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Editorial: Election season is upon us again, and here's how to have your say

Community members turned out Tuesday morning to cast their vote for the Michigan primary August 5, 2014.


Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI, Opinion

Fri Aug 29, 2014

Charges dropped against teen after 3 weeks in jail for home invasion, armed robbery

Charges have been dropped against a teen previously accused of being part of an armed robbery where a woman and her children were bound with tape.


'Felony lanes' stolen purse scheme targeted West Michigan women, brings prison for 3

Three Florida residents who took part in a scheme in West Michigan to cash stolen checks using others' stolen identification were sentenced to prison this week.


Related Topix: Michigan, Rockford, MI

Thu Aug 28, 2014

National GOP group targets Kent County state House race, Dems poised to defend

Michigan's 76th District state House race is one of the nation's state-level "races to watch," says the Washington, D.C.-based Republican State Leadership Committee.


Related Topix: US News, Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids native Jim Haveman's 'mild stroke' leads to retirement from state leadership

Michigan Department of Community Health Director Jim Haveman announced Thursday, Aug. 28, he is retiring after experiencing a mild stroke.


Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI, Rick Snyder, US Governors

Suspects IDa d in East Grand Rapids HS break-in

Police have identified three 18-year-old suspects accused of breaking into East Grand Rapids High School in mid-August.


Related Topix: East Grand Rapids, MI, Grand Rapids, MI

Family of elderly veteran beaten to death at the Home for Veterans can sue the state, court says

The lawsuit against the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans by the family of an 84-year-old resident who was fatally punched there by a fellow resident, can now move forward.


Related Topix: Family, Elderly (Senior Citizen), Life, Veteran Affairs

West Michigan parents, educators holding press conference to call for more state K-12 funding

File photo of Juan Jimenez, middle, working on a Scholastic Math Inventory test as part of a two-week algebra camp at Godfrey-Lee High School in Wyoming on Aug. 9, 2012.


Related Topix: 9, Wyoming, MI, Grand Rapids, MI, East Grand Rapids, MI

Wed Aug 27, 2014

Appeal shaves 18 months off sentence for gang member in shooting of rival's mother

Six months into his 14- to 27-year prison sentence, the teen gang member whose lousy aim resulted in him inadvertently shooting a rival's mother got a small gift from the Michigan Court of Appeals.


WNEM-TV Saginaw

Man takes deal in day care center child porn case

A man accused of producing sexually explicit photographs and videos of children as young as 2 at his mother's day care center has agreed to plead guilty to sexual exploitation of a child.


Related Topix: Life, Holidays, Mother's Day, Grand Rapids, MI

Jail time for 22-year-old drunk driver in northern Kent County crash that injured his friends

A 22-year-old Greenville man faces as much as a year in jail after he pleaded no contest to drunk driving in a crash that injured two of his friends.


Related Topix: Greenville, MI

No new dogs allowed for woman accused of cruelty to 37 canines she kept in her home

The Northeast Side woman who once housed 39 dogs in her home faces as much as two years in prison as her case heads to felony court before the same judge who said the dogs she is accused of treating cruelly were clearly neglected.


Toy gun used to rob Craigslist users of video game systems results in prison time

A 25-year-old man was hoping the fact he only used a toy gun to rob people of their video game systems would get him some mercy from the judge.


Related Topix: Video Games, X360, PS3

WXMI-TV Grand Rapids

5 Things to know for Wednesday, August 27

As fall sports get into full swing, the issue of sports physicals and student health is on a lot of parents' minds.


Related Topix: Education Etc., Byron Center, MI, Kentwood, MI, Comedy, Entertainment, Television

Tue Aug 26, 2014

WXMI-TV Grand Rapids

Side-view cameras and QR codes coming to school buses

Two new improvements are en route for school bus inspections and safety: QR codes will be on buses across the state for anyone to scan to find out its current inspection condition; then, Forest Hills Transportation Center is installing side-view video cameras to deter drivers from speeding by.


Deportation to Mexico will come after prison term for man accused in New Year's Day sex assault

Saying he never saw a case quite like it, a judge sentenced a man to 1-1/2 to 20 years in prison for the home invasion of an apartment where the convicted man had sex with a woman who allegedly assumed the assailant was her boyfriend.


Related Topix: Prison

Kent County couple charged with sexually assaulting young relative,...

Kathy Sue Eastman, 60, and Jerry Merle Eastman, 56, are each charged with five counts of sexual assault, including first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct, as well as aiding and abetting criminal sexual conduct.


Pleading guilty to murder is the only deal on the table for man accused in 2009 slaying

The man police say beat another man to death five years ago has been cooperative with police, but still could face a life sentence if convicted of the crime.


Playground stabbing suspect: Covered in bruises, threatened daily with 'whoppin,' records say

Shortly after 12-year-old Jamarion Lawhorn allegedly killed a 9-year-old boy, authorities found bruises all over his body.


Related Topix: Violent Crime, Kentwood, MI, Family, Parenting

Law Firm Newswire

Michigan Bicyclist Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver

Sheriff's deputies in Kent County have released the identity of the bicyclist hit by an alleged drunk driver in Ada Township on Wednesday, July 9. Fifty-two-year-old Jeff Dykehouse, a Grand Rapids resident, was struck and killed between Three Mile Road and Four Mile Road in the 3200 block of Egypt Valley Avenue NE.


Related Topix: Michigan, Grand Rapids, MI, Bitely, MI