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  • Governor: Voters must approve road funding deal in May election

    LANSING, Mich. — Governor Rick Snyder and party leaders from the house and senate reached an agreement on how to fund Michigan’s roads, Thursday morning. It took several meetings to come to a compromise. However, voters must sign off on the deal on the May election ballot. Snyder said that’s part of the plan. Tonight, the house and senate must pass legislation to send the proposal to the ballot. “The ballot proposal would have four key elements,” Snyder addressed media Thursday […]

  • No deal on road funding among lawmakers

    LANSING, Mich. — House and senate leaders met three times on Wednesday to discuss funding for Michigan’s roads. Lawmakers have been meeting with Governor Snyder behind closed doors in his ceremonial office, however talks keep breaking down. They’ve met on several other occasions in the past few days. The governor wants to raise $1.2 billion dollars a year over the next 10 years in order to pay for needed repairs. A number of proposals are on the table, including increasing […]

  • Beating addiction: Van Buren County men graduate from drug court program

    VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. — It was a day of redemption for seven men who spent years of their lives abusing drugs and alcohol. “Well, I’ve used meth for probably 10, 12 years,” Levi Newcomb, 27, said. Newcomb’s life took a dark turn at just 15 years old. He said a friend introduced him to meth while living in Decatur, in Van Buren county. “Nothing ever comes good out of using (drugs),” he said. In October 2009, his addiction nearly cost […]

  • Woman overwhelmed by dog impound-related fees

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Callie Keaton said her dogs Duke and Onyx ran away Saturday afternoon when they were let out for fresh air. “This is Duke my 7-year-old and Onyx my 4 year old,” Keaton showed ‘missing’ flyers she made. She said she drove all over her Grand Rapids neighborhood but couldn’t find them. Keaton said she learned that her dogs were in the Kent County Animal Shelter on Monday. That’s also when she learned how much it would […]

  • Mobile home residents upset as ‘boil water advisory’ heads into week three

    ALLEGAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — People at the Village East Mobile Home Park are upset as a boil water advisory heads into week three. (This happens to be the same park where an infant was found unresponsive in his crib on Wednesday, and his father has been charged in connection with his death.) On November 17th, residents received a notice from park management which states ‘coliform bacteria’ was found in the water. It’s an indicator that potentially harmful bacteria may be present in […]

  • Infant’s father faces possible homicide charge; records detail home’s “deplorable condition”

    ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. — Three-month-old Jase Colby’s father is in the Allegan County Jail, accused of causing the injuries that led to his son’s death. According to a search warrant administered by the sheriff’s department, Jonathan Colby, 22, admitted to striking the infant in the head twice because the baby wouldn’t stop crying. It’s not exactly clear when the baby was hit, but Colby told investigators it was “in the past few days.” The infant lived with his mother and […]

  • Pennsylvania woman demands refund from West Michigan engine shop

    GRANDVILLE, Mich. — Lynda Haupt of Pennsylvania says she paid Accurate Engines of Grandville  about $2,000 for a newly rebuilt engine for her 2002 Dodge Durango. She says the engine failed after eight months. Haupt paid to ship the motor back to the company to have them fix the problem. Haupt says she got it back, and it failed after six weeks. She says the costs of shipping and reinstallation are mounting up, and she wants compensation. Company owner Lanny […]

  • Simon takes the stand

    Jury continues deliberation in tutor-teen sex trial

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Right now, jurors in the Abigail Simon trial are trying to come up with a verdict. The jury began deliberating Tuesday around 3:00 p.m. Deliberation lasted for about three hours on Tuesday. Simon faces five counts of criminal sexual conduct for allegedly having sex with a teenage student. The alleged victim was 15 at the time, and she met him through Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School where she was a tutor. The defense argues the […]

  • Former tutor awaits verdict in sex trial

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Tuesday afternoon, jury deliberation began in the Abigail Simon trial. Closings arguments started and ended on Tuesday. Simon was a tutor at Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School and is accused of having sex with a teenage student. The alleged victim was 15 at the time. She faces five counts of criminal sexual conduct. Watch the video for portions of the closing arguments.