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  • MSU paints its famous rock in honor of victims in Houston

    EAST LANSING, Mich– Michigan State University posted a photo to its Facebook page late Thursday evening, showing its famous rock painted in honor of the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The rock is also painted with information about a YouCaring fundraising page, to help those affected by the natural disaster. Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on Friday and has been blamed for more than 30 deaths.  It has since been downgraded to a tropical depression. This isn’t the first time […]

  • 291 Days and finally home: Gracelyn has been adopted!

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich- After spending 291 days without a family to call her own, Gracelyn the dog has been adopted. The Humane Society of West Michigan made the announcement on Facebook Wednesday. They say her family fostered her for a week to make sure she got along with their other dog before finally making things official. Kool Toyota covered Gracelyn’s adoption fee. Gracelyn is a Boxer and American Staffordshire mix who was handed over to the HSWM from another shelter back […]

  • Man injured after being hit by train near HopCat

    KALAMAZOO, Mich- A man was taken to the hospital Monday evening, after he was hit by a train. The crash happened around 10 p.m. on the tracks between E. Michigan Avenue and E. Water Street near the HopCat bar. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety tells FOX 17 preliminary investigations show a 50-year-old man tried crossing the train between its cars while the train was stopped, and was hit when it began moving again. The extent of the victim’s injuries […]

  • Woman injured after train crashes into SUV

    PORTAGE, Mich– Portage Public Safety and Fire personnel were dispatched to a crash involving a train and SUV Tuesday evening. Investigators say shortly before 10 p.m.,  the vehicle crossed the tracks on Garden Lane and was hit in the rear passenger side by the train. Witnesses told officials the railroad crossing bell could be heard long before the collision. Three people were inside the vehicle at the time, one of them was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. […]

  • Nothing ‘bundt’ romance: Couple receives cake surprise for 80th wedding anniversary

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —  With the divorce rate in America hovering around the 50%, one local couple is bucking the trend. Donald and Vivian Hart of Grand Rapids recently celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary. The couple met when Donald gave Vivian and some friends a ride home from church services. The pair then tied the knot on June 25, 1937. “Is it really? I can’t believe that,” jokes Vivian. “That was way back in the Stone Age,” Donald responded. All […]

  • Multiple crews battle barn fire at Hillside Dairy Farm

    FENNVILLE, Mich– Nearly 80 firefighters from seven different departments responded to a call of a barn fire in Allegan County Wednesday evening. Crews tell FOX 17 the fire was reported just before 6 p.m. at Hillside Dairy Farm in Fennville. As of 9:30 p.m., there were no flames showing but smoke was still coming from the barn. Officials tell us there are around 10,000 pigs inside the barn and have been cordoned off to the back of the building. They […]

  • City pool closed after being contaminated with vomit

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich– Briggs Pool was closed early Monday afternoon, after it was contaminated by vomit. John Judnich with Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department tells FOX 17 incidents like this aren’t uncommon in large groups of people. If the contamination is caught early enough, it can be taken of. However in this case, Judnich says the vomit was not contained, leading to the total closure of the pool. The pool will be chemically treated and reopened for normal hours […]

  • Volunteers search wooded areas for missing Spanish teacher

    KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich– Several volunteers conducted searches for missing Spanish teacher, Theresa Lockhart on Saturday. Kellie Yunginger tells FOX 17 the search was collaborative effort between Greater Michigan Search and Rescue and the Venus Foundation, which is dedicated to domestic violence victims and their families. Organizers say part of both Kalamazoo and Schoolcraft were searched, but crews didn’t find any signs of Lockhart. The 44-year-old has been missing since May 18th, she was last heard from leaving her home around […]

  • Several youths detained in connection to massive house fire

    IONIA, Mich– Several departments were called out to help put out a fire at an abandoned home late Sunday afternoon. The fire was reported shortly before 5 p.m. on Bellamy Road north of Dildine Road. When crews arrived on the scene, the home was completely engulfed in flames. Members of Ionia Public Safety, as well as crews from Orleans, Saranac and Ronald Fire Departments worked to put out the fire. Crews had to fight the flames from outside the home, […]