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    4 tots left alone, start house fire with lighter

    BLENDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Four children were transported to the hospital after being left alone and starting a fire with a lighter Friday. At 4:18 p.m. Friday, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a fire in a house at 6325 48th Ave. in Blendon Township. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies found four victims — all juvenile children between the ages of 4 and 11 — who were transported for possible smoke inhalation treatment to Helen DeVos Children’s […]

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    Police chase ends with rollover in Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Police are investigating a vehicle that was fleeing from police and eventually crashed at a Grand Rapids intersection Friday night. Kent County Sheriff’s Office deputies were chasing a vehicle through Grand Rapids when it crashed and overturned at Lake Michigan Drive NW and Covell Avenue NW on Friday evening. The accident scene is located just west of Interstate 196 on Grand Rapids’ west side. The driver was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Grand Rapids Police […]


    Roof vent fire is put out at Greenville pub & eatery

    GREENVILLE, Mich. — Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire at a Greenville dining and drinking establishment Friday evening. At 5:47 p.m. Friday, the Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to a fire alarm at the 57 Brew Pub and Bistro, which was built not long ago on the former site of J.R.’s Roller Castle, across the street from Meijer at 1310 W. Washington St. (M-57)  in Greenville. Firefighters found flames showing in a roof vent and were able to put out […]

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    Second driver arrested in fatal Muskegon hit-and-run

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — A second driver has been taken into custody for a deadly hit-and-run accident in January. The Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office told FOX 17 NEWS that a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death was filed Friday against Jared Chumley. Chumley turned himself in Friday and was arrested. He will be arraigned at 9:45 a.m. April 8. Chumley is one of two drivers who allegedly hit Rory Deshawn Robinson the night of Jan. 31 in […]

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    Probation officer charged with domestic violence & tampering

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — An Allegan County probation officer has been charged with domestic violence and tampering with an electronic device after an altercation with his girlfriend. Gregory Lynn Cole has been placed on unpaid leave by his employer, the Michigan Department of Corrections. A Michigan State Police spokesman told FOX 17 NEWS that the investigation was started by troopers at the Wayland Post before detectives from both the Paw Paw and Wayland posts took over. An MSP trooper testified during a […]

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    Beal City varsity football coach faces sex charges

    BEAL CITY, Mich. — Beal City’s varsity football coach was arrested Friday and charged with three counts associated with inappropriate behavior with players on his team. According to published reports, Louis Michael Rau, 46, was arraigned Friday on charges of accosting a child for immoral purposes, distributing sexually explicit materials to a child and furnishing or selling alcohol to a minor. Isabella County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested Rau on Friday. He is a substitute teacher with the district. Sheriff Leo […]

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    Teen is arraigned for Craigslist assault with bats

    HOLLAND, Mich. — A teenager was arraigned Friday afternoon in Holland District Court on charges related to assaulting a man with baseball bats earlier this month. Valdemar Beltran III, 17, was charged Friday with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. He is being held at the Ottawa County jail on $100,000 cash bond. According to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Beltran is a suspect in a felonious assault that occurred at 11:20 p.m. March 2 in the […]

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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 […]