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
  • Problem Solved: Unwanted funds returned to the VA, deposits stopped

    WALKER, Mich. — Karen Warner’s bank account is $5,762 lighter, and she says she’s relieved. She says she received deposits of more than $1,100 for months that didn’t belong to her. She tried returning the money and stop the deposits with no success, until now. “Who would think it would be so difficult to give away money?” Warner asked. That money belongs to the Veterans Administration. As Warner explained to the Problem Solvers in early September, her mother received survivor’s […]

  • Accused killer allegedly told acquaintance to lie about victim’s whereabouts

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The second day of testimony has wrapped up in the trial of Jared Chance. Demetreis Taylor was one of multiple witnesses to take the stand. He was an acquaintance of the accused killer and said he even helped Jared get a job. Yesterday, when Kristine Young took the stand, she talked about the frantic search for her daughter. She said when she got a hold of Jared, he pointed her in the direction of Taylor and […]

  • Woman trying to return thousands of dollars, money keeps rolling in

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Problem Solvers usually try to help people get money back, but in Karen Warner’s case, she needs help getting rid of funds she says don’t belong to her. Warner is trying to give $5,705 back to the Veterans Administration. “I want to return the money which is owed to the vets, the eligible vets and their families cause that’s the right thing to do,” she said. “And I want closure since my mother died,” Warner […]

  • Problem Solved: Business donates $5K to veteran duped by no-show contractor

    GOBLES, Mich. — A West Michigan business decided to pay it forward to help a Vietnam veteran featured by the FOX 17 Problem Solvers. The Problem Solvers caught up with veteran Ron Cummins to do an update on his situation with a no-show contractor. However, he had no clue he would end up with a $5,000 check placed in his hand. Living on a limited income, Cummins says he dipped into his savings to build a pole barn at his […]

  • Update: $500 returned to veteran, so far, for unstarted paving project

    OTSEGO TOWNSHIP, Mich. — It’s a work in progress, but it’s progress Barbara Johnson said she wasn’t able to make on her own. She said she’s received $500, so far, from the owner of Concrete Carlos with the help of the FOX 17 Problem Solvers. “Once his face got put on the news then he wanted to communicate because up to that point, he wouldn’t even answer my brother’s texts or calls saying, ‘Hey what’s going on?’ Nope. Nothing,” she […]

  • Couple awaits refund after canceling driveway job

    IONIA COUNTY, Mich. — Julie and Alan Elam said they don’t understand why it’s so difficult to return the money for a project that never got off the ground, however the company involved said there is a proper process that must be followed. “Just give us our money back,” Julie Elam said. The couple is waiting for a check for $13,282.50 after cutting ties with Reitaliano’s Asphalt and Concrete Service and Repair in early June. The Elam’s canceled the contract […]

  • Bail bondsmen criminally charged for raiding wrong GR home

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Charges were filed Tuesday against two bail bondsmen accused of forcing their way into the wrong West Michigan home and traumatizing the family inside. The Kent County Prosecutor’s Office said Justin Yanna and Timothy Hennig are the men awaiting arraignment. The break-in was all caught on video by De’Markus Putnam, who confronted the men as they forced their way into his girlfriend’s home on Grand Rapids’ southwest side. Putnam captured the break-in on his phone and […]

  • Vietnam veteran says contractor cashed $5k check, disappeared

    GOBLES, Mich. — Ron Cummins, a Vietnam veteran, says a contractor stripped him of a chunk of his life savings. He was hoping to have a new pole barn built but says Scott Henning took his money and ran. Cummins says he had no reason to believe Henning would cash his check the same day and disappear. After all, he said Henning came by referral from his son-in-law. However, a little more research shows Cummins is not Henning’s first alleged […]

  • Veteran: Concrete contractor cashed check months ago, ignoring calls

    OTSEGO TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Barbara Johnson said she’s been patient. However, that patience is wearing thin more than three months after she paid to get her driveway redone. “He was supposed to do the driveway and then the sidewalk leading up to the steps,” she said. Johnson’s driveway and sidewalk remain untouched. The veteran from Otsego Township said she hired Carlos Mendez, owner of Concrete Carlos, on May 4. She paid him half up front. “I have the receipt right […]

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