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

Recent Articles
  • ‘Project Night Lights’ shows support for kids at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Dozens of emergency vehicles flashed their lights Wednesday for ‘Project Night Lights’ to show support for kids at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. It was an amazing show of support from the community as more than 150 people and over 35 emergency vehicles lined the sidewalks and streets around the hospital and took part in lighting up the area.  Aero Med also joined the celebration and flew circles around the hospital. The effort from first responders brightens […]

  • Video: South Haven officer rescues man after boat capsizes

    SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. — A South Haven police officer is being credited with saving a man’s life after his boat capsized.  It happened July 1 near the pier at North Beach and was all caught on camera. The successful rescue happened because of Officer Michael Ledger’s determination through gusting winds and stinging rain. If it wasn’t for the life ring he threw to the man, the story may have had a deadly ending. Realizing the man could go under any […]

  • Community remembers boy killed while riding his bike for the first time without training wheels

      WAYLAND, Mich. – A 5-year-old boy was hit and killed while riding his bike in Wayland on Friday, relatives have identified him as Blake Huffman. Relatives say the little boy had just learned how to ride without training wheels when he was hit by a Jimmy John’s driver making a delivery in the ‘Windsor Woods Village’ mobile home park. As police investigate the accident, the community is devastated over the loss of someone so young. “I’ve got little nieces […]

  • Influx of missing pets reported following fireworks on the 4th of July

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The 4th of July is behind us and the holiday brought a lot of people together to celebrate with fireworks. However, those loud noises can also have a negative effect on our furry friends, causing many pets to run off and get lost. “We’ve been receiving numerous calls, people saying I’ve lost my dog can you help me get him or her back,” says Trudy Enders, the Executive Director for the Humane Society of West Michigan. Shelters […]

  • East GR City Commission votes against access point for proposed condo project

    EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The East Grand Rapids City Commission on Monday voted against a proposal to build an access point for a project that would add 55 condos. The developer, Mosaic Properties, actually tried to table the discussion on it, but the commission said no to that as well. The permit for the project hasn’t been submitted yet, but the 55 residential units would be on 2200 Griggs Street in Grand Rapids.  That would be built on wetland […]

  • Benefit Nick event raises money for car crash survivor

    WYOMING, Mich. – Family, friends and a community came together Sunday to support a young man who’s continuing to recover from a car crash. The birthday celebration fundraiser event has been held every year since Nick Van Doeselaar’s car crash in 2015 which left him with a fractured skull and a broken neck. His family says they’re always overwhelmed by all the support. “He made it and he’s here and he got to see all the support. Nick has been […]

  • Fire burns storage unit in Comstock Park

    COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. — Heavy smoke filled the air as firefighters battled a large fire at a storage facility Thursday afternoon. The fire was spotted shortly after 2:00 p.m. at National Storage Centers-Alpine in the 4000 block of Alpine Avenue. The fire damaged the front office and also burned and destroyed 180 small storage units Thursday afternoon.  The flames rekindled Thursday evening as crews remained at the scene. “We were in for a big fight,” said Alpine Township Fire Chief […]

  • West Michigan political experts react to Kennedy retirement

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The retirement of U.S. Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy is sending political shock waves across the country. Wednesday’s announcement is paving the way for a political battle in the U.S. Senate for the confirmation of whomever president Trump selects to take Kennedy’s place on the bench. Kennedy, 81, has been on the nation’s highest court for 30 years, and his retirement will be official until July 31, 2018. “Justice Kennedy was very much the conscious of […]

  • Central Montcalm approves funding for ‘Boot’ lockdown devices

    SHERIDAN, Mich. — With dozens of school shootings in the U.S. already this year, student safety is on the minds of a lot of parents and administrators.  At Central Montcalm Public Schools, they’re turning their concerns into action. Two devices made to quickly lock down classrooms and alert people during active shooter situations were presented to the district Monday at a board meeting. One was the Boot, a physical device that reinforces a door and prevents a shooter form getting […]