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    Couple robbed for $10,000 cash at gun point

    ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Mich. — Four men from Ohio are in jail for allegedly robbing a couple of food vendors this morning, according to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators said the men stole $10,000 in cash from a married couple. The couple made the cash selling food at the St. Joseph County Grange Fair which ended Saturday night. This morning, the couple was in their RV when the men tied them up and robbed them at gun point, […]

  • Fundraiser held for family of 9-year-old; continues Saturday

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — The community gathered to celebrate the life of Connor Verkeke. The 9-year-old died tragically in early August. Police said Jamarion Lawhorn, 12, stabbed Verkeke to death. Today, Kellogsville Schools held its annual “Community Pride” event at the middle school. A group of entertainers looking to hold a fundraiser for Verkeke’s family were invited to do so at the event. It continues tomorrow from noon to 4 p.m. The event featured many fun activities and entertainment including: live […]

  • Mobile home owner wins in “right of first refusal” case

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — The right of first refusal enforced by mobile home parks has frustrated a number of mobile home owners in West Michigan. The FOX 17 Problem Solvers have continued to report on this issue. A ruling has been issued in a Muskegon County courtroom for a case FOX 17 first reported on in April. The owner of a mobile home was prevented from selling the home because the owner of the mobile home park claimed she had […]

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    Police catch suspect in Kalamazoo arson, assault

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Adam Shigwadja, 18, has been captured, according to Kalamazoo Public Safety. Shigwadja was wanted for felonious assault. He’s accused of breaking into his girlfriend’s home, assaulting her, and setting her bedroom on fire on Monday night. Police said her brother fought Shigwadja off, and the suspect escaped through the second story window. Investigators said  Shigwadja was located by police around 7:30 p.m. on Stadium Drive near Howard Street. Police said he was “apprehended without incident.” The victim is […]

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    Records: Judge denied PPO against man who allegedly assaulted ex-girlfriend

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — FOX 17 is digging into the background of Adam David Shigwadja. The 18-year-old is wanted for felonious assault. Kalamazoo Public Safety said he broke into an ex-girlfriend’s home, assaulted her, and set a fire in her bedroom this morning. This occurred on the 300 block of Prospect. Court records show that a judge denied a personal protection order (PPO) request in Feb. 2013. A female made the request. It’s not clear yet if this is the same […]

  • Payday loan, phone scam victim issues warning for others

    VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. — Pamela Eldred says she took a phone call on Thursday from a man claiming she owed a debt. The lifelong Paw Paw resident said this call came from out of the blue, and she wasn’t sure if she owed anything. The caller identified himself as Daniel Lewis with Philip Hopkins Law Firm in California. He had also left a couple of voice messages. ‘Lewis’ said he represents a payday loan company called CashNetUSA, and he […]

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    Veggie stand thieves strike for the fourth time

    VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. — Another thief has stolen from farmer Andrew Nesbitt’s vegetable stand in Van Buren County. FOX 17 reported on other thefts at the veggie stand off of M-40 in Lawton. Nesbitt’s surveillance camera also caught the latest culprit who stole pumpkins and flowers. A good quality image captures the man’s face. On his Facebook page, Nesbitt said the man left dimes and nickels but stole about “$25 worth of stuff.” Other thefts occurred in August and earlier […]

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    Students question why GVSU and sheriff’s office sent no alert about alleged sex assault

    ALLENDALE, Mich. — A rape was reported in Allendale just before 4 a.m. Sunday. A young woman living at  Country Place Apartments said a man broke into her unit and raped her. She and her roommates called 911, and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department responded. The women are students at Grand Valley State University and live just off-campus. They want to know why it took nearly five days for the university and police to send an alert out to the campus community, […]

  • Holland police search for possible serial flasher

    HOLLAND, Mich. — Holland Public Safety Department detectives are investigating at least two cases of indecent exposure. The first incident is said to have happened on Saturday at Washington Square. The second allegedly happened Tuesday afternoon near Black River School. “An 11 year old girl was near Black River School when a man exposed his genitalia, made a sexual comment, and she ran and her parents called the police,” Captain Jack Dykstra said. Police released a still image taken from […]