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  • 2-year-old boy dies after shooting on Grand Rapids SE side

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A two-year-old boy has died after a shooting on Grand Rapids’ SE side Wednesday that claimed the life of a 46-year-old woman. Grand Rapids Police say that King Talbert, 2, died at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at DeVos Children’s Hospital after being shot at a home in the 200 block of Montgomery Street SE.  Germaine Brown, 46, was found dead in the home from an apparent gunshot wound. Police say that Brown lived at the home […]

  • Muskegon school evacuated after toilet fire

    MUSKEGON, Mich. – School is back in session at Muskegon Middle School Thursday after someone tried to set a toilet on fire earlier. Superintendent Justin Jennings told FOX 17 the fire started about 8:20 a.m.  The school was evacuated and fire crews were able to get the fire out quickly. The school was back in session by 9:30 a.m.  No one was sent home. The incident is still under investigation.

  • Pronto Pups Winter Weekend arrives early

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The weekend has come early in Grand Haven. Pronto Pups Winter Weekend began Thursday, a day before their scheduled weekend of temporarily opening to give area residents a taste of the treat they crave all summer. The popular lakefront hot dog stand is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but doesn’t open for good for the season until later this spring.

  • Norovirus spreading in West Michigan

    CALEDONIA, Mich. – The Kent County Health Department says that nearly 100 students at Davenport University have reported symptoms of a norovirus. Earlier Wednesday, the Ottawa County Health Department also sent out an alert that a norovirus-like illness is circulating in the community and increasing in number.  The bug spreads easily and quickly from person-to-person by touching surfaces contaminated with vomit or feces. Ottawa County officials say that norovirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the country.  Most […]

  • Kent Co. hospitals limiting visitors due to spread of flu virus

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids area hospitals are limiting visitors to help stop the spread of the flu to patients and others. The Kent County Health Department issued the statement on behalf of Spectrum Health, Mercy Health, Metro Health-University of Michigan Health, Mary Free Bed and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.  The conditions are being put into place to protect vulnerable patients. Patients are also being asked to limit the number of people who accompany them to office […]

  • Local producer has film premiering at Sundance

    Grand Rapids producer Jash’d Belcher talks about his film, “A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. Love on Election Night,” which premiers at the Sundance Film Festival.

  • ArtPrize director resigns

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – ArtPrize is looking for a new leader. The art competition that takes over downtown Grand Rapids for over two weeks each fall announced Wednesday that the Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Executive Director Christian Gaines.  Jori Bennett, the ArtPrize Director of Business Development, will take over as Acting Director while a national search takes place for Gaines replacement. Gaines joined ArtPrize in 2013.  The 2018 ArtPrize will be the 10th annual event. “I’m honored […]

  • Grand Rapids police arrest suspect in 2017 murder

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Police have arrested a suspect in a 2017 homicide. Kevin Ezell, 28, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in the 400 block of Webster Street NW.  He was taken into custody on warrants of Open Murder and Felony Firearms. Ezell is suspected of killing Demond Bridgeforth in the afternoon of June 10th in the 100 block of Sheldon Avenue SE. Bridgeforth was in a wheelchair at the time of the shooting. A court date and arraignment […]

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    Grand Rapids joins initiative to address local issues using data

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The City of Grand Rapids has been chosen as one of five new cities to participate in a national initiative to address local issues using data and evidence. The Bloomberg Philantropies’ What Works Cities is now working in 100 cities.  The program launched in 2015 to help cities with between 100,000 and 1 million residents to use data and evidence in the public sector. Grand Rapids is the first Michigan city to participate in the program.  […]