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CUNNINGHAM_DARREN

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.


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    Newly obtained documents reveal more details in Heeringa case

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — Newly obtained documents shed more light on the investigation into suspect Jeffrey Willis. He’s charged in the murder of Muskegon County jogger Rebecca Bletsch, and he’s a suspect in the disappearance of Jessica Heeringa. FOX 17 obtained documents from the Michigan State Police through the Freedom of Information Act. A Michigan State Police incident report written in May 2016 explicitly states, “Investigators believe Jessica was murdered by Jeffrey Willis, but her body has not been located to […]

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    Athletic trainer charged with secretly recording nude women

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Justin Greenlaw, 27, appeared in a Kent County courtroom for his arraignment on four criminal charges. He’s accused of secretly recording two nude or partially-clothed women at a business in Grand Rapids. The incidents allegedly happened on June 15th and the 29th. He’s also accused of using a computer to commit a crime. Greenlaw was an athletic trainer for Kent City Schools. “He’s a trusted adult, and what’s happened here is a violation of trust,” Mike Weiler, […]

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    Grand Rapids receives grant to remove lead paint from homes

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The City of Grand Rapids on Wednesday announced a nearly $3 million grant to battle lead paint in homes. City officials say the federal money will ultimately help reduce lead poisoning in children.   Lead paint is still found in some homes built before 1978. The money will help property owners remove lead paint in their home, as well as fund educate efforts for residents and general contractors when it comes to the dangers of lead.  The […]

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    Ex-postal worker to be sentenced for stealing veteran’s meds, other mail

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — A West Michigan postal worker pleaded guilty to victimizing a Muskegon army veteran by stealing her medications, and she’ll be sentenced tomorrow. Samantha Rose Gentz will learn her fate in federal court. According to court records, Gentz opened at least 15 pieces of mail while working at the Muskegon Post Office last year. One of her victims, army veteran Laurel Hill, is upset because she was forced to go without prescriptions for a week. It caused complications. On […]

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    Prosecutor: ‘Unfired bullets’ link Willis to two crimes

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — Prosecutor DJ Hilson argued in court Friday that Jeffrey Willis established a pattern with his alleged crimes. Willis is charged with murdering Rebecca Bletsch in 2014 and trying to kidnap a 16-year-old in April. Hilson said “unfired bullets” recovered near the attempted abduction match bullets found in Willis’ van, as well as bullets removed from Bletsch’s body in 2014. The prosecutor also revealed Friday that Bletsch’s belongings—including her sunglasses, earbuds, and electronic device—were placed in a neat pile on the […]

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    ‘Caught in the Act’ — New initiative aims to identify suspected criminals

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — There’s a new crime-fighting tool aimed at closing unsolved cases in West Michigan. The ‘Caught in the Act’ initiative was announced today by local law enforcement agencies and Silent Observer. Many of the faces shown during a Thursday presentation were people who’ve committed retail fraud, but the crimes committed run the gamut. Local law enforcement hope you recognize and help them catch the suspected criminals. “So this is the website that we built, highlighting surveillance photos,” […]

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    Unemployment reform legislation headed to House floor

    LANSING, Mich. — Today, the House Oversight and Ethics Committee voted to send unemployment reform legislation to the House floor. The bill aims to implement many changes for the Unemployment Insurance Agency and prevent innocent people from being accused of unemployment fraud, as well as heavily fined. State representative Roger Victory introduced the legislation in October 2015 and said one of the main focuses is improving communication between the agency and the citizen. He expects the House to take up […]

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    Judge recalls chaos, heroism in Berrien County shooting

      ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said his department was familiar with Larry Gordon before Monday’s shooting. Bailey said Gordon was never combative and was always cooperative. However, they say that all changed on Monday when Gordon disarmed a deputy and killed two court officers. Now hearts are heavy in the community as it mourns the deaths of court officers Joe Zangaro and Ron Kienzle. Bailey said the support nationwide has been tremendous. “This is a great […]

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    Arson suspect arraigned; stepdaughter speaks out

    WYOMING, Mich. — Alyssa Canales said arsonist, car jacker and burglar aren’t nouns she would’ve imagined using to describe her stepfather Casey Marvin. Marvin, 34, was arraigned Friday in Wyoming District Court for allegedly setting several fires and other crimes. The spree happened on Tuesday, July 5th. “I still can’t believe it when I read the news. It’s just really hard,” 16-year-old Canales told FOX 17. She said, “I’ve never seen him like this. He’s always been such a happy […]