1.13.17:  Man charged in snowplow hit-and-run death of woman




WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — A man has been charged with failing to stop at an accident after a Grand Rapids-area woman was struck and killed by a truck equipped with a snowplow.

A judge feared 21-year-old Austin Hill might flee to Florida, so he set bond at $750,000 Thursday. It wasn’t immediately known if Hill has a lawyer.

Chelsea Crawford was hit Tuesday while she walked on a road in Wyoming, a Grand Rapids suburb. Hill’s truck was located that night. Video from cameras on a nearby property played a key role in the investigation.

Hill was arrested Wednesday. He has a criminal record, which could enhance his sentence if convicted.


1.12.17:  Suspect arrested in snow plow hit-and-run death of woman




WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — Western Michigan police say they’ve arrested a 21-year-old man believed responsible for the hit-and-run death of a 26-year-old woman struck by a pickup truck equipped with a snowplow.

Police in the Grand Rapids-area community of Wyoming say the man was arrested Wednesday. His name was not immediately released while he awaits arraignment.

Police say the truck hit 26-year-old Chelsea Crawford of Wyoming on Tuesday morning while she was walked along a road. She died at the scene.

Police say they located the truck Tuesday evening in a parking lot and impounded it.


1.10.17:  School Choice Expo and Winter Carnival



-The Grand Rapids School Choice Expo and Winter Carnival will take place Tuesday, January 10th from 4-6 PM at the Gerald R. Ford Academic Center, 851 Madison Avenue SE.


The free family friendly event offers GRPS students, families, and prospective families the opportunity to learn about school choices while enjoying a fun winter celebration.

There will be children’s activities and a free dinner provided.


Principals from each theme school and Center of Innovation will be at the Expo and Carnival to share information about their school, showcase what makes them unique, and answer any questions parents and students may have.

1.9.17:  Michigan pilot rescued from lake after breaking through ice




GRATTAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a western Michigan man has been rescued after his small plane broke through an ice-covered lake.

Kent County sheriff’s officials say the American Legend AL3C aircraft piloted by 59-year-old James Bakeman of Grand Rapids fell into Murray Lake Saturday afternoon just before taking off. Bakeman, who wasn’t hurt, was able to exit the plane as it submerged.

Police say a man who lived nearby used a kayak to traverse the ice and help Bakeman get to shore.

Bakeman tells The Grand Rapids Press he had been taking off from and landing on several area lakes and ice thickness wasn’t an issue. He saw ice fishermen and assumed it would be safe.


1.6.17:  Man to stand trial in woman’s slaying on college campus




GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A judge has ordered a man to stand trial in circuit court in the slaying of a 34-year-old woman on the Grand Rapids Community College campus in western Michigan.

Marcus Bivins’ preliminary hearing was held Thursday. The 19-year-old Bivins is charged with first-degree murder.

Jeanne Huntoon of Muskegon was beaten and stabbed to death in April. Her body was found near bushes at the school.

A witness reported seeing a man dragging what appeared to be a body near a main building and parking ramp. Authorities have called the attack a random assault.


1.5.17:  Patrick Miles to resign as US attorney for Western Michigan




GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. attorney assigned to Michigan’s Western District plans to step down from his post later this month.

Patrick Miles Jr. has announced his resignation at the end of President Barack Obama’s administration. It will be effective at noon on Jan. 20.

The 49-year-old Miles spent 21 years in private law practice as a business attorney in Grand Rapids.

He has been U.S. attorney for western Michigan since 2012. The office covers 49 counties, including Michigan’s entire Upper Peninsula.

During his tenure, the office obtained 31 federal racketeering, firearm, drug distribution and other convictions against members of the Holland Latin Kings gang.


1.2.17:  Nothing illegal about Grand Haven removing cross




GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has ruled in favor of a western Michigan city in a dispute over a cross on public land overlooking the Grand River.

The court says Grand Haven’s decision to stop displaying the cross doesn’t violate the free speech rights of residents.

The Dewey Hill monument was donated to Grand Haven as a memorial for soldiers who served in the Vietnam War. Upon request, a cross was displayed with a special lifting mechanism, typically during summer church services.

In 2015, the Grand Haven City Council voted to stop the cross display after critics said it was an illegal endorsement of religion. In a 3-0 decision Friday, the appeals court says the monument is government speech and the city has the power to manage it.


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 Barn Fire in Byron Twp

One barn is a total loss in Byron Township after a fire broke out early this morning.  Crews on the scene in the 4500 block of Penny Lane report difficulty in getting equipment to the structure but did say that no animals were killed as a result of the blaze.  The fire broke out before three this morning and no cause has yet been determined.

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.