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Convicted murderer of Michigan state trooper on life support

Mlive -- Eric John Knysz, the convicted murderer of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II, has attempted suicide and is “on a ventilator at this time,” First Lt. Chris McIntire of t...

Grand Haven A.D. lost fight with cancer

Grand Haven Public Schools Athletic Director, Robin Bye, passed away on Saturday. He had been battling cancer and was 56-year-old.

Bye had been with the school system for 34 years.

A crisis team wi...

Father of Michigan sextuplets dies at age 39

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The father of Michigan's first surviving set of sextuplets has died at age 39.

A relative says Ben Van Houten suffered a heart attack Wednesday night after setting up a tram...

Ex-first lady Rosalynn Carter honors Betty Ford

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Rosalynn Carter called fellow former first lady Betty Ford a "role model" during a visit to Grand Rapids on what would have been the late Mrs. Ford's 96th birthday.

WXM...

State Closes Day Care

PORTLAND, Mich. (AP) — An in-home day care in Ionia County has been shut down after a 5-month-old died last year after being put to sleep in an adult bed.

The state found owner Diane Hillis viola...

Former First Lady in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Rosalynn Carter is scheduled to visit Grand Rapids to honor the 96th anniversary of the birth of fellow former first lady Betty Ford. The Ford Presidential Foundation says...

Attempted Abduction of Teenage Girl in Battle Creek

Battle Creek authorities are looking into a reported attempted abduction this weekend.

Police say the 13 year old girl was walking her dog when she was approached by two men in a car.

The gi...

Body Found in Indiana: Police Won't Confirm it is Missing Kalamazoo Woman

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say the body of a woman has been found in a northwestern Indiana lake near where they conducted a January search for a missing Michigan doctor.

Indiana State Polic...

Kalamazoo man, 56, missing after skiing onto lake

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Kalamazoo police say they think a missing 56-year-old man broke through the ice after going cross country skiing on a lake.

The Department of Public Safety says the Kalama...

Midpoint of 40 Days for Life

Grand Rapids is reaching the midpoint of the spring "40 Days For Life". For several days a peaceful prayer vigil has taken place in front of the Heritage Clinic on East Fulton Street. Several in the...

Missing school cash kept unlocked

KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police say they weren't able to figure out who took more than $20,000 from a Michigan high school because the cash was kept in two unlocked locations and was easily ...

Black children lag in overall well-being

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A report by a private foundation finds the well-being of Michigan's white children slightly below the national average while black children significantly lag the nation.

The...

Kalamazoo College increases tuition 4 percent

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Kalamazoo College says it plans to raise tuition by more than 4 percent next fall.

It's the third time in four years that the private, liberal arts college has increased t...

Pine Rest and Christian Counseling Center announce merger

(mlive)- Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services and the Christian Counseling Center announced their merger Thursday, March 27.

The transition will be completed by mid-May, under the agreement a...

City buying 50,000 sand bags in case of flooding

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Grand Rapids plans to buy another 50,000 sand bags to help better prepare for the potential for flooding.

City Manager Greg Sundstrom says the chance of a significant f...

How healthy is your county?

A new online report on an interactive website looks at a variety of health-related issues and ranks counties by comparing them to the rest of the state.

Ottawa County was ranked #1 in overall health...

Grand Rapids School Board to raise superintendent's salary

(mlive) - The Grand Rapids School Board on Monday, March 24, unanimously approved a raise for Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal that bumps up her annual salary from $165,000 to $198,000 over the n...

Police follow up on tips in case of missing woman

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — Police investigating the disappearance a woman from her job at a western Michigan gas station nearly 11 months ago say they're actively following up on leads, tips and ot...

Man gets 25-60 years for 1989 killing of neighbor

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 25 to 60 years in prison for the killing of an elderly Grand Rapids neighbor 25 years ago.

Sixty-year-old Michael Newkirk was in prison for ...

Student dies at Western Michigan dorm

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — An official says a Western Michigan University student has died at a dorm and she may have had a pre-existing medical condition.

The freshman died at Eicher Hall on the sc...

