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  • Center to open for homeless teenagers and runaways in Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A local church is teaming up with another organization to help homeless teenagers and runaways in Grand Rapids. Mars Hill Bible Church and Arbor Circle will be transforming a vacant building on State Street into a drop-in center. There, the youth can get connected to resources like housing options, employment support and trauma counseling. “The CEO at Arbor Circle said it really well, he said, ‘these are nobody’s kids and so they’re our kids,” Andy Soper, […]

  • West Michigan man wins Reebok CrossFit Games

    JAMESTOWN, Mich. — A man from West Michigan who competed in the Reebok CrossFit games took first place. The competition is a grueling test of fitness. Every year thousands of men and woman train in the hopes of being tough enough to make it to final 20. Steve Hamming, from Jamestown, beat out 1,500 of his competitors. “If you watch a CrossFit competition, you’re pushing yourself as hard as you can push yourself for a time period, or to get […]

  • Panhandler paparazzi are posting their encounters to Facebook

    HOLLAND, Mich — Residents along the lakeshore are taking their concerns over panhandling to the streets. In the past 48 hours, a Facebook page was created in which people show their encounters with panhandlers, who they say are lying about being in need. Videos and photos posted to the page West Michigan Hardly Homeless Panhandlers show the confrontations. One woman is seen following a man on a South Haven sidewalk. “You go city from city and try to scam from […]

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    Spectators gather for parade of ships in Grand Haven

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — Thousands gathered in Grand Haven to take part in this year’s Parade of Ships on Monday. It’s part of the annual Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival. Two of the ships arrived a day early due to some unexpected weather. While temperatures in the 50s caused most ship spectators to dress in layers, cool weather didn’t keep them from attending. “We just love the ships, love the people on the ships, the guys are so sweet and […]

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    Charlotte Ponce receives countless pieces of jewelry following ear surgery

    SPRING LAKE, Mich. — Wearing earrings is something many people take for granted but for Charlotte Ponce it’s a life long dream. Charlotte, 12, from Spring Lake is back home after receiving a new ear nearly three weeks ago. Over the years, she’s had more than a dozen major surgeries after being attacked by a raccoon as an infant. “I can finally where earrings once this is all done,” Charlotte said. “This is the jewelry that people sent me.” While opening containers […]

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    Candlelight vigil held for mother killed at gas station

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — A candlelight vigil was held for the mother of three who was a killed at a gas station July 23. As the parents of Nicole Gates standing in front of their daughters memorial, which was decorated in flowers and candles, they accepted hugs from friends, family and even strangers. More than 300 people showed up at the Citgo station where Gates was killed in the early hours of July 23.  With candles in hand, each person bowed […]

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    Family visits gas station murder victim minutes before her death

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Family of the woman who was killed while working at a gas station in Battle Creek said they visited her just minutes before her death. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, police found the body of Nicole Gates, 27, inside the Citgo gas station on M-89 at Hussey Avenue. Her suspected killer, Shawn Pike, was taken into custody. Another man is also behind bars in connection to her death. Police are not releasing his name. […]

  • High-speed chase ends with hostage situation at adult superstore

    COLDWATER, Mich. — A high-speed chase that started in Indiana and turned into a hostage situation in Coldwater ended peacefully on Tuesday. Lt. Dave Wood with the Michigan State Police, said no one was injured. The suspect was taken into custody. The pursuit began just before 10 a.m. in Angola, Ind. where police said the suspect robbed a CVS pharmacy. “He had apparently robbed the CVS store for some narcotic medications,” Lt. Wood said. After traveling nearly 25 miles, the […]

  • Wyoming triple murder: Suspect’s friend speaks out amid disturbing discoveries

    WYOMING, Mich. — For Andrew Weener, it’s a time of shock and mourning. He said the man who was his best friend and served as a groomsman in his wedding is the same man Wyoming police named a suspect in the killings of a local couple and their unborn child. “I’ll never be able to put this entirely behind me, but just to know what happened exactly so I can explain it to myself,” Weener said. Like so many across the state, Weener […]