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  • Residents question township’s awareness of PFAS in water

    RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. — For months, concerns regarding PFAS have affected the Rockford area. But now, Kalamazoo County is facing the same issue. The water contaminant is present in Richland Township, where PFAS got into the water from an old plastic site, says the Department of Environmental Quality. Wednesday night, people who live near the affected area at 34th Street and D Avenue got the chance to ask questions from a panel of experts. Right now, three residential wells have […]

  • Kalamazoo County considering stance on ICE immigration

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. – A national conversation took center stage in Kalamazoo County Tuesday evening. Community members and commissioners discussed a resolution that would change how law enforcement there interacts with immigration officials. The resolution would make it so no county resources are spent on separating children from their families at the US-Mexico border. Nelly Fuentes said people want a seat at the table when the conversation regarding immigration comes up. “It’s idiotic that people expect anything to be pushed forward without […]

  • 2 arrested in death of Wyoming toddler

    WYOMING, Mich. – Two people have been arrested in the death of a child this spring in Wyoming. Wyoming Police say that they were called to a home in the 2600 block of Longstreet Avenue on March 16 on reports of a 1 ½ -year-old boy who was not responsive. They found the child, Yurik Birkenmeyer, had already died. A medical examiner later determined his cause of death to be dehydration due to neglect, according to court documents. His parents, identified […]

  • Two veterans, Goldie and Sid, remember World War II

    WYOMING, Mich. – Two World War II veterans with a special bond reunited Wednesday to share their memories of the war. But it’s not just memories. They even have video footage of their time overseas. Sid Lenger came back from war with something rare: footage from his 8-millimeter camera.  He says it’s been difficult to talk about the times he spent on board a Navy ship in the Pacific Ocean. “Well, when you’ve got 24 days and you’re sitting there […]

  • Dangerously dry roads contribute to deadly accident in Allegan County

    ALLEGAN, Mich. – The Allegan County Sheriff’s Department is warning about the dangers of driving down those back roads too fast. Investigators say speed played a factor in the rollover that took the life of one Allegan County teenager and sent another to the hospital on Friday. This is prompting a warning from investigators to slow down on dirt roads. Dry dirt roads are just as dangerous as icy winter ones. Allegan County Sheriff’s Department Captain Chris Kuhn says you […]

  • Immigrant families reunited in Grand Rapids after months of separation

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Some progress today for families separated at the border after more than three months apart. Children here in West Michigan are slowly being reunited with their parents. Bethany Christian Services is working to meet the court-ordered deadline for reunification. Tuesday, all children under the age of five are supposed to be reunited with their families. Today, three kids are back in the arms of their loved ones, but the future is still uncertain. “We have two […]

  • Culvert repairs shut down Grand Haven Township road for weeks

    GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Work on a new housing development in Grand Haven Township is causing quite a headache for the people who already live on Lincoln Street. Progress is a process, and no one knows that better than those who live off the busy road in Grand Haven Township. A construction company damaged the township’s culvert underneath Lincoln Street in early June, and now in early July, getting the road fixed could still take weeks. “It’s an extension […]

  • West Michigan communities celebrate the Fourth of July

    SAUGATUCK, Mich. — We are all fans of our big-city Fourth of July celebrations, but sometimes the absolute best festivities can be found in the smallest towns. The party has been going on across West Michigan all day, including in the communities of Dorr and Saugatuck. People at the Dorr parade say their parade is the biggest. People in Saugatuck say their parade is the best. But one thing is for sure: it really doesn’t matter whose parade is bigger […]

  • Ionia Co. man arrested after hundreds of threats to kill ex-girlfriend, girlfriend’s co-workers

    IONIA COUNTY, Mich. – A break-up gone bad has ended with an Ionia man behind bars. Sheriff’s deputies say they stopped 36-year-old Jason Proper before he could act on the hundreds of threats he made to harm his ex-girlfriend. Deputies say Jason Proper had the means and motive to carry out his threats to kill his ex-girlfriend and the people she worked with. “The girl, the victim, was receiving multiple threats of shooting her, killing her,” Ionia County Lieutenant Andrew […]