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  • Cleaning company helps family after FOX 17 story on home contamination

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–A Grand Rapids family moving into their new home was greeted with a nasty surprise, compliments of the previous owner. It’s a story we first brought you earlier in the week when the O’Neil family discovered their home was toxic and contaminated from methamphetamine production. “Depressing, exhausting, ” said Holly O’Neil about living in her new home. “I think sometimes I’m just speechless. I don’t know how or why someone would do this.” Holly O’Neil and her family […]

  • Smartphone app provides plow service on demand

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The app Plowz operates much like Uber, allowing users to order a snow plow on your smartphone. First you describe your driveway in terms of length, width and composition. Once the job is done, it automatically charges your credit card. The service was developed just one year ago and is still relatively new to Grand Rapids, but is growing with every snowfall. “We started with eight drivers in Syracuse, New York and currently it sits we […]

  • Grand Rapids neighborhood takes extra precautions after stabbing

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–People in one southwest Grand Rapids neighborhood are taking extra precautions Saturday after two people were stabbed during an attempted robbery. It happened late Friday night in the 900 block of Watson Street. “It was right close,” said Ada Smith. “We had blood on our doorstep and there was blood on the sidewalk. It was very close.” Ada Smith has lived in her home near Watson Street for five years. “It’s actually pretty quiet most of the time,” […]

  • Grand Rapids NYE celebration moved to accommodate thousands more

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –Marcus Bradman organized the very first New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Grand Rapids and now, nearly a decade later, the event has exploded and moved to its third location: Calder Plaza. “Seven years ago, we came up with this idea to create this crazy notion of doing a New Year’s Eve ball drop. When people heard about the idea, they’re like ‘It’s Michigan, it’s cold. We’re not doing it.’ We’re like, ‘Hey, they do it in […]

  • Neighbors question motive in murder of Grand Rapids man

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–People in one Grand Rapids neighborhood are still trying to cope with the death of one of their own. It happened Sunday afternoon in the 400 block of 11th St. When police arrived, the victim was already dead. A man is behind bars for the death of 68-year-old, Patrick Simmons, but police have not yet released the suspect’s name. Neighbors of Simmons identified the suspect only as “Al.” They say Simmons and his longtime roommate often invited homeless […]

  • Make-A-Wish grants trip to Grand Rapids boy

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–More than 8,000 children’s dreams have come true because of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Michigan. Now, one more has been added to the list. Jeffrey Shanks was born with not one, but two, heart defects. “Really it’s just that part of his pulmonary valve didn’t develop so they had to go in and put one in,” said LaToya Shanks, Jeffrey’s mother. “They had to put a shunt in when he was eight days old. Then, a year later […]

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    Gov. Snyder passes law for suspicion based drug testing for government assistance

    MICHIGAN– People receiving some forms of assistance from the Michigan government may now have to take a drug test. That’s because Saturday night Governor Rick Snyder signed suspicion based drug testing into law. Around 80,000 people throughout the state of Michigan receive cash assistance. Now each one of those people will take psychological tests before getting any benefits. “We will use empirically validated screening tools and likely what we are going to use is some type of psychological questionnaire that […]

  • Family searches for answers on missing Muskegon County mother

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.–A West Michigan family is searching for answers after they say one of their family members disappeared. Bobbie Maples has been missing for nearly two weeks now and her family has no leads. “I hate to jump to conclusions but I feel that if she’s found I fear that it’s going to be in the worst situation,” said her brother, Daniel Maples. Maples disappeared on December 15, just 11 days after giving birth to a baby girl. “I […]

  • Kalamazoo community pitches in to help team go to national championship

    KALAMAZOO, Mich.– Jahymier Wilkins wants to be a doctor when he grows up, but as a member of the Kalamazoo Vikings rocket football team, he’s bound Dallas. The team and coaches boarded a bus Christmas Day and headed for the national championship game “At first I didn’t know we had to have a good education to play football,” said Wilkins. The 10 year old’s aspirations come from the Viking’s team motto: “Hard work, dedication, homework, education.” Vikings football coach, Johnnie […]

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