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  • Woman warns of alleged faulty handy man in Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Grand Rapids woman called up the FOX 17 Problem Solvers after she said that a contractor tried to do her wrong. The contractor, James Fouse has been featured by the Problem Solvers before, with people who have said that he never showed up after getting paid. After reaching an agreement with Fouse in August, 2015, the woman claims she got a bad feeling in her stomach. A quick Google search turned up several reports on […]

  • Paralyzed West Michigan woman first to receive standing wheelchair

    STANTON, Mich. — Emily Van Kleeck has received a life changing device from overseas, and she’s told it’s a first for the U.S. A new mobile device is allowing her to stand upright for the first time in more than a decade. Van Kleeck was paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident in 2003. She says she’s the first in the United States to actually receive a TEK Robotic Mobilization Device since the FDA has allowed them in […]

  • Portage Central grad killed in Nepal described as compassionate young woman

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A Kalamazoo woman was beaten to death in Nepal, according to authorities in the region. Dahlia Yehia, 25, was in Nepal volunteering after that country’s catastrophic earthquake that killed thousands of people. Yehia’s family said that she went missing in early August. The family posted on social media that the U.S. Embassy in Nepal had informed them that the young art teacher had been killed by a man with whom she was staying. Portage Central High School […]

  • Jamarion Lawhorn found guilty in playground murder trial

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Jamarion Lawhorn was found  guilty Friday of first-degree murder in the killing of Connor Verkerke on a Kentwood playground. Lawhorn, 13, was charged as an adult with stabbing the 9-year-old last August.  He is the youngest convicted murderer in Kent County history. “It’s my son. He’s a baby. He’s charged as an adult but ya know at the end of the day he was still born March 14th, 2002. He’s still a kid,” Anita Lawhorn, Jamarion’s mother, […]

  • LaughFest dates announced, festival impacting cancer grief counseling awareness

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The dates have been set for the next LaughFest. It will be the sixth year for the event that benefits Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids. With more than 300 events, LaughFest ticket proceeds help provide free grief counseling for people affected by cancer in West Michigan. About 50,000 people took part in LaughFest in 2015, and organizers are hopeful 2016 will bring in plenty more and, of course, more laughs. LaughFest Director Joanne Roehm says that […]

  • Family responds to arrest in deadly Muskegon County bicycle accident

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — A man is behind bars in Muskegon County after police said that he hit and killed a woman, then kept on driving. Ronnie Claflin, 26, turned himself in Thursday afternoon after a warrant for his arrest was issued in the death of Susan Cummings, 50, of Lake Orion. Cummings was hit on Fruitvale Road in Montague Township on the morning of August 8 as she took part in a charity bicycle ride. The family said that the […]

  • Union leader responds to court victory for employees of The Rapid ahead of contract vote

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The union representing The Rapid bus drivers said that they got a small victory after a federal judge signed off on their distribution of flyers at the The Rapid’s central station in downtown Grand Rapids. The flyers include what union members call facts about their ongoing contract dispute with public transit authority. The biggest concern of union members is their current pension plan being replaced with a different retirement plan. The union’s lawsuit, filed on Monday, […]

  • Map: More Ashley Madison users in Grand Rapids than voters in mayoral election

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Data displayed online shows that that in Grand Rapids there were almost 23,000 registered users. That’s more than the number of people who voted in this month’s mayoral election. Recently hacked, AshleyMadison.com is the website where married people pay to cheat and not get caught. And fallout continues from the hack of the personal information of its more than 30 million users. A website has used that data to create a map showing exactly where those […]

  • New eatery planned for vacant building in Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A couple of area restaurant investors put their money into a vacant building along Plainfield Avenue. It’s the site of the former D’Amico’s Food Market, which closed down in 2011. Before that, the building was home to Daane’s Food Market. The investors said that they are going to continue the tradition of the building being ran by family, even naming the new business after their children. The guys who run L&B Portfolios already operate a few […]