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As a FOX 17 Problem Solver, I try to help people who feel they have nowhere else to turn. We have a great team that prides itself in getting results and seeing a situation through to the end.

I couldn’t have imagined having this opportunity when I began at FOX 17 in August 2011. Since then, I’ve reported on a wide range of issues and events happening around West Michigan.

Before helping launch Problem Solvers, I served as the Grand Rapids city commission beat reporter for two years. I covered the region’s largest municipal government.

My professional journalism career began in Lansing. I cut my teeth in the news business at WLNS.
From 2006 to 2011, I wore many hats and reported the news for my last 3 years in the Capital City.

Before that, I graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Go blue!

When I’m not reporting the news, I enjoy spending time with my family, volunteering at my church, and running long distance.


Recent Articles
  • Four suspects caught in Ottawa County break-ins

    OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — Detectives in Ottawa County tracked down four teens believed to be responsible for dozens of vehicle break-ins in recent months. It’s the same area where deputies put out a warning to residents to lock their car doors just last week. “We went out. We bought cameras, and we got, like, extra security. We’re getting new doors put in,” resident Danielle Lusk said. The new homeowner said she’d lived in her Georgetown Township property for just two […]

  • State police encouraging truckers to report potential trafficking

    WEST MICHIGAN — Michigan State Police are continuing the fight against human trafficking by enlisting the help of commercial truck drivers. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. So MSP along with officials in Ohio and Indiana are taking this week especially to alert truck drivers about human trafficking and asking them to keep an eye out for anything that seems out of the ordinary. Motor carrier officer Jason Zylstra said, “They give us a lot of good tips about accidents […]

  • Accused killer Jared Chance headed to trial

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Jared Chance is headed to trial for allegedly murdering and dismembering Ashley Young’s body. Today’s testimony convinced the judge a jury should hear the case. This decision came just one day after Chance’s parents were bound over to circuit court on perjury charges, as well as charges of accessory after the fact. Today’s hearing shared similarities with yesterday’s hearing. Some of the same witnesses testified. One key difference was Ashley Young’s mother taking the stand. At times, […]

  • Veteran out $11,000 after purchasing stolen Humvee

    HOLTON, Mich. — A military veteran’s dream of owning a 1990 Desert Storm-era military Humvee turned into a pricey nightmare. He learned he purchased a stolen vehicle , and now he’s out about $11,000. Dirk Burkett said the transaction took place via Facebook Marketplace in late September. The Holton resident purchased the Humvee from a private seller in Holland and said everything seemed to check out. That is, until he went through the process of getting the title for the vehicle. […]

  • West Michigan couple exposes online puppy scam

    FRUITPORT, Mich. — A couple from Fruitport wants to expose the scam and bogus website that took them for $1,500. It’s a scam that often involves exotic animals, purebred puppies, unscrupulous websites, and trusting buyers. “We currently have two dogs. We have a schnauzer and a beagle, and after the holidays we thought, ya know, maybe it’s time to introduce a new family member,” Samantha Weiss explained. Weiss and her boyfriend came across loveschnauzer.us. “We found an unbelievable deal, which […]

  • Nursing home victim’s daughter wants attacker institutionalized

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Brenda Hayes said she wants more done to protect others after her father’s death in an assisted living facility. Since criminal charges were not pressed against his killer, she wants Kenneth Conley committed to an institution. “I felt like my dad wasn’t given any justice,” Hayes told FOX 17. She said her father’s stay at the Samaritas assisted living facility in Kentwood was supposed to be short term. However, it ultimately led to 81-year-old Dan McBrian’s […]

  • Man’s disappearance approaches one year anniversary; still no answers

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — As many celebrate the new year, the family of a Justin Holt is dreading the anniversary of his disappearance. He vanished January 3, 2018. His family is hoping to keep his name and face in the public eye to help solve his case. Patrick Platt, Holt’s stepfather, said investigators confirmed the few drops of blood found in Holt’s driveway belonged to the missing man. However, there’ve been no other clues as to what may have happened […]

  • BBB: Bogus car buyers targeting sellers with fake car report links

    WEST MICHIGAN — We have all heard consumer advocates say “buyer beware,” but now the Better Business Bureau is saying ‘seller beware’. A new scam involving fake car reports has surfaced and crooks are looking to steal your money. The BBB said bogus buyers are targeting sellers by asking the seller to purchase a vehicle history report through specific websites. The websites turn out to be phony. “There’s no way that I would pay for a report on a car […]

  • State: Local repair shop illegal, owner previously cited

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The state has shut down a Grand Rapids auto repair shop because the owner allegedly broke the law. According to the Secretary of State, this isn’t the first time the owner has ignored the rules. In October 2015, Guevara Auto Shop caught fire after a worker punctured a car’s gas tank. The accident revealed numerous violations at the shop, including not employing properly certified mechanics. Customers cars were destroyed. Co-owner Ignacio Cabrera-Tapia is in trouble yet […]