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  • Former tutor awaits verdict

    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.  

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    Closing arguments begin in tutor-teen sex trial

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Closing arguments are taking place right now in the trial of Abigail Simon. Right now, Simon’s defense attorney Michael Manley is delivering his closing arguments to the jury. Simon, 35, is accused of having sex with a then-15-year-old on multiple occasions. Simon tutored the boy at Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School where she worked and allegedly gave him a key to her apartment. The allegations came to light in April 2013. During her closing arguments, […]

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    Prosecutor cross-examines former tutor accused of having sex with teen

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Abigail Simon, 35, testified on day nine of her trial. Kent County assistant prosecutor Helen Brinkman cross-examined Simon today. Simon, a former tutor, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a then-15-year-old boy. The two met at Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School where she worked. She allegedly took him back to her apartment on multiple occasions up until April 2013. “Today is the first day I haven’t been scared,” Simon said to Brinkman. At […]

  • Former tutor: Teen “forced me to have sex with him”

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Abigail Simon, 35, took to the stand today. It’s day eight for her trial. The former Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School tutor is accused of having a sexual relationship with a then-15-year-old boy. Simon tutored the teen in late 2012 and early 2013. She’s accused of picking him up near his home, taking him back to her apartment on multiple occasions and having sex with him. Thousands of text messages allegedly exchanged between the two […]

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    Fruitport family left in the cold following gas shutoff

    FRUITPORT, Mich. — A family from Fruitport has been in the cold since November 13th. Alison Thompson said Michigan Gas Utility company shut her  gas off without warning. “They didn’t leave a notice on our door, and they didn’t give us a bill,” Thompson said. She said she, her fiance, and her three kids moved into their mobile home in early October and made sure the utility was switched over in the fiance’s name. Thompson said her family found out […]

  • Questioning continues in day four of teen-tutor sex trial

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The alleged victim in a teen-tutor sex scandal is back on the stand. The 17-year-old was 15 when the alleged crime occurred. Investigators said he met his former tutor, Abigail Simon, through Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School. Simon, 35, is accused of having a sexual relationship with the teen. Picking up from last Friday, the prosecution continues to go through the alleged text message exchange between the teen and Simon. Three of Simon’s friends also […]

  • Alleged teen victim talks about sexual relationship with tutor

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The alleged victim in a Kent County sexual assault case testified today. It was day three for the trial. Abigail Simon, 35, is charged with criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. Police said she’s a former tutor for Grand Rapids Central High School and West Catholic. The alleged victim is currently 17 years old, but he was 15 when the alleged crime occurred. Simon tutored the teen. On Thursday, the alleged victim’s mother testified. She […]

  • West Michigan prepares for winter weather

    WEST MICHIGAN — Rylee’s Ace Hardware employee Kevin Groot said customers started buying items in preparation for the winter weather in early October. Groot said winter supplies are flying off the shelves. Salt, shovels, scrapers, snow blowers and hats are obviously the popular items. Groot said the salt supply ran low last year. “Salt has been a commodity that’s been really hard to get a hold of. Last year we found ourselves going down to Ohio, Indiana to bring salt […]

  • Jessica Heeringa’s mother discusses proposed “Jessica’s Law”

    LANSING, Mich. — With supporters by her side, Jessica Heeringa’s mother Shelly traveled to Lansing to speak with lawmakers about a bill to protect gas station employees. Shelly Heeringa told the state house commerce committee about her daughter’s disappearance and the heartache she’s lived with since April 2013. Police believe the 25-year-old was abducted. Jessica Heeringa worked as a gas station clerk at an Exxon gas station in Norton Shores. It was nighttime when she went missing.  She was alone, and […]