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  • West Michigan roofer accused of taking thousands of dollars, failing to work

    HUDSONVILLE, Mich. — Frank Bednarsky, 78, hired Windows of Michigan in June 2012 to repair his roof. He said he gave Nick Koebke two checks worth a total of $4,000 to do the work. Bednarsky said Koebke was the sales manager. Joe Kooienga is the owner of Windows of Michigan. “Never did a thing. Well, except take my money,” Bednarksy said. As the FOX 17 Problem Solvers report, Kooienga has a history of taking down payments and failing to follow […]

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    Woman reimbursed $1200 after FOX 17 investigates ceiling collapse

    WYOMING, Mich. — Marianne Bida was relieved to receive a reimbursement check for more than $1,200. “And I appreciate reaching out to you guys, because nothing would have gotten done,” Bida said. Early this month, she told the FOX 17 Problem Solvers how, in January, her bedroom ceiling at Oldebrook Apartments in Wyoming collapsed despite her warning to management that it was caving in. When the ceiling fell, debris and insulation covered her belongings. “And they only gave me $30,” she […]

  • “Spay Neuter Express,” Lowell veterinarian risks losing license

    WEST MICHIGAN — The state held a hearing Thursday regarding Dr. Bruce Langlois and his veterinary license. Langlois owns and operates the Animal Hospital of Lowell and the Spay Neuter Express. The latter is a mobile unit that travels across the state to perform the stated procedures. The Michigan Attorney General’s Office is investigating numerous complaints against Langlois. The state claims Langlois has poor standards of care, and he doesn’t properly document or compile medical records. Langlois’ attorney claims the accusations of […]

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    One missed property tax payment; Kalamazoo County treasurer discusses risk

    KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. — FOX 17 sat down with the Kalamazoo County treasurer, Mary Balkema, to discuss the policy on delinquent property taxes. After FOX 17 aired a story on Deb Calley, we received lots of feedback. An attorney representing another family in a similar situation came forward. Calley lost her to the Kalamazoo County treasurer’s office over one missed property tax payment. She claims she was never properly notified. Attorney Brian Weiss emailed FOX 17 and said his clients […]

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    Couple robbed for $10,000 cash at gun point

    ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Mich. — Four men from Ohio are in jail for allegedly robbing a couple of food vendors this morning, according to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators said the men stole $10,000 in cash from a married couple. The couple made the cash selling food at the St. Joseph County Grange Fair which ended Saturday night. This morning, the couple was in their RV when the men tied them up and robbed them at gun point, […]

  • Fundraiser held for family of 9-year-old; continues Saturday

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — The community gathered to celebrate the life of Connor Verkeke. The 9-year-old died tragically in early August. Police said Jamarion Lawhorn, 12, stabbed Verkeke to death. Today, Kellogsville Schools held its annual “Community Pride” event at the middle school. A group of entertainers looking to hold a fundraiser for Verkeke’s family were invited to do so at the event. It continues tomorrow from noon to 4 p.m. The event featured many fun activities and entertainment including: live […]

  • Mobile home owner wins in “right of first refusal” case

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — The right of first refusal enforced by mobile home parks has frustrated a number of mobile home owners in West Michigan. The FOX 17 Problem Solvers have continued to report on this issue. A ruling has been issued in a Muskegon County courtroom for a case FOX 17 first reported on in April. The owner of a mobile home was prevented from selling the home because the owner of the mobile home park claimed she had […]

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    Police catch suspect in Kalamazoo arson, assault

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Adam Shigwadja, 18, has been captured, according to Kalamazoo Public Safety. Shigwadja was wanted for felonious assault. He’s accused of breaking into his girlfriend’s home, assaulting her, and setting her bedroom on fire on Monday night. Police said her brother fought Shigwadja off, and the suspect escaped through the second story window. Investigators said  Shigwadja was located by police around 7:30 p.m. on Stadium Drive near Howard Street. Police said he was “apprehended without incident.” The victim is […]

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    Records: Judge denied PPO against man who allegedly assaulted ex-girlfriend

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — FOX 17 is digging into the background of Adam David Shigwadja. The 18-year-old is wanted for felonious assault. Kalamazoo Public Safety said he broke into an ex-girlfriend’s home, assaulted her, and set a fire in her bedroom this morning. This occurred on the 300 block of Prospect. Court records show that a judge denied a personal protection order (PPO) request in Feb. 2013. A female made the request. It’s not clear yet if this is the same […]