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    Muskegon County detective dies after surgery

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — A Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office detective has died. Joseph James “Joe” Gabriel, 39, died at 2 p.m. Wednesday after undergoing surgery Monday morning. According to the Fraternal Order of Police, Gabriel had 15 years of service with the department and was diagnosed last Wednesday with suspected glioblastoma and five brain tumors. Glioblastoma is the most common form of primary brain cancer in adults. Gabriel and his wife, Leslie, are the parents of three young children. In the wake of Gabriel’s death, […]

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    DeVos family buys minority stake in Chicago Cubs

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids’ DeVos family has purchased a minority interest in the Chicago Cubs baseball team. The Chicago Tribune announced Tuesday evening that it had discovered five new minority partners in the Cubs, thanks to the team’s 2015 media guide. The Tribune listed them as the DeVos family along with packaging company executive Andrew Berlin, retired businessman William Comrie, IMT Capital executive Cory Thabit, and a fifth partner listed only as O.C., L.L.C. The Cubs are owned […]

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    Pedestrian critical after being hit in Kalamazoo

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Police are investigating after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and hospitalized in critical condition Monday evening. At 7:30 p.m. Monday, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety responded to a report of a man being hit while walking along Crosstown Parkway in Kalamazoo. Upon arriving at the scene, officers transported the man to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition Monday night. The incident remains under investigation by Kalamazoo Public Safety.

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    Realtor is among 2 drivers hurt in Ottawa County crash

    GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A well known Realtor was among two people injured in a traffic crash at a Georgetown Township intersection Monday afternoon. At 3:31 p.m. Monday, Clarence Schaafsma, 87, of Jenison was northbound on Cottonwood Drive and turned left onto Elmwood Drive and into the path of a southbound vehicle driven by Ronald Villerius, 55, of Jenison. Villerius was on Cottonwood and was in the right lane approaching the intersection when Schaafsma turned in front of him and the two collided. […]

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    No Kalamazoo County charges against sucker puncher

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Kalamazoo County will not prosecute a man who punched people at random in two counties a month ago. According to the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department, the man who was hit in the face by a sucker punch at a Meijer store at 5800 Gull Road in Kalamazoo on Jan. 25 does not want to pursue charges against his attacker, so the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office will not prosecute him. Thirty minutes after the Meijer lot incident, the man hit […]

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    Grand Rapids schools aim for November bond vote

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to move forward with planning for a Nov. 5 school bond referendum. The vote would provide funding for three areas — construction, safety, and technology. During a work session earlier in the day, Superintendent Theresa Weatherall Neal shared information with board members concerning what is necessary in the bond proposal. The formal ballot language and bond request will be formulated this summer. While a final […]

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    Woman dies when vehicle hits semi stopped along U.S. 131

    MECOSTA COUNTY, Mich. — The victim has been identified in a fatal crash on U.S. 131 early Friday morning. At 2:11 a.m. Friday, the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a traffic accident with injuries on northbound U.S. 131. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies found that  a passenger vehicle had run into the rear of a tractor-trailer that had broken down and pulled to the side of the roadway. The vehicle then overturned after hitting the trailer. A passenger in the […]

  • Video: Rules of the roundabout

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Roundabouts have picked up in popularity around West Michigan during recent years. Traffic experts like them because they are safer and more economical, but many drivers find them confusing and have problems navigating them. In the accompanying video, FOX 17 NEWS traffic reporter Robb Westaby details the popularity of roundabouts around the area…

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    Mayweather fighting Pacquiao on May 2

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Floyd Mayweather has announced that he will meet Manny Pacquiao in May. Mayweather confirmed Friday evening that the title bout the boxing world has been waiting on for years “is a done deal” and will take place May 2. “I promised the fans we would get this done and we did,” Mayweather said on the social media platform Shots, along with a picture of what he said was a contract signed by both fighters. ” We will make […]