Dayside Assignment Editor//

At FOX 17 since 2013, I am now at the news desk Monday- Friday. Everyday my eyes & ears are on everything that affects us here in West Michigan. We are constantly working to bring you the most compelling stories in our area.

Feel free to contact me with tips or feedback in general.
I can be reached at Memartin@Fox17online.com or (616) 364-1717


Recent Articles
  • Man charged with stealing, altering checks out of mailboxes

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — A man is facing federal charges after investigators say he stole checks out of mailboxes and altered them for his own gain. In a federal court filing, it is alleged that 43-year-old Gregory Warren Wade found an envelope containing a check for $173.72 in a mailbox outside of a residential home in early April of this year. They say he stole the piece of mail and altered the check inside so that it appeared to be […]

  • Police rescue people stuck on train at John Ball Zoo

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Police responded to a call of several people stuck on a train at John Ball Zoo on Sunday afternoon. The call came in just after 1:30 p.m. for several people stuck on the ‘Funicular’ train at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids. Authorities were able to get everybody off the train.

  • Police: Bogus repairman steals ATMs he says he was fixing

    GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. — Police are investigating after two ATM machines were stolen out of separate hotels by a bogus repairman. The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office received complaints Friday afternoon from two different hotels in the area—one in Traverse City and the other in Eat Bay Township.  Both locations reported having their ATM machines stolen. Police say the individual responsible for the thefts presented himself to hotel staff as a service repair technician there to replace their outdated machines. […]

  • Police looking for driver in US-131 hit and run crash

    ROCKFORD, Mich. — Police are searching for a driver they say hit a car on US-131 and fled the scene early Sunday. Troopers from the Michigan State Police were called to US-131, just north of Hall St SW, just after 2:00am Sunday morning.  Police tell FOX 17 that two vehicles were involved in the crash.  One car was traveling in the far left lane of US-131 and was trying to merge over into another lane when they struck a second vehicle. […]

  • Police looking for 2 men after armed robbery

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Police are looking for two men they say are responsible for an armed robbery early Friday afternoon. Grand Rapids Police responded to a call about two men robbing an individual just before noon Friday near the intersection of Lake Michigan Drive NW and Gold Avenue NW. Police described the first suspect as a black man in his twenties wearing a green striped polo.  The second suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his twenties wearing […]

  • More than 1,000 people without power in Wyoming

    WYOMING, Mich. — More than 1,000 people are without power Saturday evening in the Wyoming area. Consumers Energy tells FOX 17 crews were in the process of getting the power back to the affected area as of 7:00pm Saturday. The outage happened just before 6:00 p.m. The outage is currently affecting 1,037 customers in the area. Consumers doesn’t know yet when they will be able to get power back to all of those affected. They are still investigating what caused […]

  • Police: Man shot after setting up sale on ‘Offer Up’ app

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Police are investigating after a sale set up via an online app ended in a man being shot. Grand Rapids Police say they were called to the 2000 block of Francis Avenue SE around 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning on a report of a shooting.  When they got there they found a 25-year-old man that had been shot in the leg. Police tell us the man was shot after he had set up a meeting through the […]

  • MSP: Norton Shores officer driving 46 mph before deadly crash

    NORTON SHORES, Mich. — Police are releasing more details in the crash that killed Norton Shores Police Officer Jon Ginka. Ginka was killed early Wednesday when his police cruiser left a roadway and struck a tree. Michigan State Police said Friday afternoon that their preliminary investigation shows Officer Ginka was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, and that they do not believe excessive speed was a factor. Other findings that were outlined in a brief press release […]

  • Credit card skimmer found at GR gas station

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Another credit card skimmer has been discovered at a West Michigan gas station pump. The skimming device was located at the Mobil Gas station at 248 Cherry St SW. Jennifer Holton with the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development tells FOX 17 that the device was found Tuesday morning while inspectors were doing routine checks.  She says the department now regularly checks for these potentially dangerous skimmers. Credit card skimmers make copies of consumer’s card information […]