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  • Search for Baby Kate Continues – 5.21.13

    Mecosta judge to decide on judge for Baby Kate murder trial

    LUDINGTON, Mich. — The state has appointed a Mecosta County judge to decide on the judge for the Baby Kate murder trial. The Michigan Court Administrator’s Office selected Mecosta County Circuit Court Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy to preside over a June 8 motion hearing to decide whether Mason County Judge Peter Wadel should continue overseeing the Sean Phillips murder trial in Ludington. Phillips is charged with killing his 4-month-old daughter, Katherine “Baby Kate,” who disappeared in July 2011 and has never been found. […]

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    Tesla Motors purchasing Cascade Township auto supplier

    CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Tesla Motors has reached agreement to purchase a Grand Rapids area auto supplier. Cascade Township Board members told FOX 17 NEWS Wednesday night that Tesla Motors is buying the Riviera Tool property at 5460 Executive Parkway SE in Cascade Township. Riviera Tool’s 100 employees produce stamping parts for Tesla Motors’ assembly plant in Fremont, Calif. Plans call for Tesla Motors to rename the Cascade Township operation Tesla Tool & Die.

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    Kalamazoo man gets life without parole for killing toddler son

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A Kalamazoo man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Monday after being convicted of killing his 2-year-old son. Brian Roberts was found guilty earlier this month of three murder and child abuse charges in the death of Nehemiah “Nemo” Dodd. Family members have told FOX 17 NEWS that he’d taken custody of the toddler just weeks before the child’s death. On New Year’s Eve 2013, Dodd was taken to the hospital after police found […]

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    Grandville jeweler offering $2,000 reward after overnight burglary

    GRANDVILLE, Mich. — A thief stole a large amount of jewelry from a Grandville jewelry store early Friday morning. At 2:30 a.m. Friday, the Grandville Police Department responded to an alarm at Richard Engels Jewelers at 4031 Chicago Drive SW. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found that the glass on a rear door had been broken. Officers met with the business’ owner and discovered that a large amount of jewelry had been taken. An estimated value for the stolen […]

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    Senior issues threat and won’t return to Forest Hills Northern

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A senior at Forest Hills Northern High School will finish up his high school career at home. Principal Jon Gregory told FOX 17 NEWS that the student made a threat on April 15 on school grounds in response to a group of students asking him questions that he didn’t appreciate. Upon learning of the threat the next day, school officials questioned the teenager, who admitted the threat and was removed from school. School administrators met with the […]


    Police investigate suspicious package behind Kalamazoo synagogue

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A suspicious package found behind a synagogue at midday Friday “turned out to be nothing,” according to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. At 11:30 a.m. Friday, Kalamazoo Public Safety responded to a report of a suspicious package that had been discovered behind the Congregation of Moses synagogue at 2501 Stadium Drive. Officers were on the scene for more than an hour. The investigation revealed that the package was actually a box of pamphlets that had been dropped off in […]

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    Black bear spotted in Ottawa County; DNR says that’s not uncommon

    PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says there’s nothing to be worried about after a black bear was sighted Thursday afternoon in Ottawa County. At 2:30 p.m. Thursday, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office received two separate reports that a black bear had been spotted in the area of 152nd Avenue and Riley Street in Park Township. Deputies responded to the scene and their investigation determined that the sightings were credible. The DNR was contacted and DNR officials advised that sightings […]

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    Missing 90-year-old Portage man is found

    PORTAGE, Mich. —  A missing 90-year-old Portage man was found Friday night. RD Lindsay Forshee, 90, was found at about 10 p.m. in McHenry County, Ill. The Portage Department of Public Safety said he was in good health and will be reunited with his family. Forshee had been reported missing early Friday by Portage Public Safety. He was last seen at about 5:22 a.m. Friday morning traveling northbound on Portage Road near Centre Avenue, according to a police press release.     […]

  • Grand Rapids Harley Davidson Heroes of the Week: Hammersley, Fernanders & Mcleod

    NEWAYGO, Mich. — Each week, West Michigan’s Most Wanted and Grand Rapids Harley-Davidson recognize a public servant who goes above and beyond the call of duty to help the community he or she is a part of. This week, three officers from the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office are being recognized for their efforts. Sgt. Denny Hammersley, line officer Lorita Fernanders and line officer Rocky Mcleod all three recently celebrated 25 years of service with the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office. All are […]