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6 hrs ago | WSJV-TV South Bend

Storms hit southern Michigan, with 60 mph gusts

Severe thunderstorms have been pushing across Michigan's Lower Peninsula, creating wind gusts nearing 60 miles per hour in places, knocking down trees and dumping as much as 2.6 inches of rain.

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Related Topix: Weather, Michigan, Comstock Park, MI, Barry County, MI, Middleville, MI

Cristiano Ronaldo Ice Bucket Challenge (Funny Version) #IceBucketChallenge

This Woman Looks Like She's Wearing Makeup. She's Not.

This Little Kid Is DEVASTATED When His Dad "Steals" His Ear and Nose

Should the U.S. Capitol Have a POW/MIA Memorial?

Mon Aug 18, 2014

MLive.com

Bad shooting kept domestic violence case from becoming murder-suicide, according to police

A Kentwood man's ineptness with a gun may be the only good outcome of an alleged incident of domestic violence that escalated to attempted murder.

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Related Topix: Kentwood, MI

WNEM-TV Saginaw

Grand Rapids boy hospitalized for pit bull attack

Grand Rapids Police Lt. Mark Ostapowicz tells the Grand Rapids Press the boy was walking down a street Sunday when the dog broke loose of its chain and bit him.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI

Sun Aug 17, 2014

WTKG-AM Grand Rapids

Caledonia burglar takes cash but not electronics

Neighbors are keeping an eye out for anything unusual after a series of robberies south of Grand Rapids this week.

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Related Topix: Caledonia, MI, Grand Rapids, MI

Fri Aug 15, 2014

MLive.com

Burglar steals purse as rash of daytime burglaries continues in Caledonia

Police say a man slipped into a house early Friday, Aug. 15, and stole a purse while the residents were inside.

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Related Topix: Caledonia, MI

WWBN-FM Burton

Michigan Man Kills Prostitute, Spits on Her Corpse

A Michigan judge must now decide the fate of a man that plead guilty earlier last week to the 2013 killing of a prostitute , in which he reportedly spit on her corpse before leaving her in tall weeds in Grand Rapids.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI

MLive.com

Flooding lawsuit tossed: Judge rules 1989 contract immunizes city from legal claim

Careful wording in a 1989 development contract allowed the city of Grand Rapids to wiggle out of a lawsuit that claimed a decades-old cut in the downtown levee system allowed flood waters to cause $7 million in damage to the Plaza Towers high-rise complex last April.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI, Natural Disasters, Flood

MLive.com

$10,000 Consumers Energy grant creating more free preschool slots for Kent County children

A $10,000 grant from Consumers Energy to Kent County's Great Start Preschool Scholarship Fund will give 10 more 3-year-olds access to quality, affordable preschool, according to Judy Freeman, director of Great Start Collaborative of Kent County .

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MLive.com

Robber blames 'my own stupidity,' apologizes for terrorizing victims in crime spree

Thaddeus Horatio Frazier was sentenced Thursday, Aug. 14, to 25 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to robbing five businesses, including two credit unions.

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Related Topix: Prison, Wyoming, MI, Criminal Defense Law, Law

Thu Aug 14, 2014

MLive.com

'Swatting' calls like Ottawa County's double-shooting...

A day after someone made a fake 911 call, claiming he was a 14-year-old who shot his parents near Grand Haven, detectives are busy trying to track down the origin of the Internet-based call.

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Related Topix: Ottawa County, MI, Grand Haven, MI, Lowell, MI

MLive.com

West Michigan State Board of Education member says it's time we...

West Michigan State Board of Education member Lupe Ramos-Montigny said Thursday their board is advocating for the best interests of children by calling on the Legislature to take up their recommendations to change charter school law.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI, Ottawa County, MI, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Lake Superior State University

MLive.com

Police warn residents to lock doors, windows after four daytime burglaries in Caledonia Township

Kent County sheriff's deputies say burglars broke into four Caledonia Township homes during the day on Wednesday, Aug. 13. The burglaries occurred between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the 6300-block of 76th Street SE, 7600-block and 9000-block of 84th Street SE and 8200-block of Whineyville Avenue SE, police said.

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Wed Aug 13, 2014

MLive.com

Suspect in 2009 Grand Rapids homicide described his arrest as 'load off his mind'

"He thanked us and said this has been on his conscience. It was a load off his mind," state police Detective Sgt.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI

WXMI-TV Grand Rapids

9-year-old laid to rest after Kentwood playground stabbing

KENTWOOD, Mich.,- Family, friends, former teachers, law enforcement and fellow cub scouts gathered Wednesday as 9-year-old Connor Verkerke was laid to rest.

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Related Topix: Kentwood, MI

WLNE-TV Providence

Loved ones say goodbye to boy killed at playground

Las Vegas visitors can now hail a ride from a taxi or limo company using their smartphone, even if they can't use the popular ridesharing apps available in many other U.S. cities.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Las Vegas, THQ, Video Games, Games, Scrabble

KATV Little Rock

Loved ones say goodbye to boy killed at playground

Las Vegas visitors can now hail a ride from a taxi or limo company using their smartphone, even if they can't use the popular ridesharing apps available in many other U.S. cities.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Las Vegas, THQ, Video Games, Games, Scrabble

MLive.com

See how West Michigan schools rank on the state's top-to-bottom list, performance scorecard

Hudsonville's Riley Street Middle School students acting as immigrants as part of a lesson on the country's Westward Expansion raced to the territory they wanted to settle on Jan. 18, 2013.

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Related Topix: Hudsonville, MI, Michigan, Education Etc., Grand Rapids, MI

MLive.com

Grand Rapids schools enrolling students in free, week-long KinderCamp program that begins Aug. 18

Adrianna Alexander stands by her mom, Sydni Tran, on left, as she meets her kindergarten teacher, Katie Martinez, during her first day of school at Stocking Elementary in Grand Rapids on Sept.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI, Martin Luther King, Jr.

KNUS-AM Aurora

Memorial service set for boy stabbed at playground

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Related Topix: Kentwood, MI, Grand Rapids, MI

Tue Aug 12, 2014

MLive.com

Man who died after Grand Rapids playground beating was 'defenseless,' records show

Court documents show a 24-year-old Grand Rapids man was "defenseless" when he was kicked in the head during an attack at the Sibley Elementary School playground in May. Scott Simerson died on Sunday , Aug. 10. Police said he suffered multiple head injuries in the attack allegedly carried out by two juveniles and two older teens.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI, Family, Teenagers

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