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  • Local charges dismissed in favor of federal case for former rowing coach

    GRAND RAPIDS TWP., Mich. – In a move that came as a bit of a surprise to the courtroom Friday morning, though protocol: 63rd District Court Judge Sara Smolenski announced that all five Kent County charges against Timothy Vallier, 30, had been dismissed, making way for the federal case against him to proceed. Vallier is the former rowing coach for Rockford High School. He was arrested earlier this month after a student discovered a camera that had recorded video inside a […]

  • The Highlands golf course could be sold for housing development

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich–It’s been a mainstay in the Grand Rapids golf scene on the West Side for more than 100 years, but The Highlands golf course could be sold to make way for a residential development. Rumors about a possible sale have been swirling for months, but now things have moved a step further. Both Third Coast Development, and the Grand Rapids Elks Club confirm to FOX 17 that Third Coast has obtained a purchase agreement on the property. However, […]

  • New trampoline park coming to Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–Starting this fall, there will be a new place for kids–and adults, for that matter–to bounce around and blow off some steam. AirTime Trampoline & Game Park has announced plans for a new trampoline park at the shops at Centerpoint, in the old Menard’s building there. It’s one of the larger retail spaces in the Centerpoint mall complex, and joins recent stores like Rue 21, TJ Maxx, Old Navy, Dress Barn and Five Guys. The shops at Centerpoint […]

  • East Grand Rapids Teams with Mary Free Bed for special parade

    EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–It was a very special Fourth of July parade in East Grand Rapids Monday, as the city partnered with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Both entities are celebrating 125 year anniversaries in West Michigan. The Grand Marshal of the parade was Pam Buschle, a long-time East Grand Rapids resident and community supporter, who survived a life-threatening battle with sepsis in 2013, with the help of Mary Free Bed. Buschle lost her logs below the knees, and her […]

  • Former Three Rivers pastor charged with CSC

    THREE RIVERS, Mich.–Police say a church pastor from Three Rivers used his position of authority to coerce an 18-year-old woman–a member of his congregation–into having sex with him. The Three Rivers Police Department says James Nelson Bailey Jr., 66, was a pastor at the Three Rivers Bible Church until he resigned in late may as a result of the incidents. Police say he had been counseling the young woman since 2014, when she was 16. The charges in the case […]

  • Man shocked, injured at Hudsonville Freshman Campus

    HUDSONVILLE, Mich.–A man was shocked by electrical current and injured while working near the pool at the Hudsonville High School Freshman Campus Friday. Officials with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said the call came in around 12:15 p.m. The Superintendent tells FOX 17 that the man is an electrician, and was transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids. FOX 17 News is working to learn more about the situation and will provide updates as they become available. […]

  • 25-year-old Rockford man killed in Kent County crash

    ALGOMA TWP., Mich.– A 25-year-old man from Rockford was killed late Wednesday night, when police say the 2001 Ford Mustang he was riding in turned into the path of an oncoming car. It happened around 11:15 p.m. in Algoma Township. While attempting to head south on Northland Drive, investigators say the 22-year-old Mustang driver turned left off of M-57 in front of an eastbound 2008 Buick Enclave, driven by a man from Cedar Springs. The passenger in the Mustang was […]

  • 7 Monks Taproom to open Grand Rapids location

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–Beer City U.S.A. is about to get a little busier, thanks to an announcement from 616 Lofts and 7 Monks Taproom out of Traverse City. The Northern Michigan pub and restaurant originally opened in Traverse City in 2011, and plans to add a location in Grand Rapids this fall. The new location will be in a 616 Lofts property at 740 Michigan Street NE, and will boast 57 taps featuring seasonal craft beers from Grand Rapids, across Michigan, […]

  • Abbie Kopf will have surgery to replace part of skull

    The young survivor of the Kalamazoo shooting rampage will undergo surgery on Friday, May 13, to replace part of her skull that is missing. The information comes in a very brief update posted to Abbie’s recovery page, adding “she is looking forward to it.” Abbie Kopf is the 14-year-old girl who survived a gunshot wound to the head in the incident on February 20.  She had been pronounced dead at the hospital, however her mother says she put her head […]