New big event coming to Grand Rapids in June

Village MotorSports is announcing details today, but they are helping to bring a big 5-day event to Grand Rapids this summer. The event will highlight classic cars and motorcycles and will be a fundr...

(Mlive)– Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal was applauded for her leadership by school board members during her yearly evaluation on Monday, March 17, earning an overall "highly effe...

Connecting residents to jobs focus of conference

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to share ideas about connecting Michigan residents to jobs during a two-day conference with business, academic and government leaders.

The ...

Workers win trial over pay for putting on gear

ZEELAND, Mich. (AP) — A jury says a Michigan meatpacker violated federal law by not paying workers for putting on and taking off safety wear.

The case involves two dozen people who worked at a fo...

Jay Leno raises money for LaughFest

Gilda's LaughFest event continues for a few more days. Last night's headlining event was with Jay Leno. He performed at DeVos Place before a crowd of more than 2,000 for the festival of laughter. Le...

Hiring Our Heroes event Thursday in Wyoming

A job fair targeting U.S. military veterans is scheduled to take place Thursday, 3/13/14, at the Wyoming National Guard Armory on 44th Street.

The Hiring Our Heroes event will be held from 10 a.m. to...

Teen injured in snowmobile accident

A 14-year-old Belding boy was seriously injured Monday after he fell off a sled that was being towed behind a snowmobile. The accident happened in a field near Ellis Road just east of M-91. Ionia of...

Grandville mourns the loss of 2 High School students who died last week

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Students gathered Sunday afternoon to share memories of a Grandville hockey player who was found dead on the day of a playoff game.

Laughter cut through the tears on Sund...

Hundreds to don shades in record-setting attempt

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — If it's March, it must be time to try to set another world record in Grand Rapids.

Gilda's LaughFest organizers in the past three years have overseen record-setting att...

40 Days for Life March 5 - April 13

Beginning today through April 13, Grand Rapids will be joining 253 communitities in its 11th 40 Days For Life vigil in front of the Heritage Clinic, 320 East Fulton, in Grand Rapids.

As of this we...

Studio 28 to be torn down

Mlive- Studio 28, which once was the "world’s largest" movie theater complex will be erased from the Grand Rapids area landscape this month.

The facility’s demolition comes six years after the ...

Man faces trial in Michigan couple's deaths

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man faces trial on murder and home invasion charges in the killing of an 81-year-old man and his 80-year-old wife in their western Michigan home.

Jury selection is Mo...

Train from Chicago gets stuck in snow in Michigan

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Amtrak says one of its passenger trains traveling from Chicago to Grand Rapids was delayed nearly three hours after getting stuck in a snow drift in Michigan.

Amtrak spokesm...

Experts warn flooding just a rainfall away

(Mlive)- Much of West Michigan could be just one major rainfall away this spring from causing rivers to overflow their banks, National Weather Service meteorologists say.

When spring finally comes, ...

Steelcase donating facility as education hub

GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Office furniture maker Steelcase Inc. is donating its massive pyramid-shaped former research facility in western Michigan to a nonprofit foundation for use as an educat...

Rockford Woman Killed in Bus/Car Crash

A Rockford woman died following a car/bus crash yesterday afternoon. Ione Potter of Cannonsburg was taken to a local hospital but passed away due to her injuries.

Kent County Sheriff’s say about...

Carson City Shoppers Credit Cards Hacked

Some shoppers at a Carson City store had their identity stolen and saw their credit cards used on the east side of the state. Over a dozen residents found out this past weekend that their credit card...

28th and Eastern Still Closed Off

Some residents in Grand Rapids and Kentwood are getting back to normal after a water main break over the weekend. The break happened late Friday at the intersection of 28th and Eastern Avenue. The A...

VAI Announces Plans for Propelling Cancer Research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids is establishing a research hub aimed at boosting work in the field of epigenetics.

The institute on Monday is announcing plans f...

Hit and Run on 28th - One Man Seriously Injured

Grand Rapids Police say one man is in serious condition at a local hospital following a hit and run this morning.

The 21-year old man was riding a bicycle on 28th Street near Division when a ca...

