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  • 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,” […]

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    Holland Police warn of suspicious vehicle near school

    HOLLAND, Mich. — The Holland Police Department has issued the following Safety Reminder: “We recently received another report of a suspicious vehicle around Holland High School which is of concern. There was not a crime committed, however the drivers actions were suspicious enough for us to send out another reminder for kids to be cautious and practice safe habits while walking. Suspicious Vehicle Description: Black Jeep Cherokee (SUV), older, with partial plate of “DEQ”. We have no further information to […]

  • Pickup found partially submerged in lake near Cedar Springs

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — The Kent County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the person who left a pickup truck partially submerged in a rural lake. Undersheriff Michelle Young says that at 12:37 p.m. Saturday a citizen reported seeing a vehicle in Clear Lake, located near the Rogue River State Game Area west of Cedar Springs. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies found a silver Dodge pickup truck partially submerged in the water with a door open. The vehicle’s driver is […]

  • Car drives through front of Arnie’s Restaurant

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A car drove through the front of a local restaurant on Saturday afternoon. The incident occurred at about 1:15 p.m. Saturday at the Arnie’s Bakery and Restaurant at 2650 E. Beltline Ave. SE in Grand Rapids. Employees told FOX 17 that nobody was injured. They said the accident occurred when the female driver hit the accelerator instead of the brake. The restaurant remains open for business.

  • Saranac man downs 19-point buck in Mason County

    SARANAC, Mich. — A Saranac man killed a 19-point buck on the first day of firearms deer hunting season. Eric Hysell downed the big buck at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday with a shot from 193 yards away using a .30-378 high-powered rifle on public land at the Manistee National Forest in Mason County. The deer hasn’t been scored yet to see if it qualifies for any records.

  • Michigan State-Penn State game resumes after lightning delay

    EAST LANSING, Mich. – The college football game between the Michigan State Spartans and Penn State Nittany Lions at Spartan Stadium on Saturday afternoon was delayed by lightning midway through the second quarter. At 1:15 p.m., with Penn State leading 14-7 and 7:58 showing on the clock in the first half, game officials pulled both teams off the field for a weather delay due to lightning nearby. All the 70,000+ fans also were ordered to exit the stadium. The projected […]