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    ‘Operation End Zone': Teen’s dream of playing football will come true this weekend

    COOPERSVILLE, Mich. —  After spending years watching games and sitting on the sidelines, 13-year-old BJ Young will finally have the opportunity to take the field in his first ever football game Saturday. Young, who suffers from Mitochondrial disease, was never expected to be able to run, much less catch a football in his lifetime. “He’s very tough, very stubborn,” explained Duane Young, BJ’s dad. “From day one, he wasn’t supposed to stay awake and he started staying awake. He wasn’t […]

  • Move over growler: Hudsonville brewery brings “crowlers” to West MI

    HUDSONVILLE, Mich., — It’s more than a can, but less than a growler: meet the crowler! White Flame Brewing Company in Hudsonville is now selling the 32 oz. cans of your favorite craft brews. The brewery, which opened in January 2012, hopes the addition of a crowler machine will take business to the next level. “I think it’s a great thing that will attract people to come here,” owner Bill White told FOX 17 News. “Not only do we have […]

  • ‘I’d do it over again': Officer speaks out about giving mom car seat, instead of ticket

    EMMETT TOWNSHIP, Mich.– Emmett Township Public Safety Officer Ben Hall has gained a lot of attention after a traffic stop last Friday. While responding to a call of a child riding in a vehicle unsecured in a car seat, he met young mom Alexis DeLorenzo and her 5-year-old daughter. “When I spoke to [DeLorenzo], she was very forthcoming and knew that the child should be in a booster seat,” Officer Hall told FOX 17 News. “She admitted that she was […]

  • Caught on camera: GRPD officer rescues young deer

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Grand Rapids Police Officer Ryan Bruggink is earning major kudos online after rescuing a deer in distress. A clip of the officer rescuing the young button buck from the softball diamond at Plaster Creek Park is garnering hundreds of “likes” and making the rounds on Facebook. Officer Bruggink, who’s been a part of the department for about five months, responded to the scene Wednesday, along with his training officer, Officer Josh Mollan. “Basically the deer kept […]

  • 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 […]