No Charges Filed in Police Involved Shooting

Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth released a statement saying he will not file charges against police or the suspect.

This stems from an incident in mid-January when 19-year old James Spiv...

Man dies after stabbing during dispute

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a 38-year-old man has died after being stabbed in the chest by a 46-year-old woman during a domestic dispute in Holland.

Police say they responded shortly befo...

2 hurt after roof collapses under snow

EORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Officials say two women were injured after the roof of a western Michigan home collapsed under the weight of snow.

The 81- and 45-year-olds were taken to a hospit...

Plow truck hits, injures pedestrian

CUTLERVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a snowplow truck driven by a private contractor hit and injured a pedestrian who was walking in a western Michigan roadway because the sidewalks were snow-c...

Woman killed in W. Mich. while pushing van

LOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police say a drunken driver struck and killed a woman who was pushing her van after it ran out of gas in western Michigan.

The victim is Tonya Beha of Lake Odessa. P...

Settlement reached in lawsuit over cannery waste

FENNVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A lawsuit by property owners who say their wells were contaminated by a fruit cannery in southwestern Michigan has been settled before trial.

A federal judge in Kalamazoo ...

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in western Michigan has a new title sponsor for its outdoor summer concert series.

The Grand Rapids attraction on Thursday anno...

Deadly fire claims 2 lives in Lowell area

— Investigators are working to determine the cause of a fire at a mobile home where the bodies of two people were found by firefighters.

Firefighters responded to the fire Tuesday afternoon in th...

Jenison man died in rollover accident

MLive-- Police have identified the victim of a fatal crash on eastbound I-196 as 52-year-old Michael Dietzel.

Dietzel, from Jenison, was driving a Ford F-250 pickup truck on the highway near Lane A...

Plans move forward for homes on site of Mich. camp

— Plans are moving forward to turn part of a lakeside camp in western Michigan into luxury home sites.

The Presbytery of Chicago voted Saturday to sell the 130-acre Presbyterian Camps property in...

Michigan cities can't bar medical marijuana

WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has struck down an ordinance in a Grand Rapids suburb that's intended to prevent the use of medical marijuana.

In a unanimous decision, the court ...

Accident claims life of mother and baby

Authorities say a woman and her baby died and a 5-year-old is in critical condition, following a bad accident near Ludington last night. Police say the accident occurred in Mason County's Hamlin town...

Kent County judge running for Mich. high court

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Grand Rapids-area judge is seeking the Republican Party's nomination to run for the Michigan Supreme Court.

Kent County Circuit Judge James Redford will seek the remaining...

Corps awards Lake Mich. harbor dredging contract

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Detroit district has awarded a contract to a company to dredge shoal material from two Lake Michigan harbors.

Holland-based King Company Inc. will...

Man linked to gun used in 7 deaths to get sentence

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Grand Rapids-area man could be locked up for many years for providing a gun that was used in the deaths of seven people in 2011.

Michael Allen is returning to court M...

Multiple injuries and fatalities in Muskegon Co. crash

Police closed down a portion of Apple Avenue/M-46 in Muskegon County this morning following a crash that involved several vehicles.

Police say it happened around 6:45 a.m. along a slippery area in th...

City of Grand Rapids reminds residents to check roof tops and sidewalks

The city of Grand Rapids has fielded over 12-hundred complaints of snow-covered sidewalks this winter. Property owners are expected to clear snow within 24 hours of accumulation. If that doesn't hap...

Pavilion in western Michigan collapses under snow

— A western Michigan pavilion that for years served as a gathering place for church groups, fundraisers and family reunions has collapsed under the weight of snow.

No injuries were reported follo...

Another local flu-related death

There has been another flu-related death reported in Kent County. The health department says this is the fourth death of someone over 50 years old, impacted by the flu who died in Kent County this se...

Rescue crews save 8 dogs from SW Michigan fire

— Rescue crews saved eight dogs including six puppies from a burning mobile home in southwestern Michigan.

Kalamazoo Public Safety says officers responded Sunday night along with firefighters fro...