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  • Move-in find raises questions of negligence for lawyer

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — We hire them to represent our best interests in the court of law, trusting them with personal information. A recent find by a new homeowner is bringing into question what happens to that personal information we disclose to lawyers after our case is finished. A West Michigan family said they bought a home from two lawyers, and the lawyers left behind 26 boxes full of case files with information containing everything from Social Security numbers to […]

  • City leaders: Non-profit purchase of 177 homes for affordable housing is necessary

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mic — Inner City Christian Federation is moving forward with plans to purchase 177 houses in Grand Rapids, Wyoming, and Eaton Rapids. ICCF is buying these homes from an out-of-state investor and putting control into local hands. “There hasn’t been a lot of empathy, as we are seeing larger firms buying multiple homes and they go into management companies,” said Grand Rapids Planning Director Suzanna Schulz. “For these families that are right on the edge, if they are […]

  • Murder-suicide of principal, son “leaves a big hole in everyone’s heart”

    WESTPHALIA, Mich. — A local principal and his son with disabilities were found dead in their van in Montcalm County earlier this week in a suspected murder-suicide.  Thursday night, police are still investigating and picking apart why this happened while family, friends, students, and community members attended a visitation for Pewamo Elementary Principal George Heckman and his son, Grant. Many people at Thursday’s visitation said they could barely believe it.  George Heckman was a man who people say loved kids, […]

  • Family claims contractor took their money after community raises funds for them to rebuild

    GREENVILLE, Mich. — A family in Montcalm County whose home was destroyed in a fire is facing even more stress after they say the contractor they paid with money raised by the community never did any repairs. Greg Krause was on duty for the National Guard in Montague on May 17 when he got a call saying the compressor of his refrigerator burned the whole inside of his family’s home. After the community raised close to $2,000 for Krause and […]

  • Allegan Co. residents in 2-year push for road repairs

    GUN PLAIN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A gravel or dirt road in West Michigan isn’t anything out of the ordinary, but residents along 108th Avenue in Allegan County will tell you the road is in need of serious work. “People speed through, if there’s a kid standing on the side it’s too late before you realize it,” said resident Jarrod Austin. Austin and dozens of others in Gun Plain Township say it’s not just the bumpy ride home that bothers them, […]

  • Muskegon city firefighters “extremely concerned” about proposed budget cuts

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — Muskegon city firefighters are responding to comments made by the city manager about a proposed $600,000 budget cut to their department. City manager Frank Peterson spoke with FOX 17 Wednesday night about the proposed cuts. He said the cuts need to be made because the city has to get a handle over its costs, and that rising pension and healthcare costs are the Achilles’ Heel of the department and are unsustainable. “The additional costs are stemming from […]

  • Parents of child who died at playground keep memory alive with scholarship

    NORTON SHORES, Mich.—It’s been 5 years since a little boy died on his school playground after he accidentally inhaled a piece of gravel, but his parents found a way to keep his memory alive for generations to come. Nikolas Wypa was on the swing set at Churchill Elementary in 2012 when a pebble from the schoolyard somehow got lodged in his throat. He was only 6 years old, his family still struggles with the loss. “I finally posted last week […]

  • City manager addresses potential $600K cut to Muskegon Fire Department

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — Muskegon’s City Manager is responding to public outrage over a potential $600,000 cut to the fire department, saying salaries and benefits in the department have spiraled out of control. So out of control, that the city is looking into new ways for the fire department to be staffed and run. The city has ideas but no definite plans because they are waiting to talk to the union about what they can negotiate on to keep costs down. […]

  • Muskegon firefighters angry over budget cuts, city claims they can do more with less

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — Firefighters and residents in Muskegon are upset over a proposed $600,000 cut to the local fire department. On Tuesday, many of them showed up to the city commission meeting with the same question: How can they provide better services to their city with less money? Some firefighters are afraid of losing their jobs, saying there is no way they can provide better and safer services with that big of a cut. “We believe a rush decision in […]