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  • 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 […]

  • ‘Get the Lead Out': Program to help families make homes safe

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Jennifer and Eddie Carmona had no idea their older home was hurting their young son Jaxon, until the toddler tipped them off to the hidden danger lurking in the house. Tests run on the two-year-old revealed an extremely high level of lead. “His lead level was really high, 26 the first time,” mom Jennifer Carmona told FOX17 News. “We didn’t have any chipping paint necessarily and we didn’t know about the yard and the dogs tracking […]

  • ‘Day of Caring’ project focused on expungement education

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Instead of picking up paintbrushes or fixing up landscape, Jubilee Jobs decided to take on a special project for this year’s annual “Day of Caring”, sponsored by the Heart of West Michigan United Way. The Grand Rapids non-profit teamed up with Thomas M. Cooley Law School and other agencies to host an “expungement workshop” at the Wealthy Theatre. “It’s really about being creative and thinking outside of the box and trying to be innovative with giving […]

  • West Michigan’s own Zeus, world’s tallest dog, has died

    OTSEGO, Mich., — The Doorlag family in Otsego is mourning the loss of their dog Zeus, who passed away last week. The giant Great Dane was officially named the “world’s tallest dog” by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2012. Zeus was more than seven feet tall when he stood on his hind legs. He weighed about 155 pounds and was the size of the average donkey. The family tells FOX 17 Zeus was a “great dog” that will […]

  • Cooler, wetter summer causing ‘tomato troubles’ for some growers

    RICHLAND, Mich., — Ben Martin is less than pleased with some of the tomato plants on his farm this year.  Due to a cooler and wetter summer, the plants that were forced to weather the elements experienced blight. The plant disease is often caused by fungi, such as mildews. “They’re dead, they’re just full of white fruit,” Martin told FOX 17 News. “It was pretty hard this year. We’re lucky to even salvage some of the ones we got off.” […]

  • “He got worse and worse”: Local survivor of domestic violence weighs in on breaking the cycle

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Virginia Castro began to experience dating violence in her teens. Now a survivor of domestic violence, she shares her story to hopefully save someone else. “I started dating when I was 13, 14 years old. I remember my second boyfriend was violent,” explained Castro. “In my case, it was progressive. He got worse and worse and worse.” The shocking video released Monday of Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in an elevator […]

  • Decline in wine? West MI wineries say harsh winter may impact certain varieties

    KALAMAZOO, Mich., — Dean Bender sees the effects of last winter every time he walks around his vineyard at Lawton Ridge Winery in Kalamazoo. Bender told FOX 17 News the record cold killed the buds on most of his premium European grapes, and will likely cost him a loss of between $18-19 thousand dollars in grape sales. “What really hurt us, was the low night temperatures below 10 degrees,” explained Bender. “We have a crop, but it’s roughly 60 percent […]

  • Girl’s 10th birthday wish to ‘pay it forward’ to Make-A-Wish Michigan

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Instead of presents, Aubrey Cohoon’s only birthday wish on January 19th was to help sick kids have their wishes come true. The 10-year-old asked for donations to benefit Make-A-Wish Michigan, the state chapter of the national non-profit that grants about a wish a day to kids ages 2-18 that are facing a life-threatening condition. “I knew they help kids make their dreams come true, and I knew mine were coming true, so I wanted to help […]