — Five people have been charged in a “smuggling scheme” following the fatal crash of an SUV that was fleeing Border Patrol agents and sheriff’s deputies in South Texas, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the western district of Texa...
Pole barn destroyed in Monday night fire | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
GENEVA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — No one was injured in a pole barn fire that broke out at a residence on 63rd Street near County Road 380 in Geneva Township Monday night. When crews arrived on scene the pole barn was fully engulfed and officials are considering the structure a total loss. The South Ha...
Manistee man drowns off the shores of Ludington | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
LUDINGTON, Mich. — Police say a man is dead after drowning in the Ludington area. It started on Saturday around 7:10 p.m. when emergency crews were called to the area of Pere Marquette Lake  on a report of a man in the water. According to the Ludington Police Department, a group of three adul...
More details released about Amazon fulfillment center coming to West Michigan | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
GAINES TWP., Mich. – More details are being released about an Amazon.com fulfillment center coming to West Michigan. The center is planned for Gaines Township and will be the fourth fulfillment center in Michigan.  The township and state of Michigan have recently approved plans for the center...
Oops: Contractor goofed with half-mile of concrete on I-696 | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
ROSEVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A construction company that poured about a half-mile of new concrete on a major Detroit-area freeway has agreed to do it again. The state Transportation Department says the concrete didn’t meet quality standards. Spokesman Jeff Cranson says Interstate Highway Construc...
Man arrested for January murder in Grand Rapids | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Police say they have made an arrest in a January murder. Curtis Swift, Jr., 26, was shot and killed in northwest Grand Rapids on January 19. Police had been called to the home by an acquaintance of Swift’s to check on his well-being.  He was found dead...
Meijer rolls out ‘Shop & Scan’ service | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
WALKER, Mich. – Meijer launched new technology Tuesday that they say will help get your groceries faster. Shop & Scan was launched Tuesday at 31 West Michigan stores. The service has been piloted in some area stores already. To use the service, you must download the free Meijer Mobile App ...
Gov. Snyder tours flood-damaged areas of the Upper Peninsula | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
HOUGHTON, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder toured damaged areas of the Upper Peninsula on Tuesday. The governor had already declared Houghton and Menominee counties disaster areas. Saturday night into Sunday morning, some areas of the Upper Peninsula were hit with upwards of eight inches of rain.  Se...
Worker dies following accident at electric plant in Michigan | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
GENESEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a worker has died following an accident at an electric plant in Michigan. The Genesee Township Police Department says 25-year-old Travis Wilson of Richfield Township was working last week on a pipe with a metal cap that was connected to a water line a...
Elderly man and teen girl tied up in Calhoun Co. home invasion | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
NEWTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Calhoun County detectives are investigating a home invasion in Newton Township early Tuesday morning. The incident happened in the 7000 block of Division Drive at about 4:30 a.m. Detectives say that three armed people entered the home and tied up an 84-year-old man and...
Walmart shopper made $1.3 million worth of fake returns, police say | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
YUMA, Ariz. – A 23-year-old Walmart shopper is accused of making fraudulent returns at more than 1,000 of the chain’s stores across the country. Thomas Frudaker was arrested Wednesday. Officials said he made $1.3 million worth of fraudulent returns at Walmart stores. Suspicion arose when Fru...
Pay It Forward Nominations | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
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AeroMed called for crash, multiple injuries reported | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Crews are on the scene of a crash involving two vehicles on Gooding Street and 16th Avenue in Conklin. Three people are injured and AeroMed is in route to the scene, according to Ottawa County Dispatch. It is unclear what caused this crash. This is developing story. 
More than 600 members of Jeff Sessions’ church just charged him with violating church rules | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
(CNN) — More than 600 members of the United Methodist Church have issued a formal church complaint against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a fellow church member, charging that his “zero tolerance” policy on immigration violates church rules and may constitute child abuse. Official...
Police release surveillance photos after recent Battle Creek break-ins | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The Battle Creek Police Department says several homes have been broken into over the last week, many focused on the south side of the city. Officials say the affected area is from Columbia Avenue to I-94 and Goguac Lake to Riverside Drive. The suspects typically enter thr...
One of two dogs returned to owner who couldn’t afford shelter, licensing fees | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
KENT COUNTY, Mich. — After an outpouring of support and fundraising, one of two dogs’ fees were paid and she was returned home from the Kent County Animal Shelter Monday afternoon. “[Bella’s] up to date, she’s home, she’s happy,” said Todd Spaans, dog owner. After F...
