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  • Busy Day For Dispatchers

    Kalamazoo County to consolidate dispatch services by 2019

    KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. – Thursday, officials from Kalamazoo City, Township, and County, along with Western Michigan University and Portage, signed a consolidated dispatch agreement. This agreement comes almost 30 years of pleas from residents and officials to do so, Kalamazoo Sheriff Richard Fuller said. “When I walked in the office, back in 2009, one of the first things I heard from the citizens was, ‘we need this done’; and I’m just so proud to say that we’ve got this done,” […]

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    Updated personal protective equipment covers healthcare workers head-to-toe from Ebola

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – History’s largest Ebola epidemic has infected more than 10,000 people and claimed more than 4,900 lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Although West Michigan healthcare officials say the threat of contracting the flu is more likely than Ebola, local hospitals have their hands full and say they are prepared. Spectrum health officials told FOX 17 they’ve prepared since July, working closely with local agencies and the CDC. They said they’re “confident in their strong […]

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    “Rotten Apples:” TIME’s controversial cover sparking teacher tenure debate nationwide

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Nov. 3 cover of TIME Magazine, already available online, sparked an outcry from educators nationwide. The title, “Rotten Apples: It’s nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher. Some tech millionaires have found a way to change that,” is being called “rotten journalism.” The article debates the topic of teacher tenure, and how some Silicon Valley investors are working to break apart that process. Although some critics call the article balanced, they said the title is […]

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    HopCat server, mother killed in accident, mourned by community

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A mother in Ottawa County was killed in a car crash early Sunday morning. Renee Stanford, 42 of Hudsonville, was killed when a vehicle hit her car, after she did not yield at the intersection of 32nd Avenue and Riley Street in Jamestown Township, deputies said. Stanford was a server at HopCat in Grand Rapids for the last three and a half years. Mark Sellers of BarFly Ventures said she was well-known and loved by her […]

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    Anonymous bullying and violence hotline “OK2SAY” promoted days after Wyoming teen’s death

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. – It’s been one week since the tragic death of a Wyoming teen who took his life after his family said he was bullied. Now, more students are learning about an anonymous tip line that’s in place across the state to help others speak up about bullying. It’s called OK2SAY, an early warning system that is part of the Michigan Student Safety Initiative. OK2SAY is 24/7 anonymous hotline that officials said is working to stop the silence. According […]

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    Lost dog returned to owner after eight months

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – After nearly eight months of surviving freezing cold to hot temperatures, local gas station employees returned a missing dog to its owner. Liz Rumney told FOX 17 she adopted Kami, who she believes to be a three-year-old Shih Tzu mix, from her friend, Kristi Powers, who was fostering the dog. Then, just three weeks later, a friend let Kami outside and she bolted. “It was freezing rain, and it was below zero a couple of nights, […]

  • Brandon Larsen

    “It needs to be talked about every day”: Teen takes his life after loved ones say he was bullied

    WYOMING, Mich. – The community is coming together to remember one of their own and raise awareness about bullying. Brandon Larsen, 14, ninth grader at Wyoming Junior High School, took his life Monday night. Family said he was bullied for months. Thursday classmates and loved ones held signs standing along 28th Street for a car wash, in hopes of raising money to lay Brandon to rest. “He was so wonderful, he really was,” said Melissa Larsen, Brandon’s aunt. “He was […]

  • Hastings teacher cleared of indecent exposure charge

    HASTINGS, Mich. – A Barry County jury cleared a Hastings elementary teacher of his indecent exposure charge, after a neighbor alleged he exposed himself to her while urinating in his backyard. Although a misdemeanor charge, it’s something that could have cost 55-year-old Stephen Merring his teaching license. Merring has taught physical education at Southeastern Elementary School for nearly 20 years. Attorney Fil Iorio said Merring was confident that once the jury heard his client’s side of the story they would […]

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    Ebola epidemic: Breaking down the threat in West Michigan

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – On Sunday, a healthcare worker with the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, who provided care for the patient who died from Ebola Oct. 8, has tested positive for Ebola. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) called this Ebola epidemic the largest in history. At this point, more than 4,000 people have died; deaths at a rate of one in two people who have come down with the virus. Yet, turning to social media, pictures surfacing […]