As a FOX 17 Problem Solver, I try to help people who feel they have nowhere else to turn. We have a great team that prides itself in getting results and seeing a situation through to the end.

I couldn’t have imagined having this opportunity when I began at FOX 17 in August 2011. Since then, I’ve reported on a wide range of issues and events happening around West Michigan.

Before helping launch Problem Solvers, I served as the Grand Rapids city commission beat reporter for two years. I covered the region’s largest municipal government.

My professional journalism career began in Lansing. I cut my teeth in the news business at WLNS.
From 2006 to 2011, I wore many hats and reported the news for my last 3 years in the Capital City.

Before that, I graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Go blue!

When I’m not reporting the news, I enjoy spending time with my family, volunteering at my church, and running long distance.

Recent Articles
  • Landlord: ‘C and W Home Improvements’ took roofing deposit, disappeared

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Landlord-tenant disputes are a dime a dozen, but a West Michigan property owner is feuding with a local roofer. Property owner Benjamin McClellan said Carlton Williams of “C and W Home Improvements” was hired to bring the roof of one of his rental properties up to city code. “We had to redo the roof due to the shingles were peeling,” McClellan said. McClellan and his business partner, Billy Perez, said Williams was hired last May and […]

  • Man allegedly confessed to brother’s murder; has history of mental illness, homicidal thoughts

    WALKER, Mich. — Records filed in Kent County Probate Court in 2014 show Christian Burns has a history of mental illness and homicidal thoughts. Burns is a suspect in his brother’s murder. Walker Police said he confessed to killing his brother, Nicholas, Monday morning. Monday’s shooting took place at The Orchards Apartments on 4 Mile Road, but the probable cause affidavit doesn’t say much more than that. The 2014 records detail a previous, serious altercation between him and his brother. (It’s […]

  • Holland to welcome HopCat, movie theater at mixed-use development

    HOLLAND, Mich. — Downtown Holland is preparing to welcome a West Michigan favorite, Grand Rapids’ own HopCat. It’s part of a larger development project taking place at the corner Pine Avenue and 8th Street. “That whole area is really going to come alive,” saidHolland Mayor Nancy DeBoer. “One of the main things that businesses are looking for as they look for talent across the country, they want to say, ‘You want to come here, because there’s always something going on. […]

  • Several home owners complain of crumbling asphalt, shoddy work

    BARRY COUNTY, Mich. — Homeowners in Barry County say their driveway is still a mess after hiring an asphalt contractor. “That’s dirt. That’s just black gravel,” Bob Davis said. Davis said his driveway is crumbling despite paying Ace Asphalt and Paving $9,000 dollars to pave it. “This stuff looks good when they first doing it. He sprays it after he does it, and it’s real black and it looks like real asphalt,” Davis explained. But the Delton man said after hiring […]

  • 4-way stop law awaits governor’s signature

    LANSING, Mich. — Despite popular belief, state law says you are supposed to give right-of-way to the more trafficked road when a traffic light is out. But not everyone knows that. In that situation, most driver’s treat the intersection as a 4-way stop. The inconsistency between what’s actually the law and what most people learned in driver’s training is causing accidents. One state lawmaker has a bill hoping to clear that up. “I can tell you that I spent 31 […]

  • BBB warns of fake tech support numbers online

    WEST MICHIGAN — We often warn you about whose phone calls you answer, but now the Better Business Bureau is issuing an alert about the numbers you dial. The organization said the customer service line you found online may be a trap. The problem: phony online advertisements and/or fake websites pretending to belong to a legitimate company. The BBB said if those toll free numbers are fake, the person on the other end of the line will try to talk you […]

  • State: Identity theft leads to spike in fraudulent unemployment claim complaints

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The state said it received 1,600 and 2,000 calls per week in the month of January from people reporting unemployment claims filed in their names. These were fraudulent claims through identity theft. “As we saw this influx occur, we acted immediately,” Wanda Stokes, director of the Talent Investment Agency, said. Stokes says a spike in identity theft complaints occurred in December. She said people have been stealing information like names, addresses, dates of birth, and Social Security […]

  • State fire marshal surveys a thousand departments over PFAS concerns

    GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Michigan’s state fire marshal wants to know which departments use foam containing PFAS as a fire-fighting substance and how they dispose of it. The Dutton Fire Department said it received the survey last week. While foam “increases the effectiveness of our water,” says fire chief Paul Sheely, The department decided to be proactive and let the community know via social media that it doesn’t make use of PFAS. In fact, they said it would actually damage […]

  • Contractor allegedly refuses to pay $11k court judgment

    HUDSONVILLE, Mich. — Patti McDonald said she just wants John Nash to follow a judge’s orders and pay up. She said dealing with Nash has stretched her finances thin and now he needs to be held accountable. “This is the mold,” McDonald pointed to a picture. McDonald has several pictures of the mess she said Nash left behind after she paid him $10,500 to remodel two showers for her bathrooms in late 2016. She said Nash came by referral to […]