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  • WMU Police: Stay away from Asylum Lake

    KALAMAZOO, Mich., — The Western Michigan University Public Safety Department has issued a warning to stay away from Asylum Lake until further notice following an armed robbery Monday. The crime happened just before 5pm at the  university-owned Asylum Lake Preserve near the intersection of Drake Road and Parkview Avenue, just a few miles away from the main campus. A man was slightly injured during the incident. The suspect is described as a male in his 30s with dark hair and […]

  • New partnership expanding environmental education at GRPS

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Thanks to a new partnership between Grand Rapids Public Schools and the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, more students  will have the opportunity for hands-on learning about the environment outdoors. After being tested at a few select GRPS schools last year, the Supt. Teresa Weatherall Neal announced Monday the Teach for the Watershed Program will be expanded district-wide. “I knew that it was extremely important for our students to learn about the environment, learn about the […]

  • ‘Love of the Run': Man races across MI to raise awareness, money for childhood cancer

    OKEMOS, Mich. —  Ramon Hernandez is Amway’s Pay it Forward Person of the Month for September. An avid runner, Hernandez said running has been a passion for as long as he can remember. But, the ultra marathon runner found that as he pushed himself to run greater distances, he also felt a growing desire to make a difference. “I just wanted something more out of running,” Hernandez told FOX 17 News. “Talked it over with my wife, and we just […]

  • Stepped up security at Muskegon H.S. in wake of gun incident

    MUSKEGON, Mich., — District leaders at Muskegon Public Schools are planning to review and beef up security after a student was allegedly found with a loaded gun at Muskegon High School Tuesday. The school was put into lockdown for nearly two hours following the incident. Superintendent Jon Felske tells FOX 17 the incident happened in the school’s J building during second hour lunch. Felske said the district is re-distributing manpower to better supervise the transition during the lunches and to […]

  • Kentwood Fire Dept. dedicates new truck in honor of late commissioner

    KENTWOOD, Mich., — The Kentwood Fire Department fleet is back to five trucks, with the addition of the brand new Engine 53. The truck was officially added and dedicated Tuesday, in honor of longtime Kentwood Commissioner Frank Cummings. Cummings, who passed away in August 2012, was a big supporter of the fire service. His family was in attendance, along with fire and city officials as the truck was pulled into the parking lot of Kentwood City Hall for a special […]

  • ‘Get the Lead Out': Program to help families make homes safe

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Jennifer and Eddie Carmona had no idea their older home was hurting their young son Jaxon, until the toddler tipped them off to the hidden danger lurking in the house. Tests run on the two-year-old revealed an extremely high level of lead. “His lead level was really high, 26 the first time,” mom Jennifer Carmona told FOX17 News. “We didn’t have any chipping paint necessarily and we didn’t know about the yard and the dogs tracking […]

  • ‘Day of Caring’ project focused on expungement education

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Instead of picking up paintbrushes or fixing up landscape, Jubilee Jobs decided to take on a special project for this year’s annual “Day of Caring”, sponsored by the Heart of West Michigan United Way. The Grand Rapids non-profit teamed up with Thomas M. Cooley Law School and other agencies to host an “expungement workshop” at the Wealthy Theatre. “It’s really about being creative and thinking outside of the box and trying to be innovative with giving […]

  • West Michigan’s own Zeus, world’s tallest dog, has died

    OTSEGO, Mich., — The Doorlag family in Otsego is mourning the loss of their dog Zeus, who passed away last week. The giant Great Dane was officially named the “world’s tallest dog” by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2012. Zeus was more than seven feet tall when he stood on his hind legs. He weighed about 155 pounds and was the size of the average donkey. The family tells FOX 17 Zeus was a “great dog” that will […]

  • Cooler, wetter summer causing ‘tomato troubles’ for some growers

    RICHLAND, Mich., — Ben Martin is less than pleased with some of the tomato plants on his farm this year.  Due to a cooler and wetter summer, the plants that were forced to weather the elements experienced blight. The plant disease is often caused by fungi, such as mildews. “They’re dead, they’re just full of white fruit,” Martin told FOX 17 News. “It was pretty hard this year. We’re lucky to even salvage some of the ones we got off.” […]