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  • Family, friends clean up acid attack victim’s home

    FENNVILLE, Mich. — Family and friends gathered at Sheryl Keech’s house in Fennville on Saturday to spend the day sprucing it up. Keech was allegedly attacked by her now ex-boyfriend inside her home in March. Police say he destroyed the home’s interior—physically attacking her when she arrived—pouring acid on her face and chest. Keech was seriously injured with severe burns. Her son-in-law, Jason Stough, says she’s now doing much better. Stough said because the neighbors reacted quickly and put Keech in […]

  • Food trucks could be setting up shop in downtown Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. announced Friday morning that they are in support of a new ordinance that would allow food truck businesses to set up shop on public property in the City of Grand Rapids. As of now, food trucks are only allowed to set up in the city on a limited basis at special events in public places and private property… as well as specific permitted instances. The proposed ordinance will be discussed at the […]

  • Grand Rapids ranks close to last place for safest driving cities in the nation

    ROCKFORD, Mich. —  Many see the Fourth of July as a fun and exciting holiday, but in the world of transportation, it marks the nations deadliest driving day of the year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Allstate has released their 12th annual America’s Best Drivers Report, which ranks Grand Rapids 155 out of 200 for safest driving cities in the United States.  The study shows that Grand Rapids has dropped 15 sLots within just the last year. […]

  • Portland Goodwill store reopens 1 year after tornado

    PORTLAND, Mich. — Almost exactly one year to the day, the Portland Goodwill store destroyed in the June 22, 2015 tornado officially reopened Saturday morning. The store was one of the hardest hit buildings in the city, but no one was injured. After extensive repairs and a hefty price tag, the store reopened new and improved.  Officials decided to build an employment center that provides job training and placement right inside the retail store. Shoppers poured into the parking lot Saturday, […]

  • Teen walks 111 miles across Michigan with kid brother strapped to his back

      MARNE, Mich. — A very special family making their way to West Michigan on Saturday afternoon for the annual Lori’s Voice Walk For The Challenged event at Berlin Raceway in Marne. The Gandees — a mother, father and four kids — traveled three hours from Temperance to attend. Their youngest son, Braden, 9, was born with cerebral palsy, making these types of events near and dear to their hearts. The family started a project called the “Cerebral Palsy Swagger” […]

  • Two people killed in fiery crash on M-43 in Van Buren County

    GLENDALE, Mich. — M-43 was closed down between 46th and 50th streets after two people were killed in a fiery crash early Sunday morning. Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called to the scene around 5 a.m. When deputies arrived they found two cars involved in the crash were heavily engulfed in flames. Both drivers involved were killed. Police on horseback and in helicopter are now scanning the surrounding area to see if anybody else was involved in the crash. It remains unclear […]

  • Chick Run honors local mom, avid motorcyclist killed this week

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Family and friends of Jessica Whalen, 37, of Jenison gathered at Dwight Lydell Park in Grand Rapids on Saturday afternoon to take part in the 18th Annual Chick Run Association Ride. It’s an event put on by a group of motorcyclists in the area and all the proceeds from ride go toward the YWCA of West Michigan. Jessica Whalen had plans set in stone to attend and participate in this event, but unfortunately her life was […]

  • Distracted Driving

    Study reveals top driving distractions for teens during the summer

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A new study released by AAA reveals the top driving distractions for teens during the “100 Deadliest Days.” That period of time begins during the summer months when Memorial day kicks off.  It’s coined the “100 Deadliest Days” because teen crash deaths historically climb. The study says that an average of 1,022 people die every year from crashes involving teen drivers.  The average number of deaths from crashes involving teen drivers ages 16-19 increased 16 percent […]

  • Man runs in marathon relay in seventh year with terminal brain tumor

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Mental Health Month is coming to a close and the Hope Network is ending it on a great note, with the first ‘1 in 5 Marathon Relay’ at Millennium Park in Grand Rapids Saturday morning. Nearly 500 runners came out to participate to raise awareness and funds for mental health. Among them was David Wenzel.  Wenzel says he was diagnosed with an inoperable and terminal brain tumor back in 2009. Doctors gave him four to seven years to […]

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