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  • Cracking Down on Panhandling

    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 anti begging and panhandling ordinance 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 […]

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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 […]

  • 10-13-14 Belding Rd fatal crash scene

    GVSU student died in car/semi crash on Belding Road

    CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Michigan State Police (MSP) say 22 year old Alex Aninos died after his small car and a semi collided during the morning commute on M-44 Belding Road Monday.  Grand Valley State University says Aninos was a student at their university. The crash just west of Ramsdell Drive brought down wires and nearly sent the car into a nearby house on the other side of the road. Early witness reports seem to indicate the driver of the car was heading east on […]

  • House on the move: Intersections, county roads to be shut down during move

    FRUITPORT, Mich. — Police are alerting drivers in the Muskegon County area to be wary of brief road closures Sunday as crews work to move a 4,500 square foot home three miles from its current location along some busy stretches of road. The seven-bedroom, three-car garage home located on Sternberg Road in Fruitport Township will literally be picked up and moved to a new location on Grand Haven Road in Norton Shores. Temporary road closures will be in effect for about […]