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  • SUV slides off icy roadway and into garage in Ionia

    IONIA, Mich. — An SUV slid off the roadway and crashed through a garage amid icy weather conditions at midday Sunday. At 12:13 p.m. Sunday, the Ionia Department of Public Safety responded to a report of an accident in the 2900 block of East Bluewater Highway, which is also M-21. Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered that an SUV had left the roadway, slid into a garage and then through one of the walls. Both the garage and two […]

  • Five escape as Saturday fire damages home in Kalamazoo

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A Saturday afternoon fire left behind serious damage at a Burdick Street residence. The blaze occurred in a house at 724 S. Burdick St., just north of Vine Street. Firefighters with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety told a FOX 17 crew at the scene that five people were evacuated and there were no injuries. The flames started at the rear of the house and then spread from there. The roof of the home collapsed, causing extensive damage. Firefighters said […]

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    A couple hundred power outages reported in West Michigan

    WEST MICHIGAN — About 248 Consumers Energy customers are without electrical service early Saturday evening near the Kent/Barry/Ionia county lines, due to tree branches that have fallen on power lines. As of 5:30 p.m., the Consumers Energy Outage Map was showing an impacted area near Freeport, bounded by Alden Nash Avenue on the west, 64th Street/Drew Road on the north, Bell Road on the east and 108th Steet/W. Veddr Road on the south. Earlier Saturday, about 85 customers were in […]

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    Driver jailed after 2 Allegan County chases

    ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. — A suspect is in jail after two chases through Allegan County early Saturday morning. According to Allegan County sheriff Frank Baker, a suspect was spotted driving at a high rate of speed, exceeding 100 mph on M-222 shortly after midnight. A sheriff’s deputy stopped the vehicle. However, during the traffic stop the suspect became uncooperative and took off. Deputies then pursued the suspect, who made attempts at striking patrol vehicles. Due to concerns about safety due to […]

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    GR police investigating woman’s ‘suspicious’ death

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating a woman’s death outside a house on the city’s southeast side Sunday morning. They’re calling the death “suspicious.” A GRPD sergeant at the scene in the 500 block of Logan Street SE told FOX 17 that a woman’s body had been found outside a home at about 8 a.m. Sunday and that the death is under investigation. He said the woman’s identity had not yet been confirmed, and that […]

  • Weather crashes shut down I-94 in Van Buren County

    VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. — Interstate 94 was shut down in central Van Buren County on Sunday afternoon. Van Buren County Central Dispatch told FOX 17 that I-94  was closed to traffic in both directions Sunday afternoon from the Paw Paw exit west to the Lawrence exit to due to multiple weather-related accidents. The shutdown occurred at about 1 p.m. Sunday. The roadway eventually reopened to traffic later Sunday afternoon.

  • Brison Ricker passes away at age 16 Saturday morning

    CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. — One of two brothers with separate cancers who FOX 17 has done multiple stories on died Saturday morning. Brison Ricker was 16 years old and suffered from terminal brain cancer. A crowd of 300 attended a candlelight prayer vigil for him Friday night at his home in Cedar Springs. His mother, Kim Ricker, posted the following on her Facebook page Saturday: “Heaven gained another angel this morning at 10:30 am. Brison passed peacefully at home with […]

  • Willis to be sentenced Monday for Bletsch’s murder

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — Jeffrey Willis is scheduled for sentencing Monday. In November, Willis was convicted of first-degree murder and felony firearms in the June 2014 shooting death of Rebekah Bletsch. That trial lasted almost three weeks, with the jury deliberating for about an hour before delivering a guilty verdict. Willis faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole on Monday. He also has been charged with murder in the 2013 disappearance of convenience store clerk […]

  • Trump administration gives CDC list of banned words, including ‘fetus’

    Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the very agency tasked with saving and protecting the lives of the most vulnerable, are now under order by the Trump administration to stop using words including “vulnerable” in 2018 budget documents, according to The Washington Post. In a 90-minute briefing on Thursday, policy analysts at the nation’s leading public health institute were presented with the menu of seven banned words, an analyst told the paper. On the list: “diversity,” “fetus,” “transgender,” […]