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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    Former appeals commissioner blasts unemployment agency, joins lawsuit

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A former state employee is speaking out about the unemployment agency’s fraud claims against citizens, and he’s joined a class-action lawsuit. Neal Young, of Grand Rapids, knows a lot about the unemployment system. In fact, he served on the Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission for several years. Basically, his position was akin to an appeals judge. He presided over unemployment cases at the appellate level. One of his jobs was to decide if an employee improperly collected benefits. Young left […]

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    Vandals steal golf carts, destroy dog park property in Ada

    ADA, Mich. — The Kent County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an overnight break-in at Quail Ridge Golf Club and vandalism at nearby Shaggy Pines Dog Park in Ada. Park owner Pam Stanley said a park member found fences knocked over Saturday morning.  She said someone the property was vandalized sometime after the park closed Friday night. Stanley described feeling “shock and sadness” upon learning of the destruction. “We’ve been around for 12 years, and it’s a happy place,” Stanley said. “So when […]

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    Michigan may soon adopt Blue Alert system

    MICHIGAN — President Obama signed the Blue Alert Act this past May after two New York City police officers were killed in the line of duty. Since then, 24 states have adopted the law and Michigan could be next. The Blue Alert system is similar to the Amber Alert system. Instead of missing and endangered children, the system is for law enforcement officers who are killed or seriously injured and when the suspect is still on the run. “It would […]

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    Coast Guard ends search for missing boaters; family depending on civilians

    PORT SHELDON, Mich. — The Coast Guard’s search for two missing boaters was called off late Thursday afternoon. Aaron Juarez, 40, and Chris Thode, 25, were last heard from Friday. Authorities said they went fishing Saturday on Pigeon Lake (which connects to Lake Michigan). They were reported missing on Wednesday, and that’s when the Coast Guard started its search. Juarez’s SUV and boat trailer are still at the boat launch. “Since receiving the notification of the missing boaters, the Coast Guard […]

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    Judge throws out confession in Montcalm County murder case

    SIDNEY TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Montcalm County judge has thrown out a man’s confession in the murder case of Alan “Dale” Nelson, according to officials with Montcalm County District Court. Alan Morse, 48, of Sidney Township is charged with killing the 80-year-old at Nelson’s home in the 500 block of Nelson Drive on Nevins Lake.   Nelson was found shot to death at the home in late March. Judge Donald Hemingsen granted a motion to suppress Morse’s confession, ruling that it was […]

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    Students wear pink for classmate undergoing bone marrow transplant for rare leukemia

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Kids from Grandville Central Elementary School enjoyed the first day of Artprize in downtown Grand Rapids. The field trip allowed them to get outside of the classroom, but more importantly, it gave them a chance to display some solidarity for a special friend. Most of them wore pink and brought a dollar to donate. That friend is Lola DeYoung. FOX 17 told Lola’s story back in July. The playful 9-year-old is battling a rare form of leukemia. […]

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    Man raped girl with Down syndrome, had 650,000+ child porn images: Police

    BARRY COUNTY, Mich. — A 69-year-old Nashville, Michigan man was charged Wednesday in a horrific child pornography case involving several instances of rape and hundreds of thousands of images. David Heinsen was allegedly in possession of more than 650,000 images and 3,000 videos of child pornography, officials say.  He admitted that he’d sexually abused girls in the past, according to a release. In 1989, Heinsen allegedly raped an 8-year-old neighbor with Down syndrome and took pictures of the abuse.  The […]

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    State police school bus inspections report highlights districts statewide

    MICHIGAN — The Michigan State Police perform yearly inspections on school buses to make sure they’re up to par. You can find your district in the report by clicking here. Many West Michigan school districts did just fine on their inspections. Some have room for improvement. The inspections took place over a one year period and ended just before this school year. FOX 17 talked with Jenison Public Schools superintendent Tom Tenbrink who said his district’s inspection took place in the spring. […]

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    Thousands of unemployment cases reviewed; 8% affirmed as fraud

    MICHIGAN — In August of this year, the Unemployment Insurance Agency disclosed to the FOX 17 Problem Solvers it was pulling back 8,500 cases from the Michigan  Administrative Hearing System for unemployment staff to look at instead. These are cases previously flagged by the agency’s $44 million dollar computer system for an alleged discrepancy. Judges would have looked at them closer. However, there is a backlog of cases waiting to be heard. According to UIA spokesperson Lynda Robinson, so far, staff have reviewed […]