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  • Brandon Larsen

    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. 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 bullied […]

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    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 […]

  • Vigil held as police search for person of interest in Muskegon Heights homicides

    MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — A double homicide that police in Muskegon Heights initially thought was not connected left them with no suspects but one ‘person of interest.’ Investigators said Tuesday afternoon that they’re searching for Leon Means, 61. While he’s not being named a suspect they are calling him a “person of interest” in both killings. While the search for Means continues, the family of Anna Lawson, 63, sat her on front door steps on Sherman Boulevard for a candlelight vigil. Lawson’s […]

  • Controversial plans for new apartment complex in Byron Township move forward

    BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Plans to build a new apartment complex in Byron Township are moving forward. In a 4 to 3 vote, township board members decided they would go ahead with plans to build Springs of Byron Township. It will be located near the corner of 64th Street and Byron Center Avenue. However, the decision was not supported by many citizens who attended the meeting, and several of them spoke out about their concerns Monday evening. The 260-unit complex developed by Continental […]

  • Food trucks dampened sales for local food cart vendors during ArtPrize

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Local food cart vendors who are in Grand Rapids year-round saw dwindling profits during this year’s ArtPrize compared to previous years. Vendors say it’s because of the number of food trucks that are now part of the large event. Jennifer Idema, owner of Coney Girl, a hotdog cart located at Monroe Center and Ottawa Avenue, said over 15 years of operation the biggest boost in sales comes during ArtPrize since it began in 2009. While the […]

  • What works well and what could be better for ArtPrize 2015

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — From creating apps that allow you to vote for your favorite artists to adding pathways throughout the city to make the walk a little easier, it seems the organizers behind ArtPrize are always thinking of ways to make the event a little better than the year before. The competition that brings in thousands of people from all across the world. “It’s beautiful,” Shireen Hamid said. She and Shireen Hamid and her grandson Ahmed were among of […]

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    6 arrested in connection with stabbing, shooting death of Kent County man

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Six men are being charged in a murder investigation that began in Kent County in September. Brent Luttrell, 34, died on Sept. 8 after being stabbed and shot. According to the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office, Kevin Berry, Tyler Rohn, Isaac Fezzey, and Jaman Parish are all expected to be arraigned Thursday on the murder charges. Two others also face lesser charges related to the incident. According to investigators, Luttrell was sleeping at his home on Pinewood […]