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  • New device helps patients breathe easy

    GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A new medical device, approved by the FDA in 2018, is helping American’s with COPD and Emphyzema, live a better, healthier life. Symptoms of Emphysema include fatigue chronic coughing, and breathlessness. The Zephyr Bronchial Valve, made by Pulmonx, is a small umbrella-shaped object placed in a patient’s airway with a camera scope. The procedure requires no cuts, no bleeding, and minimal recovery for most patients. A few nights in the hospital and monitoring is all that’s […]

  • Student-athlete balances life while taking care of sister with autism

    BYRON CENTER, Mich. — Crystal Lettinga is good at a lot of things: she is a talented equestrian, a collegiate golfer and has made the dean’s list at Olivet College twice. But to Lettinga, the most important thing is being the best sister she can be. She got her first horse at 10 years old and trained it to be a therapeutic horse for her twin sister, Coral, who has autism. “It was just great to see her smile, which […]

  • Special holiday photo shoot geared towards ‘reactive dogs’ also encouraging adoptions from Humane Society

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–  As the holidays approach, a lot of families and pet owners are busy taking festive photos. The Grand Rapids Pitbull Alliance is putting on a photo event, tailored to ‘reactive dogs’ who may not be the best around other canines.  It’s a chance for those pet owners to enjoy a holiday event they may not otherwise be able to take part in. “With these type of dogs, they are in a stress-free environment we create, and their […]

  • Activist’s truck vandalized with racial slurs and images

    CLIO, Mich — A family woke up Tuesday morning to their truck spray painted with racial slurs and images. Hubert Roberts, the owner of the truck, found swastikas painted all over the truck along with the N-word and “Wite Pride[sic]”on both sides. He says his truck always has different sayings on it to spark a conversation. People will stop him and ask what they mean and why he has them on his truck in the first place, including calling the […]

  • Police release surveillance photos after recent Battle Creek break-ins

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The Battle Creek Police Department says several homes have been broken into over the last week, many focused on the south side of the city. Officials say the affected area is from Columbia Avenue to I-94 and Goguac Lake to Riverside Drive. The suspects typically enter through a side or rear door about two hours after the resident leaves, and the crimes appear to be happening between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m. Police say the suspects […]

  • Police: Man arrested in Rosa Parks Circle stabbing

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — Police say a 51-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing at Rosa Parks Circle earlier this month. Reginald Van Perry was arrested June 14 on an assault with intent to murder charge, Grand Rapids Police said on Monday. Police responded to the downtown stabbing June 4 . When officers arrived, officials say Van Perry and the 28-year-old victim had already left the scene. However, within a few minutes of receiving the call, police […]

  • Driver faces charge after man loses leg in boating incident

    ORANGEVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The driver of a boat involved in a weekend crash where a man lost his leg is facing a drunk driving charge. 21-year-old Michael Butzke, of Allegan, was lodged at the Barry County Correctional Facility after the Sunday crash on Gun Lake.  Online state police records show he is facing a felony charge of operating under the influence of liquor. The victim, identified by Barry County authorities as 20-year-old Cameron Cichosz of Howell, went off the […]

  • Volunteer deputy runs across Michigan for fallen officers

    WEST OLIVE, Mich. — A volunteer sheriff’s deputy from Kent County ran across Michigan while raising money for MI-COPS, Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors. Matt Garbarino ran the full 160 miles across the state, starting at the Fallen Heroes Monument in Oakland County and working his way west, ending Thursday at the Protectors Monument in front of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office in West Olive. The run started with Lieutenant Governor and Gubernatorial Candidate Brian Calley who was by his […]

  • Teen raising awareness about mental health struggle after suicide attempts

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – KC Plantega is a 17-year-old girl who has her whole life ahead of her, one that almost ended too soon. She said her life was chaotic and she didn’t know how to help herself in the situation she was in. The only way she thought to get out was to end it. KC first tried to take her own life in 8th grade, about four years ago, but it has not been the only time – […]

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