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    New video surfaces of Portland tornado

    PORTLAND, Mich. — Newly released video shows the EF-1 tornado moving through the City of Portland Monday afternoon. The video was provided to the Ionia Department of Public Safety by a Portland resident.  It was recorded at the Grider Insurance Agency, 310 Kent St., officials said. Five people sustained minor injuries during the tornado.  Dozens of buildings, including roughly 70 homes, were damaged.

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    Motorcyclist dies after Grand Haven Twp. crash

    GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A 56-year-old man who was critically injured Wednesday when his motorcycle  was hit by a van has died, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department. The crash happened at about 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Tamarack Lane.   The motorcyclist, identified as Grand Haven Township resident Mark Taylor, was waiting to turn onto Tamarack when the van hit his motorcycle, investigators said. Officials with the sheriff’s department said Taylor was not wearing […]

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    Man charged with Kalamazoo woman’s murder

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Joseph Christopher Janssen was charged Tuesday with open murder charge in connection with the death of a Kalamazoo woman. Debra Jean, 62, was found dead Sunday inside her Edgemoor Avenue home.  Kalamazoo Public Safety officials responded to her home after they got a call to check and make sure she was okay. They said she may have been dead for several days. “She pretty much kept to herself,” neighbor Jerome Payne said. “You really didn’t see her […]

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    Panda mask-wearing robbery suspect turns himself in

    THREE RIVERS, Mich. — A man who police say robbed a Three Rivers gas station at gunpoint has turned himself in. Cory Joseph Dwyer, 23, allegedly robbed the Shell Gas Station, 503 S. Main St., on May 1.  Police say he was wearing a panda mask and pistol whipped a gas station clerk during the robbery. The mask and gun that Dwyer allegedly used during the robbery were found a short distance from the gas station, police said.  

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    Bear hit by vehicle in Newaygo Co.

    NEWAYGO COUNTY, Mich. — A bear was hit by a vehicle and killed in Newaygo County Monday night, according to the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department. The incident happened at roughly 9:30 p.m. on M-37 near 24th Street, according to a press release.    The driver of the vehicle was not injured. Officials with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are evaluating three cubs in the area that they presume are from the dead bear.  DNR officials also took possession of […]

  • Heather Luke

    Woman sentenced for fatal wrong-way crash on I-96

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — A Nunica woman was sentenced Monday to at least 7 years in prison after causing a fatal wrong-way crash on I-96. According to Ottawa County 20th Circuit Court officials, Heather Ann Luke, 33, could spend as much as 15 years behind bars for the July 10, 2014 crash. Officials say Luke used an emergency turnaround to turn west onto the eastbound lanes of I-96 near the 22 mile marker outside Marne.    Her SUV collided head-on with […]

  • Tyler Malone

    Assisted living aide charged with stalking, abusing elderly woman

    GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Gaines Township man is charged with stalking and abusing an 86-year-old woman at the Kent County assisted living facility where he worked. Tyler Malone, 21, was charged Friday with second-degree vulnerable adult abuse and stalking after officials say he threw shoes and water at the woman and repeatedly called her phone. The alleged incidents happened at the Life House Crystal Springs Assisted Living center, 1175 68th St. SE in Gaines Township. Malone worked at the […]

  • Robin Root (left) and Janna Kelly

    Woman heading to trial for Janna Kelly cold case murder

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Robin Lynn Root will head to trial for the 2007 murder of Janna Kelly. The 52-year-old Kent County woman waived her preliminary hearing in Kent County 61st District Court Wednesday and was bound over to circuit court for trial.  She is facing an open murder charge in Kelly’s death. Root allegedly pushed Kelly during an argument at Kelly’s Grand Rapids home on Dec. 4, 2007.  According to court documents, Kelly was unconscious when Root put her […]

  • Shaneka Torres

    ‘No bacon’ McDonald’s drive-thru shooter requesting new trial

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — The woman who was convicted of shooting at a McDonald’s drive-thru window after her burger didn’t have bacon on it is requesting a new trial. Shaneka Torres and her attorney are set to appear in Kent County 17th Circuit Court at 1:30 p.m. Friday, according to officials with Judge Paul Sullivan’s office. Officials at Judge Sullivan’s office said Torres is requesting a new trial due to statements that the prosecution made during closing arguments regarding her […]