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  • Craigslist ‘handyman’ accused of ripping off customers

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Several people in Grand Rapids claim to have been ripped off after hiring the same handyman off of Craigslist. Rodger Woods paid a $250 cash deposit to have two trees removed from his backyard. He tells FOX 17 that he hired Troy Tewksbury, who advertises a so-called business on Craigslist known as All Around Handyman Services. He said after paying the deposit, once it came time for the “handyman” to do the job, all he got in exchange for his […]

  • Family of teenager killed in hit-and-run speaks out

    HOLLAND, Mich. — The family of a teenager who was killed in a hit-and-run is speaking out less than 24 hours after the incident. Jonathan Bracamontes, 15, died Tuesday morning after being hit at the intersection of US-31 and Riley Street in Holland. Investigators said the woman who hit him, Ruth Borgman, never stopped and continued on her way to work.  While Borgman later contacted police, Bracamontes’ brother, Christian Bracamontes, is left to wonder one thing. “I don’t know why she […]

  • Father hopes billboard campaign will bring son’s killer to justice

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — While Steve Burrell joyfully watches his granddaughter play along a leaf lined street in Grand Rapids, the pain of not knowing who killed he father troubles him. Burrell’s granddaughter has spent half her life without her father, Lamar Ivy, 22, who was shot and killed on Sept. 10, 2011, outside Galewood Tavern in Wyoming. “Lamar shouldn’t be gone,” Burrell said. “I’m not the only parent that’s weeping, sobbing, depressed–I just don’t understand it.” Ivy’s picture can […]

  • Kalamazoo Co. officials say home foreclosure is out of their control after woman’s property tax mistake

    KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. — A Kalamazoo County woman continues to fight for her home after she missed a property tax payment, and a county attorney says the foreclosure is out of their control. The debt, initially less than $2,000, is from a single missed payment from 2011. Deborah Calley said she has the money and wants to pay. “When you have sunk your whole life savings and your whole family’s future into a piece of property it shouldn’t be able to go […]

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    Kalamazoo mother loses home over one missed property tax payment

    RICHLAND, Mich. — A mother from Kalamazoo is losing her home after she missed a property tax payment. It has been a rough couple of years for Deborah Calley, who has overcome physical and mental obstacles following a devastating car accident. The crash happened in 2008, and it left Calley with several injuries to her arms, wrists, and neck. She said also she had four big bruises on her brain. Calley was told the recovery process could take several years. […]

  • Brother speaks out after Wyoming woman killed by suspected drunk driver

    TYRONE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The brother of a woman killed by a suspected drunk driver in Tyrone Township Wednesday night  says his sister was on a date during the crash. The crash happened at the intersection Tyrone Avenue and 20 Mile Road. According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Ana Escutia-Chavez, 25, and Jose Gavina, were driving West on 20 Mile when the driver of a pick-up truck, who deputies say had been drinking, blew through a stop sign and hit them. […]

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    1 killed, 2 others injured in Kent County crash; alcohol likely a factor

    TYRONE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A woman was killed and two other people were injured Wednesday after a crash at 20 Mile Road and Tyrone Avenue, and police say alcohol is believed to have been a factor. According to emergency officials at the scene, the crash happened at about 8:15 p.m. north of Kent City when a Ford pickup truck that was headed south on Tyrone blew through a stop sign and hit a 2010 Dodge Charger. A passenger in that […]

  • Grand Rapids gas station owner calling upon other businesses to help keep streets safe

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The owner of a gas station in Grand Rapids is calling upon other business owners to help keep the streets safe. Vik Singh, owner of the BP Gas station at Hall Street and Division Avenue said he shuts down for one hour every night during the weekend following years of violence in the area. “People are getting stabbed out here…they’re getting shot out here,” Singh said. On Labor Day weekend a woman was shot in the […]

  • Allegan Co. man out nearly more than one thousand dollars after hiring contractor via Craigslist

    ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. — A man from Allegan County claims a contractor who he hired through Craigslist ripped him off. Michael Fillmore, said he hired Joshua Tyra to install a furnace in his home on Big Lake in Hopkins. He said Tyra came out to his home and gave great detail about how he would complete the job. “He came on site to check on the house to see if it was a viable option,” Fillmore said. “He pointed out […]