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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 […]

  • Doctor speaks out against accusations of improper care

    WEST MICHIGAN — Dr. Bruce Langlois maintains he provides great quality care at his veterinary practice. The state attorney general’s office is attempting to take away his license. Langlois runs the Animal Hospital of Lowell and the Spay Neuter Express. The latter is a mobile clinic that travels around the state to offer spaying and neutering at a low cost. The state attorney general’s office accuses Langlois of improper care and failing to keep adequate medical records for a minimum […]

  • UPDATE: Trucking company pays family in full

    Follow Darren Cunningham on Facebook VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. — After weeks of feeling helpless, Holly Hooper and her family are happy. Trucking company R + L Carriers reimbursed them for losses related to a snagged power line, damaged property and a subsequent power outage. No one saw the truck actually hit the line, but it was spotted in the Bangor neighborhood. Hooper didn’t get a call back from the company when the line snapped. Two weeks later, she contacted the […]

  • 60 votes separate Kalamazoo County’s state senate candidates

    KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. — Roughly 80,000 people voted for who they want to win Kalamazoo County’s state senate seat, according to county records. The race for the 20th district was a very tight. Candidate Margaret O’Brien (R) leads Sean McCann (D) by 60 votes, according to county clerk Tim Snow. Both are current state representatives, and both garnered more than 36,000 votes. A third candidate, former state rep. and libertarian Lorence Wenke, garnered close to 7,300 votes. The county board […]

  • Couple receives nearly $4,300 refund check from Home Depot

    KENTWOOD, Mich. – The old adage goes, “You get what you pay for.” Well, the Nauta family paid a major home improvement chain nearly $4,300, but they never got their fence. For two months, Cheri Nauta said she got the runaround. She said she asked for a refund during that time, but there was still a delay. Independent contractors were supposed to do the work. Within one week after contacting the FOX 17 Problem Solvers, Nauta and her husband Dan got their […]