4-7-17 Another Auto Recall

DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai and Kia are recalling nearly 1.2 million cars and SUVs because the engines can fail and stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

The recall covers the Korean automakers’ most popular models including 2013 and 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUVs and Sonata midsize cars. Also covered are Kia Optima midsize cars from 2011 through 2014, Kia Sportage SUVs from 2011 through 2013 and Kia Sorento SUVs from 2012 through 2014.

The companies say that debris left from manufacturing can restrict oil flow to connecting rod bearings. That can increase temperatures and cause the bearings to wear and fail.

Hyundai and Kia will notify owners and dealers will inspect the engines. They’ll replace the block if needed at no cost. The recall is scheduled to start on May 19.


4-7-17 Thousands Still Without Power in W MI

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Crews are working to restore power to thousands of customers in Michigan after storms packing high winds, snow and heavy rain hit the state. Authorities say Thursday’s weather was a factor in at least one death, a fatal crash on snowy roads in southwestern Michigan. DTE Energy says nearly 50,000 of its customers lost power. Thursday’s mix of snow and rain across much of Michigan also caused flooding.

1-26-17 March for Life

Hundreds of pro-life supporters here in West Michigan are on their way to Washington DC.

The 44th annual March for Life is taking place tomorrow.  It’s a somber and peaceful demonstration in light of the millions killed through abortion.  Marchers say they come out to not only speak out against abortion but also to remind those considering or going through that process that they are loved and there are alternatives.

If you would like more information, please visit Right to Life of Michigan or Grand Rapids Right to Life.

1-25-17 MI Getting New Ballot Counters

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has approved contracts to replace thousands of machines that count paper ballots in elections.

The 10-year contracts with three vendors were authorized by the State Administrative Board Tuesday. Each of Michigan’s 83 county clerks will consult with local clerks on which vendor to choose.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says the new equipment will be in place statewide by the August 2018 primary.

She says $40 million has been allocated to pay most of the upfront cost. Local governments will cover the rest, which will vary depending on the vendor and the cost of service and maintenance.

All of Michigan’s vote tabulators are at least a decade old. State officials have said the recent presidential recount showed the scanners are accurate despite some problems mostly attributed to human error.



1-24-17 Missing 2-Year Old Believed to be With Non-Custodial Father

Mason and Oceana County Sheriff’s have put out an alert to locate a missing two year old girl.

Hailey Hunter-Rose Fargo was last seen with her biological father, who does not have custody of the child. Mark Alan Saporita-Fargo is a 47-year-old white male, 6’1, and weighs 200 pounds.  He may be driving a black, Ford Taurus.

Investigators say Hailey and Mark were on an unsupervised visitation and were supposed to return Monday afternoon.  The pair did not return to the foster home in Muskegon where Hailey is staying.  Mark Fargo faces multiple charges and is supposed to be in court this week.

If you happen to see this pair, please contact your local authorities.

1-24-17 State Accused of Not Including Minorities

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is denying allegations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that officials aren’t doing enough to include minorities in the public participation process over permits.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Michael Shore says that public participation processes have been expanded over the past 20 years to address the EPA’s concerns. Last week, the EPA released a letter saying MDEQ failed to adequately include all groups.

12-29-16 State Police Not Giving Up on Missing Boys

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police have released age-progression images of three brothers who vanished during the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday. The images released last week were created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and depict how brothers Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton might appear today. The boys were last seen more than six years ago at their father’s home in Morenci near the Michigan-Ohio border.

12-29-16 Mental Illness Issues Top State Agenda

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The next leader of the Michigan House says he wants to bring experts together to discuss mental health treatment. The number of mentally ill prisoners in the prison system has grown 14 percent since 2012 to roughly 9,400. Tom Leonard of DeWitt, who soon will become House speaker, says “early intervention” for people with mental illness saves money and can keep the public safe.

12-21-16 Still Searching for Missing Kentwood Man

Police are still searching for a missing Kentwood man who walked away from his home earlier this month.  Willie Crawford has dementia and may not be able to find his way back home.  He’s reportedly been spotted in Grand Rapids and the Wyoming area.  He’s a black male, about 6’0 ” and 150 lbs. He has a full gray beard, gray/black hair and brown eyes. Mr. Crawford was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans, brown hiking boots and a black baseball hat.  If you spot someone matching that description, please call 911.


Willie Crawford

Willie Crawford – Missing from Kentwood

11-4-16 Strawberry Recall Affecting West Michigan Food Services

Multiple agencies are reporting recalled strawberries imported from Egypt have been served in close to a dozen food service locations around West MI.  The strawberries may be contaminated and result in Hepatitis A infections.

In Kent County, the Health Department’s Adam London says the berries were part of food at Roman’s Macaroni Grill on 28th Street near I-96 as well as at HCR ManorCare on the East Beltline.

In Allegan County, the Health Department reports the strawberries were served at Salvino’s in Plainwell and Wayland.

Ottawa County locations:

8th Street Grille in Holland, Biggby Coffee on Cottonwood in Jenison, and the Savidge Street location in Spring Lake.  The Holiday Inn Grand Haven and the Savidge Street location in Spring Lake.  Jackie’s Place in Holland.

You can find statewide locations at this site:,4610,7-125-50772_51097-397016–,00.html


The berries were served in late October but symptoms of Hepatitis A might not show up until now.  Contact your primary care physician if you have any questions or concerns.