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Michael DuPre is a evening reporter/MMJ and hails from Louisiana.


Recent Articles
  • West Michigan businesses bring food to TSA employees

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The government shutdown impacting a number of workers at Gerald R. Ford International Airport, including Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Security Administration employees. On Monday, some of the furloughed workers picketed across the street while those who were working got a generous surprise: some West Michigan restaurants and businesses came together to donate food and gift cards. Ace Marasigan helped organize the idea and put the plan together after talking with a friend who’s a TSA […]

  • 11-year-old boy has cutting-edge surgery thanks to 3D model

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Trent Ahlefeld is on the road to recovery after a serious heart surgery made possible by a 3D image of his heart. “We had to do something about this hole in the heart,” says Dr. Marcus Haw, co-director of congenital heart center at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. “And I don’t think I would have had the courage to do this surgery unless I had this type of imagery.” Trent, just 11,  was born with his heart […]

  • Grand Rapids mother demands justice for son’s shooting death

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A mother is mourning the loss of her son after he was shot and killed Sunday in a strip mall parking lot near 44th Street and Kalamazoo Avenue. On Monday, Grand Rapids police announced a 17-year-old is in custody in relation to the deadly shooting, but didn’t say what the expected charges will be at this point. That person is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. Grand Rapids police also impounded a vehicle they believe is connected the case. Meanwhile, […]

  • Heart-shaped urn returned to family

    WYOMING, Mich. — The rightful owner of a silver heart-shaped urn has been found, and the ashes of a departed loved one are back with the family. The keepsake urn is engraved with “Mom” and “1926-2017.” Cook Funeral Home in Grandville received a call from the granddaughter of that person, saying they saw the story on FOX 17 News and were grateful to know where the urn was so they could have it returned. A West Michigan mom and her […]

  • Facebook group tries to expose potential child predators

    PORTLAND, Mich. — A group of people in West Michigan is taking the law into their own hands. They are armed with cell phones and social media and they say they are protecting your kids by confronting alleged child predators. “517 Child Predator Exposure” is a Facebook group that uses a decoy pretending to be a child online. They then set up a meeting with the person wanting to meet them and broadcast it all on Facebook. One of 517’s videos shows […]

  • Freeport family fostering 9 puppies for their 9 kids.

    FREEPORT, Mich. — A family in Freeport had a really full house the past few months. With 9 kids at home and 9 puppies, it’s been an experience they’ll never forget. “And keep them in your home for the 8 weeks before they return to the organization ‘Paws With A Cause’ where they then become foster puppies,” says Shari Hansen, a mother of 9 kids and 9 foster puppies. They’ve been fostering pups for years but this is the first time […]

  • Inspiring Zeeland student battles brain tumor

    ZEELAND, Mich. — A brain tumor may have kept him in the hospital on his birthday earlier this month but a 17-year-old high school student from Zeeland isn’t letting it keep him down. Evan Potter is a junior at Zeeland West High School and is reminding everyone that life is about what you do with the challenges you’re given. “You can’t feel sorry for yourself. If life throws you a curveball you just take it head on and move through […]

  • GRPD offers tips on curbing package delivery thefts

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The holiday shopping season is in full swing and that means more and more package deliveries. But those packages can be sitting ducks for thieves. The Grand Rapids Police Department is reminding people how to safeguard those packages with some simple tips. The first thing is requesting the delivery be hidden around your home. You can also ask for a delivery confirmation signature which ensures the package won’t be waiting on the porch. “If it’s not […]

  • Muskegon mobile mental health program hits high gear

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — Access to mental health care in Muskegon County is getting a little easier. A mobile crisis unit is hitting the road to provide care at people’s homes and it’s having a positive effect on the community. In the past two years, the pilot program at Health West in Muskegon has traveled to hundreds of homes. Responders say people enjoy the convenience of having a mental health office at their front door. “It’s really about trying to meet […]