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  • Grandmother asks Problem Solvers to save kids’ Christmas… in July

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Late last year, Margaret Mieras said the Kurio 7s tablet caught her attention because it came with 65 preloaded games. “Of course, the kids seen (the commercials), and they just begged for them,” she recalled. It’s a device eight-year-old Ashton and five-year-old Alaina would enjoy. So with the help of a friend, Mieras paid for the purchase through Kmart.com on November 28th. That was just in time for Christmas. The tablets cost $160 each. “They had […]

  • Free, discounted events offered to 5k Foam Fest registrants

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The 5k Foam Fest has been canceled with no warning, and the organization said it’s not giving refunds. Participants run, slip and slide through an obstacle course with foam spraying everywhere. Nate Apel said he heard about the race through one of his Facebook friends. “She wasn’t really into exercising or doing races like this much, but because of the cause, she was excited about it [and] wanted people to do it with her. So I […]

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    5k Foam Fest canceled; no refunds being issued

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Thousands of participants for the 2014 5k Foam Fest are disappointed. Organizers announced they’re cancelling the event, and no refunds are being issued. It’s an event that takes place in cities nationwide, including Grand Rapids. The Grand Rapids event was scheduled to take place July 26th at Woodworth Farms. Organizers posted the following message on the 5k Foam Fest homepage: Dear 5k Foam Fest Friends, Our organization has spent years and an incredible amount of money […]

  • Neighbor recalls hearing screams at Brady Oestrike’s home

    MORE: MAN RECALLS MEETING COUPLE OFF CRAIGSLIST WYOMING, Mich. — A woman who lives next door to Brady Oestrike’s Wyoming home said she heard screaming Sunday night. The woman didn’t want to be identified, however she spoke with FOX 17 in a parking lot on the corner of Taft and Porter Street. She said she heard a loud thud. It sounded like “wood hitting wood,” although she’s not sure what the impact was exactly. The next thing she recalled was […]

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    New robot zaps germs in Grand Rapids hospital

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Xenex robot is among Mercy Health St. Mary’s Hospital’s newest staff members. The medical community describes it as a “germ-zapping” machine designed to disinfect hospital surfaces. “It will kill bacteria and viruses in 5 minutes,” Kent Miller, the hospital’s director of environmental services said. The robot extends more thanĀ 5 feet in the air, flashes an ultraviolet light, and illuminates an entire room. “Healthcare-acquired infections within the hospital are becoming quite prevalent, and very expensive to […]

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    Demolition approved for Grand Rapids buildings

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids’ Historic Preservation Committee voted unanimously to allow buildings at 35 and 41 South Division avenue to be torn down. From the front, an onlooker can see that one of the two buildings is slanted and leans up against the other. The buildings are on the corner of Division and Weston in the Heartside District. Rockford Construction plans to buy the property and have it torn down. During public comment, the company’s board chair, Kurt […]

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    Correction on Mecosta County fraud story

    MECOSTA COUNTY, Mich. — Tuesday, FOX 17 reported on a Mecosta County couple arrested on felony fraud charges. Joseph and Nancy Kluka own “Your Floor Store” in Big Rapids. They’re accused of writing bad checks. In our newscast video, FOX 17 mistakenly showed the sign for another business. The Kluka’s business was located at 14230 Northland Drive. It is no longer there. The business shown in the video is the building’s most recent occupant, and it has absolutely nothing to […]

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    Homeowners’ Problem Solved After FOX 17 Confronts Realtor

      HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (July 2, 2014) — Moving boxes fill Randy DeBoise and Gayle Lindsay’s Hudsonville home. They’re moving to Florida and say they’ve been trying to sell their waterfront property for 9 months.   So last September, they hired Howie Boeve, a Realtor. Gayle signed a 12-month contract with him to have the home listed on the multiple listing service (MLS). “We stopped trusting him after a short period of time,” DeBoise said. Boeve is based in Jenison and […]

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    Residents express continued crime concerns in Muskegon Heights

    MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — Tiffany Mackie has lived in Muskegon Heights for 23 years. “We’re losing lives everyday,” she said. In neighborhoods where children are always outside, Mackie said she let’s her 7-year-old daughter play everywhere except Muskegon Heights. “…in the hood. Cause this is what it is, the hood. I don’t let her play in the hood,” Mackie said. “You don’t know when a bullet comin,” she added. For the handful of residents FOX 17 spoke with, boarded up […]