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  • Children continue to seek treatment across the country for Enterovirus D68

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Reports of children being admitted to emergency rooms across the country continue with symptoms consistent with Enterovirus D68. For some children, the symptoms are severe and come on quickly.  That was the case for a 4-year-old boy named D’Mari Lockwood in Chicago. “Struggling to breathe, coughing. They said the airways were so tight they actually, in Gary, said I almost lost him,” said Lakeia Lockwood, the child’s mother. It was the same thing for a 12-year-old […]

  • ‘Hero Worship’: Talking to kids about domestic violence in light of video of NFL player punching woman

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – It’s a video that speaks for itself.  Ray Rice, a pro-bowl NFL running back punching his then fiance, now wife, in the face in a hotel elevator back in February, The video was released online by TMZ and is generating a lot of reaction.  Reaction is even coming from the subject of the video. Ray Rice said, “What happened that night is something that should have never happened, and like I said, I have to pay […]

  • Anti-begging demonstrators in Grand Rapids, panhandlers argue they are doing “nothing wrong”

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – For six week the group ‘West Michigan Hardly Homeless Panhandlers’ has been trying to raise awareness of what they are calling a scam. The group says if people want to give to charity, there are alternatives to handing someone a dollar out of a car window as you are passing by. For hours Sunday afternoon the demonstrators held signs of their own with slogans like, “Real change not spare change”.  The motto refers to giving to […]

  • FBI: Suspect of Meijer vitamin tampering calls it a ‘drug induced bad decision’

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. – A 35-year-old man from Richland is facing federal charges for allegedly tampering with vitamins at several Meijer stores in West Michigan. It’s a story FOX 17 first told you about weeks ago, six different Meijer stores in Allegan, Kalamazoo, and Calhoun counties reportedly had tampered packages of vitamins on store shelves. The alleged crime is outlined in a 19-page criminal complaint filed by a special agent with the FBI. The complaint said a Meijer detective was able […]

  • MDOT encourages ‘Zipper merge’ during I-96 construction

    LOWELL, Mich. — Traffic back-ups caused by construction projects can lead to delays, road rage and even accidents. The Michigan Department of Transportation is well aware of this fact and points to a new method that is designed to cut down the amount spent in traffic by 40 percent. The experimental process is called zipper merging. “The zipper merge or late merge is when (drivers) take advantage of all the real estate,” John Richards with MDOT explains. “You stay in […]

  • Parchment welcomes Charlie Eaton back home

    PARCHMENT, Mich. — Charlie Eaton may have a long way to go, but  he’s already come a long way in his recovery. Eaton fractured his skull during a bike-riding crash in California. For more than a month, he’s been recovering at a hospital out West. In the meantime, the Parchment community, which he calls home, has been preparing for his arrival back in West Michigan. And his friends and neighbors wanted to make sure Charlies knows that they care. Charlie’s […]

  • Body of West Michigan teen returned home 30 years after he went missing

    BELDING, Mich. – It was a homecoming 30-years in the making .  Clyde Lee Jourdan ran away from home at the age of 17 in 1978.  His family had been searching for him ever since. This July, police in Utah delivered his family the news that Jourdan had died two years after going missing.  It then became the family’s mission to bring his body back to West Michigan.  On Saturday, the family became whole again. Jourdan’s family gathered in Riverside […]

  • Campuses with International students or travel prepped for Ebola outbreak

    ALLENDALE, Mich. –  There might not be any current cases of the disease in America right now but the Ebola virus outbreak in Africa might not be as far away as it seems. College students are heading back to campuses and there is legitimate concern about what they may be bringing with them. “We have 800 students abroad studying in 50 to 60 different countries,” said Dr. Mark Schaub, the Chief International Officer with Grand Valley State University. He said […]

  • Caught on camera: corn and cash stolen from a Lawton veggie stand

    LAWTON, Mich. – A trail camera sits in the upper corner of ‘A-squared’, a vegetable stand stocked with tomatoes, cucumbers, corn and flowers by a farmer in Lawton. On Wednesday the owner of the stand posted a series of videos to Facebook that captures the theft on camera. The video shows a man wearing sunglasses walk into the shed with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. In his hands are what appears to be wire cutters as he attempts […]