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  • FOX 17 heads to Clements Mill for Halloween

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– FOX 17’s Jessica McMaster spent Halloween in Clements Mill, where there was trick-or-treating for people of every age.

  • Asphalt company agrees to city’s terms after neighborhood noise complaints

    SPRINGFIELD, Mich. — After neighborhood noise complaints, an asphalt company has agreed to follow the city’s ordinances. Earlier this month, the FOX 17 Problem Solvers were contacted by homeowner Mark Opala, who lives on A Avenue. He said Lakeland Asphalt, which dumps torn up pavement just across the street from his home, was working at all hours of the day, even though the city ordinance calls for operating hours between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. “Right now, they’re within 100 […]

  • Rockford parents with twelve sons expecting a baker’s dozen

    ROCKFORD, Mich.– Kateri and Jay Schwandt of Rockford have 12 sons, with one more on the way to make a baker’s dozen come May. On Monday, the couple announced they’re expecting child number 13. Their 12 kids range in age from 15 months to 22 years. While you might expect them to be wishing for a girl, don’t be so quick to assume. While eating at the dinner table, several children told us about their first choice. The votes came […]

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    Community raises awareness about bullying after teen takes his own life

    WYOMING, Mich. — Friends, family and  other community members gathered Tuesday to raise awareness about bullying after 14-year-old, Brandon Larsen took his own life last week. Posters filled with anti-bullying messages lit up by candlelight sat in the background as Larsen’s family clung to each other. The teenager, who was in the ninth grade at Wyoming Junior High, took his own life Oct. 13.  Larsen’s grandmother, Wanda Hirst, said within hours of learning she’d lost her grandson she also learned he had been […]

  • Several employees suspended from Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital on possible assault of patient

    KALAMAZOO, Mich.– Several employees with the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital are suspended on allegations of suspected assault of a patient. Twenty-eight workers are now off the job with pay after an incident involving just one patient. That’s according  to Jennifer Smith, who is a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Community Health. Chief Jeff Hadley, with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety told FOX 17 his officers served a search warrant at the hospital to collect information as part of the investigation. The […]

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    Rockford High School raises awareness about mental health

    ROCKFORD, Mich.– Rockford High School is raising awareness about options and resources when it comes to mental health. It’s all part of an initiative called Developing Healthy Kids that was brought forth by the high school in 2012. Mackenzie Vallad and Brittany Hayes, who are both seniors, are doing their part to reach kids on a personal level after going through battles of their own. “In ninth grade I dealt with depression and she dealt with an eating disorder,” Vallad […]

  • Lakeland Asphalt

    Springfield residents angered by asphalt business — officials say company is breaking city ordinances

    SPRINGFIELD, Mich. —   Located just off Avenue A in Springfield are heaps of torn up roadway; it’s what the residents call “the asphalt graveyard.” The piles of asphalt are being dumped by Lakeland Asphalt. While the business is placing the rubble on its own property, homeowners tell FOX 17 they’re sick of the noise and pollution. “Lakeland Asphalt has decided to expand their business and created all kinds of havoc as far as noise and the hustle and bustles of […]

  • South Christian girls golf team to tee off in state championship in honor of fallen coach

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–The South Christian High School girl’s golf team is just hours away from teeing off in the Division 3 state championship tournament. While making it this far never comes easy for any team, the Sailors are showing they can overcome a tragic loss with courage and grace, all while leaning on each other. “Tuesday, when we found out we were all kind of in a state of shock,” said Marissa Smits, a member of the golf team. “We […]

  • Local vet discusses possibility of animal to human Ebola transmission

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– A veterinarian is hoping to set the public at ease after reports that a dog was quarantined and another was euthanized after their owners tested positive for Ebola. The dog that was euthanized was from Spain. The other that was placed in isolation belongs to a Texas nurse who got the virus after treating a patient. Dr. Randall Carpenter, a veterinarian with Family and Friends Veterinary Hospital, said a study done in Africa showed 25 to 33 […]