School honoring Confederate general renamed Barack Obama Elementary | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond, Virginia, elementary school will switch its name from that of a Confederate general to that of the nation’s first black President. On Monday, the Richmond school board voted to rename J.E.B. Stuart Elementary as Barack Obama Elementary School, reported WTVR. ...
Florida man chugged a beer after being pulled over | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
BIG COPPITT KEY, Fla. — A Florida man is in jail after allegedly chugging down a beer after being pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving. 48-year-old Daryl Royal Riedel led police on a chase on June 14th that ended with him getting out of his pickup truck holding a beer and gulping it dow...
Police chase naked man along Ohio highway | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
HUDSON, Ohio – A wild police chase ended with a naked man running through traffic and being hit by a minivan. It started just before 5 a.m. Monday morning with reports of a wrong-way driver speeding on I-77 in Stark County, Ohio. Sheriff’s deputies in both Stark and Summit counties began pur...
Camping out instead of moving in: A growing trend amid housing boom | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. – The housing market in West Michigan continues to boom and while realtors say selling a house is relatively easy, finding one to buy can be difficult and take time. Instead of waiting in limbo, many are setting up shop at camp sites. Rather than get tied down to an apartment ...
Three people injured in Conklin crash | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
CONKLIN, Mich. — Crews are on the scene of a crash involving two vehicles on Gooding Street and 16th Avenue in Conklin. Three people are injured according to Ottawa County Dispatch. It is unclear what caused this crash. This is developing story. 
2 Nassar victims praise Calley in new gubernatorial race ad | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar are praising Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley in a TV ad launched by his gubernatorial campaign. Calley last week signed legislation inspired by the Nassar scandal. He also has joined calls for John Engler to no longer serve as...
Woman charged in death of 5-month-old son | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
PORTAGE, Mich. – A Kalamazoo County woman has been charged with murder and child abuse in relation to the death of her five-month old son. Jennifer Anne Mohler, 21, faces one count of felony murder and two counts of child abuse, 1st degree. The Portage Department of Public Safety reports that ...
Miss Michigan 2018 to advocate for sex assault survivors | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — The newly-crowned Miss Michigan plans to use her platform to support survivors of sexual assault. Emily Sioma of Grass Lake was crowned Miss Michigan 2018 on Saturday in Muskegon. The 24-year-old hopes that sharing her story of campus sexual assault will raise awareness of t...
Riley’s Day of Kindness | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
HOLLAND, Mich. – If you received an act of kindness around Holland Tuesday, it may have been in honor of a teen who died two years ago today. June 19 was Riley’s Day of Kindness, in memory of Riley Hoeksema who died in a boating accident on Lake Michigan. For more on Riley, visit the Fac...
Del Monte recalls vegetable trays linked to outbreak of Cyclospora illnesses | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
Detroit, Mich. (WXYZ) — Del Monte Fresh Produce is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots and dill dip. The recall includes 6 oz., 12 oz. and 28 oz. trays that were sold to select retailers in Michigan, Illinois,...
Summer Block Party Series kicks off at Vander Mill this week | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Vander Mill Grand Rapids is kicking off their Summer Block Party Series Wednesday with a seafood boil. The three block parties have different themes, food, games and cider. The Block Party BBQ is planned for July 18 and the Fried Chicken Frenzy is planned for August 15. T...
Trump, GOP to huddle as outrage builds over border policy | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — Calls are mounting on Capitol Hill for the Trump administration to end the separation of families at the southern border ahead of a visit from President Donald Trump to discuss legislation. Trump’s meeting late Tuesday afternoon with House Republicans comes at a time when l...
Emergency crews called to highway crash near Saranac | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
SARANAC, Mich. — Emergency crews were called to a crash along the highway in Ionia County Monday afternoon. It happened near the Saranac Rest Area at around 3:40 p.m. on I-96. According to the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office, a 55-year-old driver from Hudsonville swerved to miss an animal ...
Video shows ER doctor mock man during anxiety attack: ‘He must be dead!’ | Fox 17
Fox 17 | June 19, 2018
LOS GATOS, Calif. – An ER doctor announcing you’re one of the “least sick of all the people” sounds like good news, but in the case of Samuel Bardwell, it was a callous statement made while he was suffering a full-blown anxiety attack. Now Beth Keegstra, 57, the contracted physic...