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
  • Hundreds gather to “Taste the West Side” and support community transformation

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Enthusiastic fans of the City’s West Side restaurant staples gathered at the Goei Center Wednesday night to support the continued efforts of revitalizing several area neighborhoods. The annual event featured food and drink samplings from a list of west side bars, breweries and restaurants.  Money raised through a silent auction and “meat raffle” will benefit Steepletown Neighborhood Services.  Steepletown is “a west-side nonprofit working to transform lives within the urban core communities of Grand Rapids and […]

  • Update: Hillsdale College lockdown over

    HILLSDALE, Mich. — The lockdown at Hillsdale College has ended. Students were being asked to stay indoors while police investigated a possible suspicious situation near Hillsdale College Wednesday. The college posted an alert to students just after 1:00 p.m. Wednesday asking them to remain indoors until they are able to clear the lockdown. The lockdown was lifted just before 2:30pm. Classes resumed as normal. Hillsdale City Police told FOX 17 the school received some sort of threat earlier in the day […]

  • Girl, 16, missing from Saugatuck; may have met someone online

    **UPDATE: Police announced the teen was found safe on the campus of Iowa State University. More info here. SAUGATUCK, Mich. — Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a 16-year-old girl that went missing Monday. Joy Dene Martin was last seen in the Saugatuck area and now her loved ones are worried she may have met up with someone.  Michigan State Police say Joy left home voluntarily after corresponding with an unknown person on the KIK messenger app. She may have […]

  • Kalamazoo man injured in FL race pit crash

    BARBERVILLE, Fla. (AP/WXMI) — A man from Kalamazoo and two other people in a pit area were injured when they were struck by a race car that hit a barrier and catapulted over a 10-foot fence at a dirt speedway near Daytona Beach, Florida. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday’s crash at Volusia Speedway Park left one victim in extremely critical condition. The other two were taken to a hospital in stable condition. One was released Sunday night. According […]

  • “Dr. Phil” guest charged with destroying Four Winds Casino property

    NEW BUFFALO, Mich. — A man who was a guest on the “Dr Phil” television show is facing a bizarre list of allegations relating to a stay at the Four Winds Casino. According to court documents, Matthew Bruce and his wife were staying at the Four Winds Casino and Resort during the weekend of August 10th, 2016.  On the 10th, tribal police received a complaint about a man, who turned out to be Bruce, allegedly walking around the resort in nothing […]

  • MSP helicopters helping in search for missing 31-year-old

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Police are looking for 31-year-old Jamel Marcus Parker after he was last seen in the area early Sunday morning. Grand Rapids Police believe Parker is involuntarily missing.  He was last seen running away from the 1500 block of Broadway Avenue NW in the early morning hours of Sunday; between 3:00 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.. A missing persons report was filled out with the police department later that day. On Monday, the police department was contacted about […]

  • Suspect identified and charged in hospital purse thefts

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Dawn Marie Flowers, 46, was charged in court Thursday for allegedly stealing women’s purses from hospitals and using their credit cards at local retailers. The 46-year-old was arraigned in a Kent County courtroom Thursday afternoon on several charges. She is charged with ‘Larceny in a Building’, ‘Stealing/Retaining a Financial Transaction Device without consent’ and ‘Possession of a Financial Transaction Device’; each carrying a potential 4-year penalty.  She is also being charged with being an habitual offender, which carries […]

  • Barry Co. Road Commission worker struck by vehicle

    PLAINWELL, Mich. — A Barry County Road Commission worker is injured after being struck by a passing car Thursday afternoon. The Road Commission tells FOX 17 the worker was struck while working on a guardrail around 12:20 p.m. Thursday near Doster Road and Merlau Avenue, near the Pine Lake Grocery. The worker who was holding a flag, reportedly suffered a leg injury.   The injury is non-life threateing The 80-year-old Plainwell man driving the vehicle that hit the worker did stop […]

  • Hitler Valentine’s Day card from CMU event stirs online discussion

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — A Facebook post featuring an anti-Semitic Valentine’s Day card allegedly received at an event on Central Michigan University’s campus is causing a stir online Thursday morning. Facebook user Madison Rodriguez posted pictures of the card on her page late Wednesday, saying “Hey College Republicans at CMU, wanna talk about this anti-semitic “Valentine” you passed out today?”.  She tagged the CMU College Republicans Facebook page in her post.  She claimed the card was passed out during a […]