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  • Vehicle hits power pole; driver takes off

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —  Plainfield Avenue was shut down at Evelyn Street NE after a car hit a power pole. The driver took off. It happened around 10 p.m. Thursday near the township fire station in the Cheshire area. Dispatchers tell FOX 17 no one was hurt. But wires sagged across Plainfield Avenue, which is closed from Evelyn/Comstock street to Helena Street. That’s between Knapp and Aberdeen streets.  

  • 100th Street Bridge Over US-131 Struck – Again

    BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — For the fourth time this year, the 100th Street bridge over US-131 in southern Kent County has been struck. The latest incident occurred at 5:51 p.m. Thursday, according to the Kent County dispatch. Troopers from the Michigan State Police responded to the crash. Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman John Richard tells FOX 17 an open truck hauling wood chips struck the overpass.  He says no one was injured, but the right lane of southbound US-131 was […]

  • Hastings Area Schools closed Friday due to threat

    HASTINGS, Mich. —  Hastings Area Schools students and staff will get an unscheduled day off Friday. The district posted on its Facebook page that an unspecified threat at the high school prompted the closure. The Hastings Area School System says the CERC and CERC Daycare also will be closed. The district did not indicate whether weekend activities might be affected.    

  • Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar joins St Patrick’s Parade

      (AP) — Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar joined along as Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue came alive with the sound of bagpipes, trumpets and lots of green Saturday at the 257th running of New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. Several bagpipe bands led a parade made up of more than 100 marching bands after Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke briefly, calling it a “day of inclusion” and adding: “We’re all immigrants.” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, also a […]

  • Bridge victim’s grieving uncle lashes out at ‘incompetence’

    (AP) — As crews removed bodies from beneath a collapsed pedestrian bridge Saturday, a victim’s uncle raged against what he called the “complete incompetence” and “colossal failure” that allowed people to drive beneath the unfinished concrete span. “Why they had to build this monstrosity in the first place to get children across the street?” said an anguished Joe Smitha, whose niece, Alexa Duran, was crushed in Thursday’s collapse at Florida International University. “Then they decided to stress test this bridge […]

  • Ford Airport: no smoke found by firefighters in cockpit

    CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. —  Gerald R. Ford International Airport says its  fire department responded to a report of smoke in the cockpit of an airplane Saturday night, but found no smoke. The airport said in a written statement to FOX 17 the report originated from an Allegiant Airline flight:   “After landing at GRR, Allegiant Air Flt#1728 reported smoke in the cockpit. Our fire dept responded but found no smoke, and no injuries or anything. The plane is currently at […]

  • Sessions fires former FBI deputy director McCabe

    WASHINGTON (AP) —Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday night that he was firing former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a longtime and frequent target of President Donald Trump’s anger, just two days before his scheduled retirement date. The move, which had been expected, was made on the recommendation of FBI disciplinary officials and comes ahead of an inspector general report expected to conclude that McCabe was not forthcoming with the watchdog office as it reviewed the bureau’s handling of the […]

  • UMBC makes history: First #16 seed to beat No. 1, Virginia

    11:33 p.m. UMBC has made NCAA Tournament history. The University of Maryland-Baltimore County became the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed after upsetting Virginia 74-54. This was a shocker. Virginia was the unanimous No. 1 team in the AP poll. They were no match for the Retrievers, especially after halftime. The game was tied at the half. UMBC looked like the No. 1 seed. ___ 11:15 p.m. Virginia fans are really getting nervous now. The top-seeded […]

  • Police identify suspect jailed after Park Township home invasion

    PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. —  Police have identified the Zeeland man who allegedly bound a woman with restraints in her Park Township home Wednesday morning during a home invasion. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says Kelly Wayne Harmsen, 46, has been arraigned on charges of Assault with Intent to Rob, Home Invasion-1st Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment and Felony Firearms. And he’s being held on a $750,000 cash bond, according to a news release. The alleged home invasion happened around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday […]