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  • Skaters to roll for Humane Society of West Michigan

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    Remembering Trooper Butterfield one year later

    MASON COUNTY, Mich. –It has been one year since Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield was shot and killed in the line of duty. He was shot in the head by Eric Knysz during a traffic stop in Mason County Sept. 9, 2013, just minutes after starting his shift. It’s a story that has touched people across the state and nation, with hundreds turning out for his funeral, including law enforcement from around the country. His fiancée Jennifer Sielski says […]

  • Crave 21 challenges West Michigan students to curb addictions

    HOLLAND, Mich. — A West Michigan man is working to curb addiction by challenging students locally to give up the things they crave the most. It’s a new campaign, focused on educating kids and teenagers about drugs, alcohol and healthy living. The visionary behind it is working to get into schools across the area this year, teaching them about cravings and addictions in a hands-on way. Hope College graduate Cam Brieden started his nonprofit New Way Recovery two years ago. […]

  • Andy Brown during sentencing for the murder of his boss, David Locey.

    Man sentenced for murder of West Michigan accountant

    CENTREVILLE, Mich. – The man convicted of killing a Sturgis accountant in his office was sentenced Friday in a St. Joseph County courtroom. Andy Brown, 37, maintained his innocence while speaking before the court Friday morning as he was sentenced to 37 1/2 years in prison.  “I’d like this court to now despite mistakes I’ve made that I’m a loving person with a big heart and I’m innocent,” he said. His wife said she stands by Brown and they plan […]

  • Puppies from Alabama find ‘Forever Homes’ in West Michigan

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Dozens of puppies likely to be euthanized are given a second chance by families here in West Michigan. It’s all a part of a partnership between the Humane Society of West Michigan and “Puppy Pipeline” out of Georgia. It’s a first for the Humane Society; they actually met those behind the organization earlier this year at a conference, a group dedicated to saving puppies from overcrowded shelters. After a long night of traveling, some 30 puppies […]

  • The plans behind Grand Rapids’ first hostel

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.,–It’s a hybrid between a bed and breakfast and a hotel, a hostel and it would be the first of its kind for Grand Rapids. The visionaries behind it are one step closer to making it a reality after purchasing a house in the Creston Neighborhood, off of Plainfield Avenue. Cousins, Phil and Mark Bouman’s vision sits in a 150 year old, 5 bedroom Victorian home on Page Street, a house the Calvin graduates recently purchased to turn into a […]

  • West Michigan program transitions offenders back to society

    MUKSEGON, Mich. — Some criminal offenders are spending the summer getting local festivals ready across West Michigan as part of the Kalamazoo Probation Enhancement Program (KPEP.) KPEP offers residential and non-residential programs for adult offenders, according to their website it’s for people “who need more structure than regular probation provides but where extended jail time is not judged necessary.” Joe Doyle, who helps set up festivals around Muskegon, says he has used the program and its residents over the past several years. […]

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    Teenage Best Buy employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –A West Michigan teenager is accused of deceiving the Best Buy she worked for out of thousands of dollars. Court records show 19-year-old JoHanna Taylor has since plead guilty to an embezzlement charge. Grand Rapids Police say Taylor worked at the service desk at the Best Buy on East Beltline Avenue. Investigators say the scheme included merchandise, gift cards and cash. They say Taylor would send the merchandise to family and friends as gifts. Police say Taylor […]

  • ALS: The reality of a deadly diagnosis

    WEST MICHIGAN. –The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised millions of dollars to fight ALS, but many are still unaware of the daily struggles of those living with the disease. ALS is a fatal, progressive neuromuscular disease, and research shows every day there are 15 new cases across the nation. There is no cure for ALS and no known cause, and ALS can change the lives of victims and their families in an instant. For two West Michigan families, their Ice […]