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  • With Slows secured, downtown GR poised for a BBQ boom?

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Walking through the Downtown Market alongside Slows’ executive chef and co-owner Brian Perrone, it was the first time Chris Muller said he definitively knew the Detroit-based restaurant would be making a move out west. Muller, a commercial real estate agent with M Retail hired to lease space for the market, had called Perrone a few months prior. Slows BarBQ was on a short list of restaurants he was targeting to fill the space at the market that had been […]

  • Slows Bar BQ to open in Grand Rapids Downtown Market

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —It’s a restaurant that’s become synonymous with the Motor City and now it’s coming to Beer City. The Detroit-based and nationally renowned Slows Bar BQ joint announced Tuesday plans to expand into the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. This will be the first restaurant to commit to the Market, and it will be Slows’ first expansion outside of the city of Detroit. Located on the market’s southeast side near the corner of Ionia Avenue and Logan Street SW, the […]

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    Kalamazoo city commissioners vote to crack down on panhandling downtown

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — City commissioners unanimously voted Monday night to approve an amendment to the city’s existing panhandling ordinance to include language specifically targeting the downtown area. Kalamazoo has had an begging and panhandling ban on the books since 2006, but city leaders argued it didn’t include enough protections for patrons and businesses downtown, specifically in and around the Kalamazoo Mall and Bronson Park. “In 2006, the downtown area didn’t have as many outdoor cafes and patios as now,” said Clyde […]

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    Veteran receives achievement medal 60+ years after service

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A West Michigan veteran received a long overdue honor from the military Sunday. But it’s a medal and an honor he was supposed to receive more than six decades ago. 81-year-old John Johnson, a retired sergeant with the United States Marine Corps, served during the Korean War. Johnson was stationed at the Fleet Marine Force Marine Pacific Headquarters in what is now known as Hawaii. During his six years of service, Johnson was a unit training officer tasked […]

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    ‘He’s my hero:’ Teen’s dream of playing football comes true

    COOPERSVILLE, Mich. — At 13 years old, BJ Young has spent his life on the sidelines because of a rare debilitating medical condition. FOX 17 first introduced viewers to BJ and his family on Friday. The Coopersville boy was born with Mitochondrial Disease, complex 1 and 3, which causes fatigue, heart and lung issues, slows his physical and mental growth, and can even lead to heart failure. Mitochondrial Disease has a 22 percent survival rate and there is no cure. “There were many […]

  • Leon Means charged with 4 Muskegon Heights homicides

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — The Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday that 61-year-old Leon Means was arraigned on four murder charges. Two of those charges are for the women who were found dead in their Muskegon Heights homes Tuesday morning and the other charges stem from a 1989 case. During Means’ arraignment the judge denied him bond on all four counts due to Means being a habitual offender. Several of the victims’ family members were in court Wednesday for the arraignment. […]

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    Prosecutor: Jailed ‘person of interest’ believed to be responsible for killing both Muskegon Heights women

    MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — Prosecutors in Muskegon County have confirmed to FOX 17 they now believe Leon Means, 61, who was arrested overnight Wednesday as a person of interest, is responsible for killing two Muskegon Heights women in their home. Police arrested Means early Wednesday morning at which point they also recovered the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu that had gone missing from Lawson’s home following her death, according to prosecutors. Initially, investigators said they did not have enough evidence to confidently conclude […]

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    Homicides of two Muskegon Hts. women blocks apart baffles friends, neighbors

    MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — Two women in their 60s are dead in two separate crimes scenes just blocks apart from each other, and investigators are ruling both as homicides. Anna “Red” Lawson, 63, was found in her home on E. Sherman Boulevard, and Judy Bushman, 62, was found dead in her home in the 2600 block of Wood Street. Police say Lawson was found dead in her home around 1 a.m. Tuesday and it appeared she suffered stab wounds. At roughly 7 […]

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    Two women found dead in Muskegon Heights

    MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — Two women were found dead overnight in homicides the Muskegon Heights Police Department considers unrelated. Anna Lawson, 63, was found in a home on E. Sherman Boulevard, and Judy Bushman, 62, was found in a home in the 2600 block of Wood Street. The Muskegon Heights Police Department and the Muskegon Violent Crime Task Force are investigating, with the Michigan State Police Forensic Crime Lab examining both scenes. Investigators are specifically looking for a 2006 grey […]