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  • Ottawa County Sheriff

    Teen passenger killed when driver falls asleep

    JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Police have released the identity of a teenage passenger who died in a one-vehicle crash after the driver fell asleep Sunday morning. At 5:19 a.m. Sunday, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a crash with injuries on 32nd Avenue north of Adams Street in Jamestown Township. Their investigation showed that a 20-year-old Hopkins man was driving a 2001 Ford Escape northbound on 32nd Avenue when the driver said he fell asleep. The SUV then […]

  • Hundreds of motorcyclists prepare for Saturday's ride. Christian Grow photo

    Motorcyclists ride to help out Kalamazoo shooting victims

    PORTAGE, Mich. — Hundreds of motorcycle riders on Saturday both honored and provided financial assistance to the families of those killed and injured in a Feb. 20 shooting rampage in Kalamazoo. The Perry Harley-Davidson Community Memorial Ride took place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and raised money for the six people killed and two who survived the shootings. The ride both started and finished up at Perry Harley-Davidson, located at 5331 S. Sprinkle Road in Portage. In between the motorcyclists completed […]

  • Rivertown Red Lobster Fire. Photo courtesy of Twitter user: @MarcoPoloLewis

    Worker’s cigarette caused fire at Grandville Red Lobster

    GRANDVILLE, Mich. — The Grandville Fire Department has determined the cause of a Friday afternoon fire at the Red Lobster restaurant. “The fire was determined to be accidental,” Grandville fire chief Mike May said Saturday, “and was caused by a roofing contractor handling combustible materials while smoking a cigarette.” At 2:33 p.m. Friday, fire crews were called to the Red Lobster restaurant at 3464 Rivertown Pointe Court near the Rivertown Crossings mall in Grandville for a fire on the roof. Upon arriving, […]

  • Philippa Humphreys of Rockford

    Rockford woman dies in New Jersey equestrian competition

    ALLENTOWN, N.J. — A Rockford woman suffered fatal injuries when her horse fell during an equestrian competition Saturday. Philippa Humphreys, 33, was injured in a fall at Fence 16, known as “The Table,” on the cross country course during the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event at the Horse Park of New Jersey. She was transported to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in nearby Hamilton, N.J., where she was pronounced dead. Humphreys’ horse, Rich N Famous, was not injured. She was originally from Chester, […]

  • Battle Creek cancels Newark, Oakhill Boil Water Advisory

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The city of Battle Creek has lifted its latest Boil Water Advisory. The advisory was issued at 4:32 p.m. Friday for Newark Avenue as well as Oakhill Drive between Oak and Willow streets so that improvements and repairs could be made. The advisory was canceled Sunday morning. Battle Creek issues a Boil Water Advisory as a safeguard whenever water pressure is reduced to allow for work to be done on a water main, creating the potential for bacteria to […]

  • Will Colthorp (front row in white shirt) with his teammates and members of the West Michigan Whitecaps after Saturday's surprise. Brandon Hartley photo

    Whitecaps players surprise cancer-free youngster

    GRANDVILLE, Mich. — The West Michigan Whitecaps provided quite a surprise Saturday for a young boy who was recently declared to be cancer-free. Nine Whitecaps players suddenly appeared from behind a building at a Little League baseball game where one of the players was Will Colthorp, surprising both Will and the players on both teams. “He has loved baseball since he was born practically,” said Amy Colthorp, Will’s mother. Only Will’s parents, both teams’ coaches and FOX 17 were in on the surprise. […]

  • Justin Berg

    Police would like help locating Three Rivers man

    THREE RIVERS, Mich. — Police are searching for a man who they say is missing voluntarily. Saturday afternoon the Three Rivers Police Department asked for help locating Justin Berg, 45, of Three Rivers. Police said Berg was last seen at 5 p.m. Monday walking near his home. They said that on Thursday his cell phone was found under a bridge over the St. Joseph River. On Saturday, the St. Joseph County dive team searched the river but was unable to […]

  • Friday's fire at the Faith United Reformed Church in Olive Township. Casey Tubergan photo

    Burned Ottawa County church announces Sunday services, location

    HOLLAND, Mich. — The Faith United Reformed Church has found a new home for its Sunday services. Pastor Matthew Nuiver said two Sunday services will be conducted tomorrow — at 11:15 a.m. and at 6:30 p.m. — at the South Olive Christian Reformed Church, located at the corner of 120th Avenue and Port Sheldon Street in Holland. The Faith United Reformed Church sanctuary on 120th Avenue between Polk and Croswell streets in Olive Township was destroyed by fire Friday morning. Nuiver said several […]


    $20M in improvements for GVSU Performing Arts Center

    ALLENDALE, Mich. — A $20 million upgrade has been approved for the Performing Arts Center at Grand Valley State University. Trustees approved a new two-story, 44,000-square-foot addition as well as renovation work on Friday, including a new theater with seating for 140 people, two classrooms, theater support spaces, three ensemble rooms and additional space where students will be able to study. Work on the 15-month project will start next week. The Performing Arts Center was built in 1971, houses the […]