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    Turkey barns burn south of Coopersville

    POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Firefighters battled a fire that started in a turkey barn and then spread to four other barns nearby at the White Acres Turkey Farms on Saturday afternoon. The fire first was reported with one barn fully engulfed in flames at the intersection of Garfield Street and 76th Avenue in Polkton Township south of Coopersville at 1:49 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters soon reported that the blaze had spread to a total of five barns. Two of the barns were very […]

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    Willis’ murder trial for killing jogger postponed

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — The trial of a man accused of shooting to death a Muskegon County jogger has been adjourned. Jeffrey Willis was scheduled to go on trial at 9 a.m. Tuesday on a charge of open murder for killing Rebekah Bletsch, a 36-year-old mother who had been jogging and was found shot to death less than a mile from her home in rural Dalton Township in June 2014. The trial was expected to last 8 days. On Saturday morning, Muskegon […]

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    Man shot to death at home on GR’s northwest side

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A 35-year-old man is dead following a Sunday afternoon shooting on the northwest side of the city. “At this point we’re looking at it as a death investigation, we are looking at it from all angles,” Sgt. Terry Dixon with the Grand Rapids Police Department told reporters on scene. Dixon could not definitively say the shooting was a homicide after initially classifying it as such. He also did not rule out the possibility the gunshot was self inflicted. No […]

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    Guns stolen during Plainwell store break-in

    PLAINWELL, Mich. — Guns were stolen when an Allegan County gun store was burglarized and vandalized early Saturday morning. The Allegan County Sheriff’s Department investigated the break-in Saturday morning after the owner of Southwick’s Guns, Ammo & Gear at 1271 M-89 discovered the burglary. The store had been entered, vandalized and an undisclosed number of guns stolen. Deputies provided FOX 17 with a picture of the suspect taken by a surveillance camera inside the store. The suspect has not been located […]

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    Nobody hurt in plane crash at Muskegon County Airport

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — No one was injured in a Sunday afternoon plane crash at the Muskegon County Airport. The incident occurred at 2:18 p.m. Sunday when an airplane nosed into the ground in a heavy cross wind while it was landing at the airport, located at 99 Sinclair Drive south of Muskegon and east of Norton Shores. There was no fire hazard and firefighters soon left the scene.  

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    Morning showers produce area flooding in GR and Muskegon

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Downpours throughout West Michigan on Sunday morning resulted in flash flooding in both the Grand Rapids and Muskegon areas. Flooding was reported in Muskegon at about 6 a.m. but the waters soon receded. There were also reports of flooding in streets and other low-lying areas around Grand Rapids. The pictures shown were taken by FOX 17 viewer Terry Lowery on Hovey Street near John Ball Zoo on the city’s southwest side. Those waters also subsided.  

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    Grand Haven teenager seriously hurt when vehicle hits tree

    OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — A Grand Haven teenager was hospitalized in serious condition after her vehicle flipped over and hit a tree Sunday morning. According to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Kendall Richards, 19, of Grand Haven was driving a 2002 Buick westbound on Lincoln Street west of 152nd Avenue in Grand Haven Township when she either fell asleep or had a medical incident. Her vehicle traveled on the gravel portion of the roadway’s westbound lane for more than 100 yards […]

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    Local man suing downtown tavern for discrimination

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Grand Rapids man has filed a civil rights lawsuit against a local business. Under the heading “Marcel Price Files and Serves Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Tavern on the Square and Its Parent Company,” the law firm Witte Law of Grand Rapids released the following statement: “Marcel Price through his attorneys at Witte Law PLLC, served a civil rights complaint on a representative of Tavern on the Square Grand Rapids, who took service on behalf of Kristopher […]

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    People jump to help store that lost contents to fire

    GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. — People lined up on Saturday to help out a store that lost all its contents to a fire early Thursday morning that was later determined to be arson. A fire outside Ken’s Fruit Market, located at 3500 Plainfield Ave. NE, not only damaged that store but a pair of adjoining businesses — Big Lots and the Africa’s Child Thrift Store — also suffered smoke damage. Africa’s Child is a resale shop that lost all of […]