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Ann Marie LaFlamme is thrilled to be in West Michigan as a part of the FOX 17 News Team. She’s a Central Michigan University graduate, where she high-jumped for the women’s Track & Field team and caught the broadcasting bug while anchoring News Central at the student-run station.

Ann Marie started her career in Northern Michigan at 9&10 News and FOX 32, where she was a reporter and anchor.

Originally from Rochester Hills, Ann Marie loves covering breaking news and investigating stories that impact Our West Michigan.

In her free time you’ll find her walking her dog, cooking, volunteering and spending time with her family and friends.

Recent Articles
  • Enterovirus testing

    Doctors await test results to confirm Enterovirus D-68 in West Michigan

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Enterovirus D-68 is a big concern for parents across the country as new cases continue to pop up. More than 10 states around the Midwest and southeast have reported seeing similarly high numbers of hospitalizations of children with severe respiratory illness. Michigan has yet to confirm any cases of Enterovirus D-68, though doctors say they’re just awaiting the test results. Doctors in Idaho are LAO preparing for more children with D-68 as West Michigan hospitals do […]

  • Enterovirus

    Doctors believe Enterovirus D-68 has spread to West Michigan

    MONTAGUE, Mich. – Fears of enterovirus hitting in West Michigan are becoming reality. After speaking with health officials in the Muskegon County area, FOX 17 is learning several children have tested positive for the virus. Jennifer Welch rushed her 4-year-old daughter Elly to the hospital Wednesday with a fever and difficulty breathing. She says the doctors told her Elly has the virus that is affecting kids across the country. Doctors say it will take further testing to determine if it’s […]

  • Dylan Adoption

    Finding a forever home for Dylan

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – 14-year-old Dylan walks into his interview with FOX 17 in a suit, not trying to impress our staff,  but hoping to impress that special family to make him one of their own. “I like making good appearances,” he says. On top of his charm and wardrobe, the eighth grader promises to cook and help around the house once he finds a family to call his own again. “When I was little, my mom and dad had […]

  • Lantern Fire

    Chinese lantern may have sparked business fire

    KENTWOOD, Mich. – You`ve probably seen them, the lights of Chinese lanterns lingering in the skies over West Michigan. An investigation is underway after a Kentwood business went up in flames Tuesday after witnesses saw a Chinese lantern drop fire onto the roof. It happened in the 200 block of Breton Industrial Avenue in Kentwood. A charred Chinese lantern found on scene seems to tell the tale. “Where they come down there’s no control, it’s flammable and could start fires […]

  • Hazmat event has Grand Rapids chemical company rethinking operations

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A hazardous material scare on the north side of Grand Rapids has a chemical company rethinking the way they operate. It isn’t the first time this year that Haviland Enterprises has had this same chemical reaction create a hazardous materials situation. “The way to prevent it is for us to not handle these chemistries, which is a real possibility after two events in one year; same chemistry, same very similar problems,” CEO Bernard Haviland said. CEO […]

  • Enterovirus

    “A matter of time” before respiratory illness hits West Michigan

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. – It`s a respiratory virus spreading to hundreds of children in the Midwest and beyond – and a local doctor says it’s just a matter of time before it hits West Michigan. Enterovirus D-68 is responsible for an unusually high number of pediatric hospitalizations and the CDC says this is only the “tip of the iceberg.” “Enterovirus is a part of a large group of viruses that affect the respiratory tract and the intestinal tract,” Dr. Richard Van […]

  • Grocery Store Hugs

    ‘Fired for hugging’ claim sparks death threats, more alleged victims

    WHITEHALL, Mich.- Fred Civis said he was fired for hugging a customer but new documents shows that there may be more to it than that. The Muskegon County Prosecutor’s office says four more women have come forward with similar allegations of being inappropriately touched by Civis. FOX 17 obtained the police report through the Freedom of Information Act, and it includes the store’s previous actions where they addressed Civis’ hugging. “I gave her what I used, what we used to […]

  • Nathaniel Pembrook

    FOX 17 gains exclusive access inside jewelry store robbery investigation

    LANSING, Mich.- Two armed robberies by a group of suspected criminals in April remained unsolved until Thursday. The FBI announced they have a suspect in custody caught thanks to DNA evidence left behind at the crime scene. Michigan State Police invited FOX 17 into their rarely seen laboratories for an exclusive inside look at how it’s all done. In April, the Michigan State Police Lab in Grand Rapids received a sample of blood from a masked man who was shot […]

  • Grocery Store Hugs

    Grocery store cashier says he was fired for hugging a customer

    UPDATE: FAMILY RECEIVING DEATH THREATS FOLLOWING EMPLOYEE’S FIRING WHITEHALL, Mich. – A Muskegon County grocery store employee says he was fired for giving a customer a hug. It’s controversy that’s ripping through the small community of Whitehall and has Fred Civis accused facing charges. Civis says it was just a hug, a friendly way he has greeted customers throughout his 39 years at Plumb’s Valu-Rite Foods. But the alleged victim felt differently, leading to Civis’ termination and criminal charges. A Facebook […]