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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
  • Problem Solved: No-show contractor refunds $5,000 deposit to Alto couple

    ALTO, Mich. — Bill and Marge Melvin received a $5,000 cashier’s check today from Jerry Carpentier thanks to the FOX 17 Problem Solvers. The couple had hired Jerry Carpentier, owner of Jerry’s Asphalt Paving, to redo their driveway. However, they said Carpentier cashed their check in April and stopped responding. Following last night’s initial story detailing the Melvin’s woes with the business, Carpentier decided to reach the Problem Solvers back via email. He agreed to meet with a $5,000 cashier’s […]

  • Couple: Jerry Carpentier cashed $5k check, stopped responding

    ALTO, Mich. — Bill and Marge Melvin have a big day coming up in August. They’re celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and plan to have a big gathering. So they wanted to get their driveway redone which is already in need of work. “It’s a fairly substantial driveway,” Bill Melvin said. The Melvins were prepared to pay $35,000 to resurface and expand their already large, circle driveway and build a pickleball court. After getting a few quotes, the Alto couple […]

  • Ionia couple out $500 after paying IRS imposter using iTunes gift cards

    IONIA, Mich. — The IRS says it’s a scam that’s been making the rounds for years, and it’s one the agency and local police have issued multiple warnings about. Usually thieves call you demanding money and threaten jail time if you don’t pay. But now it appears they’re also using text messaging. Joe and Ronda Nalett received a text on Tuesday, July 11th. “I was scared. I started ballin’,” the Ionia woman said. The text was from someone claiming to […]

  • BBB gives advice on hiring a contractor following storm damage

    WEST MICHIGAN — As storm cleanup continues across West Michigan, many people are now looking to hire contractors for major repairs. It’s a necessity that requires some precaution. The Problem Solvers receive a lot of calls and emails from people who’ve hired a questionable contractor. These are often people who need help getting their money back after a contractor has taken off without starting or finishing the work. Well, with all the storm damage and increased need for services, the Better […]

  • Grand Rapids man struggles to get his name placed on his birth certificate

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Nantai Makura, 22, said he was surprised to learn his birth certificate was incomplete. “Come to find out my birth certificate don’t got no name,” Makura said. It’s something we all depend on. The official document has his mother’s name, the date, time, location of his birth, but the space for his name is blank. “You need it just to survive. I need it for ID. I can’t get no ID cause I don’t got no […]

  • Hearing on UIA class-action lawsuit scheduled for Friday

    MICHIGAN — A court hearing is scheduled Friday in Detroit for a class-action lawsuit against the Unemployment Insurance Agency. Three judges in the Court of Appeals are tasked with deciding whether the case moves forward. Regardless of the outcome, it may head to the state supreme court. The case is Bauserman v. UIA, and it was filed in September 2015. It seeks compensation for damages for the tens of thousands of people wrongly accused of unemployment fraud by the MiDAS […]

  • Concrete contractor operating under new name gets more complaints

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — There are a number of people who have hired Aaron Weaver who say the only thing he’s good at is getting business, accepting payment, and taking off. Now a Kalamazoo veteran is joining the list, saying he, too, fell victim to a man with no morals. “We’ve dealt with contractors before. We just got a bad one this time,” Tony Reetz said. “A bad one” may be putting it mildly, but Reetz is a mild-mannered guy. The […]

  • ‘I should’ve never went outside’ — 7-year-old shot in Muskegon Heights out of hospital

    MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — J’Anthony Bell and his family said they’re thanking God the 7-year-old’s injuries aren’t any worse than they are. Muskegon Heights Police said the child was caught in a crossfire Sunday evening when a gunman opened fire on Ivory Avenue. “I should’ve never went outside,” J’Anthony told FOX 17. “I got shot before I went back home.” The child was playing with friends when he and another man were shot, according to police. Chief Joseph Thomas said the adult […]

  • Problem Solved: Funds released, property fixed after months of waiting

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The sound of construction rumbled outside Mike and Christy Dewey’s window, Friday morning. “Super exciting. Feels good,” Mike Dewey said. It’s just what the Grand Rapids couple has waited months for. “I’m definitely glad that we called you,” he said. Long before their call to the FOX 17 Problem Solvers, the couple closed on their home in January. But it was their luck a tree uprooted earlier that same morning and damaged the land. After the […]