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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
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    Animal gas chambers spark West Michigan woman’s campaign

    MICHIGAN — Gas chambers are a controversial form of animal euthanasia, and you might be surprised to learn they’re still used in two Michigan counties. Suzanne Sarlls-Hartwell, of Branch County, is looking to get that number to zero. At last check, of the 83 counties in Michigan, Cass and Branch Counties still use gas chambers. Sarlls-Hartwell, a dog lover, has rescued several of her own. She cares for pets that are unable to be adopted out. If an animal must […]

  • Backlash, threats for Grandville businessman saying he refuses to serve gays

    GRANDVILLE, Mich. — Business owner Brian Klawiter said he didn’t expect to get a big response from a statement he posted on Facebook. He owns Dieseltec, an auto repair shop in Grandville. Tuesday, he posted a statement on a number of issues. In part, he said he refused to do business with gays and lesbians. “There’s a set of behavior rules in my place of business. I operate my life on Christian values, and for me to not take that […]

  • Update: Company clears victim’s debt, cancels fraudulent account

    MIDDLEVILLE Mich. — Angelica Zenquis now has peace of mind. We first chatted with the 19-year-old April 7. The Middleville mom had been fighting a collections notice for a long overdue cable TV bill. It was from a cable company she said she never even heard of. To top it off, according to the notice, the bill became delinquent in 2012 when Zenquis was 16 years old. She was attending Allegan High School. “Everything kind of fell into place after […]

  • Suspicious house fire under investigation in Muskegon

    MUSKEGON – Investigators with the Muskegon Fire Department and Michigan State Police are working to find out what caused a house fire and explosion late Sunday evening. Firefighters were first called to the home in the 700 block of Roberts Street just before midnight. The home was fully engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished, and the scene was first cleared just before 4:00 a.m.  The home is a total loss. Muskegon fire marshal Major Metcalf said two people lived at […]

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    Fundraiser planned for firefighter battling aggressive brain cancer

    ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. — Jerry Heasley has been fighting fires in Salem Township for 30 years, and he’s been a full-time truck driver for 20 years. In February 2014, all of that came to an abrupt end when the unexpected happened. “I bent over to pick something up, and I fell over,” he recalled. Heasley continued, “I told my wife, and she said, ‘you better go see a doctor.'” Instead, Heasley decided to take it easy. After a week, he […]

  • Ferrysburg man believes city failed to properly address drainage issues

    OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — Ferrysburg resident Rich Karnes and his wife moved into their dream home on Spring Lake in 2011. However, he said there’s one problem that’s persisted since then. Every time it rains as heavy as it did Thursday, their front yard floods all the way into their garage. “All the rain water, drainage water… it’s all coming to my yard,” Karnes said. He explained, “It’s been as far as five or six inches deep.” Karnes blames the […]

  • Wyoming woman suggests Kent County compile a storm shelter list

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Melissa Farratell recently moved to a mobile home park in Wyoming. She said she vividly remembers last summer’s tornado which hit parts of Wyoming and Kentwood. “It was eerie to see trees uprooted and homes kind of taken apart and things not where they’re supposed to be,” she recalled. The twister left widespread damage in its path.  Thankfully, there were few injuries and no deaths. This year, Farratell is worried because her lease states in capitol […]

  • Man blames township for flooding

    OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Matt Farage lives on Tek-e-nink Lake in Oakfield Township. He believes the water table is rising and affecting the integrity of his property. And he blames the township. Farage said his home has experienced flooding and is shifting. He believes dredging has taken place in a nearby channel that’s caused the water to backup the lake. He’s pointing the finger at the township and a developer who lives nearby, down Lincoln Lake Avenue. FOX 17 stopped by […]

  • Teen fights apparent identity theft

    MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. — Angelica Zenquis is a new mom and has another baby on the way. She said she got a bill from a collections agency in December, but Zenquis knew at that point she didn’t owe on anything. So she and her husband set the bill aside. “Then we got [another notice] this weekend, and I called the collection agency,” Zenquis said. The Middleville mom found out she has an outstanding bill for $210 from Cablevison. “I didn’t even […]