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  • State lawmaker wants to fix your gas cans

    LANSING, Mich. — State lawmakers are considering making a big change to the regulations on gas cans that could undo some changes made more than a decade ago. State Rep. Steve Johnson, R-Wayland, is the sponsor of a bill that would exempt gas cans made, sold, and used in Michigan from regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency. Years ago, the EPA ordered all gas cans sold in the United States must follow rules on design to prevent accidental overflows. To […]

  • Intersection reopens after gas leak closure

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The intersection of Sparks Drive and East Paris Avenue has reopened after a gas line was struck by a construction crew. All directions of both roads were shut down for several hours while crews made repairs. The intersection sits on the border of Grand Rapids and Kentwood.

  • Lockdown at Three Rivers schools lifted after 20 minutes

    THREE RIVERS, Mich. — Lockdowns at two schools in Three Rivers ended after 20 minutes, once police determined the buildings faced no threat. District Superintendent Ron Moag tells FOX 17 the High School and Middle School were put into lockdown around 11:40 a.m. Tuesday morning, after a member of the maintenance staff spotted a man walking down 6th Avenue with a firearm case slung over his shoulder. Alerted to the situation, police recommended the schools go into lockdown. Officers eventually […]

  • Jared Chance turns down plea deal

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Accused murderer Jared Chance turned down a plea deal offer from prosecutors Monday morning. During a hearing, he told Judge Trussock, “Go to trial.” Chance had been offered a deal to face only second-degree murder,  tampering with evidence, mutilation of a dead body and concealing death. Instead, he could face mandatory life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jury selection for his trial was scheduled to begin less than an hour after Monday morning’s plea […]

  • Second suspect charged in Algoma Township robbery

    ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Two men are in custody weeks after police say they robbed a gas station in northern Kent County. Brandon Gilley and Daniel Morris both face one count of armed robbery in connection to the theft of money and cigarettes from the Mobil gas station on 14 Mile Road in Algoma Township. Gilley, who is a parole absconder, also faces a Possession of Methamphetamine charge. Morris was captured in the Jackson area by Michigan State Police just […]

  • New security camera alerts homeowner to break-in

    BLENDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A homeowner in Ottawa County says his new security camera helped catch a criminal in it’s first full day of operation. Nicholas VanGeest says he bought a Ring Doorbell unit on Saturday, and installed it Sunday. Then Monday at 8 a.m., the app alerted him to motion outside his house. The camera revealed a strange vehicle parked in the driveway, and VanGeest called police. A nearby deputy responded and found a suspect in the yard. That […]

  • Car into 7th Day Church of God

    Sleeping driver crashes car into Ottawa County church

    TALLMADGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Deputies say a driver admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel before crashing into a church in Ottawa County. A silver Ford Escape slammed into the corner of the 7th Day Church of God just before 6 a.m. Wednesday on Leonard Street. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says the driver fell asleep, leading to the crash. They were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. No one else was involved. The damage to the church is […]

  • Firefighters battle barn blaze in Arlington Township

    Second fire destroys another Bangor area barn

    ARLINGTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — For the second time in two days, firefighters in Van Buren County responded to a barn on fire. This time, it was on 28th Avenue in Arlington Township just after midnight on Tuesday morning. A person driving by the scene spotted the fire, and knocked on the door of a neighbor. The Bangor Community Fire Department, Columbia Township Fire Department, and South Haven Area Emergency Services all worked to knock the flames down. By the time […]

  • Missionary Pilots involved in Guatemala Crash

    Member of West Michigan ministry dies after plane crash

    GUATEMALA — A director of a West Michigan-based ministry organization is dead after a plane crash in South America. Paradise Bound Ministries tells FOX 17 that 28-year-old Luke Sullivan, from Texas, died one day after the aircraft he was flying went down in Guatemala. He and another missionary pilot, Bruce Van Fleet, were the only two on board. Van Fleet remains in the ICU at a Guatemala City hospital. He was last listed in stable condition with serious injuries. Sullivan […]

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