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  • Police: Alzheimer’s patient causes crash

    RUTLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Six people were taken to the hospital following a crash in Barry County Tuesday evening, police report. Around 5:30 p.m., an 85-year-old from Hastings made a left turn at M-43 and M-37, but failed to yield and collided with another vehicle. The man was the only one in his vehicle, but police say the driver of the other car had four passengers with him. Nobody was seriously hurt in that collision, but everyone was transported to Spectrum Butterworth […]

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    GVSU students calm down with therapy dogs while preparing for final exams

    ALLENDALE, Mich–  Students at Grand Valley State University were treated to some special guests while studying for final exams on Monday. Some animals from West Michigan Therapy Dogs visited the school’s Mary Idema Pew Library as part of the school’s Exam Cram. Exam Cram runs through April 28th. The therapy dogs will be back on campus Tuesday evening. Other events planned for students include adult coloring, and chair massages. The school’s Kirkhof Center, Mary Idema Pew Library, and Steelcase Library […]

  • Man featured in viral video about Alzheimer’s passes away

    BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — After a five year battle with Alzheimer’s, Alan Beamer passed away on Friday at the age of 67. Beamer first gained the attention of West Michigan in January 2016, after his wife, MaryBeth recorded him during one of his ‘tough days’ and posted the video on Facebook where it quickly went viral. “What do you want friends to know out there about Alzheimer’s?,” MaryBeth asked in the video. “They need to know that I’m the same […]

  • Barn receives new animals after fire kills therapy horses

    LOWELL, Mich– More than a week after a fire destroyed a barn and killed 13 therapy horses at The Barn for Equine Learning, the facility has received six new miniature horses. The Barn for Equine Learning posted a photo of the new animals on Facebook, thanking the community for its ongoing support. Those with The Barn tell FOX 17 the animals are named Jet, DeeDee, Bucky, CJ, Cloud, and Jojo and that they’re already bringing joy to many people. The […]

  • More than 100 cats removed from Calhoun County home

    ATHENS, Mich– A search warrant executed on a home in Calhoun County on Thursday revealed more than 100 cats living inside. The discovery off South Avenue A was made by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department Animal Control Division and Battle Creek Police Department Animal Control Division as part of an animal cruelty and neglect investigation. Investigators say the 113 cats were in various health conditions and taken to the Battle Creek Animal Shelter. Due to the high levels of ammonia in […]

  • Police department sets trap for high drivers on 4/20

    BATH TOWNSHIP, Mich– The Bath Township Police Department took to Facebook on Thursday to share a bit of a joke while reminding people about the dangers of driving high. The department posted a photo of what they called a 4/20 trap, complete with snacks and a cardboard box, saying they’ll be out looking for people driving under the influence. The department says its aware of what 4/20 is and while many people are pro-marijuana, Bath Township Police say legalization is […]

  • ‘Baron the Dog’ enjoying his new life after being found mutilated in Detroit

    DETROIT, Mich– More than three months after a Rottweiler-Mix was found wandering the streets of Detroit with his ears and nose cut off, ‘Baron the Dog’ is enjoying his new life. The Michigan Humane Society posted a Facebook update on Thursday saying he’s settling in with his new family just fine, and is both healthy and happy. The organization was also able to reunite Baron with the Mr. Fitts, the man who rescued him after finding him injured. Baron was […]

  • Walkerville firefighters keep jobs after new budget passes

    WALKERVILLE, Mich. — A new budget was finally approved Saturday, allowing the Walkerville Area Fire and Rescue to continue with their operations. Nearly 60 people attended the meeting to hear out the discussion during a joint town hall meeting Saturday with the Village of Walkerville along with Colfax, Elbridge & Leavitt townships. Trustees pointed to last year’s budget saying a nearly $22,000 over-expenditure forced them to find ways to cut spending. The cuts leaving this year’s new operating budget at just […]

  • Grand Rapids Griffins donate toys and treats to local animals

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich– Members of the Grand Rapids Griffins stopped by the Humane Society of West Michigan on Tuesday to bring food, treats and toys to the animals. It was part of the team’s random acts of kindness promotion, which is helped put on by BHS Insurance. The Humane Society of West Michigan is completely operated on donations and says it’s gestures like this that helps keep them open.   In addition to funds, the organization is currently in need […]