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9 hrs ago | MLive.com

Got space? Santa Claus Girls charity seeks new workshop

The Santa Claus Girls, the Press-sponsored charity that since 1908 has made sure thousands of needy Kent County children have gifts at Christmastime, is in need of a new home for its workshop.

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13 hrs ago | MLive.com

Prosecutors plan additional charges against former Kent County commissioner

A former Kent County commissioner accused in a Catholic cemetery kick-back scheme may face additional charges after court testimony alleged he pointed a gun at a cemetery sexton.

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Related Topix: Roman Catholic Church, Religion, Grand Rapids, MI, Lowell, MI

15 hrs ago | MLive.com

Thieves hit tobacco store, suspects may be responsible for several Kent County burglaries

Sheriff's deputies are looking for thieves believed to be responsible for several tobacco and cell phone store burglaries in the county.

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17 hrs ago | MLive.com

Wyoming man suspected in stabbing, carjacking, assault is arraigned

Daniel Leussenkamp, a Wyoming man suspected in a motel stabbing, a Greenville carjacking and possibly another assault near Detroit, is being held in the Kent County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

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Related Topix: Wyoming, MI, Greenville, MI

23 hrs ago | MLive.com

Northern Kent County voters will want to mark the calendar for...

Voters in the northern half of Kent County will be able to ask questions of the six people who hope to sit on the bench at the Kent County District Court.

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Thu Jul 24, 2014

MLive.com

In split decision, East Grand Rapids joins others with anti-begging rules

East Grand Rapids has joined a growing number of West Michigan communities restricting street begging, despite concerns from two city commissioners that the ordinance may be a solution without a problem.

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

MLive.com

Cascade gives final green light to southeast YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids plans to begin construction late this summer on a new $30 million "one-of-a-kind" southeast side branch after winning approval for the project July 23 from the Cascade Township Board.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI

MLive.com

Suspect in Wyoming stabbing, Greenville carjacking to be arraigned

One of three suspects in a crime spree believed to have stretched from Wyoming, to Greenville, to the Detroit area and beyond will be arraigned Friday morning in Wyoming on several charges for a stabbing there.

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Related Topix: Wyoming, MI, Greenville, MI

MLive.com

Prosecutors await driver's toxicology test results in crash that killed Jeff Dykehouse

Prosecutors continue to wait for the results of toxicology tests before making any decision on how to proceed with possible charges against the driver in a crash that killed bicyclist Jeff Dykehouse on July 9. Assistant Prosecutor James Benison said the prosecutor's office has asked the crime lab to expedite results - place a higher priority on ... (more)

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI

Detroit Free Press

Pennsylvania prisoner pleads guilty to 2004 Michigan murder

The Grand Rapids Press reports Walter Antraell Wilson told police last week he killed Robert Anthony Farmer in 2004.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI, Federal Prisons, Prison

MLive.com

Booming job market found for health care positions that require less education

The health care industry is a booming field in Grand Rapids and nationally - for workers who have an associate's degree or less.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI, Nursing, Medicine

Wed Jul 23, 2014

MLive.com

GRCC faculty, staff celebrating college's 100th anniversary with 'Ways to Give' project

Grand Rapids Community College faculty and staff are celebrating the school's 100th anniversary with a series of donation projects, ranging from collecting school supplies for children to sending books to inmates of the Kent County Jail.

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Related Topix: Canada,

WXMI-TV Grand Rapids

Two wanted in Michigan manhunt arrested at York Creek Apartments

Kent County Sheriff's deputies have taken two suspects wanted for a Michigan crime spree into custody at York Creek Apartments.

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MLive.com

Man accused of firing shot to the back that paralyzed teen faces 27-years to life in prison

Rodney Scot Armstrong will face trial on two charges of attempted murder as a result of a downtown shooting that left one teen without the use of his legs After two days of testimony in Grand Rapids District Court where 16 and 17-year-old shooting victims were among those who identified 25-year-old Armstrong as the man who fired the gun in the ... (more)

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MLive.com

Candidates vying for Kent County District Court judgeship to participate in MLive forum

The six candidates seeking a vacant northern Kent County District Court judgeship have agreed to participate in MLive's online candidate forum slated for Monday, July 28. The forum will provide a way for voters to ask questions directly of the candidates who seek to replace Judge Steven Servaas, who is serving out his last term as the judge for the ... (more)

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Related Topix: Walker, MI

Tue Jul 22, 2014

MLive.com

Kentwood woman charged in fatal crash between pickup, car

A Kentwood woman has been charged in a fatal crash caused when her pickup slammed into the back of a Honda Accord, killing a Plainfield Township man.

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Related Topix: Kentwood, MI

Mon Jul 21, 2014

MLive.com

Serial scammer faces prison for taking money for asphalt work that was never done

A 46-year-old man who liked to take money for asphalt jobs that never happened faces prison and hefty fines after pleading guilty to false pretenses as a habitual offender.

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Related Topix: Alto, MI, Ottawa County, MI, Hudsonville, MI, Economics News, Bankruptcy, Walker, MI

MLive.com

Is Grand Rapids trapped under a 'thick, immovable cloud' of skunk odor?

Skunks have invaded the city in a big, stinky way, according to a recent Outside Magazine article penned by Grand Rapids biologist Christopher Kemp .

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI

MLive.com

Member of jury that found woman not guilty of kidnapping 3-year-old defends decision

A person who identified themself as a member of the Kent County Circuit Court jury that determined a New Jersey woman who took a 3-year-old off a Grand Rapids school bus was not guilty of kidnapping took to MLive's comment section to defend the decision.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI

Sun Jul 20, 2014

MLive.com

Editorial: YES to Kent County Senior Millage increase to meet demand for services

The Kent County Commission has a senior millage proposal on the Aug. 5 primary election ballot asking voters to support .50 mills for eight years for essential services for older adults.

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Related Topix: Opinion

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